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Kathleen

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  • Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Gary Thomas
    • Narrated By Gary Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    What if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy...but holy? And what if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God? Sacred Marriage invites you to view your marriage in a new and different light - as a spiritual discipline, a means whereby you can come to know God more fully and intimately.

    Kathleen says: "Excellent content undermined."
    "Excellent content undermined."
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    I was excited to read this book. I am impressed with Gary Thomas's insight into the institution of marriage. I have been waiting for someone to say these important things and put marriage in the correct spiritual framework .Although, he does concentrate his advice from the male perspective and does not deal with the contributing female dysfunctional element in marriage to the same degree as he develops the male counterpart.
    However, I wonder why good writers often opt to read their own books. Its almost always a mistake. I understand that they feel passionate about what they wrote and want to make sure that passion is communicated through the reading. What they don't get, is that narrators are trained and skilled artists with gifts different from a writer. I was so annoyed by the poor recording conditions (way too much hall in the sound) and by the swallowing and saliva management mannerisms of Gary Thomas. The content demands an intimate voice with authority and compassion. Mr. Thomas's voice is strident and it feels as if he is shouting across a canyon at us.
    I am writing a review because I admire him so much as a writer with meaningful spiritual insight. His material is great, but his delivery of it in this recording is certainly not up to the quality of its substanative content....a pity.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1274)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1099)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "Missed it."
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    This story was predictable and never engaged me. I was just waiting for the end so I could get on to another book. The primary trouble was the lack of character development and sufficient dramatic tension. I kept waiting for the contradictions, the unknown to appear. Everything was just so expected. Narration also lack characterization skill and a sense of real presence with the character. Overall, quite dull. I am not anxious to listen to another of Sandford's tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5309)
    Performance
    (3260)
    Story
    (3261)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Engaging"
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    From the begining I was hooked with a smooth blend of curiosity, tension and character development. Although, I thought the narration was good, I would prefer a little more distinct characterization. However, the dramatic tension was sustained and developmental all the way through.I was guessing up to the last moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Dallas Willard
    • Narrated By Dallas Willard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In Renovation of the Heart, best-selling author Dallas Willard calls it "the transformation of the spirit"- a divine process that "brings every element in our being, working from inside out, into harmony with the will of God or the kingdom of God." In the transformation of our spirits, we become apprentices of Jesus Christ.

    Darren says: "Heart-Changing"
    "Content -'A', Delivery -'D'...A Pity"
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    I am a fan of Dallas Willard and have read or listened to most of what he has written. That's why this book was so disappointing. His content, as usual, was erudite and enriching, but I could hardly finish the book. I had to fight continually to concentrate on the content since, my brain was continually wandering from lack of auditory stimulation. Willard chose to narrate this book himself...a bad choice. His voice is slow, dull and completely lacking in vocal dynamics which are so important in keeping a listener's attention. Just because you can make good sense out of the text, does not mean you can engage a listener's ear and hold it. To achieve that is an art which too many authors of audio books refuse to recognize. I will never buy another of his books if he is the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Wings of Eagles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Marcia Hyde, Larry Robinson, Ralph Williams, and others
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (209)

    When two of his American employees were held hostage in a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran, one man took matters into his own hands: American businessman H. Ross Perot. His team consisted of a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of his corporation, hand-picked and trained by a retired Green Beret officer. To free the imprisoned Americans, they would face incalculable odds on a mission that only true heroes would have dared.

    Tammy says: "Was the narrator in a hurry?"
    "Distracting Narration....good grief!"
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    I was so interested in this story and really wanted to understand the whole picture, but it took an act of supreme persistence to persevere to the end due to the narration. It was narrated by more than one reader (one almost, as bad as the other) for no apparent reason. The changing of narrators was so annoying. The pace of the narration was so fast, I had to set my ipod to slower settings. The sound quality of the recording studio also changed when the narrators changed...yet, another irritant. None of the narrators did the story justice and I am appalled that a writer like Ken Follet would allow this audio performance to represent his quality work. Shame on him for not doing quality control on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4018)
    Performance
    (3576)
    Story
    (3598)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Factoring in " The Factor" is not a Plus"
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    I so appreciated the content of this book and the way in which O'Reilly strung together the narrative of fact with the element of drama. It was fascinating and informative - a great contribution to our nation's uninformed public,concerning their nation's history. However, I feel it was a big mistake for Mr. O'Reilly to read it himself. His delivery is exactly the same delivery he uses on the' The Factor.' It works for the news media, it does not work here. He missed the opportunity to involve his listening public on several other levels, other than just facts, by not having a skillful narrator reading it. I like listening to O'Reilly on 'The Factor', I did not enjoy listening to "Killing Lincoln" a la 'The Factor'.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1562)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "A Good Story Sabatoged"
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    Rarely have I listened to such an unfortunate sabotage of a good story by an inferior narrator. I am an avid fan of Vince Flynn and have listened to almost everything he has on audio book. I have not listened to them in order of publication and so was surprised and disturbed when I began "Separation of Power" and was immediately exposed to Ken Kilban as a narrator. G. Guidall and N. Sullivan and A. Schultz had all built in my mind the characters of Mitch ,Irene and Anna and others that was completely shattered by Kilban's amateurish and over-the-top caricatures (especially the interactions between Mitch and Anna). I see that Kilban didn't narrate another of Flynn's books, so maybe Flynn got the message early on. As always, Flynn is masterful story teller and this story is no different. However, the book was ruined for me by Kilban's distortion of these great serial characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triple

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    Egypt - where a top-secret project to build a nuclear plant that will give the Arabs the bomb nears completion....

    Israel - where the Mossad's top agent, Nat Dickstein is given an impossible mission....

    Russia - where top KGB officials tip the atomic balance in Egypt's favor....

    England - where Dickstein makes what could be the fatal mistake of his career by falling under the seductive spell of Suzie Ashford...

    The High Seas - where the Mossad, KGB, Egyptians, and Fedayeen terrorists play out the final violent, bloody moves in a devastating game where the price of failure is nuclear holocaust.

    Harry says: "Interesting, entertaining and educational"
    "Spoiled by the narrator"
    Overall

    I am a huge Ken Follet fan and find it not just disappointing but an enormous dis-service to Follet that J. Charles narrated this book.I could barely listen to it. The pace, the lack of vocal transparency and missed characterization were glaring. I'll never buy another book read by J.Charles. Brilliance can do better than that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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