Clancy gives an insiders look at the USSR just before the fall of the Iron Curtain and weaves it around a spy/assasination story. 3/4 of the book seems to be Clancy explaining the workings of the USSR and why it fell, the remainder, is the actual story. Not that this is a bad thing, all that Clancy has to say about the USSR is really quite interesting, especially to those of us who lived through all or most of the Cold War. If you are interested in only the main storyline, get the abridged version. However, if you have an interest in history, the unabridged version is the only way to go.
OK, first off, I am LDS so I know the beginning history of the FLDS church when they were excommunicated and split from the founding LDS church. I thought I knew pretty much what the FLDS church believed in today as I see their members almost every day in my area. However, I was so completely wrong! It is absolutely amazing how far they have strayed from their original doctrine and have become a church of bigots and people that seek to destroy each other. Even though they believe that they believe in the Savior's teachings, they have completely turned away from His teachings and have become a Nazi-like society. This book is shocking and a real eye-opener! What these people has digressed into is horrifying to say the very least.
It's a good thing that this book is listed as fiction, because that's all it is. While the historical facts may be pretty concise, the image of the young Jesus Christ is more like Harry Potter than who Jesus Christ really was as a man and as a youth. Just disregard the fact that Jesus was born of our Heavenly Father and Mary and that he knew who he was and that he was immortal and implant magical powers in him, aka Harry Potter and there you have it! I kept expecting Hagrid to come in any moment and swish Jesus off to Hogwarts!
I appreciate why she wrote this book and I applaude her on her renewed faith, but she really needs to understand the central character before writing about Him and it is very clear that she has much to grow and understand regarding Jesus.
I might recommend Talmage's "Jesus the Christ" for a MUCH MORE accurate study of Jesus' life and times.
Jane sure knows how to spin and tell a good yarn, I'll give her that. You won't bored listening to this book, it kept me quite riveted throughout the reading. Plus it seems like she adds a few things along the way that may or may not be in the book. You can tell that she is quite honest about what she is reading and I feel like I understand her like I never have before.
But, she is one unbelieveable person. Always searching for truth, but never finding it until she becomes humbled by some dramatic event than when she recovers, she dismisses what she admits she learned from her previous experience and goes right back doing the same errors and mistakes she did before. Truly, she is blessed with a 100 lives and she will need them all before she finally learns the truth about life and finally adheres to what she has learned.
It's a roller coaster ride with Jane! You are always kept wondering "Will she recover and learn from this experience?" Truth is: "NO!" Well maybe next time Jane!
This book should have a caution attached for overly descriptive sex/organ talking and some really foul language though.
This is a pretty good reading of the book that has been dramatized with several actors. At first, they aren't quite sure what accents they want to do: Swedish, German or Irish! Then it pretty much centers on a Dutch/Swedish accent for the rest of the book. The background music is muffled and could really use a cleaning up to make it more distinct. The actors that portray the leads do an excellent job though and make the entire store quite worthwhile. A good listen for Halloween.
Up front, yes, I'm a Bush supporter and a staunch Republican. I wasn't able to see the debate so I was overjoyed when Audible offered the debate (and all future debates) and for FREE!
Well, I was quite embarrassed to hear how Bush evidently did not prepare for the debate and seemed to "shoot from the hip" on everything and was so repetitive in his answers that he was tedious and boring. Kerry was well prepared and while he gave the typical political and non-detailing answers, he appeared to be the clear winner of the debate...even though he did glaringly contradict himself at least once during the debate which left me pretty uneasy about how he would react to anything under constant pressure as a President of the United States.
The sound is extemely good and both candidates are very easy to understand.
I would highly recommend this for all to listen to who did or did not miss the first debate.
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