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Marshall

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  • Orthodoxy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    A serious attack against Christianity by well-known newspaper editor Robert Blatchford in 1903 impelled Chesterton to seize the gauntlet of refutation. His reply was immensely successful and was the early formation of his convincing credo that is so brilliantly and cogently argued in Orthodoxy, a masterwork that was published just five years later.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Wonderful Narration, Important Work"
    "A treasure of Christian apologetics"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Orthodoxy to be better than the print version?

    Audio for a quick and engaging flyover, print text for leisurely study and reflection.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Imaginative approach to Christian apologetics from a Catholic writer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Love Chesterton's perspective on fairy tales.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Probably not. Though charming and entertaining, it taxes the listener to THINK.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Protestant evangelicals ought to challenge themselves to a reading marathon of thoughtful Catholic writers of the last century - starting with Chesterton, Tolkien, and Nouwen (and I say that as an evangelical Protestant!).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3281)
    Performance
    (3003)
    Story
    (3027)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Superb rendering of iconic Jazz-age novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    Jake Gyllenhaal's performance really keeps it moving. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting (couldn't put it down, so to speak).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Has universal appeal due to the perennially relevant themes of how: 1) the well-established wealthy and privileged tend to run right over the "little people" (literally, in this story); and 2) the "nouveau riche" (e.g. Gatsby) find that, in their life at the top, the "dream" continues to elude them.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Gyllenhaal – was your favorite?

    Nick, the narrative voice through which we "see" the others. Jake Gyllenhaal is a perfect choice to channel this voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think we are meant to be MAD at the carelessness of the old money (Tom, Daisy) and SAD at the destruction of the new money (Gatsby) in the vain pursuit of his dream. I felt both.


    Any additional comments?

    Stellar example of how a classic can be made highly palatable for a non-text-media-oriented contemporary audience. A GREAT LISTEN!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2579)
    Performance
    (1361)
    Story
    (1366)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "A remarkable blend of pathos and humor"
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    If you could sum up Angela's Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    IRISH TRUE GRIT


    What other book might you compare Angela's Ashes to and why?

    Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Each renders the experiences of a painful Irish coming-of-age heartbreaking vivid (and side-splittingly funny, at times). Several obvious parallels in Joyce's and McCourt's early experiences. Both give us an inside look at growing up in traditional Catholic Ireland.


    Which character – as performed by Frank McCourt – was your favorite?

    Himself, of course - but a superlative performance throughout!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I'll never forget the scenes of Frankie and his little brother being jerked out of bed late at night by a drunken father late, lined up like little soldiers, and made to sing patriotic songs and promise to die for Ireland!


    Any additional comments?

    While I LOVE this book and performance overall, I dislike the last chapter. I guess Frank's "sexual liberation" upon landing in America is supposed to be a declaration of independence from being poor and oppressed in Catholic Ireland, but I found this a disappointing, anti-climactic (no pun intended) conclusion to an otherwise generally great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV

    • UNABRIDGED (98 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (2093)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1391)

    This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

    Nancy says: "Majestic listening"
    "DISTRACTING BACKGROUND MUSIC!"
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    Would you listen to The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV again? Why?

    YES. We try to listen to it every morning.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Obviously not! We're using the one-year Bible reading plan from Discipleship Journal.


    Any additional comments?

    Superlative readings of the Story of stories by well-known professional actors - marred by use of less-than-optimal translation and, above all, by annoyingly loud, repetitious, and highly distracting background music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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