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Michael

My goal is to read 52 books in 1 year! I read 33 last year!

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  • Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lauren Drain
    • Narrated By Lauren Drain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families. Since no organized religion will claim affiliation with the WBC, it's perhaps more accurate to think of them as a cult. Lauren Drain was thrust into that cult at the age of 15, and then spat back out again seven years later.

    Donald says: "Get Thee Behind Me Phelps"
    "Amazing Personal Account - a real eye opener!"
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    This book gave a truly human perspective of the Westboro Baptist Church. It showed them from firsthand accounts to be a selfish, cruel, unbiblical, hateful, mean group of religious zealots. The religion of the WBC contains all of the pitfalls of Christianity when proper biblical interpretation is replaced by opinion and base human emotions. I was angry as I listened to this. I was cheering for Lauren Drain to be banished, because it was so terrible inside of the WBC. Give this book a try if you are at all interested in the pulse of American Religious life. A real eye opener.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events in Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ravi Zacharias
    • Narrated By Ravi Zacharias
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    With inspiring stories and thought-provoking questions, Ravi Zacharias traces the multiple threads of our lives, describing how the unseen hand of God guides our joys, our tragedies, and our daily humdrum experiences to weave a pattern of divine providence and meaning.

    Mark says: "Grand indeed"
    "Ravi at his best"
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    Ravi Zacharias is a philosopher and genius. Our world needs more minds like his. He traces how God uses the problems we face in our lives to create a bigger picture.

    God is always working in us, even when we cannot see it.

    I fully recommend this book. One of Ravi's 5 best books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Book of Five Rings: The Strategy of Musashi

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Miyamoto Musashi
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    This is legendary 17th century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi’s exposition of sword fighting, strategy, and Zen philosophy. Required listening for any martial artist, business person, or student of strategy, this audiobook includes the one hour Zen inspired soundtrack, The Mysterious Sound of Wind in the Bamboo, performed on authentic Japanese instruments.

    Michael says: "White washed narrator"
    "White washed narrator"
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    The book is written by a Japanese Samurai from the 17th century. Yet the author was clearly was man of European ancestry doing a very thick accent.

    The book itself was very enjoyable. But it took me a long time to get over the weird accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Narnia: Christian Meaning in C. S. Lewis' Beloved Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jonathan Rogers
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In The World According to Narnia, Jonathan Rogers takes you further into the imaginative world of C. S. Lewis, helping you to view our world in the way that Narnia invites you to view it. Rogers shows how the storylines and characters from Narnia sing with biblical truth.

    Michael says: "Fantastic Analysis of Each book!"
    "Fantastic Analysis of Each book!"
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    What did you love best about The World According to Narnia?

    He goes book by book, explaining the biblical themes of each Chronicle of Narnia. He does a great job finding themes in each book and explaining how that theme applies to each character. Identity in The Horse and His Boy, Faith in Prince Caspian etc. It helped me appreciate the genius of CS Lewis even more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Steven Furtick
    • Narrated By Steven Furtick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    This book is not a Snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I’m not writing to calm or coddle you. With God’s help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind. Trip your breakers and turn out the lights in your favorite hiding places of insecurity and fear. Then flip the switch back on so that God’s truth can illuminate the divine destiny that may have been lying dormant inside you for years. In short, I’m out to activate your audacious faith.

    bryan says: "Very Good"
    "Appreciated idea, but disliked writing style"
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    Would you try another book from Steven Furtick and/or Steven Furtick?

    No. Even though I love his enthusiasm, I do not like his writing style. He is a good speaker, but a weak writer.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Benedict Flynn
    • Narrated By Sean Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    These stories are about how, many years ago, Arthur the once and future King of England, set out to save his country from the troubles that plagued it, aided by the brave knights of the Round Table, and the most famous sword in the world, Excalibur. How Merlin the Wizard fought against the wicked Morgana le Fay's enchantments, and how Arthur loved and lost the beautiful Guinevere, his Queen.

    Toni says: "A Voice to be Heard"
    "Sean Bean is simply the BEST"
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    Would you listen to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table again? Why?

    I will listen to this multiple times. It was a short but solid overview of the stories of King Arthur and his Knights! Sean Bean brings the story to life!


    What does Sean Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was Boromir, Odysseus and NEd Stark all over again! I bought the book simply because he narrated it, and I listened to it in one single drive! Great Narration!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Illegal Procedure: A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Josh Luchs, James Dale
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    For 15 years, sports agent Josh Luchs made illegal deals with numerous college athletes, from top-tier, nationally recognized phenoms to late-round draft picks. Then, in October 2010, Luchs wrote a confessional article in Sports Illustrated, telling the truth about what he did and didn't do. Since then, he has taken on a new role: whistle-blowing, truth-telling reformer. In telling his own story, Luchs here pulls back the curtain on the real economy - and the broken system - of college football.

    Aaron Lewing says: "It is what you would expect"
    "Eye opening and a must read for any FOOTBALL fan"
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    What made the experience of listening to Illegal Procedure the most enjoyable?

    Luchs does a great job of analyzing every angle of the business of football. From the impact of agents, to college coaches, to mock drafts. It was so incredible. He mentions REAL NFL players and has a boat-load of stories about what certain players did for money, and what players refused money! Like Champ Bailey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go Long! My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jerry Rice, Brian Curtis
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Football hero Jerry Rice grew up in Crawford, Mississippi, the son of a brick mason. He developed his hands by catching the bricks that his brothers threw at him. From these humble beginnings, Rice blazed a path to greatness, becoming the leading wide receiver in the NFL and winning three super bowl rings for the San Francisco 49ers.

    Michael says: "Jerry Rice - the GOAT"
    "Jerry Rice - the GOAT"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It was awesome to hear about the work ethic that made him into the top WR ever! I didn't realize that he was a man so focused on integrity and honesty.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate 20-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies.

    Wesley says: "Very Interesting"
    "Great topic, dry book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was wonderful, but not easy to listen too for long periods of time. It isn't so much of a story as a series of facts and mini anecdotes.


    What three words best describe Johnny Heller’s voice?

    intelligent, un engaging, not colorful.


    Was Amazing Grace worth the listening time?

    It was worth it. He was an amazing man.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pagan Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Frank Viola
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we "dress up" for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, choirs, and seminaries? This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles.

    Pecos says: "This will make Church Lady verrrry mad..."
    "Raised really good questions"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book has really made me think, and question why we do certain things in church. A must read for a thinking believer

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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