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  • Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant: Guide to Financial Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By Tim Wheeler
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (534)

    Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant reveals how some people work less, earn more, pay less in taxes, and learn to become financially free.

    John says: "Good continuation of Rich Dad Poor Dad"
    "Better than my years in business school"
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    Would you listen to Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to it again as there are so many valuable lessons throughout the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It looks at the world of money not as the way it should be, but as it is. It then gives lessons on how to prosper based on the cash flow quandrant, and why it is imperative to move into the business owner and/or investor quadrant as quickly as possible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Robert talks about his rich dad and his poor dad a lot. You feel bad for his poor dad because he worked hard and was highly educated but never really got ahead. We've all known people like this in life so it's easy to relate to.


    Any additional comments?

    I can say in all honesty this book is more valuable than any book I read in college. I'm not happy or proud to say that, especially considering the money I spent on college. I majored in business and took numerous finance, economics, and accounting classes. None of them however really taught me the realities of money in the real world, but rather trained me to be in the E or S quadrant. I'm very grateful for this book and I will be listening to it again as soon as I can.

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  • The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (140)

    This unabridged audio download edition of the eagerly anticipated sequel to Lee Strobel’s best-selling he Case for Christ finds the author investigating the nettlesome issues and doubts of the heart that threaten faith. In The Case for Faith, winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award, eight major topics are addressed including doubt, the problem of pain, and the existence of evil.

    Denise says: "The best of Lee Strobel"
    "Great Intro To Apologetics"
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    If you could sum up The Case for Faith in three words, what would they be?

    Increase your faith


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Case for Faith?

    When the author was speaking to a Charles Templeton (a prominent atheist), Lee and he were talking about Jesus. At one point Templeton starting crying and said "I miss him".


    How could the performance have been better?

    I have to be honest here and say I could not stand the performance. This may just be a personal thing, but I really struggled to even finish the book because of it. The performers style may work for a lot of people, but I did not like it. The performer sometimes laughed, sighed, and even cleared his throat in an attempt to create the effect of a conversation between Lee and those he interviewed. Again, for me, I did not care for it. To the performers credit, he was good at creating unique voices for each person interviewed and you can tell he put thought and effort into that. Still, it just didn't work for me.


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

    The interview with Templeton was probably the most moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book, particularly for those new to apologetics. If you are, this is a great place to start, along with Strobel's other books. Once you have done that, consider getting the books of the people he has interviewed such as William Lane Craig and others. They dive much deeper into the topics touched on here.

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  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Narrated By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (512)

    Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

    Timothy Pauls says: "An excellent reason for the author to narrate"
    "Great Book"
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    If you could sum up Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus in three words, what would they be?

    A Remarkable Conversion


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

    Nabeel brings emotion to the reading of this book, not because he is good at reading an audiobook for people to listen to (although he may be), but because it was his personal experience.


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

    Not one moment in particular, but more toward the latter part of the book, where he had overwhelming evidence to become a Christian but struggled so much with what he had been raised with his whole life. The emotional strife that Nabeel struggled with because of how he knew it would hurt his family was sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good book and shows the battle of one man whose previous beliefs were challenged, and how he looked into his own beliefs, then those of Christianity, and chose to follow Christ.

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  • Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jason Redman, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (256)

    Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. But his journey was not without its supreme challenges. He was critically wounded in 2007 when he was struck by machine-gun fire at point blank range. During his intense recovery period, Redman posted a sign on his door, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds."

    Richard says: "Not Superman - Real Man With Incredible Courage"
    "Excellent Book, Not What You Might Expect"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The book and the person reading were both excellent. I think people should be aware of what our military, particularly special ops guys sacrifice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book was not what I expected. I expected this book to be a series of accounts of bravado and battle. Instead, this book was a very honest and open account by the author of his successes and failures. I did not expect him to be open about any failures, yet that is a great deal of what the book was about.


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

    The performer did a great job. I would be very happy to listen to another audiobook read by him. He gave just enough emotion in the reading to give great meaning to the book while not going over the top.


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

    There were several moments that were particularly moving. I'm sure most people who read this have different moments for them. For me, when the author was sent to Ranger School and had to wait a month before it started, he was put on trash detail, and that really moved me. I thought to myself, my goodness, this guy passed BUD's, had gone all the way through SEAL training, was an officer, had been in a combat environment, graduated Suma Cum Laude from college, and they have him on trash detail picking up other people's used cigarettes!!! I really felt for the author at that point. I know Ranger School is no walk in the park and for him to have to go through that after going through BUD's was really something.

    The numerous acts of bravery also moved me. His fellow Seal Al, who helped him when Jason was injured was just awesome. In the epilogue, Jason talks about the organization he founded called Wounded Wear. This moved me above all. He talked about some of the guys who have been a part of it and the injuries they have sustained in battle.

    It also moved me greatly how Jason's wife was there for him, and it troubled me how high the divorce rate was for the special ops guys. These guys sacrifice so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if this kind of topic does not interest you, you really should read this book so you can understand just what our military and specifically special ops guys sacrifice. It's not just what they give up, it's what their families sacrifice also. It's important that we respect what these people sacrifice and not disrespect them through ignorance and apathy.

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  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (751)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "Very Interesting, Specific, And Useful"
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    Where does Spy the Lie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to thus far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did not have one favorite character per se, but there were many interesting one's throughout the book.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first performance I have listened to of his. He gave an good performance. My only problem was that his voice would sometimes fluctuate a little low and quiet. This was only a problem when I was in the car. Other than that is was great.


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

    The section outlining some of the interviews with prominent liars of the last few years troubled me greatly. This is because by the time the authors layed out the interviews with these liars, they had spent the entire book outlining all the various indicators of deception. After doing so, most of the lying was just so blatant, easy to see,...and truly troubling.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book for your work, relationships, and day to day interactions. I highly, highly recommend it, and will reread it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1358)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Amazon Customer says: "Both a How To book and a bit of history"
    "Engaging, Informative, Well Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have gone through many books on Audible, but this one really was one of the best, if not the best. The author takes you through the selection process for Delta Force with all the incredible physical and psychological demands. In the second half of the book, he goes into many different missions that Delta Force was involved in. Having gone through this book, I now feel as though I was very ignorant about some of the historical events Haney describes and the details and reasons for those events.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was a Master Seargant that I really liked. Just in terms of personality and the way the reader depicted him. These guys had been through such hard battles and experiences and yet they were able to keep a light outlook on things. Just one more incredible aspect of their personalities.

    Of course the main person, Eric Haney was great. He never tries to portray himself as some tough guy super soldier, although that is exactly what he is. I'll always remember his account of going on the "forty miler" and making a mistake in navigation that made him go over 50 miles. This was also with a heavy rucksack. Truly unbelievable.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    The Master Seargeant who I believe was a primary figure during selection. He was very laid back and this was not consistent with the authors experience with Master Seargeants in the army. He was a cool character.


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

    I finished this book last night. For the first half of the book I was like man this stuff is so cool with all the training and preparation and everything. The second half of the book dove into the realities of Delta Force, which was a lot of danger, self sacrifice, members getting wounded very badly and/or killed, and questionable missions with questionable motivations on the part of those at the top ordering them. At one point Haney says he felt he was under a microscope by God. These guys have to do some pretty rough things so we can all sleep safe at night.

    I began to feel very sad towards the last third or so of the book. All these amazing guys who put their lives on the lines in far off places, in wars and missions most of us will never even know about, and we'll never even know most of their names. That's how you know their not in it for the accolades or applause.

    Also, when Haney drove away from the Delta compound for the last time, it made me very sad for some reason. I guess that's because in the book he did such a great job of bringing us along verbally in his journey, and you realized it was over.

    There are things I learned in this book that have affected me and I will not be able to forget; things about our nations past that we have done or have not done, but should have.

    Yes, this book affected me a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could shake Eric Haney's hand I would, but I would feel unworthy to do so. What these guys have given up, gone through, endured, and seen, is more than most can imagine.

    This book also gave me great appreciation for the Rangers and other Special Ops. Haney describes various missions that utilized other Special Ops, and all these guys are truly awesome. I'm so grateful we have such amazing men in our military.

    I cannot say enough good things about this book.

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  • I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Norman Geisler
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (133)

    I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist argues that Christianity requires the least faith of all worldviews because it is the most reasonable. The authors lay out the evidence for truth, God, and the Bible in logical order and in a readable, non-technical, engaging style. A valuable aid to those interested in examining the reasonableness of the Christian faith, Geisler and Turek provide a firm challenge to the prior beliefs of doubters and skeptics.

    Natividad says: "Great book."
    "One of the best of it's kind"
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    Would you listen to I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist again? Why?

    Yes, There are so many great ideas and concepts presented in this book, it is worth listening to again. It will be great to go back and review certain ideas and concepts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors put forth their arguments for the existence of God, and also refute many of the arguments made against the existence of God. The concepts are well thought out and are made so the common person can grasp them.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    I really did not like the performance at all. In fact that is the only thing about this book I did not like. Her inflection and tone were overdramatic most of the time. In fact it was so annoying that it would be the only reason I would not listen to this book again.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many books of this nature over the last 15 years or so. This is by far the overall best one. The authors spend a great deal of time on the philosophical arguments for the existence of God. There is a method and format to producing a sound argument with a logical conclusion, so if you have never taken a college level philosophy of logic class this may be new and different to you. Once putting forth the philosophical arguments for the existence of God, the authors then address the notion that some atheists make; namely that science is the only real way to determine truth. The authors clearly break this argument down by showing that such a statement in and of itself is not provable through the scientific method, and is in fact a philosophical statement itself, thereby nullifying the argument.The authors address the idea of evolution, albeit somewhat briefly compared to the rest of the book. An entire book could be written on this and indeed many have, but the authors do give some serious challenges to the idea of life arising out of non-living matter, and the idea of macro-evolution as a whole. The authors also spend a considerable amount of time answering the question of who is Jesus. They address in detail the different theories regarding Jesus death and resurrection, showing that the primary alternative theories, such as the swoon theory, the idea the apostles stole Jesus body, or that Jesus never actually lived, to be absurd when looking at the facts and evidence. The authors also take a good amount of time to address the ancient Hebrew prophecies found in the old testament regarding the Messiah. This section alone was very interesting, especially considering that some of the ancient manuscript copies date from before Christ was on earth. I would recommend this book to any Christian who wants to strengthen their faith, and anyone who is honestly trying to search for the truth and wants to evaluate the arguments for why one should believe in God and why Jesus is the Messiah.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Triple Package: Why Groups Rise and Fall in America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amy Chua, Jed Rubenfeld
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all. Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success.

    CBlox says: "Triple Thumbs Up!!"
    "Good, but nothing spectacular"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Triple Package the most enjoyable?

    The person reading the book did a good job. His voice was not annoying or overly dramatic.


    What other book might you compare The Triple Package to and why?

    None.


    What about Jonathan Todd Ross’s performance did you like?

    He gave just enough fluctuations in his voice to be appropriate, but not so much that it was annoying as I have found with others doing the voicing for audio books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The story of what makes some groups highly successful in America.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had some interesting insights, however the information is not all that surprising or shocking. Most people in America are not shocked to know that Jews, Indian Americans, and Asians are highly successful. Perhaps the reasons for that success are surprising to some but to me it seemed somewhat intuitive. The book briefly touches upon groups or sub-groups that have not had great success, but is careful not to insult those groups. Rather, the authors offer their view on how those groups have not managed to experience success. As with pretty much any book which deals with the psychological, a certain degree of interpretation of data and opinion is inserted into this book. This was an interesting read but not a must-read.

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