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Ragina

Pleasantville, IA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible: Flawed Women Loved By A Flawless God

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Liz Curtis Higgs
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Higgs revisits the well of biblical women for this continuation of her hugely successful Bad Girls of the Bible series. Whereas Bad Girls of the Bible and Really Bad Girls of the Bible tackled the Jezebels and Salomes, often demonstrating that these women were not as nefarious as later traditions would suggest, this one takes a different tack, looking at five good girls of the Bible and finding them seriously flawed.

    Linda Martin West says: "Wonderful!"
    "Refreshing and Rewarding Reading"
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    What made the experience of listening to Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible the most enjoyable?

    Liz is a great communicator and reader, I loved knowing it was her own voice reading the book.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Liz has done her homework and her writing was very insightful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I believe her comments regarding the restoration of relationship between Leah and Rachel. Jealousy can tear apart so many families over such trivial things, it is nice to realize that those relationships can be resolved. Of course Rachel's desires had to be fulfilled before mending could occur!


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

    Timeless. I understand the focus of the book is to show us how God used totally human people, just like us, to do His good works for and through. So that we can see how we can be close to God and used for His work. Technology has changed, but people and our emotions, desires and fears are the same now as they were then.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, wish I had it both in hard copy and audible... but will listen to it again to make sure I didn't miss anything as my mind was distracted by my eyes :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bait of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By John Bevere
    • Narrated By John Bevere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (122)

    Escape the enemy's deadly trap! The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God - offense. Most people who are ensnared by the bait of Satan don’t even realize it. Don’t be fooled! You will encounter offense, and it’s up to you how it will affect your relationship with God. Your response will determine your future. If offense is handled correctly, you will become stronger rather than bitter. John Bevere shows you how to stay free from offense and escape the victim mentality.

    shannon says: "Forgiveness is the KEY"
    "Don't be trapped"
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    What did you love best about Bait of Satan?

    Like so many of the testimonies used in this book I have to say that I like the way it points out to me places that I am baited and trapped, when I thought that I had overcome those things in my life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undaunted: Daring to Do What God Calls You to Do

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christine Caine
    • Narrated By Tess Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Christine Caine offers life-transforming insights about how not only to overcome the challenges, wrong turns, and often painful circumstances we all experience, but also to actually grow from those experiences and be equipped and empowered to help others. Using her own dramatic life story, Caine shows how God rescued her from a life where she was unnamed, unwanted, and unqualified. She tells how she overcame abuse, abandonment, fears, and other challenges to go on a mission of adventure.

    Ragina says: "Thought provoking"
    "Thought provoking"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but not sure this is one that I wish I had bought in paperback and audio and still may. Christine has some very thought provoking things in this book that if you had it in print you could pause for a few minutes after you read it and let it soak in. I like listening to it too though because I have more time to listen than I do to sit and read, but this one demands you not to multitask quite as much as some other books allow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a compelling book... not a story.


    What about Tess Masters’s performance did you like?

    She actually reads the way Christine would. I am glad that I saw Christine at Women of Faith and the Joyce Meyer women's conference this year before reading (listening to) her book. It did help me appreciate the writing more and Tess did a great job injection Christine's emotion for the subject matter into her reading.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Say I Didn't Warn You

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anita Renfroe
    • Narrated By Anita Renfroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When I first learned that I was pregnant, I thought this was going to be the most blessed, beautiful, rose-petals-at-my-feet-and-bluebirds-lighting-upon-my-forearm time of my life.Then I went for my first prenatal visit. Which starts with a weigh-in.

    Ragina says: "Entertaining"
    "Entertaining"
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    Would you listen to Don't Say I Didn't Warn You again? Why?

    Yes, it is an uplifting and enjoyable book, one that you could listen to multiple times and still laugh with Anita.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not a character reading... More of a stand up act by Anita.


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

    If you haven't seen Anita perform then you would miss the emotion she adds with her voice. If you have seen her, then her writing is good enough that you can get what she is writing and perhaps still hear her enthusiasm.


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

    I did laugh out loud a few times when she touched on things that I have experienced with humor.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. I like it when I am driving. You will miss some things, but will hear them the next time you tune it up... makes the time go fast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Live Is Christ: Joining Paul's Journey of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Beth Moore
    • Narrated By Renee Ertl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Paul's undying passion for Christ continues to inspire and challenge those with a deep spiritual hunger for the things of God. Now acclaimed Bible teacher and author Beth Moore traces the life of the apostle Paul from his childhood to his martyrdom. Listeners will be greatly refreshed by the obvious mercy of God that cause those who have failed him to repent and serve Him wholeheartedly and effectively.

    Ragina says: "Memorable Read"
    "Memorable Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of To Live Is Christ to be better than the print version?

    I still love printed books and writing in the margins and underlining things, but this book is one that is great to walk or drive with and listen to over and over again, always gaining something new from it each time I listen to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Beth has such a great admiration and love for God and it shows in how she brings the books and the people of the Bible to light in her teachings and writings. I feel like I know Christ and the Apostle Paul so much better after listing to this book.


    Which character – as performed by Renee Ertl – was your favorite?

    This is not really an appropriate question for this book as she isn't reading in character parts, but she does read similar to the way Beth would have presented her writing, with emotion and thoughtfulness.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great read for those wanting to understand more about the life of Paul and his passion for spreading the Gospel and living for Christ. You can know a little or a lot about the Bible already, either way you will gain from this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Do You Think I'm Beautiful?: The Question Every Woman Asks

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Angela Thomas
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Little girls know about Cinderella, about her breathtaking beauty, about Prince Charming, about a magical destiny called "happily ever after." And inside every woman is a little girl who secretly aches for a fairy godmother to wave a wand and transform her into the princess she has always longed to be - to make her beautiful, captivating and adored.<

    Ragina says: "Wow, Do You Think I'm Beautiful is a worthy read"
    "Wow, Do You Think I'm Beautiful is a worthy read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it touches the heart and heals emotions


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Do You Think I'm Beautiful??

    There were so many, but the dance and the testimony of her sister's death are the first two that come to mind.


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

    N/A


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Do You Think I'm Beautiful??

    God does see us and loves us. We forget that sometimes because we forget to look for him.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Angela for this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (227)

    Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the 20h century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazi's, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her whole family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

    AAW says: "Amazing Courage"
    "A Must Read"
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    Would you listen to The Hiding Place again? Why?

    Yes, very moving book and I know that I miss pieces when listening because my attention may be drawn away. I believe that a person would benefit from more than one time through this book.


    What other book might you compare The Hiding Place to and why?

    The book of Revelation. The trials that those people endured had to seem to them like they were living in the end times.


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

    She brings a personality to each character in the book with the influx of emotion and diction in her voice.


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

    So many. But the ending when Betsy's visions are realized by her sister.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (3988)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1673)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Share The Shack"
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    Would you listen to The Shack again? Why?

    Yes, reading and or listening I think that a persons mind skips or misses messages. This is such a rewarding message of healing and awakening that I will take the time to listen to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shack?

    Mack being called to forgive and the struggle the author shows there.


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

    I have not yet listened to other offerings from Roger Mueller


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

    Yes, but I chose times where I could give my undivided attention and not fall asleep by becoming to relaxed...so I listened as I worked out each day. My workout time went by way to fast most days.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for this story. So many emotions are shared in its pages and the messages can fit into almost any trial that we may go through.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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