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Robert

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  • Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor's Journey from Belief to Atheism

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jerry DeWitt
    • Narrated By Jerry DeWitt
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Atheism's leading lights have long been intellectuals raised in the secular and academic worlds: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens. By contrast, Jerry DeWitt was born and bred into the church and was in fact a Pentecostal preacher before arriving at atheism through an extraordinary dialogue with faith that spanned more than a quarter of a century. Hope After Faith is his account of that journey. DeWitt was a pastor in the town of DeRidder, Louisiana, and was a fixture of the community. In private, however, he'd begun to question his faith.

    Gary says: "More much than an autobiography."
    "Quite a captivating narrative."
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    Would you try another book from Jerry DeWitt and/or Jerry DeWitt?

    Nope.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jerry's wife. She was portrayed as immeasurably patient as Jerry struggled to make rational decisions.


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

    Nope.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was captivating all the way through. What really bothered was Jerry blamed his failed marriage on Atheism. This couldn't more false. While the book is intended to document his path toward Atheism over many years, he also did a great job documenting his selfishness and resistance to making rational decisions.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to wait some time before writing this review as I cannot express how disappointed I was with the main character. As a literary work, it did it's job by emotionally investing me into the main characters' life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For Women Only, Revised and Updated Edition: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Shaunti Feldhahn
    • Narrated By Shaunti Feldhahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Discover the truth he wants you to know! The man in your life is keeping secrets. They’re so deep inside he barely knows they're there, much less how to talk to you about them. Yet he genuinely wants you to "get" him - to understand his inner life, his fears, his needs... In her landmark best seller For Women Only, Shaunti Feldhahn reveals what every woman - single or married - needs to know.

    Jill says: "Life changing"
    "Misleading description book is largely religious"
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    Would you try another book from Shaunti Feldhahn and/or Shaunti Feldhahn?

    Nope


    Has For Women Only, Revised and Updated Edition turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope


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

    Nope


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger.


    Any additional comments?

    In the first part of the book, the author says this book is written for church goers and is recommended reading for many patrons. She also makes the point that this book is intended for religious people. To nail it home, the author even quotes biblical scripture to bolster her points.

    With such a religious focus, one would think the description of the book would mention god and Christianity. Odd how the description conveniently omits this point. I will be returning this book as the description is misleading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11632)
    Performance
    (10847)
    Story
    (10855)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Alright book but read Snow Crash instead."
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    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle, not the best, not the worst.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ernest Cline? Why or why not?

    I suppose so, I'm just curious if all his books borrow so heavily from Neil Stephenson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2661)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1362)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    W. Seligman says: "What more can be said?"
    "Writing style forces to you to emphathize"
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    What made the experience of listening to Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade the most enjoyable?

    Seemingly, the book was written in a way that prevents the reader from growing accustomed to whatever event is taking place. As the reader, you feel just as disjointed as the main character and begin to empathize with him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3331)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1377)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Okay story, first and second halves feel forced."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok. Coming from Snow Crash, I had high expectation for Neil. The first and last halves of the book seem written independently of each other. The whole first half introduces you to the world and the characters. The second half turns everything upside down without explanation or build up. I though at first I skipped a few chapters. Nope, the book is just written that way.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The end was good but rushed after an entire book of build up.


    What three words best describe Jennifer Wiltsie’s performance?

    Consistent, calming, poignant.


    Did The Diamond Age inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Audio sounds like it was poorly dubbed from cassette tape. Often times the audio distorts just like a tape would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7200)
    Performance
    (3556)
    Story
    (3559)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Story good, character development not so good."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Generally it was okay.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None, author only develops characters as a method to kill them soon after or to provide a weak attempt at a jump scare. Aside from that, none of the characters have any sizable role in the whole story and you often forget several are even present.


    Was The Passage worth the listening time?

    It was okay. On main plot hole kept nagging at me.If one write a book about zombies with vampire-esque features, the author must really touch on sustainability of this new species. Without infrastructure to move resources to the zombies, the zombies will die. No amount of swarming small game over 100 years will keep 24 million of them alive. If the zombies are sustained by "magic" then what is the point of eating people?Such a gaping plot hole isn't even whispered during this huge read.


    Any additional comments?

    While it had a few boring places, it was an okay story. It failed to make you emotionally relate with any characters. the giant plot hole is difficult to swallow.The only emotion this book has elicited is a fear of boredom from reading the second in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

    Jennifer says: "Masterful Performance!"
    "Not very suspenseful. Rather.. totally arbitrary."
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    I expect a standard murder mystery to give you the general lay of the evidence and keep you second-guessing yourself throughout the book. While the first quarter of the book will give you this sensation, the rest will make you ask "What's the point?!"
    The author seem to have run out of ideas to quickly and just starts making up relationships. At no point does the reader get any insight into the detective's thought or motivations. I would not recommend this to anybody.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune Messiah

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2371)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1385)

    The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

    Andrew says: "A nice continuation"
    "Sad futility"
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    Much of Herbert's description of prescience is confusing and gets you lost. Which I think is the point. You can understand the position Paul is in and understand how he feels like a slave to his own life. Definitely worth the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3923)
    Performance
    (2080)
    Story
    (2118)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "Read it to complete the 4"
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    I read this one just to get closure on the other 3. This story picks up seconds after the ending to "Xenocide". While I enjoyed the story and plot, the continual character arguments and explanations of meta-physical gibberish was too much. After "Xenocide", this story was an improvement but failed to end the series with a bang.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5025)
    Performance
    (2847)
    Story
    (2876)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    Auban says: "If not for the narrator..."
    "Can easily be shorter"
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    After coming from "Speaker for the Dead", I was expecting a lot for this book. It disappointed me. There is little character development happening, instead it is replaced with ongoing family arguments. While some of that is necessary to drive the narrative, it goes on and on and on. Along with the overblown quarreling, you get a lot of overly descriptive conversations on meta-physical psuedo sci-fi gibberish. Again, a little bit helps drive the narrative, but it was excessive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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