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Seminary Sam

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  • 2004 RNC: Senator Zell Miller (09/01/04)

    • NONE (15 mins)
    • By Zell Miller
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    On the third night of the 2004 Republican National Convention, Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) addressed the crowd. The speech took place at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, on September 1, 2004.

    Samuel says: "I was WOW'ed"
    "Southern Democrat Blisters Northern Democrat"
    Overall

    Artificial Intellectual elitism and appeasement doesn't cut it with Zell.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2540)
    Performance
    (2365)
    Story
    (2375)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "From the "Start Here" perspective"
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    The foreword offers different ways to begin the Riyria collection - either chronologically, beginning with the Riyria Chronicles and concluding with the Riyria Revelation series or the Revelation series (published first) and then the prequel (newly published) Chronicles. I began here at the Crown Tower, with no prior knowledge of the series and only going by the high ratings by thousands of other readers.
    First, the writing itself is entertaining. Michael Sullivan is quite inventive in his descriptions and dialogue and the contrasts between Hadrian and Royce should set up enjoyable dialogues over the course of the next volumes. A big personal thanks to Mr. Sullivan for keeping the scene descriptions and dialogue respectfully clean. (When a brothel is a major component of the story, it would have been easy for things to get tawdry.)
    Second, the story prompted some disturbing questions, Some examples: why does the professor take such a personal interest in Royce, knowing what a murderer he is? It has to be more than believing "there is a human being in there." He knows that letting him run loose is going to lead to the deaths of the innocent as well as guilty. Another: Could people such as the "ladies" of the brothel and the boy Royce really not survive outside the city? And how did someone as naïve and gullible as Hadrian appears to be survive war and other challenges? Talent with a sword will only get you so far.
    Third, the narrator is good, particularly with the voice of Royce, but his voice for Hadrian, lost some credibility for me. He sounded timid and childish at times, stretching Hadrian's reluctance too far. Also at times the narrator sounded like Edward Everett Horton doing "Fracture Fairy Tales," which was personally amusing but drew a little too much attention to himself.
    In conclusion, Sullivan laid a solid foundation for a series, which promises to offer hours and hours of listening pleasure ahead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12027)
    Performance
    (7978)
    Story
    (8013)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A Powerful Story Powerfully Written"
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    Kudos to Laura for her seven year research into this fine biography. I had to check before I finished it as to whether all of this was actually true. Could the same man be an Olympic runner with the potential to break the four minute mile, a survivor on a raft for weeks beyond what anyone else experienced, a POW survivor of Japanese brutality for two years, a hopeless alcoholic, and then Christian witness able to forgive his ruthless enemies?
    A most heart-wrenching and heart-warming story of an amazing man. And as of this review, he is still alive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wiker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    You've heard of the "Great Books"? These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these "influential" books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive. Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker.

    Aaron says: "Some merit, but more religious masquerade"
    "Going on my second listen"
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    This is one of the few books that is even better on the second listen than the first. The first time I was taking in the facts: the particular philosphy, the error of the philosophy, and how that error has influenced society. On the second listen, I am catching his wit and poetic charm of his writing. This is a well written book, whether you agree with his assessments or not.

    0 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
    (398)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (240)

    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 beam of light in the darkest of worlds"
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    This is the autobiography of Corrie Ten Boom, a simple Dutch watch maker caught in the dark nightmare of Nazi occupation. Although she helped and hid Jews in a hidden room, she and her whole family are arrested, sentenced, and imprisoned for food ration card violations (although the Gestapo suspected them of aiding the Jews). In the terrible ordeals that follow, she finds God's strength in the Bible and the spiritually strong examples of her father and sister, Betsy. By the end, Corrie has a depth of understanding about God's love, grace, faith, and sovereign will that we could never know apart from going through such horror ourselves.
    The narrator is so good I thought Miss Ten Boom was actually speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody's Gotta Say It

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Neal Boortz
    • Narrated By Neal Boortz
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    With its outrageous brand of conservative talk, The Neal Boortz Show has been one of talk radio's hottest commodities for more than 25 years. Boortz entertains his rabid followers with commentary on everything from corruption in Washington to the troops overseas. Now, with Somebody's Gotta Say It, Neal gives us his greatest jeremiad yet: a hilarious but serious-as-taxes screed covering all the issues that get Neal and his millions of listeners hot under the collar on a daily basis.

    Eric says: "He got it right"
    "More than thought-provoking"
    Overall

    Instantly the listener is assaulted with a summary of the book. Whatever offends you in the first ten minutes will continue to provoke more than your thoughts. It will grate you as he explores those topics in more detail, especially poking at the tender feelings of many liberals. Most people can find some common ground with Boortz on at least one issue, but the libertarian is most likely to appreciate this work. My first problem with Boortz is that while he is strong on personal liberties, he does so with the abandonment of any moral base, and even liberty without morality descends into chaos. It seems his abandonment of Episcopal ministry resulted in a wavering stand on moral issues in general. My second problem is that just because people e-mail him to tell him they "will never listen to him again," that does not mean that he is right. Nevertheless, he parades e-mail after e-mail as if they were evidence that his view was correct, when some of his views, when taken to their logical conclusions, are deeply flawed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Testament Greek Vocabulary: Learn on the Go

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jonathan T. Pennington
    • Narrated By Jonathan T. Pennington
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Students of biblical Greek will learn all New Testament Greek vocabulary words that occur 10 times or more in the New Testament with this audiobook. Jonathan Pennington speaks all New Testament Greek words in descending order of frequency. After each citation is an opportunity for the user to give the gloss meaning of the word; then Pennington gives the gloss, confirming whether or not the user had it correctly.

    Seminary Sam says: "Helpful but tedious"
    "Helpful but tedious"
    Overall

    This audio book is most effective for learning to pronounce Greek words according to the North American standard. Pennington is very careful in his pronunciations.

    However, even thirty minutes of listening to vocabulary can be taxing on the brain, but it beats trying to read flash cards while driving!

    Be sure to download the companion booklet for the spelling of these words.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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