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Shelley

SAINT PAUL, MN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Allen Anderson, Linda Anderson
    • Narrated By Bob Malos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Allen, a former police officer who became with his wife Linda, an award-winning animal book author, received shocking news. Although only in his mid-fifties, he had two potentially fatal health issues – a brain aneurysm, which could rupture at any time, and a blood clot aimed at his heart. Leaf, his newly adopted canine family member, proved that at some level he understood and wanted to help with the dire situation.

    Shelley says: "Thoughtful Look into Our Pet Relationships"
    "Thoughtful Look into Our Pet Relationships"
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    Would you listen to A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life again? Why?

    Yes. Anderson's book gave me a new perspective on my relationship with my pets. While mine do not seem as gifted as Leaf, I am now open to the idea of "listening" in a different way to the things our companions have to share with us.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life?

    I appreciated Allen's vulnerability as he faced a very frightening illness. He shares his struggles with the variety of emotions that send one on a roller coaster when we are not well and how this can impact how we interact with family members, co-workers, and of course, pets.


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

    Malos is easy to listen to, keeps the story moving with lively narration and does not overshadow the story he is telling. I like how he performed "Leaf" and will be looking for of his narrations.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2913)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1469)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "Enjoyable"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was well researched and Moore had done his home work.


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

    He did a nice job with the different voices, but initially I found his voice irritating.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lamb and why?

    The story was told from the eyes of Biff. I enjoyed the humor and the "personalizing" of the story of Jesus told from a creative perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    I found Moore's book to be an enjoyable story. While there was a lot of humor (more juvenile that cerebral), it was not offensive in that it did not attack any of the traditionally held Christian beliefs nor did it poke fun at the religion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trout: A True Story of Murder, Teens, and the Death Penalty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeff Kunerth
    • Narrated By Bob Malos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    On a cool Pensacola night in January 1991, just a few minutes before midnight, three teenagers pulled up to the Trout Auto Parts store. Patrick Bonifay, his body coursing with adrenaline, entered the store clad in a ski mask carrying a loaded gun, intent on carrying out a poorly laid plan. Little did he know that it was his life - as well as the lives of his companions - that was about to be forever changed. Bonifay, Clifford Barth, and Eddie Fordham were hired to kill Daniel Wells by Robin Archer, who blamed Wells for losing his job nine months prior.

    Merrie says: "TRIPLE "WOW"!!!"
    "Interesting and Informative"
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    Where does Trout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Kunerth does a masterful job of weaving together the individual stories of each of the characters with the facts connected with juvenile justice and the death sentence. It was both informative and interesting. I appreciated the research that went into Trout as well as the writing style. It left me with a broader perspective of a difficult subject.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were written about with compassion rather than judgement. No one person was portrayed as a one-dimensional monster.


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

    Malos narration is easy to listen to and engaging. I appreciate that he is able to add some characterization without making the performance into audio theater. He has a nice blend of energy that keeps me involved in the book and a calm that makes the listening experience smooth and enjoyable. His presentation of narrative as well as facts are both clear and clean. I enjoyed his performance of Trout.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    It was fascinating to learn about the tensions held in a developing teenage brain. The book did a good job explaining physiological reasons for many teenage actions and traits.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miracle Cures: Saints, Pilgrimage, and the Healing Powers of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert A. Scott
    • Narrated By Bob Malos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Iconic images of medieval pilgrims, such as Chaucer's making their laborious way to Canterbury, conjure a distant time when faith was the only refuge of the ill and infirm and thousands traveled great distances to pray for healing. Why, then, in an age of advanced biotechnology and medicine, do millions still go on pilgrimages? Why do journeys to important religious shrines - such as Lourdes, Compostela, Fátima, and Medjugorje - constitute a major industry? In Miracle Cures, Robert A. Scott explores these provocative questions and finds that pilgrimage continues to offer answers for many.

    Shelley says: "Thoughtful and Well Read"
    "Thoughtful and Well Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Miracle Cures: Saints, Pilgrimage, and the Healing Powers of Belief to be better than the print version?

    Scott presents a carefully researched and accessible understanding medieval and modern miracle cures by Christian saints. While he does not discount the possibility of supernatural intervention, he offers interesting theories about the pscyho/social and physiological factors that contribute to the healing of the faithful. He is respectful of and open to religious explanations of cures. The book is well organized and written so that the average reader can easily understand it. I appreciated how he covered not only the distant past, but also examined the impact of current technology on the veneration of saints.

    Malos does an excellent job narrating this book. He clearly put effort into finding the correct pronunciation for foreign and scientific words. He conveyed an enthusiasm for the material that made it more interesting and engaging. What could have been a dry, scientific read was easy to listen to and held my attention. I believe his narration made a good book better. Well read!


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

    Malos is a superb narrator. He brings energy and interest to his material and adds to it in a way that does not distract from the work. He is easy to listen to and he holds my attention, even on this book which could have become a dry and boring scientific dissertation. His pace, clarity and pronunciation are first-rate.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed hearing this book. This is the first time I have listened to an audio book for something that was not a story. Given that this book is researched based, I was pleasantly surprised by how the audio version held my attention and how well I was able to follow and take in the information. (Kudos to the author and narrator!) I am looking forward to expanding my use of audio books based on this experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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