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Steve James

Steve James

Tucker, GA USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 150 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Susan Isaacs
    • Narrated By Susan Isaacs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In this cuttingly poignant memoir, Susan Isaacs chronicles her rocky relationship with the Almighty - from early childhood to midlife crisis - and all the churches where she and God tried to make a home: Pentecostals, Slackers for Jesus, and the über-intellectuals who turned everything, including the weekly church announcements, into a three-point sermon. Casting herself as the neglected spouse, Susan faces her inner nag and the ridiculous expectations she put on God.

    Leese-Calver says: "AWESOME."
    "An honest and heart-felt story"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. It's an honest heart-felt expression of one woman's journey through life and how she tried to reconciled what she believed her faith to be telling her with what she experienced. She calls into question the traditional response that some people and churches have towards people and their issues and shows how, at least in her case, they failed. She eventually gets to a place of resolution with everything. It’s just that it was through an unconventional way. It's quite good and thought-provoking if nothing else.

    I also appreciated her comments about her interaction with single men in the church, of which I am one. It was good hearing from a woman's point of view how she experiences single Christian men and how much we need to improve.

    I really like this book in audio and can't imagine a print version would be as good. Hearing the author tell her own story is pretty compelling in itself. But I have to believe her experience as an actor helped significantly. The dialogue she has with God seems to be helped significantly by being in audio.

    I do believe the book will likely bother some people because it calls into question orthodox ways of interacting with people within the church. But frankly that's one of the things i most liked about it. I think it raises issues that are too often ignored.

    My only concern about the book is that there's some language in there that's not what you'd hear in church, but nothing worse than any PG movie. Most bothersome to me was several references to a man's "cojones" (or lack thereof) when describing his passivity. In the context of a personal memoir it wasn't too offensive, and it certainly communicates the idea well. However I'd prefer that a man's privates be kept private.

    Overall I really liked the book. I certainly recommend it, particularly if you find the sample at all compelling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4961)
    Performance
    (4376)
    Story
    (4400)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Another great book my Gladwell"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    Gladwell always has a way of showing you that the things that you thought were obvious aren't always as they appear.


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

    There's something about an author reading his own book that's quite appealing to me.


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

    Yes, and i was taken aback when it was over. I wanted him to keep going.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (Abridged)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Gardner
    • Narrated By Andre Blake
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    At the age of 20, Chris Gardner arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. However, he surprised everyone and himself by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. Yet no sooner had he landed an entry-level position at a prestigious firm, Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him part of the city's working homeless with his toddler son.

    Steve James says: "Book Better"
    "Book Better"
    Overall

    I enjoyed both the movie and the book, but the book gives an in-depth look of the author's childhood, which wasn't covered at all by the movie. It helped me see the context of how Chris got to where he was. How his birth mother had struggled with her relationships with men and the impact on Chris. His was not an easy childhood by many standards, but it was real and it was his and I enjoyed hearing how life growing up was for someone who had it very different from me.

    It also, to my surprise, validated that the movie didn't use much literary license in telling the story. While some of the details may not have been accurate, (days he spent in jail, pay during his apprenticeship, etc.) the central core of the story in the movie was surprisingly true.

    I recommend both highly. I first saw the movie and then read the book. And if you see the movie on DVD be sure to see the special features about how they made the movie. That was very good.

    <note: seems you can't edit the title for the review once you've submitted it. I would have changed it to "A Good Pair.">

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Emotional Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (385)

    Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. This fascinating and persuasive program argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities - emotional intelligence - that matter immensely in terms of how we do in life.

    Stephanie says: "Good info, hard to listen sometimes"
    "Good material but bad presentation"
    Overall

    I concur with the other reviews that while the material is interesting and useful, the narration is a distraction. There were even times when there was background music, which made it more difficult to absorb. The music would thankfully go away eventually, but it made for an unpleasant experience. If I weren't specifically interested and motivated to get through the book, I would not continue with it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

    Steve James says: "What were they thinking?"
    "What were they thinking?"
    Overall

    I'm beginning to wonder about the usefulness of some of these reviews, particularly the negative ones. They almost prevented me from listening to Blink by Malcom Gladwell which I LOVED and might have prevailed against me for this one had I paid any attention. They are in such stark contrast to my experience.

    I find this book a very enjoyable read and as people have said, it's as much about the author as the book he is reading. I have truly enjoyed the narrator Geoffrey Cantor portrayal of the book. He seems more like an actor reading a script than a narrator reading a book.

    The book is long however, but I think I'll be able to stop it for awhile and come back to it fairly easily. I strongly recommend it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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