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  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 109 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the form of warm, relaxed letters to a close friend, C. S. Lewis meditates on many puzzling questions concerning the intimate dialogue between man and God. He considers practical and metaphysical aspects of prayer, such as when we pray and where. He questions why we seek to inform God in our prayers if he is omniscient, whether there is an ideal form of prayer, and which of our many selves we show to God while praying.

    Amazon Customer says: "OK, but not one of his best."
    "I have a better understanding of prayer."
    What did you love best about Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer?

    The personal touch. I had a real sense of the character of C.S. Lewis. What a remarkable thinker he is. I laughed, smiled, reflected, determined to be more fervent in prayer, and listen to this audible a few more times.

    What did you like best about this story?

    A friendship between two men who respected each other and loved each other though they differed in their understanding of God. It was refreshing to see two men

    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    I would say C.S. Lewis.

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

    The time when C.S. Lewis talked of Malcolm's son and they joked about his future and then the boy was possibly in dire straights. The words of comfort C.S. Lewis gave were moving.

    Any additional comments?

    Reading or listening to the writing of C.S. Lewis makes me want to read all that he wrote. I am not totally clear on all that was spoken in the audio but his intellect is far above mine. Still I glean much from what I hear. Thanks for making this an audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Borgias: Celebrated Crimes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune

    To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language - has minced no words - to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the first of the series, Dumas tells the luridly sexy, amazingly violent, and strikingly amoral story of the three most famous members of the Borgia family - Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia, and above all Cesare.

    Theodore says: "I can't endure any more"
    "I can't endure any more"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The title is a far cry from the story I thought I would be listening to. All about Popes and characters the enter and leave the scene without any substance. Like listening to a conversation about someone else's acquaintances and being left without a clue about these people or even wishing to have a clue.

    What was most disappointing about Alexandre Dumas’s story?

    Subject according to title has not bearing on the story if there is a story.

    What didn’t you like about Robert Bethune’s performance?

    I would go nuts having to read this book to record. He did a fine job.

    What character would you cut from The Borgias?

    I would cut the stuff after the beginning to the end. The rest is fine.

    Any additional comments?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Jihad: Political Thrillers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh...and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played.

    Joseph says: "Great book ... worth the listening to"
    "Hopefully this work of fiction stays that way."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Possibly. I did feel it dragged somewhat and the female voice done by the narrator was unrealistic. The two women in the story were supposed to be young and beautiful and the attempt at the female voice left something to be desired. He did a better job at it than I could have.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Leave out some detail about the weapons and other technical stuff. I did not follow the story well since I am ignorant of a lot of the geography and history. Not the books fault.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The action scenes were good especially at the end. I think the banter between some of the characters was somewhat hokey.

    Did The Last Jihad inspire you to do anything?

    Pray for the peace of Israel.

    Any additional comments?

    The book was entertaining but it made me think I should be listening to non-fiction rather than fiction. I listened to Wild Swans and that was great. Next, I am going to get Mao.Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a family history that spans a century, recounting the lives of three female generations in China, by Chinese writer Jung Chang.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jung Chang
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

    Ann Elizabeth Korte says: "Wonderful book and great audio-book!"
    "Eceptional Writer, historically informative"
    Would you listen to Wild Swans again? Why?

    I would listen again because there is so much information regarding the three generations covered in the book. I just purchased the book

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author.

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

    She has a pleasant voice and I found her easy to listen to. I don't think I can chose one over the other. I find listening when I have the time a good way to

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

    I think the death of the grandmother was tragic because in my mind it brought to the fore the terrible atrocities that were perpetuated when the communists were seeking power and doing all manner of evil to their own people under Mao.

    Any additional comments?

    I lived in China on and off for four years and taught English in an upper middle school and two universities. I knew something about Mao and actually tried to find some information on Lei feng but it is sparse. Mostly I heard he was a kind soldier who helped people. The book gave me a more complete history and I found it intriguing and informative. Having lived in China I know Mao is highly revered and with the revisionist history and the propaganda machine, the Chinese people seem unquestioning about their past. The author of this book did the one thing that frustrated me when I was talking to Chinese who did not do this and that is questioning.

    I made friends in China and I spoke to her about Mao and the horrible things he did and her response was:

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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