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  • Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neale Donald Walsch
    • Narrated By Neale Donald Walsch, Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn

    Suppose you could ask God the most puzzling questions about existence, and God would provide clear, understandable answers? It happened to Neale Donald Walsch. Conversations with God is Neale Donald Walsch's account of his direct conversations with God, beginning in 1992 while Walsch was immersed in a period of deep depression. He composed a letter to God in which he vented his frustrations, and much to his surprise, even shock, God answered him.

    Karie says: "Finally!!"
    "Helpfull and Though-Provoking"
    What did you like best about this story?

    As someone who grew up going to church most weekends, yet currently consider myself agnostic, this book described a God unlike any description I have heard before. While a bit unusual, I find the possibility of such a God to be more logical, believable, and understandable than the description I have heard in the standard christian churches today. From a philosophical perspective, this book proposed ideas and a mindset which promotes greater happiness in my life. I am glad I listened to it, however I think the lengthy interviews added to the end of the audiobook were a waste of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "I couldn't get past the time travelling Sci-fi"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Not from the author, but I would listen to another book read by Porter. I expected Gabaldon to gloss over the absurdity of having her character traveling back in time, but instead the time traveling, trying to get back to the future, and wondering how the character's actions were affecting the future was actually THE primary theme of the book. My angst with the author's handling of that topic overshadowed the rest of the book and kept me from enjoying any other aspects of the story, such as the romance... which I only found to be mediocre.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    No, I don't care for her storytelling. She's too long-winded, and events don't seem to have any deeper meaning or tie together to any understanding of some point... like an action movie that you see just for its special effects and explosions.

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

    It was well read by Davina Porter. If you want a long tragic romance novel, then this is your book. Be prepared to buy the series, though, because nothing is concluded in the 22.5 hrs of this book, instead you will be enticed with a reading of the first 30 minutes of the next book.

    2 of 3 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

    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"
    "Entertaining and informative"
    If you could sum up David and Goliath in three words, what would they be?

    Top Nonfiction Book!

    Any additional comments?

    Malcom's writing and reading style produced such a fine book to listen to. It ties together several stories in an informative book that is also fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "A fun story; worth enjoying with the movie"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a fun story that was well narrated. Listening to this added a great deal of understanding to the movie. I think the book and the movie (at least the currently released first movie in the three-part series) are very complementary because the movie never deviated much from the book, so it's fun to enjoy both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Thought provoking, but long and frustrating"

    While I really like the some of the concepts that the story discusses about theology and intelligence, the vast majority of this book is spent just figuring out a bunch of pointless clues. I leave this book feeling like I should have just listened to the beginning and end, and completely ignored the uninteresting scavenger hunt that comprises the majority of the book. Additionally, Paul Michael reads so slow I found I had to listen to the book sped up (2x speed on my iphone) to get through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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