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W

Saint Charles, IL, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kyle Idleman
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    In Gods at War, Kyle Idleman, best-selling author of Not a Fan, helps every believer recognize that there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else. While these pursuits may not be the “graven images” of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you’re struggling with, the discouragement you’re dealing with, the lack of purpose you’re living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.

    Fred Stellabotte says: "One of the Best Books I have ever read .."
    "Deep book for any serious minded Christ-Follower"
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    Would you listen to Gods at War again? Why?

    I rated this book a 4 because it is an important topic for any Christ-follower. I liked Tim Keller's Counterfeit Gods more than this book, but found reading this one a good refresher. I have never read an Idleman book before, but would easily do so in the future as I agree with his theological conclusions.

    I did not love the narrator and I didn't think the audiobook was as clean as it could be. For example, I do not know why they felt it necessary to cite the citations while the narrator read the footnotes. I don't think the reader can memorize a web address and drive a car at the same time. At least this listener cannot!

    Overall, this was an important read. It challenged me and I would recommend it to those in my church.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (850)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "The Bully Pulpit - Just too long for me"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For starters I have read a lot of Doris Kearns Goodwin, but this is the first book I have listened to. To that end, I am starting to wonder if I should have READ this book as opposed to listening to it. Like her other books, I think it is very well researched. I think the issues I have with it are because of my tastes, which is what my ranking stems from. Here are some examples of aspects of the book that I do not like:

    - Too much information about McClure's magazine. If the book ended with TR's presidency, this wouldn't have been an issue. But as the book winds down (finally!), and the story shifts to the rift between TR and Taft, I wonder if the long sections on the press were really necessary? I believe they were to the early part of the story, which is probably why the editor left them in the title.

    - Given this, however, I feel like this is really two books in one. Book 1 was really about how TR used the press to move American opinion to his progressive agenda. Book 2 is about the relationship between TR and Taft. Their rift, split, and the start of a new party leading to the election of Wilson.

    Overall, this is a very good work. I can't say that enough. It just isn't my favorite DKG work. For me, it falls down to fourth:

    1) No Ordinary Time
    2) Team of Rivals (more like 1A to the above)
    3) Wait Till Next Year (*I'm a baseball fan, otherwise B.P. would fall in here)
    4) Bully Pulpit


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1335)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Darwin8u says: "Grief, terror, love, longing"
    "Bryan Cranston is amazing!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think Tim O'Brien is a talented writer and this is an intriguing book. I listen to most audio books while I am driving so this was a little hard to follow with how much he jumps around. It got easier a few hours into it however. My ranking has to do more with my taste than anything else. So while it isn't my favorite war-time book, I do appreciate it.

    Bryan Cranston was absolutely sensational. Truth be told, he was the reason I picked up the book in the first place. His ability to change voices for the different characters adds to the audio version. Well done Walter, you deserve an Audie for this one!


    0 of 0 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
    (5267)
    Performance
    (4629)
    Story
    (4650)

    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"
    "Thought Provoking Gladwell"
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    What did you love best about David and Goliath?

    If you enjoyed "Outliers" you should probably read this book as well. Malcolm Gladwell makes the reader want to sip coffee and discuss his conclusions with a bunch of their friends. This book is compelling because it makes one think. Experientially it makes sense that too much of a good thing (money) can become a bad thing. Most of us also know people who have overcome the deaths of their parents at an early age, or perhaps some other tragic event, and have still become resounding successes. So taking that into consideration, Gladwell's points seem obvious. But are they? Do we really expect the supposive underdog to win? Or can we even see the advantages they have from their more apparent disadvantages? The answer for me is often no, which is why I enjoyed the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2461)
    Performance
    (2213)
    Story
    (2225)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "The Boys in the Boat!"
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    What did you love best about The Boys in the Boat?

    This is easily the best audio book I have heard in a quite a while. Edward Herrmann is sensational, the story is breath taking, and I couldn't stop listening. Best story I have read since Unbroken.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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