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  • The Pursuit of God

  • By: A. W. Tozer
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

 

Of Tozer's many books and other writings, The Pursuit of God is his most famous and widely read. The Pursuit of God in particular has reached all the corners of the world. This book is considered a Christian classic and is still read and listened to by many faithful Christians to this day. It was written and published while he was a pastor in Chicago. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A book you can listen to repeatedly

  • By OddShard on 05-09-18

Better than the written version . . . timeless

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Are you hungry for more of God? Do you long for a deeper and more intimate relationship with your Savior? Then you will find a sympathetic and helpful friend in the writing of Tozer. Tozer teaches us, reminds us, wins and woos us to a soul-satisfying, deeply respectful friendship with God Himself all of which is brought to life with the excellent narration of Jimmy Kieffer. I would highly recommend this book to all Christians as it will deepen ones relationship with God. In fact, I would recommend the book for ALL people to listen to as, Lord knows, our world could benefit from itsteachings.

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  • Gleanings Among the Sheaves

  • AOG Discussion Edition
  • By: Charles Spurgeon
  • Narrated by: C. J. McAllister
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Charles Spurgeon may be known as the "Prince of Preachers", and deservedly so; but you will find upon listening to this volume that his gifts were not limited to sweeping orations delivered to extensive crowds. This beautiful text contains dozens of brief passages on a wide variety of topics that relate to the Christian life. Equally useful as a daily devotional or a springboard for additional study and meditation, this edition includes the full, unabridged text of the original, in addition to extensive study and discussion questions to help spark further thought. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life lessons from the past

  • By J. Warren Benton on 05-05-18

A classic Christian work from one of the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Charles Spurgeon's Gleanings among the Sheaves include excerpts from his sermons, devotionals, and other writings to encourage and build the faith of the Christian. This is not light reading/listening and is probably not one you want to tackle in a sitting or two. The eloquence and depth of the writing and insight should cause one to take pause to reflect and meditate on the teachings. In fact, in this edition there are sections where questions are asked of the listener to prompt further thought and/or discussion if used for a Bible study group.

One of the things that sets this particular edition apart is the excellent narration by C.J. McAllister. Although it did seem to take about 4-5 minutes for him to get into the rhythm and style of the 19th century prose, once he did the narration was smooth and engaging. The pace, cadence, and inflection was just right so the words could sink in. I would highly recommend this listen to all serious Christians to enhance their walk with Christ.

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  • Anthem

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in the United Kingdom. The story takes place at an unspecified future date when mankind has entered another Dark Age. Technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. A young man known as Equality 7-2521 rebels by doing secret scientific research. When his activity is discovered, he flees into the wilderness with the girl he loves. Together they plan to establish a new society based on rediscovered individualism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A writer well before her time.

  • By cosmitron on 05-02-18

A classic dystopian work by Ayn Rand

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Having read other classic works by Ayn Rand, I was not surprised by the theme of this work given her atheist perspective. This is a short story set in a world where there is uniformity, everyone is the same, they are told what to think, where to work, live, and ultimately die. Although this may lead one to think the author is stepping outside of her objectivism philosophy, in the end it is still the "I" that prevails in an Orwellian setting.

Two positives; it was a short listen and the narrator, Kevin Kollins, did an excellent job with a clear and steady pace. The monotone approach he used was just perfect for the subject matter.

I would recommend this work, not for ones enjoyment, but rather to get a different perspective on a world based upon only self-centered hope. That and whether or not one likes Rand's philosophies, she does have a way with words. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.



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  • Africa Tusk

  • By: Eric H. Heisner
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Deep within the Dark Continent of Africa, the dwindling population of wild Elephants is protected by law yet systematically harvested by poachers. The armed forces of Park Rangers are not enough to protect the ivory prongs from these giants of nature. A hundred years ago, the Great White Hunters were the predators. Now the region calls on one man to protect the elephants from virtual extinction … Tusk. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense on the Savanah

  • By cosmitron on 03-15-18

Poaching man or beast; which is worse?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Although a fictional tale, it certainly rings true of a very real problem throughout Africa and Asia where certain animal parts are sought. In this case it is the butchering of elephants for their ivory tusks that are at stake. The main character of the story is a storied and respectable big-game hunter that has turned to poaching poachers. The irony is, at least for me, the killing of the elephants in the story was more distressing than the assassination of the poachers. The overbearing truth to the story is that small amount of value put on life in parts of the world; be it human or animal.

Overall the story is pretty good. To be honest, it starts out real strong and sort of deteriorates a bit into one adventurous escape after another; almost to the point of being a bit far-fetched and certainly repetitive. The first half of the book deserved an "A" and the second half a "C" so it ends up with a solid "B" in my mind.

The biggest plus to the listen was the narrator. Chris Abell does a fantastic job with the various voices and dialects. Americans, Brits, Chinese, and Africans characters all had a realistic sounding voice given to them and allows the listener to easily differentiate between them. I'd recommend this listen to anyone that likes a wild-west/outdoorsy adventure. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.

  • Alexander the Great: Student of Aristotle, Descendant of Heroes

  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Larry G. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Long before historians added "the Great" to his name, Alexander stated, "I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity." He certainly lived up to this ambition, conquering most of the known world in just 13 years before his death at age 33. Though undefeated in his lifetime, Alexander died unsatisfied - he always wanted more. His ambitious personality comes as no surprise considering his upbringing: born to powerful parents, he studied under Aristotle and grew up believing himself a descendant of the Greek heroes Achilles and Heracles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn new subjects quickly.

  • By cosmitron on 03-30-18

Decent portrayal of the subject as an intro

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Being only a little bit over an hour long, it would be impossible to give anything except for a basic overview of the historical figures mentioned in the title of this book The work accomplishes that and presents it in a primer fashion which allows for an interest to be piqued if the listener should chose to seek a more in depth study.

The reason for my middle-of-the-road rating is that, due to the narrators style, I found the listen to be a challenge. Not only did Larry Jones voice take some getting used to (which comes down to listener preference), but I found his reading to be rather choppy. There was simply no flow to the reading, almost as if he were reading it for the very first time and had no idea what to expect next. Because of that issue, I'm not sure I would recommend this listen to anyone other than someone really interested in starting out a study on Alexander the Great.

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  • The Battle of Thermopylae

  • 300 Spartans and the Forgotten Citizen-Soldiers Who Fought with Them
  • By: HistoryIn60
  • Narrated by: Harriet Seed
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Most people know about the Battle of Thermopylae, even if they don’t recognize the name. During the second Persian invasion of Greece, 300 Spartans fought against Xerxes I’s forces on a narrow mountain pass. With such cinematic details, no wonder this sensational battle inspired the blockbuster film 300. However, both the film and popular imagination miss many important details about this battle. This concise history sheds light on the thousands of Greek citizen-soldiers who fought alongside the Spartans, forever changing the course of Greek identity and nationhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A quick entertaining History lesson.

  • By cosmitron on 04-28-18

A short, concise history well told . . .

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-18

This is a great format for learning basic historical events which took place in ancient times. The work covers not only the generally known points, but also delves into quite a few not so well known circumstances. One of the things I liked about this presentation is that the closing of the work states that the 'facts' laid out are limited to the best knowledge that we have since there were no actual witnesses to the war that survived. The vast majority of the 'facts' were reported buy Herodotus who may well have had his own underlying agendas. However, there great point that is made is regardless of the actual numbers of Greelk warriors that fought and died in the battle of Thermopylae, the way in which it formed western thought is in how we have a heart for the underdog. In short, it is more important of the character of those that stood rather than who remained standing in the end, A couple examples given were the Alamo and Custer's last stand.

Anyway, this was a nice, concise teaching combined with a fine narration which was easy on the ears. A slight production glitch in the audio results in the stereo sound dropping out for a chapter, but that may well be an Audible issue rather than with the work, itself. Regardless, I would highly recommend this book as it bring acient history to life in sufficient detain without getting lost in the minutia.

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  • The Prince

  • Strategy of Niccolo Machiavelli
  • By: Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It was also in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time concerning politics and ethics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Has Donald Trump read The Prince ?

  • By cosmitron on 04-24-18

A timeless and relevant classic brought to life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-18

The Prince was written nearly 500 years ago, but some of the ideas are still relevant today. In fact, we indeed are seeing some of them played out before our very eyes. Machiavelli deals with the rise and fall of states, and the measures that a leader can (and will) take to ensure the states’ continued existence and authority at almost any cost.

Having read this work many times, in whole and parts over the years, I have to say Roberto Scarlato did and excellent job with the narration. By listening to this work, rather than reading it, The Prince seems to come to life making the impact of the ideas behind the work all the more significant. I would highly recommend this read to anyone that has an interest in government, history, the thoughts on man, or just for the sake of being exposed to a classic piece of literature.

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  • The Method

  • By: Duncan Ralston
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

After a prolonged illness, Frank and Linda's marriage has begun to fray at the edges. When old friends tell them about an "unconventional therapy retreat" called The Method, they jump at the chance to attend. One last attempt to stay true to their wedding vows. Till death do they part. Dr. Kaspar's Lone Loon Lodge is a secluded resort deep in the Montana wilderness. The staff is friendly. The other couple joining them is intense. But when one of the guests is murdered events quickly spiral out of control, leaving Linda and Frank unable to trust anyone but each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: do not listen to this book at night.

  • By cosmitron on 04-21-18

Not much depth, but still a wild ride . . .

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-18

The premise for this story is pretty decent and the first half really drew me in with the mystery and intrigue for what was going to transpire because, due to the intro to the book, you just knew something sinister awaited. Indeed it became a couple's nightmare. The first half of the book was filled with anticipation as to just how things were going to play out. A second couple played into the intrigue with the sexual overtones of potential infidelity entering the martial mix in the beautiful surroundings of the remote lodge The Method is applied. Natural settings, fine dining, wine, romantic interludes mixed in with the strange overtones supplied by the "staff" set the table for a great story. Then, as the Method begins to play out, the book moves from mystery, to danger, to not so accidental injuries, to killings. Unfortunately, at least in my opinion, the story goes downhill from there as it turns into a tale nothing short of gratuitous violence, torture, sexual threats and perversions carried out, along with the associated vulgar language, blood, and body fluids being spilled. The ending of the story in just a convoluted mess and, despite the author's best efforts, the ending was on little surprise.

That being said, I thought the narrator did a great job with the material he had to work with; giving different characters their voice as well as setting the proper tone and cadence for the scenes. I ended up giving the story and performance 3-stars because it did start out really well and perhaps others would not be as put off by the second half of the work as I was. In short, it could be just a matter of taste. Although I can have a somewhat high tolerance to violence, sex, and language in the right context, I just think the story fell apart in this case in the face of it in this case. Opinions may vary. I could only recommend this to an audience that had no qualms about my description regarding the second half of the book. I guess it was almost be described as a "tale of two stories" with the first half drawing me in and second half turning me away.

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  • Warrior Music

  • By: Denise Kahn
  • Narrated by: Denise Kahn
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Max knew the drugs and alcohol would eventually kill him, and sooner rather than later. So he enlisted in the Marines. His timing is unfortunate, as the events of 9/11 find him at the beginning of his military service, and he is sent to Iraq. The journey he embarks on is unlike anything he could ever imagine. From Washington, Boston and New Orleans to the ancient sands of Iraq, Max and his entourage endure the toils of war with courage, romance, patriotism, heartache and passion. Only one weapon gets them through the anguish they come face to face with: Music. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3

  • By medy on 04-16-18

The dichotomy of war captured here . . .

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

I found this to really be a mixed bag; perhaps because as the dedication states, to paraphrase; "If mothers ruled the world there wouldn't be any wars in the first place." With a book about war, music, and written from a mother's perspective the finished product is, well, a mixed bag of scenarios, emotions, action, and grit. However, the gist of this work (and in following with the series) has the undertone of how music can bring peace and stability to life. Maybe because I associate heading into Nam more with Creedence Clearwater Revivals' Fortunate Son ringing in my ears than guitar music, I found the musical interludes out of place in a warrior's story. That being said, this work certainly has some redeeming values in it, particularly when the softer side (dare I say feminine?) side of war is brought into the story. I suppose my headline into says it best about this work, it is truly a dichotomy of a warrior's heart.

The writing of the story is solid. Although it can certainly be listened to as a standalone, one will get a better understand/appreciation for the format after having read one (or both) of the earlier works in the series. The narration is excellent, though I did take a star away because the production/sound quality seemed a bit sub-par (echoes?) in parts. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I would highly recommend this title to female audiences and maybe not so much the male audience. Hey, it's about honest reviews, right? LoL

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  • Common Sense

  • By: Thomas Paine
  • Narrated by: Pat Henry
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

"Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TIME WAS RIGHT

  • By cosmitron on 04-01-18

I can never get enough of a good thing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Even after listening to Paine's work several times over the years, it is always refreshing to read/listen to what are country really should be all about, especially in these politically corrupt times. The narrator does a really good job in this version of articulating the content. History needs to be told to remind us of what our country was built upon rather than the PC revisions we are having force-fed to us. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.