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  • Christian History Issue #78

  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • By: Hovel Audio
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Christian History takes a look, in this issue, at how Tolkien influenced culture and what the influences in his life were. How his Catholicism and friendship with C.S. Lewis influenced what he wrote about Hobbits, dragons, and overcoming great evil. This issue takes the time to examine many areas of the life of the man who created the 20th century's greatest myth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The man behind the mythology we all love!

  • By Mark Acker on 07-20-12

On Tolkien

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-15

Loved everything about it. Found pdf of transcript off magazine's website! This was a grand slam: a great subject, writing, narrator, & Audible.com to bring them all home.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Rare Recording of J. R. R. Tolkien

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor best known as the author of fantasy works like "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings." Listen as Tolkien reads "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil," "The Hoard," "Perry-The-Winkle," and "The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon." Also included is a reading of "A Elbereth Gilthoniel" in Elvish and "The Road Goes Ever on," sung by William Elvin with music by Donald Swann.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not all Tolkien - wish I'd noticed that

  • By Tracet on 04-21-15

Tolkien in his own voice

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Reviewed: 02-03-15

All it promised and more. Great to hear Tolkien's voice. Throughly enjoyed it. A true treasure. I'm ready to listen to it a third time now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 41

  • A Portrait of My Father
  • By: George W. Bush
  • Narrated by: George W. Bush
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066

George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st president. Forty-three men have served as president of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But never before has a president told the story of his father, another president, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming and Honoring

  • By Marie on 12-24-14

From a President to his dad: a President

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-15

I love listening to audiobooks read by the author. It gives the story an authentic touch of realism. It signifies the work is worthy of the author's endorsement while lending his or her own audible seal of approval. It is yet another example of documenting the work's contribution to history for future generations. Former President George W. Bush gives his seal of approval of former President George H.W. Bush's life, legacy, and contribution to public service. Listening to it made me proud to be an American. Still, I wonder how many men can do that after they complete their service as the President of the United States!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Apostle

  • A Life of Paul
  • By: John Pollock
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

The acclaimed biography of the early church's greatest evangelist, the Apostle Paul. Master storyteller John Pollock makes Paul and his amazing story freshly alive, so that you can know the greatest apostle much as Luke and Timothy did as they traveled with him. As you listen, you'll sense Paul's motives, his aims and priorities; what mattered to him; and what he was willing to die for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Account of Paul's journeys

  • By Steve Morningstar on 01-02-15

Excellent Account of Paul's journeys

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-02-15

I've spent nearly 40 years reading and studying the Bible. I have a ThM - Master of Theology, MDiv - Master of Divinity, and a BA in Christian Thought. I am currently teaching high school Bible at a Christian school. I found myself enthralled with the author's retelling Paul's story from Damascus to Rome in a way I've longed to hear it. I found myself making time to listen to this audiobook and finished it in just a few days. The reader did an excellent job telling it.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Decision Points

  • By: George W. Bush
  • Narrated by: George W. Bush
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800

In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings listeners inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for numerous historic and controversial decisions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Dedrea on 11-24-10

Decision Points by George W. Bush

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-10

It's been said that influence is the result of leadership. Listen to a former president give account for decisions he made as America's leader that ultimately influenced others. No leader is perfect, but history will show that character separates them. This source is yet another example of George W. Bush making his mark on this world.

He will have a lasting influence on my life because I am a disabled Vet who enlisted in the U.S. Army as a result of 9/11. It was my duty and honor to fight for freedom. I proudly served my country under the leadership of former President George W. Bush. Be encouraged, as you listen to my "former boss" give account for his time in office and you too will once again feel the pride that comes with being an American.

God Bless America!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Go Put Your Strengths to Work

  • 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance
  • By: Marcus Buckingham
  • Narrated by: Marcus Buckingham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Marcus Buckingham jump-started the Strengths movement now sweeping the work world with his first two blockbusters. Now, he answers the ultimate question: How can you actually apply your strengths for maximum success at work? Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets on the job. Go Put Your Strengths to Work will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths through a six-step, six-week experience.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book on personal development

  • By Philip on 02-09-08

Strengths Review

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-10

I am a full-time pastor and a life-long learner. I purchased the book a couple of weeks ago and decided to get the audiobook as well.

I'm excited about working through the book while listening to the audio. Another advantage to having the audiobook is that I can review while I'm in the car. I personally enjoyed the author's accent and find him very easy to understand.

This is my first week with the material. I've really enjoyed working through the introduction and will start Chapter 1 next week. I believe it will help me better use my strengths.

I first came across "Now Discover Your Strengths" while in seminary in the fall semester of 2006. Part of the assignment was to take the online "StrengthsFinder" profile in addition to doing a book report on the book. I invested in these sources to help me put my strengths to work!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful