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Allison A. Brown

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  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,086
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,062

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

A call to action

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Reviewed: 03-12-18

Anyone reading this book will be heart broken over the vast array of injustices occurring in the criminal justice system exposed by Bryan Stevenson. But what is most compelling is how the criminal justice system reflects the greater racial injustices occurring in general American society. For us caucasians or non-brown/black readers it is a clarion call to acknowledge the magnitude of suffering that has occurred over the last 30 years at an appalling level. I am mortified and outraged by what was presented and I am now enlightened and based on my enlightenment I am called to action. What all that looks like is not yet fully defined but I will take action or God help me for not standing up for the downtrodden and for the unjust treatment of my fellow humans!

  • Undeniable

  • How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed
  • By: Douglas Axe
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Throughout his distinguished and unconventional career, engineer-turned-molecular-biologist Douglas Axe has been asking the questions that much of the scientific community would rather silence. Now, he presents his conclusions in this brave and pioneering book. Axe argues that the key to understanding our origin is the "design intuition" - the innate belief held by all humans that tasks we would need knowledge to accomplish can be accomplished only by someone who has that knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thorough!

  • By Sarah Enns on 08-30-16

Undeniable: Fresh thought on ID

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Reviewed: 08-31-16

Douglas Axe approaches the idea of origins and the undeniable reality of intelligence in the universe in a quite novel and tenable manner, that of "design intuition" while drawing upon such concepts as "highly functional coherence." He inevitably will bog some of his readers down with some of the more technical statistical analogies. Overall, his book is challenging, thought provoking, filled with excellent insight from a legitimate molecular biologist and protein scientist and hopefully will usher in an era of new biology in which the constraints of the inane world of neoDarwinist evolutionary thinking will be left behind, unleashing a whole new approach to looking at our fabulously designed and fantastically complex world. Bravo Zulu Douglas Axe!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,070
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,364
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,283

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

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Reviewed: 07-11-16

Mr. Coates in an idiosyncratic style adeptly draws the reader into the plight of the African American and "the black body." His dialogue with his son effectively frames this critically vital narrative. His mission is to make his son realize what his future will ultimately involve.
I was moved deeply by his detailed account of Prince Jones' life and death and for the first time in my privileged white male life I have a view on the black perspective that is empowered and informed. I am so sad and grieved by what is happening around me but I am no longer ignorant of the plight and challenge.
Well done! Keep writing! Keep informing! I am sure that I do not speak alone. We need to know the depth of suffering that the African American community has endured in recent years.

  • The Insanity of God

  • A True Story of Faith Resurrected
  • By: Nik Ripken, Gregg Lewis
  • Narrated by: Joe Geoffrey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 976
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    5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 876

The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage but discovered it would be anything but.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply amazing.

  • By D. Scott Smith on 12-21-15

God's Manifest Power Through Persecution

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Reviewed: 12-13-15

After reading The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun and Tom Doyle's books, Dreams and Visions and Killing Christians, I was ready for the content of The Insanity of God. God is at work today and the challenge is to enter into that incredible Holy Spirit driven work and embrace my part in that work. Certainly this book is documenting just exactly how the gates of Hell are NOT prevailing against the Kingdom of Heaven!!! I say, "Yes!!! hallelujah!" Thanks to the brother and author of this book who was willing to travel to all these places and in great detail document for us what is as common as the sun rising in the east, namely the persecution of believers. Thanks for the excellent contrast and comparison of the different regions and how they are handling their struggles and thanks most of all for his own honesty and candor in sharing his heart felt struggles. As the father of four, I cried the most when his son died and grieved that loss also. The grace of God is certainly woven all throughout the journey that followed his son's death and those years of struggle in "Somaliland." Thanks for sharing your life with us! Excellent from start to finish and to say the least, challenging to my faith!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

  • A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
  • By: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Narrated by: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,787
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,307
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,298

Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Brandon on 09-09-14

The Intellectual and Personal Costs of Jesus' call to a Muslim

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Reviewed: 12-07-15

This was a riveting account of one young man's life and journey to faith in Jesus as a second generation Pakistani Muslim. He very adeptly creates a powerful cultural context and lays an effective foundation for understanding the challenges of a Muslim grappling with the issues that most plague Muslims considering the claims of Jesus. He also very effectively documents the lengths to which his best friend, David Wood, went in order to lay out the claims of Christianity and more importantly, the lengths to which this same friend loved him with the love of Christ. I could not put this book down!

  • A More Perfect Union

  • What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties
  • By: Ben Carson MD, Candy Carson
  • Narrated by: J.D. Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

Many people have wondered why I've been speaking out on controversial issues for the last few years. They say I've never held political office. I'm not a constitutional scholar. I'm not even a lawyer. All I can say to that is "guilty as charged." It's true that I've never voted for a budget America could not afford. I've never raised anyone's taxes. And I've never promised a lobbyist anything in exchange for a donation. Luckily none of that really matters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent review of our founding document

  • By Jeff Chandler on 10-21-15

Vital information for every citizen!

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Reviewed: 11-28-15

Although the content was a little dry at times I deeply appreciate the effort that Dr Carson has put forth to call each of us as US citizens to understand and respect the intent of the framers of the constitution and the bill of rights. That respect and understanding has deepened for me as a result of reading this book! Thank you Dr Carson!

  • Dreams and Visions

  • Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World?
  • By: Tom Doyle, Greg Webster
  • Narrated by: Tom Doyle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 228

Pastor Tom Doyle has spent 11 years as a full-time missionary in the Middle East and Central Asia, spreading the Word of Jesus Christ. Throughout his journey, he has encountered a staggering number of Muslims who were first introduced to Jesus through a vision or dream so powerful they eventually turned from their lifelong religion of Islam and embraced Christ as their Savior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely

  • By Katherine on 10-19-13

Excellent

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Reviewed: 11-10-15

Excellent narration and incredibly hopeful accounts! Inspires me to pray like never before for my precious future brothers and sisters scattered all over the Middle East. These accounts are so authentically consistent with God's mercy and grace.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Course of Human Events

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

On May 15, 2003, David McCullough presented "The Course of Human Events" as The 2003 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in Washington, DC. The Jefferson Lecture is a tribute to McCullough's lifetime investigation of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Pitch for History

  • By Alan on 09-13-05

David McCullough's brilliance

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Reviewed: 04-03-15

Inspiring beyond description and causes anyone to launch into a lifetime of exploration at no matter what age! Well done!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 1776

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,827

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Front Seat on History

  • By Mark on 10-22-05

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 03-23-15

I didn't want this to be over! The narration is second to none. The story is well set in context and the writing style is uniquely straightforward and at the same time engaging and imaginative. This should be required reading for every high school and college early American history class!