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  • The Christian Atheist

  • When You Believe in God but Live as if He Doesn’t Exist
  • By: Craig Groeschel
  • Narrated by: Tom Schiff
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

The Christian Atheist speaks directly to those who believe in God but live as if he doesn’t exist to inspire them into a deeper Christ-filled life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • boring narrator

  • By jonathangage on 11-14-12

Cross the Third Line!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

If you could sum up The Christian Atheist in three words, what would they be?

Life's greatest challenge!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Craig G. illustrates examples from his own life over and over again, making this a very practical book, as well as extremely challenging.

What does Tom Schiff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Vocal narration served to bring home many points that I would have missed or simply ignored when presented in cold print.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Painting the "real" Christians as being "recovering atheists" didn't make sense to me at first,but then I began to see what the author was driving at and calling for.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth the time and effort, both in listening and in application.

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 52 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,417

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic in Scope, Simplistic Characters

  • By Rich on 02-04-08

King Caspian Says: Buy this Book!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

This book redefined excellence for me. I recognize as a Christian minister that I am "not supposed to like it" since it was written by a firm atheist. But it is one of the most anti-socialist, pro-individual and pro-creativity books I have ever seen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlas Shrugged?

This book is so long that there are too many to mention.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Hurt – was your favorite?

Francisco D'Anconia.

If you could rename Atlas Shrugged, what would you call it?

To Find The Best Within Us.

Any additional comments?

Fair warning: this is NOT a book for children! Strong adult themes and rabid atheism, as well as twisted politics and twisted history. Rated R for RESTRICTED.

  • Athyra

  • Vlad Taltos, Book 6
  • By: Steven Brust
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Vlad Taltos is very good at killing people. That, combined with two faithful companions and a talent for witchcraft, makes him an assassin par excellence. But lately his heart just hasn't been in his work, so he decides to retire. Unfortunately, old enemies have scores to settle with Vlad. So much for retirement!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new point of view, not such a bad thing

  • By Trevor on 11-30-12

Stephen Brust Does It Again!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Where does Athyra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not one of my very favorites, but still quite excellent,

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vlad Taltos. I never expected to become sympathetic to an assassin, but the character is very finely drawn.

What does Bernard Setaro Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Clark was the perfect choice for this series. I enjoyed his narration for the same reasons I enjoy all audio books, because reading in silence is simply a different (and sometimes a lesser) sensory experience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

NO SPOILERS!

Any additional comments?

I appreciate this whole series. The prose is surprisingly clean for a book about an assassin. This character would be a challenge to meet in Veritasia. Rated PG-13,

  • Assignment in Eternity

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 291

Robert A. Heinlein is widely and justly regarded as the greatest practitioner of the art of science fiction who has ever lived. Here are two of his greatest short novels: Gulf, in which the greatest super-spy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can’t quite decide what to do with the rest of us. And Lost Legacy, in which it is proved that we are all members of that league - or would be, if we but had eyes to see.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll like it because you can think...

  • By Trip Williams on 06-05-12

The Work of a Grand Master

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audio book to a friend. The story values have held up for more than 6 decades.

What other book might you compare Assignment in Eternity to and why?

Heinlien is a Grand Master because his work stands alone. It can only be "compared" to itself.

Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other of Bronson Pinchot's performances. I am looking forward to more of them.

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  • The Artist's Way at Work

  • Riding the Dragon
  • By: Mark Bryan, Julia Cameron, Catherine Allen
  • Narrated by: Mark Bryan, Julia Cameron
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

The Artist's Way has helped more than a million people access their creativity and realize their dreams. Now, authors Mark Bryan, Julia Cameron, and Catherine Allen extend and expand the original Artist's Way tools in an all-new program specifically designed to encompass the world of the workplace.The authors asked hundreds of businesspeople to tell them the things that concerned them, receiving such heartfelt questions as: How do I stay creative in a hostile and competitive environment? Remain creative despite criticism? Clarify and apply my strengths to my work? Overcome the depression I feel at my job? Handle an impossible workload?This audiobook answers these question and many more. The Artist's Way at Work will help you thrive at the job you now have, move into the career you truly want, or launch the business of your dreams. It combines the strength of three fields: the art world, the entrepreneurial world, and the corporate world. The Artist's Way at Work will give you a more satisfying, fully creative life in which you will feel a sense of wholeness, not fragmentation, a sense of cooperation, not competition. This audiobook will help you become more authentic, more productive, and better able to see and speak your truth in all facets of your life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Abridged

  • By RK on 03-21-16

A Creative Tool Kit for the Workplace

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

You will want to stop the presentation several times in order to take notes. There is very little actual "story" here but the material is creatively powerful.

  • Arthur

  • Pendragon Cycle Book 3
  • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

They called him unfit to rule - a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mystical sage Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty - who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war, who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity, and who would fall at the treacherous hands of the one he loved more than life. This is the third book of The Pendragon Cycle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent ending!

  • By Lisa Bartholomew on 02-06-08

A Strongly Christian Take on the Arthur Legend

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

If you could sum up Arthur in three words, what would they be?

Stirring Christian Fantasy!

What did you like best about this story?

As long as this book was, not a single moment was boring. I would not have gotten the nuances of this story out of a paper book.

What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

The narrator's performance was strong and dramatic throughout, which is an impressive feat over 18 man-hours.

If you could rename Arthur, what would you call it?

I think the original title and sub-title were perfect. I would not want to change them.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the listening credit!

  • The Art of War [Blackstone Version]

  • By: Sun-Tzu, translation by John Minford
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver, Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 297

For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book on tactics and strategy

  • By David on 04-21-07

An Ancient Classic

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The way this book was presented grew repetitive.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have changed the editing to make the book shorter.

What aspect of Lorna Raver and Ray Porter ’s performance would you have changed?

I am not sure how I would have changed the actual performance.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

Not a book to read merefy for enjoyment,

  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

  • By: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Laura Hamilton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Margaret Simon, almost 12, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She's just moved from New York City to Farbrook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends -- Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and charming

  • By Bunny Mama on 10-09-12

An Early Teen Classic!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret to be better than the print version?

I know I would not read the print version, but I do really enjoy the audio book.

What other book might you compare Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret to and why?

The story is a classic in the sense of feeling "important," like the Anne of Green Gables series.

Which scene was your favorite?

No Spoilers!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Does God play hide & seek?

  • The Arabian Nights

  • Their Best Known Tales
  • By: Kate Douglas Wiggin, Nora A. Smith
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Here is a selection of some of the best-known and best-loved tales of The Arabian Nights, including "Sinbad", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", "Aladdin", "The Talking Bird", and the "Fisherman and the Genie". In this "treasure house of pleasant things" you will find golden palaces, gem studded caves, and breathtaking gardens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lively Nights

  • By Joe Pawlowski on 04-14-05

Still Good After 500 Years!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

Where does The Arabian Nights rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This edition is not quite as good as The Arabian Nights Entertainment which is from an older translation, and it does not actually include anything about the original legend. Still, it has been well worth the listening time.

What did you like best about this story?

My favorite parts were the 7 voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.

Which scene was your favorite?

No Spoilers!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen straight through but the story was too long for that. Definitely good for long car trips.

Any additional comments?

One of my favorites.

  • The Arabian Nights Entertainment

  • By: Jonathan Scott
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

In an attempt to win the heart of her king and a nightly stay of execution, the beautiful and wise Scheherazade spares her life and enchants her husband with exotic tales of jinn, magic lamps, daring heroics and true love. First dated as early as the 9th century, this collection of stories-within-a-story, also called The Thousand and One Nights, is colorfully narrated and will charm listeners with the classic tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, Sinbad and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient Tales Still Amaze!

  • By wolfspyder on 02-12-17

Ancient Tales Still Amaze!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I definitely recommend this book for any member of the family.

What other book might you compare The Arabian Nights Entertainment to and why?

This is actually my favorite version of the work because the effects and voices are simply handled better.

What about Robin Field’s performance did you like?

Robin Field displays an amazing vocal range.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

1001 Nights of Mystery and Magic!