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John Lane

Plano, TX USA
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  • Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

  • By: Mark Berkson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Berkson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614

According to polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Forum on Religion & Public Life, the majority of Americans fail basic tests about religion, including tests on their own faith. This is troublesome because religious literacy is about so much more than naming deities or knowing the stories of ancient history. For many of us, religion is a way to examine and understand ourselves. These 24 enlightening lectures offer you the chance to experience the world's religions from all angles – historical, theological, and cultural.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the Basics, East and West

  • By Troy on 07-13-15

Very Basic

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

Was hoping for more in depth coverage. To me it was very basic. Maybe I needed a longer course

  • Shadow of the Lions

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Swann
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,032

It has been almost 10 years since Matthias graduated from the elite Blackburne School, where his roommate and best friend, Fritz, fled into the woods, never to be heard from again, in the middle of their senior year. Fritz vanished just after an argument over Matthias' breaking of the school's honor code, and Matthias has long been haunted by the idea that his betrayal led to his friend's disappearance. When he is offered the opportunity to return to Blackburne as an English teacher, he sees it as a chance to put his life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the finest books I've heard on Audible!

  • By Kathi on 08-07-17

That’s it?

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Derivative. Shallow. The big reveal was such a letdown. And very unrealistic. Sorry I just didn’t care for it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Destiny of the Republic

  • A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,122

James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard

  • By Mel on 02-08-12

A Hagiography of Garfield

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

Reviewed: 11-01-12

What made the experience of listening to Destiny of the Republic the most enjoyable?

I am glad I listened to it, but it is almost a youth style book in that Garfield and Bell are too good to be true.

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

A more realistic portrait of Garfield. He was too good to be true.

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

A good voice. Very easy to listen to.

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

Garfield's countenance in face of all that pain.

Any additional comments?

Some interesting facts. I debated hard on whether to give it 3 or 4 stars, but since I was glad to listen to it, I gave it 4.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Man and the Sea

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Donald Sutherland
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,801

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a Classic

  • By Dave on 07-01-08

I'm just not a Hemingway fan

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

Reviewed: 10-16-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I just didn't care for it. It's okay but there are so many good books out there I wouldn't bother with this.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Slouching towards Bethlehem.

What three words best describe Donald Sutherland’s voice?

Tired, Lacking emotion. As an actor, he has a great voice and is very easy to listen to. But his staccato delivery may be correct for the old man character, but I increasingly found it dull.

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

No. Just a sad story.

Any additional comments?

I have tried a few Hemingway books and I'm just not a fan. I always feel like I am missing something. His short choppy sentences distract me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cannery Row

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Jerry Farden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545

Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack and his boys, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and most poignant works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five stars with a Caveat

  • By Bette on 04-23-12

An Enjoyable Book

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

Reviewed: 10-11-12

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

Yes, I like this meandering story and think others will. I don't think it is as good as Of Mice and Men, though.

What other book might you compare Cannery Row to and why?

Well, Mice and Men comes to mind because of the author. But this is much different - it is more about the characters in a town.

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

No, but he does a superb job here.

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

Cannery Row, a collection of characters

Any additional comments?

Worth reading. I enjoyed. It just kind of ends without a clearcut ending. Reads almost like a few short stories put together.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Little Dorrit

  • By: David Timson
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 30

David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Little Dorrit narrated by Anton Lesser.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Back Story

  • By John Lane on 10-10-12

Interesting Back Story

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

Reviewed: 10-10-12

Would you try another book from David Timson and/or the narrator?

Just an interview about Dickens, not an author per se.

If you’ve listened to books by David Timson before, how does this one compare?

n/a

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

n/a

Did The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Little Dorrit inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

This is just the back story about the book from Charles Dickens, not a novel in its own right.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Exclusive Interview

  • James Atlas with John Irving
  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: James Atlas
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 438

James Atlas interviews John Irving about his life and works.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Dull

  • By John Lane on 10-10-12

A Little Dull

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

Reviewed: 10-10-12

Would you try another book from John Irving and/or James Atlas?

This was just a short interview, not a book.

What could John Irving have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Told more about himself.

What didn’t you like about James Atlas’s performance?

The content was the problem.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

This review is on the interview, not any book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Foreword

  • The John Updike Audio Collection
  • By: John Updike
  • Narrated by: John Updike
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

The author's foreward to the John Updike audio collection.Updike's extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted character analysis not a mini bio.

  • By John Lane on 10-10-12

I wanted character analysis not a mini bio.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-12

What did you like best about Foreword? What did you like least?

I was hoping for more information about Rabbit.

Would you be willing to try another book from John Updike? Why or why not?

This is just a short interview, not a book. I have an Updike book.

What aspect of John Updike’s performance would you have changed?

More information on the characters.

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

Too short - just an interview.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help'

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Diana Dapito
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665

Kathryn Stockett is the best-selling author of The Help, Audible's 2009 pick for Audiobook of the Year. In this interview she tells us about her role in choosing the book's narrator, and reveals what she's working on next.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a Quick Listen

  • By John Lane on 10-10-12

Worth a Quick Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-10-12

What did you like best about An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help'? What did you like least?

Her background in Mississippi

Would you recommend An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help' to your friends? Why or why not?

If you like The Help, I think this is worth hearing.

Which scene was your favorite?

Her talking about her own maid.

Did An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help' inspire you to do anything?

No

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Message to Garcia

  • By: Elbert Hubbard
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

This essay celebrates the initiative of a soldier who is assigned to and accomplishes a daunting mission. He asks no questions, makes no objections, requests no help, but accomplishes the mission. The essay exhorts the reader to apply this attitude to his own life as an avenue to success.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Brother

  • By John Lane on 10-10-12

Oh Brother

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

Reviewed: 10-10-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A complete rewrite. I thought it was going to be a short story about a messenger in a war who goes to extremes to do his duty. Instead I get some tripe about how employers are mistreated and employees are worthless.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elbert Hubbard again?

No.

Did the narrator do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

There really aren't characters in this book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Message to Garcia?

From the beginning to the end.

Any additional comments?

I can't believe this is one of the bestselling books of all time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful