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  • You're Going to Mars!

  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger. I’m going to Mars.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author nails it again!

  • By @newhaven265 on 11-14-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

Pretty good story line with a female heroine. Good fun that will tug at your heartstrings, kind of. The author should definitely never become a songwriter though and it would be good if he knew the difference between a compound and an element.

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  • Gilgamesh

  • A New English Version
  • By: Stephen Mitchell - translator
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,238

This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A defense of this "translation"

  • By George on 07-16-08

I enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

The story as told by this author was very good! I even like the majority of the authors essay presented at the end. I could have lived without the wildly unnecessary tirade endorsing cultural and moral relativism and on George Bush Junior's preemptive war included in the essay but other than that the essay mostly adds to the experience. I would have preferred as close to a word for word translation as one could get but this does nicely.

  • 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 6,115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,601
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,589

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

This was simply wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

After years of focusing on books like, The God Delusion and Basin and Range to better understand my agnostic and atheist friends lack of faith, this best book was just what I needed. It was amazing to hear how a man of faith came to know our Lord and Saviour. Not only did I learn a tremendous amount about the Muslim world and it's people, but my own faith was strengthened. To spite our different upbringings, the rational and experiential evidence which led him to faith in Christ resonated in so many ways with my own experiences. I feel better prepared and encouraged down the path the Lord has put before me.

  • Them

  • Why We Hate Each Other - and How to Heal
  • By: Ben Sasse
  • Narrated by: Ben Sasse
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

Something is wrong. We all know it. American life expectancy is declining for a third straight year. Birth rates are dropping. Nearly half of us think the other political party isn’t just wrong; they’re evil. We’re the richest country in history, but we’ve never been more pessimistic. What’s causing the despair? In Them, bestselling author and U.S. senator Ben Sasse argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, our crisis isn’t really about politics. It’s that we’re so lonely we can’t see straight—and it bubbles out as anger. Local communities are collapsing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Has some VERY valid points

  • By MLHanna on 11-09-18

Read This!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Even if you don't agree with the authors prescription for healing our country, this book will help you see the political and social climate in our country in a new way. He does a remarkable job staying apolitical, even using example of "bad acters" from the right. If you choose not to read this book because he's a conservative, you're doing yourself a disservice.

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  • Crazy Love (Revised and Updated)

  • Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
  • By: Francis Chan
  • Narrated by: Francis Chan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,928

The God of the universe - the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor - loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do's and don'ts - it's falling in love with God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Blessing

  • By Red on 11-02-13

Crazy Good

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Thank you again Francis. This book has deepened my faith and God has shown me portions of my life in which I am not being faithful.

  • Proxima: Book 1

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light... The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun. How would it be to live on such a world?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Sense of Conclusion

  • By Lisa Davidson on 04-24-16

good

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Good but kind of disappointing. I just don't see how the storyline can continue and make any sense but hopefully I'm wrong. I definitely enjoyed it but it left me unsatisfied. I'll say this for sure, the book description does not do it any justice. It's way better than the promo need you to believe.

  • Redwall

  • Redwall, Book 1
  • By: Brian Jacques
  • Narrated by: Brian Jacques, Full Cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833

When Redwall was published in 1987 it catapulted author Brian Jacques to international stardom. And small wonder! This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreadth escapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A childrens book for adults.

  • By Jonathan on 03-21-04

Not Just For Children

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Adorable and adventurous. It deals with death in an appropriate manner for children. The plot is not easily predictable.

  • Rescue

  • Frontiers Saga Part 2: Rogue Castes, Episode 2
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

A leader left behind. An Alliance falling apart. Friends stranded on an enemy-held world. A chance to rediscover long-forgotten truths. The new threat will require an immediate response. But first, Jessica and the Ghatazhak must execute a daring rescue in order to secure their future. But to do so, they need the one man they have been trying to protect. The question is: Will he agree?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks be to the voice gods!

  • By Mark on 12-09-16

very good

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

definitely enjoyed the second book of the series. I think I understand why they use different narrator for the first one too. if you liked the first series I think you'll definitely like this book.

  • Escalation

  • The Frontiers Saga Part 2: Rogue Castes
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

A cease-fire that has lasted seven years. Worlds half-destroyed that have been rebuilt anew. Friends and crewmates scattered light-years apart. New leaders that would be kings. The Jung threat has been renewed, in ways not imagined. It will take a new savior to inspire the masses, and once again lead those willing to fight against oppression. But who will the new savior be?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the?

  • By tekone on 08-30-16

good start

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

this is a good start to a new series. it contains some profanity but the context is probably appropriate. the storyline is definitely very interesting and favorite characters are all about in the story. I enjoyed it enough that I was disappointed when I was over. the narration leaves something to be desired. I would not say the narration is as good as that used for the previous series. it does not distract from the story line though.

  • Aurora: CV-01

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 1
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,688

A world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman. What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 90% SciFi, 10% Cheese

  • By John C. on 06-16-14

All Good

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Other than some bad language, appropriate for the context, and some adult content, this whole series is good clean sci-fi enjoy. I found it very easy to suspend disbelief. One can really get invested in the characters.