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  • Orthodoxy

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Written by G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy addresses foremost one main problem: How can we contrive to be at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it? Chesterton writes, "I wish to set forth my faith as particularly answering this double spiritual need, the need for that mixture of the familiar and the unfamiliar which Christendom has rightly named romance."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Gem

  • By Sam French on 05-05-15

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-18

There always seems to be a twinkle in Chesterton's eye. I really felt that the narrator captured his voice - his narration enriched the narrative.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Introduction to the Devout Life

  • By: St. Francis De Sales
  • Narrated by: Robert J. Shaw
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77

A classic work that has the potential of benefiting any true believer in God. Written with a humble heart, Francis De Sales outlines the practical points of living/pursuing the devoted life in a way that is able to be followed by the common man. Holy Scripture is interwoven throughout this piece, providing a sure foundation for us all to stand upon. Catholic and Protestant believers alike should find great insight into the the deeper things of walking with Christ, while partaking in this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spiritual Direction From St. Francis De Sales

  • By Teresa on 05-02-17

Incomparable Content - - Excellent Narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-17

What did you love best about Introduction to the Devout Life?

17th century spiritual direction that is completely relevant in today's life and times. Written for those living in the world it can easily be applied not only to one's spiritual growth but to all of our interactions and challenges in the secular world. The narration captures the voice I would imagine for St Francis de Sales and his qualities as a spiritual director. ...intelligent practical, truthful, direct, patient, loving and calming.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Confessions

  • By: Saint Augustine
  • Narrated by: Adam Dudley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Considered by many to be the first autobiography/memoir ever written, Confessions is a retrospective view of a life challenged by uncertainty, doubt, human frailty, and earthly desires. Augustine discovers and cherishes a deeply personal relationship with his God, all while describing the day-to-day dealings of his life in the fading, corrupt days of the Roman Empire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice book but......

  • By Evelyn on 01-16-08

Narrator is the Problem!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-08

The book is a classic but I am struggling to listen because the reader uses absolutely no expression or inflection. He destroys the content! The other version available on Audible doesn't sound any more promising on the sample.

Audible needs to find a new versio....

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 36 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful translation & reader

  • By Eileen on 09-08-09

Even Better Aloud

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-07

This was my first audiobook from Audible. I chose it because I wanted to reread Anna Karenina -- it is a favorite of mine. Hearing it aloud reminded me that until the last century these great novels were meant to be told and read aloud. The capable narration and dramatic interpretation of Davina Porter made it much easier to keep track of the unfamiliar names and story lines and brought each main character to life. As for the story itself, it was one of my favorites and is now even more so with hearing of it and the new insights I got this time around.

Highly recommended!

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Jesus of Nazareth

  • From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration
  • By: Pope Benedict XVI
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 285

In this bold, momentous work, the pope, in his first book written as Benedict XVI, seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent "popular" depictions and to restore Jesus' true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the pope shares a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of Jesus and incites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Insights

  • By Gerard on 07-08-07

Great Content Beautifully Narrated

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-12-07

This book brought Jesus to life in a compelling new way for me. It is a book that is more comprehendable in listening to it aloud -- I had the feeling that I was sitting at a wonderful teacher's feet in much the same way that Jesus' disciples did 2000 years ago. The reader in the audioversion did a remarkable job of capturing Benedict's gentle persona. I have since ordered the printed copy of Jesus of Nazareth to be able to reread in further depth.

A previous reviewer's comment (gentle warning) about the dry and academic character of the introduction is very helpful. I almost didn't get through it thinking it was going to be well beyond me but am very glad I did. The book came more alive with fresh insight on each new page.

Highly recommended!

14 of 16 people found this review helpful