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  • Dinner

  • A Full-Cast Production of the Acclaimed Black Comedy
  • By: Moira Buffini
  • Narrated by: David Hounslow, Harriet Walters, Nicholas Farrell, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

A deliciously black satirical comedy about the dinner party from hell. The fastidious host, Paige, decides to throw a dinner party in honour of her husband, Lars, who is celebrating the success of his pop psychology book, Beyond Belief. She carefully plans a surprise menu that will mark the occasion and anxiously checks with the waiter she has employed to make sure that everything is perfectly prepared. Her lucky guests include a postfeminist vegetarian artist, a distinguished microbiologist, a TV journalist and an uninvited guest who ends up staying for dinner. But it soon becomes apparent that the meal may contain some rather nasty surprises....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously dark satire

  • By Zaubermond on 08-17-18

Deliciously dark satire

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I love a satire. The darker the better. You can't get much darker than this.

Halfway through I was wondering where it was going as it evoked memories of the movie version of Clue, Titus Andronicus, and Edward Albee!

The real beauty of this piece is the cast, and what a cast it is! Harriet Walter is Paige, our scarlet-clad, posh, silken pit viper of a hostess. Few do insufferable pomposity better than Nicholas Farrell and he is in his element as Lars. Penny Downie is the loathesome, weird-god-help-us Wynne. All the actors are superb in their roles.

While listening to the play, I considered the staging difficulties and was happy not to see it in person. As a carnivore with a strong stomach, I enjoyed it, but those of less intestinal fortitude might have some difficulties if they were to see the various courses served on the stage.

If you like your satires dark, cruel, and wicked, you'll like this piece. If you've ever known a soul-killing narcissist (or a dozen), you might even think you've been present at this dinner party. Bon appetit.

  • Dr. Katz: The Audiobook

  • By: Jonathan Katz, Laura Silverman, H. Jon Benjamin, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The doctor is back with a whole book of sessions from guests like Jon Hamm, Louie Anderson, Susie Essman, Gilbert Gottfried, David Mamet, Wanda Sykes, Marc Maron, Reggie Watts and a slew of others. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just beautiful!

  • By Oscar Slovak on 08-16-18

The Katz crew gets an update

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I'm a huge fan of the original series, so I couldn't resist this. At first I thought I'd made a mistake after the opening session with Kevin Nealon. Then everything got back to the good old days: Laura needs to leave work early because her DNA result shows she's 30% Dutch, slacker Ben is still considering career choices 20 years later, and Jen Kirkman verbalizes full-throttle angst. I enjoyed most of the comedians, but as in the original, some routines are just not funny. It is a bit more louche and vulgar than the TV series of the 90's. (I wish some male comedians would elevate from a seven year old boy's obsession with toilet humor and sexual innuendo, but that's just me). Pretty good stuff, but you'll have to imagine Dom Irrera's dance moves and crazy clothes. Enjoy.

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  • Wounded by God's People

  • Discovering How God's Love Heals Our Hearts
  • By: Anne Graham Lotz
  • Narrated by: Anne Graham Lotz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56

Everyone has been wounded…hurt…neglected…by others. But as Anne Graham Lotz looks back on her life, the sad truth is that her most painful wounds were inflicted by religious people - God’s people. People she had grown to love and to trust. But people whose words and behavior were inconsistent with what they said they believed. Anne not only understands the wounded, she also understands how easy it is for the wounded to become wounders themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Dr. Kathy James on 05-23-15

Keeping your eyes on Christ

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I'm a Roman Catholic, but found this book after praying for some insight into difficulty with forgiveness.

Several decades ago, I experienced clerical sexual abuse at the hands of a young priest. I reported this to the bishop, who lied as he made promises to remove the priest from ministry. Two successive bishops have protected the now aged priest who remains in active ministry in the Diocese of Charlotte to this day. When I admitted my struggle to forgive the priest in confession (to another priest), I was given as a penance to pray for my abuser's soul. I was left with anger, resentment, heartbreak, and a sense of betrayal that I could not put into words.

I came to Lotz's book with the idea that going to any church is the best way to lose your relationship with Christ, not to strengthen it. How many of us must feel this way? Now that I have read it, I have a (slightly) more hopeful perspective.

I found Lotz's book to be enlightening. I was naive about her, suspecting Billy Graham's daughter would be treated with the greatest respect. I was so wrong! She is forthright, candid, and without self-pity as she reveals her own struggles with a far less-than-perfect spiritual experience with the people of God.

The Bible stories I've always loved are explained in a way particularly relevant to those of us who have struggled with forgiveness, have felt alienated and alone, or have been betrayed by those who acted in ungodly ways in the very name of God. Those wounds are with us always and we take them everywhere. But there is an answer, and Lotz builds up to it gradually as she offers truly helpful suggestions and ideas for those whose hearts have been broken by fellow Christians.

I am so pleased and blessed to have read it and recommend it to anyone who is struggling with these issues. It's an easy read, but by no means a slight or insignificant one. I truly believe it can give a new perspective, and look forward to considering its meaning over the following months.

  • The New Testament: A Bible Study Course

  • By: Fr. Nicholas King SJ
  • Narrated by: Fr. Nicholas King SJ
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Gain fresh insights into the New Testament in this life-changing course by celebrated Bible translator who has taught at Oxford and the University of London. Perhaps no other text has so greatly influenced Western civilization as the New Testament. And yet, it also remains widely misunderstood - even among lifelong Christians. Now, The New Testament: A Bible Study Course answers your most important questions about its 27 books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grace and gravitas

  • By Zaubermond on 08-08-18

Grace and gravitas

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Each of us has a style of teacher we prefer. For me, Father King is perfect. I love his voice and quiet, unassuming delivery with just a touch of dry British wit. He encourages us to read the New Testament and to decide for ourselves whether or not the Christ we find therein is someone to whom we wish to give our lives. This is not a throwaway comment or altar call invitation: it is a foundational question of the Christian faith.

I found much that I had not considered before, even after decades of reading the Bible. Sometimes we are too familiar with what we have read for so long. His questions and considerations were very useful to me. His erudition and scholarship are evident in his historical and textual comments.

Truly, Father King is a gifted teacher who encourages the student to investigate and contemplate the truth. He doesn't preach and yell and make a spectacle of himself as he does so. How rare this is!I found this title after listening to many other Bible studies. What I liked best about this title is that here the New Testament is the star, not its teacher.

Protestants often repeat the libel that Catholics do not know what is in the Bible. This is a calumny, an ad hominem attack aimed at us when we fail to submit to the heresy of Sola Scriptura. Many Catholics do read the Bible, know what it is in it, and love the word of God. If you are not yet one who does, this title may change that. If you are, Father King will deepen and enhance your faith and study. I recommend it without reservation.

  • Revelations of Divine Love

  • By: Julian of Norwich
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

On May 8, 1373, 30-year-old Julian of Norwich, sick and near death, had a series of visions of Christ. In these 16 visions she learnt about God's loving nature. God in Julian's visions was not angry and wrathful. Instead, the three properties of God were presented as life, love and light, and all of His creation was good, including his servant, man. In Julian's version, Man is not to blame for his sin; instead it is something that he must experience and overcome in his spiritual journey with God.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary narration, questionable translation

  • By Zaubermond on 08-03-18

Extraordinary narration, questionable translation

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I could scarcely imagine a more captivating, charming narrator than Katie Scarfe for this incredible book. I adore Julian and her message of love. However, I was not aware that this was the Mirabai Starr translation, which is no deeper than the plot of a feel-good movie. The translation, if you can call it that, glosses over difficult linguistic and conceptual realities in favor of an upbeat modernization. The result is a shallow, overly simplistic rendering. Had I know this, I wouldn't have purchased it. So five stars for extraordinary narration, five stars for Julian's original message, and one star for translation.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Conversations with Jesus of Nazareth

  • By: Simon Parke
  • Narrated by: Simon Parke, Andrew Havill
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Who was Jesus of Nazareth? Many admire his spiritual teachings; some go further and claim him as the messiah, while a few deny he ever existed at all. But everyone has an opinion about this obscure preacher who lived his brief life in one of the less significant regions of the Roman Empire; and who, in being crucified, died the traditional death for criminals and trouble-makers. Jesus lived in turbulent times. Under Roman rule, Judea was a hotbed of nationalist, political and religious interests, all vying for power.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Excessive interviewer intrusion

  • By Zaubermond on 08-03-18

Excessive interviewer intrusion

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I really enjoyed Parke's imaginative treatment of Meister Eckhart, in which he visits the Dominican monastery and chats with him, bringing out the essence of his teachings with intelligent, down-to-earth questions. I expected something similar here, but was disappointed. Instead of the thoughtful, well-spaced questions of the previous title, the interviewer is intrusive and detracts from the message and teaching of Jesus. It is as if Parke were trying to be cute or witty throughout. I could hardly listen to it. For example, when Jesus said he saw Satan fall like lightning from the sky, Parke's interviewer says, "That must have been funny." For me, this is a typically shallow comment. On the other hand, Andrew Havill, the actor who speaks the words of Jesus, has a beautiful voice. His tone reminds me of character actor John Shrapnel, and his voice lends gravitas to an otherwise incredibly annoying display. I've never been clear about why Parke left the priesthood of the Church of England after 20 years. Perhaps if I did, I could understand why he would go to such great lengths to make a mockery of the New Testament. If you are interested in what Jesus said, you might look into David Suchet's reading of the canonical gospels and leave this where it is.

  • The Magic of the Mind

  • How to Do What You Want with Your Life
  • By: Louise Berlay
  • Narrated by: Barry J. Peterson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

AudioEnlightenment is pleased to bring back a metaphysical classic by one of Neville Goddard's top students, Louise Berlay. Out of print for over 30 years, you now have the opportunity to listen to Louise's stories of her time with Neville and her success in life due to the teaching of one of metaphysics greatest teachers. Listen to her stories, and follow her instructions to replicate her success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Excruciating narration ruins a good book

  • By Zaubermond on 06-11-18

Excruciating narration ruins a good book

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I was exited to see this on audible and purchased it. Unfortunately, Barry Peterson is without a doubt the worst narrator I have ever heard. It was like listening to someone read aloud who is unaccustomed to doing so. He rushes ahead, has no sense of pacing, and his pronunciation of names is simply unbelievable. The worst part is that when he makes a mistake, he just backs up and starts the sentence over. This is not a rehearsal, Mr. Peterson. You should be word perfect before recording or have the self respect to fix the errors. The sound quality is so poor it sounds as if he recorded it on an old battery powered cassette recorder. None of the faults were fixed in post production. It is incredible to me that this was ever put on the market!

If you are interested in the basics of Neville Goddard's teachings, you can do no better than to listen to THE POWER OF AWARENESS, narrated by Grover Gardner. It hits all the basics this book covers.

If you get a chance to read this book in print, by all means do so. The stories and experiences within are inspiring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere: The Complete Series 1 and 2

  • The BBC Radio 4 Comedy
  • By: Sue Limb
  • Narrated by: Denise Coffey, full cast, Geoffrey Whitehead, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

An everyday story of towering genius, set in and around the Lakeland retreat of William and Dorothy Wordsmith. The Wordsmiths have not long settled in their sublime cottage when they are visited by the inebriate Samuel Tailor Cholericke and the lascivious Lord Biro, followed by numerous other romantically inclined writers and leech-pedlars who arrive at the door of Vole Cottage. Dorothy must manage the increasingly chaotic household (assisted by Stinking Iris) while William focuses on his latest masterpiece, 'The Withered Turnip'.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An insufferable satire about insufferable poets

  • By Zaubermond on 05-27-18

An insufferable satire about insufferable poets

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

When will I learn? Once again Sue Limb's writing is puerile, vulgar, and completely without humor. I thought the idea of a satire involving several English poets I find insufferable might be fun! Sadly, I stopped listening halfway through because this title is equally insufferable.

If you enjoy cringe-inducing puns, lame farcical situations, and relentless repetition, all in a setting devoid of imagination, by all means, listen to this mess.

I like most of the actors in this, so it's even more disappointing to hear them performing such dreck.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Vikings

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126

As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling Presentation of a Fascinating Subject

  • By AppleCedAR on 09-14-13

Sadly lacking and somewhat annoying

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Each one of us finds different things annoying. The thing at the top of my list is the mispronunciation of foreign words. Why oh why did they get an instructor with no familiarity whatsoever with Scandinavian speech to do an oral history of the bloody Vikings? Why a classicist? He slaughters every single place name and proper name with abandon.

There are also many words in English that Harl pronounces with what can only be called eccentricity. I found this so aggravating I almost stopped listening several times.

In terms of content, what I was looking for was less religion and culture and more economic and political history. Women are virtually unmentioned, Christianity's abuses are entirely glossed over, and much of the content is simply lacking in substance or sources.

I suppose it depends upon what one is looking for, but I didn't find that this course added much to my understanding of this period. If the subject is entirely new to you, you might find it useful.

I had some of Harl's courses in my Wish List, but after this ordeal, I will remove them. There's a teacher for each of us and he is not for me. Perhaps he will be for you. I wish you better luck.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Victorian London

  • The Life of a City, 1840-1870
  • By: Liza Picard
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Like her previous books, this book will be the result of the author's passionate interest in the realities of everyday life, and the conditions in which most people lived, so often left out of history books. This period of mid-Victorian London encompasses a huge range of subjects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable journey into the past

  • By Zaubermond on 05-27-18

Unforgettable journey into the past

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

This title was an accidental discovery: I found it while searching for something narrated by Anton Lesser. I decided to try it, knowing I'd like anything performed by someone to whom I could listen were he to read Inland Revenue regulations aloud.

I was pleasantly surprised to find the book is not only narrated beautifully, but well written, fascinating, and highly entertaining.

If you enjoy the minutiae of history, this is great stuff. Go ahead and double that if you're already familiar with London. Ms Picard brings the city to life in truly unforgettable detail. I've studied a lot of English history, but I've neglected the Victorian era in favor of other periods. This book reminded me how much reading I've yet to do. That's a real treat with this kind of history: it leads you onward to still more discoveries.

I know this is a sign of getting old, but I find myself more and more unable to deal with people whinging and moaning about absolutely nothing. I'd like to put every snowflake (and helicopter parent and anyone else lacking what used to be known as a backbone) into a room with this book and let them listen until they could consider their blessings.

I enjoyed it so much I picked up the other three titles offered by Ms Picard. If they are as good as this, I'll be in for a triple treat. I recommend it without hesitation.