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  • Believe in Love

  • By: Pope Francis, Alicia von Stamwitz - compiler
  • Narrated by: Douglas James
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

When Jorge Bergoglio was a young Jesuit, he wrote a statement of his personal beliefs. It began, “I want to believe in God the Father who loves me like a child, and in Jesus, the Lord who infused my life with His Spirit, to make me smile and so carry me to the eternal Kingdom of life.” The elements of this credo inspired the selection and arrangement of the reflections gathered here: Pope Francis’s thoughts on love for God and each other and, most importantly, God’s love for us. Here are his most intimate thoughts about the purpose and promise of love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is not really a book from Pope Francis....

  • By Someone who buys too much on 03-16-19

This is not really a book from Pope Francis....

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

This is not really a boom from Pope Francis, but merely reread homilies and speeches he's given with no apparent cohesion or theme.

  • To Light a Fire on the Earth

  • Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age
  • By: Bishop Robert Barron, John L. Allen Jr. - contributor
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

In this compelling new book - drawn from conversations with and narrated by award-winning Vatican journalist John L. Allen Jr. - Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, proclaims in vivid language the goodness and truth of the Catholic tradition. Through Barron's smart, practical, artistic, and theological observations - as well as through personal anecdotes about everything from engaging atheists on YouTube to his days as a young die-hard baseball fan from Chicago - To Light a Fire on the Earth covers prodigious ground.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not by Bishop Barron

  • By M. Waters on 05-22-18

This is a largely a biography, and a slow one.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

I have personally heard Fr. Barron's speak, preside mass, and have spoken with him on occasion. I am a big fan of his. I was expecting this book to be a distillation of his theses, but it was somewhat of a redundant biography. I stopped listening.

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,709
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,448

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audio makes all the difference.

  • By Sadie on 09-14-13

the best book I've heard/read in years. period.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

the best book I've heard/read in years. period. it hit hit me - exactly - where I am on so many levels, it was scary.

  • The Way of Silence

  • Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life
  • By: David Steindl-Rast
  • Narrated by: Douglas James
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Way of Silence draws heavily on Buddhist teachings to cultivate the practice of "deep" listening: turning away from noise and distraction, paying attention, and embracing quiet. The Way of Silence embraces paradox: absence versus presence in silence. Dynamic tranquility. The all-oneness of aloneness. Humbly, trusting in God, you'll practice emptying your mind in order to receive wisdom, insight, and understanding.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really, really bad

  • By Someone who buys too much on 07-24-16

Really, really bad

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Would you try another book from David Steindl-Rast and/or Douglas James?

Based on this, no. There was no central thesis whatsoever, it was largely from-the-hip, politically correct babbling that referenced multiple religions, and did not at all teach one how to engage the sacred in daily life until, perhaps, the last chapter.

What was most disappointing about David Steindl-Rast’s story?

It has no thesis, and no linear layout.

Would you be willing to try another one of Douglas James’s performances?

Not really, the speaking is monotone.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.

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    Length: 55 hrs and 19 mins
    1,005 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 55 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, not thrilled with production

  • By Jennifer on 06-14-11

Poorly read

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

Reviewed: 12-01-12

Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Christopher Hurt?

Let me start by saying I have never read this book, so I cannot/will not comment on the story line. However, as at least 1 other reviewer noted, the reading is monotone and boring. Not at all engaging, and there appears to be noise/talking in the distant background of the recording.

I'd skip it and either get it in text or try another narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

A more dynamic reader.