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  • My Stroke of Insight

  • By: Jill Bolte Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jill Bolte Taylor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084

In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent description of stroke experience

  • By Polyhymnia on 09-26-09

Loved part of it

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

When she was describing the crisis of the stroke, it was utterly fascinating! But when she went off into New Age mysticism toward the end, it was a huge letdown.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Holocaust Diaries

  • The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister
  • By: Nonna Bannister, Denise George, Carolyn Tomlin
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

For half a century, a terrible secret lay hidden, locked in a trunk in an attic... photos, official documents, and scraps of a diary written by a young girl. "The time has come when I must share my life story... some facts from the past that could make a contribution, however small it may be, to the history of mankind." The Secret Holocaust Diaries is a haunting eyewitness account of Nonna Lisowskaja Bannister, a remarkable Russian-American woman who saw and survived unspeakable evils as a young girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible story, beautiful narration

  • By Elizabeth on 01-29-17

Incredible story, beautiful narration

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

The first thing that grabbed me was the narrator's voice. So very pleasant that I just wanted to pull up a chair and listen. But she wasn't limited to "sweetness and light." When tragic things had to be communicated, she did so with real feeling. I would happily listen to her again.
True, she stumbled over a few of the foreign words and names, but I couldn't bring myself to take a star away from such an excellent performance.

As for the story: It is absolutely vital that it be told and retold. And don't fear that it will be a depressing book even though much of it is hard. Much of the story highlights the beauty of good and loving hearts which refused to give in to hate. This is an excellent narrative which should be widely heard.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • To Fly Again

  • Surviving the Tailspins of Life
  • By: Gracia Burnham, Dean Merrill
  • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Twenty-one brief, theme-based chapters squarely address the challenges each of us faces as we pass through difficult times to take to the skies again. This audiobook offers no pat answers or easy solutions, just the battle-tested wisdom of a woman who lived her greatest nightmare and came through it more convinced of God's grace than ever before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a must read

  • By Montana mama 5 on 02-18-18

Valuable life lessons, winsomely taught

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

In a world full of voices, Gracia Burnham has won the right to be heard. If you don't know her story , it would be helpful (but not necessary ) to read her first book, "In the Presence of My Enemies ." But this newest book stands very well on its own , too. Gracia is no stained-glass, too good to be true saint. She's honest, humble, and wise because of all that she has suffered , lost, and gained. She has much to teach us all.

  • A Higher Call

  • An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
  • By: Adam Makos
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,769
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,784

Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Proof the term "Hero" knows no borders

  • By Anon anon on 03-27-13

So glad this story could finally be told!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

What a beautiful story...so glad it didn't remain "classified" forever!
I love biographies which inspire me to want to be a better person. This story of courageous kindness in a time of madness certainly fits that description. That anyone could suffer what these men suffered and still maintain good hearts is amazing. But they did, as their actions proved.
The narration ranged from "adequate" to "good," with the lower marks for the unfortunate attempts at German accents. But I'm very finicky about accents, and others might not find it distracting as I occasionally did.
I can certainly recommend this book as a valuable addition not only to WWII history, but to human history. It's gritty and real, but warm and inspiring, too. That's quite an achievement.

  • Jesus, the One and Only

  • By: Beth Moore
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

In Jesus, the One and Only, Beth Moore introduces you to an intimate God in an up-close and personal portrait of the life of Jesus the Messiah. This is far more than just a work on the life of Christ. Jesus, the One and Only is a romance, and you are invited to become part of it. As He has done in the past, God will use Beth's words to woo you into falling in love with Jesus of Nazareth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Time well spent

  • By Elizabeth on 05-19-15

Time well spent

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

(This review covers both the Kindle edition and the Audible audiobook.)
Though I'm not a rabid consumer of Beth Moore's work, I am never sorry to spend time in it. Her emotionality is sometimes a little over-the-top for my tastes, but I don't mind too much because it's sincere, AND because she is so theologically sound. And sometimes I even choke up a bit with her.
She loves the Lord, she loves His word, and she unpacks it well. I believe that this study came at a good time in my own life, and I found it enriching. I believe I do love Jesus even more for having read it.

My only concern toward the beginning was when she encouraged the reader, at some length, to imagine Jesus' physical appearance. It was well-intended, but it could easily cause people with a certain weakness to violate the spirit of the Second Commandment. Fortunately, she didn't continue to emphasize that activity.

As for the narration, I thought it quite good. It seemed to get better and better as it went along, too. Beth's emotionality would be easy to under- or over-do, but I believe the narrator got it just right.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eight Twenty Eight

  • When Love Didn't Give Up
  • By: Larissa Murphy, Ian Murphy
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

What if that thing you really feared happened? Would the joy you hold pop? Or would you experience love and joy deeper than you can imagine? They met in college and fell in love. They talked about getting married, and he started looking for a ring. They dreamed about life together, a life of beauty and joy, raising babies and laughing with friends and growing old. They did not imagine a car accident. They did not imagine his brain injury.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this story of true love

  • By Elizabeth on 04-21-15

Don't miss this story of true love

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

When God is building something beautiful out of broken vessels, it's a glorious thing. And He did something awesome here.
The only caveat is to be prepared for sudden, unannounced time-jumps. In the book you get visual hints in the form of a dividing line, but in the audiobook you frequently find yourself momentarily confused by a jump ahead or back several years. But don't let that deter you from enjoying this tremendous story!

  • 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 4,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,891

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

If you're not sure you could enjoy a biography...

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

... start with this one! An incredible story of heroism, madness, egotism, humility, valour, ingenuity, and love. I would have loved to have known Garfield. We will never know how much the country would have benefited from his presidency if he had lived longer. But what he accomplished in his short presidency and, amazingly, what benefits came from the struggle to save his life, are a story every American should know.
The narrator was simply superb.
I cannot recommend this highly enough!

  • The Will of God as a Way of Life

  • How to Make Every Decision with Peace and Confidence
  • By: Jerry Sittser
  • Narrated by: Don Reed
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Here is practical help for understanding and following God’s will for your life. “God has a plan for our lives,” but what does that mean in practical terms? How do we know God’s will for important life decisions, like who to marry, what job to take, what church to join? How can we be free if God has a perfect plan for us? Does suffering mean we are off track? How exactly does God speak? Author Jerry Sittser explores these questions and offers a biblically based approach that is truly liberating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great content, the performance didn’t match

  • By Peter J. Spear on 08-23-18

Wonderful book, horribly narrated

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

Buy the book. It's wonderful! But do not buy the audiobook.

I hate to be so negative, but when an excellent book on the subject of grief is narrated by someone with what can only be described as "Low-Budget Informercial Voice," it's tragic.

Just imagine: You're listening to a narrative of personal devastation, and of the deep theological insights that came from grief, but it's presented in a "But wait...there's more" vocal style.

When the author summarized his family's tragedy (his wife, mother, and 4-year-old daughter were killed in an accident, with Sittser and his other children also in the vehicle), the narrator almost seemed to insult the author's grief just by reading it as if it were one of those incredibly irritating, "Oh, no, the cling wrap won't stick! Introducing new Super-Cling!" commercials.

But the book itself is wonderfully insightful and hope-giving. Read it, but don't let it be ruined by listening to this narration.

  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 54 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,219

Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Mousy Little Man From Missouri Revisited

  • By Sara on 07-23-15

What a biography should be

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

Reviewed: 04-26-14

It's hard to imagine listening to a biography of one life for 54 hours...but this particular life was so packed with amazing events lived by an amazing man, that every hour was justified.

Okay, I'll admit there were a few hours that began to feel a little boring to me at times, particularly about his childhood and his ancestors. But I'm glad I listened to them, because biographies are about knowing people, and people are about all of the factors that shaped them, including the mundanities. Truman never forgot who he was and where he came from, so those shaping influences were necessary to the story.

And, as I'm learning from reading other minutiae-minded authors (such as Marilynne Robinson and even Victor Hugo), the little details provide ambiance, and ambiance immerses the reader, if the reader will allow it to. The reader begins to feel as though he is walking through life with the main character, and where this may not always be exciting, it certainly deepens the understanding and even affection that is developed.

And I became very fond of Harry Truman while listening to this biography. I knew next-to-nothing about him before reading it, but now I feel a deep respect and appreciation for him. Though we disagree on some fundamentals, I can now at least appreciate his positions. And though I can see some of his mistakes, I can respect that they were well-intended mistakes. He was, in short, a good man. And a good man is always worth getting to know. Frankly, that's one important way that this book helped me grow as a person. It showed me how much it's possible to respect someone with whom I disagree on major political issues. And that's a huge gift, because respect is a major antidote to...well...being a knee-jerk JERK. I hope to be less of a knee-jerker with people on the other side of the political spectrum, more interested in getting to know them as people rather than as political labels.

But mistakes and disagreements aside, this man did a phenomenal job in two terms which threw more staggering challenges at him than any previous president had ever faced. Few men could have stood up under the assault. I defy his critics to have done better.

As for the narrator, he was excellent. It must be a challenge to make a 54-hour biography enjoyable to listen to, but he certainly did it.

Somewhere past halfway through the book, something changed in the studio, because the mic picked up a lot of mouth noises from there until the end of the book. But that should reflect on the technicians, not on the narrator himself. And it should certainly not discourage anyone from taking this very worthwhile walk through the life of Harry Truman.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • All Things Wise and Wonderful

  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 958

This enchanting collection of stories is the warm and joyful sequel to All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Creatures Great and Small, the memoirs of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, Poor editing

  • By Sassy1980 on 09-11-13

A classic in every sense

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

Reviewed: 03-24-14

All of Herriot's books are very enjoyable because he had a wonderful eye for beauty, for humor, for poignancy, for sorrow, and for joy. And he knew how to set it all down masterfully on paper.

However, before reading this to children, parents should be aware that this was a hard-drinking culture, and Herriot didn't minimize that fact.

As for the narration? Well, it's Christopher Timothy! What more needs to be said? He's wonderful.