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Patricia M. O'Neil

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  • Playing Hurt

  • My Journey from Despair to Hope
  • By: John Saunders, John U. Bacon
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60
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    5 out of 5 stars 54
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    5 out of 5 stars 54

In Playing Hurt, a leading figure in the sports world - the quintessential "man's man" who seems to have it all - confesses his constant battle with depression. John Saunders welcomes listeners into the heart of his desperate struggle through insights into the root causes of depression and explanations of modern medical and homeopathic treatments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story That Can Save Lives!

  • By Mike on 02-16-18

A worthwhile read!

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Reviewed: 06-28-18

Very interesting autobiography. John led a full life in his 60 years. I admire his honesty and courage in sharing the details of that life in an effort to help others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light

  • The Private Writings of the 'Saint of Calcutta'
  • By: Brian Kolodiejchuk M.C.
  • Narrated by: Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg, Paul Smith, Greg Friedman O.F.M., and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

This book includes correspondence (and context for understanding it) from Mother Teresa's early years in religious life and throughout her years as founder of a new religious community. This correspondence reveals Mother Teresa's struggles, doubts and her sense of abandonment by God. These revelations can encourage and strengthen us as she reveals her abiding faith despite darkness and trials.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful!

  • By ginackri on 09-04-12

Wonderfully insightful and inspirational book!

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Reviewed: 06-15-18

Mother Teresa is a remarkable woman who lived solely for Jesus despite spending the last 50 years of her life in spiritual darkness. This book is an honest telling of the state of Mother’s interior life throughout those 50 years. You will acquire much spiritual benefit from knowing the mind and heart of this simple saint. The narration of the book is exceptional.

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop

  • By: Willa Cather
  • Narrated by: David Ackroyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful story, perfectly read

  • By Eugene on 01-25-17

Delightful!

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Reviewed: 06-01-18

Willa Cather is a master storyteller. I so much appreciated her wonderful descriptive recounting of the story and her fine character development. The narrator is excellent. Glad I chose this audiobook!

  • To Change the Church

  • By: Ross Douthat
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936, today Pope Francis is the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis' stewardship of the church, while perceived as a revelation by many, has provoked division throughout the world. "If a conclave were to be held today," one Roman source told The New Yorker, "Francis would be lucky to get 10 votes." In To Change the Church, Douthat explains why the particular debate Francis has opened - over communion for the divorced and the remarried - is so dangerous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine Book, Risible Narration

  • By Superfluous Man on 04-01-18

Fascinating!

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Reviewed: 05-28-18

Ross Douthat’s analysis of the papacy under Pope Francis is extremely well balanced and informative. He exhibits a good grasp of Church history. The book is honest, insightful and well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • 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 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, so much packed in this book.

  • By GiaJuly on 11-28-17

Provides much hope for the future of Catholicism

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Reviewed: 05-04-18

Excellent piece of work that allows the reader to get into the mind of one of the most influential Catholic leaders. Bishop Baron takes an honest look at the state of Catholicism and religion in general in today’s world,and he lays out a bold strategy to represent the faith in a post-Christian age. This book is wonderfully narrated.

  • Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

  • Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper
  • By: Brant Pitre, Scott Hahn - foreword
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 184
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    5 out of 5 stars 166
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    5 out of 5 stars 163

In recent years, Christians everywhere are rediscovering the Jewish roots of their faith. Every year at Easter time, many believers now celebrate Passover meals (known as Seders) seeking to understand exactly what happened at Jesus' final Passover, the night before he was crucified. Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow you're missing out

  • By Practical opinionaire on 06-27-17

Absolutely awesome!

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Reviewed: 02-26-18

I loved this book! It reveals so many connections between Judaism and Christianity. I found myself going back several times to let the author’s insights sink in. This is not a book you race through. The extra time I chose to spend with the reading was so worth it. Also, the narrator did an excellent job. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about faith, whether out of idle curiosity or more serious reflection.

  • Scalia Speaks

  • Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived
  • By: Antonin Scalia, Christopher J. Scalia - editor, Edward Whelan - editor, and others
  • Narrated by: Christopher J. Scalia
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

This definitive collection of beloved Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's finest speeches covers topics as varied as the law, faith, virtue, pastimes, and his heroes and friends. Featuring a foreword by longtime friend Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and an intimate introduction by his youngest son, this volume includes dozens of speeches, some deeply personal, that have never before been published. Christopher J. Scalia and the justice's former law clerk Edward Whelan selected the speeches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-03-17

Very enjoyable book

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Reviewed: 11-15-17

I especially liked listening to the many antidotes scattered throughout the book. Scalia’s reflections give a keen insight into the man’s character.

While there is something in the book for everyone, I suspect that many will find the middle segment dealing with his reflections on the law to be a bit long and dry. It would have been best, I think, to have broken up this segment. That is why I did not give it 5 stars.

Overall though, I’m glad I decided on listening to this book.

  • Lessons in Hope

  • My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II
  • By: George Weigel
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 65

In Lessons in Hope, George Weigel tells the story of his unique friendship with St. John Paul II. As Weigel learns the pope "from inside", he also offers a firsthand account of the tumult of post-Vatican II Catholicism and the Cold War's endgame, introducing listeners to the heroes who brought down European communism. Later, he shows us the aging pope grappling with the post-9/11 world order and teaching new lessons in dignity through his own suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of Lesson’s in Hope

  • By Anonymous User on 11-26-17

Great read!

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Reviewed: 11-04-17

Insightful and well written piece of work about a great statesman, written by one who knew him intimately. Very engaging!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful