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Larry Newell

Fort Worth, TX, US
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  • Pax

  • By: Sara Pennypacker
  • Narrated by: Michael Curran-Dorsano
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house 300 miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be - with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to you love something that hurts you?

  • By Anthony M Agostino on 12-13-17

I Stopped with 1:36:00 Before The End

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I wish I’d stopped at 1:37 or so before the end. I won’t say why specifically, but maybe you can guess. Up until something happened to one of the characters that I really liked, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, which was written from the perspectives of both the boy, Peter, and his fox, Pax.
Maybe I need to stick to stories about unicorns, cotton candy clouds, angels, and wise men. There were no wise men in this book...perhaps there was a wise woman though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Prophet with Honor

  • The Billy Graham Story (Updated Edition)
  • By: William C. Martin
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 36 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

A Prophet with Honor is the biography Billy Graham himself invited and appreciated for its sympathetic but frank approach. Carefully documented, eminently fair, and gracefully written, it raises and answers key questions about Graham's character, contributions, and influence on the world religious scene. In this engaging and comprehensive book, William Martin gives readers a better understanding of the most successful evangelist in modern history, and the movement he led for over fifty years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Man of Integrity

  • By Benjamin E Chapman on 05-06-18

Wonderful Life, Wonderful Biography

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I've read some great biographies, but the updated edition of The Billy Graham Story, for me, is one of the best. Or probably the best. Of course, Mr. Graham's life was amazing and inspiring. The author's (William C. Martin) research and writing was incredibly thorough and wonderful. The narration by Maurice England made listening to this book better, at least for me, than reading it. I was sorry when the book ended. I'll listen again - it was that good.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Ultimate Zig Ziglar Library

  • By: Zig Ziglar
  • Narrated by: Zig Ziglar
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

In these audio volumes, you'll hear Zig onstage in front of a live audience as well as offstage in several intimate studio recordings. You'll hear Zig at his most energetic in the very early days of his career, and you'll hear him at his most reflective and thoughtful in recordings just a few years before his passing. But regardless of when and where Zig delivered his message, one thing remained constant: The unforgettable and timeless truths that Zig spoke changed the lives of millions of people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, enjoyed listening daily.

  • By Jordan on 07-10-16

Zig Is The Ultimate

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Any additional comments?

There is only one Zig Ziglar. It had been roughly 25 years since I'd listened to his tapes, and when I saw this book on Audible, it dawned on me how much I missed hearing his voice and his stories and teachings. I purchased it immediately and began listening. I understand one reviewer's somewhat negative comments about the editing of this book, but the repetition and back and forth didn't bother me. I'm glad I found this title, and I won't wait another 25 years to listen again to Zig Ziglar. Like bathing, I promise to listen regularly and often from now on. One quick aside...several years ago, a well-known psychologist told a friend that just listening to Ziglar was treatment for depression and other emotional and mental disorders. That makes sense to me. Zig is a treasure. I repeat...there is only one Zig Ziglar.

  • Bricking It

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan, Heather Wilds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,195

When siblings Dan and Hayley Daley inherit their late grandmother's derelict Victorian farmhouse, it seems like a dream come true. All they have to do is fix the place up and sell it for a tidy profit! Except - as anyone who has renovated an old house knows - things are never that easy. The walls are rapidly crumbling around them, the architect is a certified lunatic, the budget is spiraling...and then there's the disturbingly intelligent cow to worry about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • coarse, predictable

  • By THRIFTY LAWYER on 06-20-16

Light Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

Any additional comments?

Not quite as funny as some of the reviews made it out to be, but entertaining nevertheless.

Ryan's and Wilds' performance was very good and added to the listening experience.

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,777

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Great Story - Great Life Lessons

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version, so I can't compare. I enjoyed every aspect of the audio version.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried.

Any additional comments?

I can't imagine anyone not liking this book.

  • The Possibility Dogs

  • What a Handful of 'Unadoptables' Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing
  • By: Susannah Charleson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Charleson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

From the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, Scent of the Missing, comes a heartwarming and inspiring story that shows how dogs can be rescued and can rescue in return. For her first book, Susannah Charleson was praised for her unique insight into the kinship between humans and dogs, as revealed through canine search and rescue. In The Possibility Dogs Charleson chronicles her journey into the world of psychiatric-service and therapy dogs trained to serve the human mind, a journey that began as a personal one. After a particularly grisly search led to a struggle with PTSD, Charleson credits healing to her partnership with search dog Puzzle. Inspired by that experience and having met dogs formally trained to assist in such crises, Charleson learns to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, often plucking them from shelters at the last minute, and to train them for work beside hurting partners, to whom these second-chance dogs bring intelligence, comfort, and hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Given, Love Returned--Tenfold

  • By Gillian on 02-06-15

A Joy of a Book About Dogs Who Are Joys

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

If you could sum up The Possibility Dogs in three words, what would they be?

This book brought more smiles per page than any in recent memory. We've had three rescue dogs, and they ranged from 7 months to 3+ years when they rescued us. Two are still with us and now 8 and 11. We lost a wonderful Greyhound in September 2015 when she was 15.
This book was as much about service / therapy dogs as about rescue dogs, and I learned a lot.
At first I thought I might not like the author's reading of the book, but I wasn't far into the book before I realized how much the reading contributed to the overall experience.
The book was so engaging and enjoyable that I thought about writing a review at the half way point - the thought had occurred to me that drivers who saw me as I listened to the book as I drove would wonder why I smiled as I did. The smiles weren't small laughs - just the manifestation of pleasure that came from the author's wonderful stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Picking the favorite character would be like picking your favorite child. Impossible.

What about Susannah Charleson’s performance did you like?

Understated but compelling.

  • Against Medical Advice

  • One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery
  • By: James Patterson, Hal Friedman
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Cory Friedman woke up one morning when he was five years old with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head and his life was never the same again. From that day forward his life became a hell of uncontrollable tics, urges, and involuntary utterances. Eventually he is diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive disorder, and Cory embarks on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist, enduring countless combinations of medications in wildly varying doses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Nicole on 11-06-08

Wonderful, inspirational, true story

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

There are many great lessons in this book. I listened to it mostly by accident. My wife, who passed away nearly two years ago bought AMAm, and I just discovered it in My Library after transferring her Library to mine. I don't know if Anne, my wife, listened to AMA our not, but I certainly consider my discovery of this book one more gift from her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night with a Perfect Stranger

  • The Conversation That Changes Everything
  • By: David Gregory
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

After meeting Jesus in person under amazing circumstances six years ago, Nick Cominsky figured life would be smooth sailing, not coasting downhill. Why didn’t Jesus tell him how to make the Christian life work? Just when Nick is stopped dead in his tracks - stranded on the side of the highway with an empty gas tank and miles to go - he finds himself in rich company once more. Jesus has returned to give Nick the refueling he desperately needs. And like their first meeting, it’s not at all what he expects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • perfect end to the trilogy

  • By The BW on 10-24-12

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

One of the best and most helpful books I've ever read. David Gregory is a masterful story teller, and Grover Gardner's performance is the perfect compliment to the author's work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Sketches

  • Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and various other interesting characters he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist. The people he writes about have an awesome intelligence, in most cases, but that is not the secret of their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and Insightful - Get it

  • By Gerardo A Dada on 09-02-13

A Better Title: Isaacson's Opinions

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It was doomed from the start.

What was most disappointing about Walter Isaacson’s story?

Title was very misleading.

What aspect of Cotter Smith’s performance would you have changed?

The material he had to read.

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

Too few to mention.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the Jobs bio, but Sketches was a waste.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful