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  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,718

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Really interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

This was a very interesting, non-fiction historical book. I really appreciated how the author interweaved actual quotes as he described events

  • Lords of the North

  • The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103

The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • what happen to Jonathan Keeble,

  • By TmarZ on 03-23-15

Typical Cornwell - good story

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Good storylIne; Interesting historical note at the end. It was good to hear the Christians do something good, once in a while.

  • Out of the Silent Planet

  • Ransom Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, complex, not middle of the road

  • By David on 05-27-05

Typical C. S. Lewis

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

I love his writings, even the fiction. Great story line but narration pretty bland

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  • Excalibur

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,042

In Excalibur, we follow Arthur and Derfel to that enormous struggle and incredible victory. It not only throws the Saxons back, but reunites Arthur and Guinevere. He might hope now to be left alone, to have a time of peace after gaining a great victory, but new enemies arise to destroy all he has achieved. First is Mordred himself, the crippled king who owes everything to Arthur and now tries to kill his benefactor. Mordred's ally is Nimue who has come to hate her mentor, Merlin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Original Story from a legend?

  • By Laurel on 04-08-15

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

Sorry to know it's the last of the series. I'll think of King Arthur's legend very differently now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Enemy of God

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,073

At the end of The Winter, King Arthur fought the battle that forces unity on the warring British kingdoms and now he sets out to face the real enemy - the English (it is one of the great ironies of the Arthur stories that he should have become an English hero when, if he existed at all, he was a great war-leader who opposed the invading Sais). First, though, Merlin leads a perilous expedition into the mysterious west to retrieve a cauldron, one of the treasures of Britain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great take on Arthur legend

  • By Dr. Jack Littley on 07-18-15

One of his best!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

I am a huge fan of Mr. Cornwell and this is one of his best. I also love Mr. Keeble's narration. He does a wonderful job with voice changes and emotion

  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

  • A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
  • By: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Narrated by: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,626
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,158
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,149

Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Brandon on 09-09-14

Wonderful book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Mr. Qureshi's explanation of Islam, both the good and bad, is very helpful to those who don't understand it. It is good to hear how devout and peace-loving Muslims live. His description of how he analyzed and weighed the truth of Islam and Christianity was informative. His description of God's love helped me connect even more with Jesus.

  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

  • Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
  • By: Karen Abbott
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little-known aspects of the Civil War: The stories of four courageous women - a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow - who were spies. After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly Bad Narrator

  • By Sheesha on 11-12-14

Great book

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

Really enjoyed hearing a woman's perspective of the Civil War from women who put themselves at risk just as much as the men. The narrator did a great job as well.

  • Messy Grace

  • How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction
  • By: Caleb Kaltenbach
  • Narrated by: Caleb Kaltenbach
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 189

Caleb Kalenbach is the Lead Pastor at Discovery Church in Simi Valley, CA. Raised in the LGBT community, he was exposed to how some Christians treated the LGBT community, and grew to hate Christians. In high school, he joined a Bible study to disprove the Bible, but ended up following Jesus instead. Later, his parents followed Jesus, too. This is the subject of his first book, Messy Grace - holding on to the truth of God's Word while being filled with grace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For such a time as this

  • By Laura Evans on 11-04-16

A desperately needed message

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

For anyone struggling with the Christian /LGBT issue, this is a must-read. The author has lived in both worlds and so brings a unique, loving, and honest perspective teaching us how to live in the tension of grace and truth.

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  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,470

Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Analysis

  • By Michael on 11-21-13

Great read but in depth

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-16

Great book! I loved the movie too. The author does a great job at explaining the complexities of sub-prime mortgage bonds and keeps the story interesting through the main characters. It is in depth so I wouldn't recommend it for light reading.

  • When Jesus Wept

  • The Jerusalem Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene
  • Narrated by: D. J. Canaday
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Lazarus occupies a surprising position in the Gospel accounts. Widely known as the man Jesus raised from the dead, his story is actually much broader and richer than that. Living as he did at Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus was uniquely placed to witness the swirl of events around Jesus. When Jesus Wept, the first novel in The Jerusalem Chronicles series by best-selling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus' ministry, centering on the friendship between Jesus and Lazarus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a story.

  • By Brian T on 11-13-13

Good introduction to The Gospels.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

The narrator did a great job. The music between chapters got old fast. The story was a little too clean for my liking. Jesus lived in the same messy world we do. The book had some messiness in it but not much. Plus the hero managed to be involved in many of the big moments of the Gospels (e.g. Jesus walking on water). To me, that was just not believable.