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  • The Gospel of the Twin

  • By: Ron Cooper
  • Narrated by: Charles Henderson Norman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Drawing upon years of extensive research in early Jewish and Christian history and recent work on the historical Jesus, acclaimed novelist Ron Cooper focuses on Thomas of Nazareth, old and bitter after years of self-imposed exile from his homeland, who returns to Jerusalem to write a book about his identical twin brother, Jesus. Disgusted by how others have perverted his brother's message, Thomas wants to set the record straight. But in doing so, he must try to unravel the enigma that was Jesus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting perspective on biblical terms...

  • By Daman on 03-21-16

Unique take on the familiar Gospel story

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

I really enjoyed this book. I'm a fan of biblical historical fiction (I know, oxymoron, right). This story follows the Gospel narrative from the New Testament pretty closely. But the perspective is not from just any follower of Jesus but, rather, from the perspective of his identical twin brother, Thomas. This perspective allows well known sayings of Jesus and certain events to take on a whole new meaning, sometimes just turning out to be normal mundane events that were re-interpreted because the Gospel writer in the Bible didn't know the inside story or behind-the-scenes events. I especially appreciated the author's ability to take the often limited descriptions of Jesus' disciples and create fully formed, seemingly realistic characters. I highly recommend this story to anyone who is not going to get hung up on Biblical literalism or doctrinal heresy. Whether religious or not familiarity with the Gospel accounts in the Bible is not required but does add to the humor of the story. Oh, I forgot to mention. . .this story is quite humorous while not being completely irreverent like Christopher Moore's "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal".

I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator. He has kind of a gruff down home drawl that didn't initially seem to fit with this story. But I got used to it and it didn't detract from the story.

I am supposed to disclose: This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

  • Trooper #4

  • By: Noah Chinn
  • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

It's the end of the world, but not as we know it. A woman wakes up in a motel on the outskirts of a remote Oregon city with no memory of who she is, a gun at her bedside, and a state trooper uniform. As she explores the world outside the motel it seems that civilization has come to an abrupt end, and whatever caused it is still out there, looking for the survivors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good narration, fresh approach to the genre

  • By STEVEN on 08-14-15

Won't meet expectations. . .in a good way!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. And I still didn't when it was over. The book starts out like some type of tongue-in-cheek apocalyptic story. I was enjoying this and the story was moving a long but then it got so twisted up that I'm still not sure if I loved it or hated it. By the end the main characters sarcastic internal monologue got on my nerves but not enough to detract from the crazy fun ride.

  • Thunder Rise

  • Thunder Rise Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: G. Wayne Miller
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Something is happening to the children of Morgantown... One by one, they are claimed by a strange illness that cannot be identified. Night after night, they are haunted by terrifying creatures that invade their dreams. Moment to moment, they dread the final hours of daylight.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent thriller, but dated and awkward.

  • By Jim on 03-19-15

Good characters, unbelievable story

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

I received this a Listen & Review copy through Audiobook Blast. I really enjoyed this book for the first half. The character development and story pulled me in. I really wanted to hear more and more about the development of the main character's life in this new town. The mystery part of the story with the disease affecting the children (not a spoiler) kept me anxious to find out how it would be resolved. But the book fell apart when we found out what was causing the disease. This would have almost been better if the supernatural element wasn't a part of it (again, not a spoiler).

The narrator was good especially with adult voices but some of his kid voices were quite annoying.

Overall it was an enjoyable story and one that I would recommend on a long car trip. Keep in mind that this was written in 1992. I didn't realize at first and kept wondering why they didn't just call somebody from their cell phones.