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  • Tea with Hezbollah

  • Sitting at the Enemies' Table - Our Journey Through the Middle East
  • By: Ted Dekker, Carl Medearis
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Is it really possible to love one's enemies? That's the question that sparked a fascinating and, at times, terrifying journey into the heart of the Middle East during the summer of 2008. It was a trip that began in Egypt, passed beneath the steel-and-glass high-rises of Saudi Arabia, then wound through the bullet-pocked alleyways of Beirut and dusty streets of Damascus, before ending at the cradle of the world's three major religions: Jerusalem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Your Enemies?

  • By Roy on 05-10-10

I don't like being jerked around!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

Would you try another book from Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis and/or George K. Wilson?

I would not try another of their books.

What was most disappointing about Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis ’s story?

Spoiler Alert - A large part of it was fictional! I was furious when this was revealed at the end of the book.

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

I loved the individual interviews and personal quality of the questions. Very insightful.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Laughing Without an Accent

  • Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad
  • By: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Narrated by: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

In the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sigh

  • By Sara on 01-29-14

A Book Of Vignettes

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The most important thing to know about this book is that it is a book of vignettes - not a novel with a story line that follows through from beginning to end. That being said, the stories were witty and sometimes quite funny. I had not read the first book but I don't know if that is why I felt like I was constantly missing something (a bit like leaving the theater to buy popcorn and coming back not knowing what happened).
The author reads the book. She is a novice but, at the same time, the language skills required to read a book of this nature are rare. I don't think it would have been the same had someone else attempted it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Laughing Without an Accent?

What I enjoyed most was the insight in to life in Iran (pre-revolution) and the little bit of insight in to life for Iranians living in America during the hostage crisis.

Would you be willing to try another one of Firoozeh Dumas’s performances?

I wish I had read the first one prior to reading this one.

Could you see Laughing Without an Accent being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Nope. Current public sentiment in the US is too ignorant to accept something like that.