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  • Trigger Warning

  • Short Fictions and Disturbances
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,013

In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction--stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013--as well as "Black Dog", a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Triggered Me to Stay Up Late and Listen

  • By Jan on 02-10-15

Warning - read by the author

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

What did you like best about Trigger Warning? What did you like least?

excellent short stories

Who was your favorite character and why?

NA

Would you be willing to try another one of Neil Gaiman’s performances?

yes

Was Trigger Warning worth the listening time?

yes and no, It is worth it for the stories; however Gaiman's voice is at times a disservice to his material. IMO his voice would be perfect for Winnie the Pooh. On his more dark tales I'm half expecting Christopher Robbin to make an appearance. His soft pattern with little to no vocal modification does not do his work justice.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Muhammad

  • A Prophet for Our Time
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

From the best-selling author of Islam: A Short History comes an important addition to the Eminent Lives book series. A former Roman Catholic nun and winner of a Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award, Karen Armstrong shows how Muhammad's life can teach us a great deal about our world. More is known about Muhammad than any other major religion founder, yet he remains mysterious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karen Armstrong did justice with this biography

  • By Dr Naveed on 08-05-12

down to the man

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

Reviewed: 05-10-12

If you'd like to get to the root of Muhammad, then Karen's book is the perfect introduction. She smoothly separates the religious from the secular as well as his economic from political strife in Mecca and Medina. She deftly brings in the Quran where the Surahs intersect with his life transitions. It was eye opening to see how inclusive and revolutionary Islam was when Muhammad was alive. He would be labeled today a radical feminist. It is also saddening how after the leader dies the spiritual movement assumes the role of religious power and control limiting the blessedness of what could be so much more.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Interior Castle

  • By: Teresa of Avila
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle is one of the most celebrated books ever written by a mystic on abiding in union with Christ. Writing in obedience to the requests of two of her superiors, the humble 16th century Spanish sister protests "...for the love of God, let me get on with my spinning and go to choir...like the other sisters...I am not meant for writing; I have neither the health nor the wits for it."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Truthful and Warm

  • By Angela on 08-27-11

falling in love with the Divine

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

Reviewed: 04-10-12

Christian Classic! This is the measuring stick I read every few years. It's not to be read as a measure for achievement for bragging or boasting but a cultured humility garnered through failing and surrendering into the arms of grace.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Steel Remains

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 695

In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This isn't your father's gay hero!

  • By Tizroc on 01-23-09

fish out of water

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

Reviewed: 01-28-12

Usually I'm a big fan of anything Richard K. Morgan writes. He's truly the current king of Hard-boiled detective style books right now. It has worked very well for him in his own creative scifi settings; however, in the fantasy genre it falters. The pacing is so slow it gets tedious and his raw dialogue and fighting scenes are not even half as good as other fantasy writers. To be honest, it seems out of place, like watching Michael Phelps in a track event. The only good for the series so far is his character development, which is marvelous! Ringil plays the gay Conan/Sherlock to a tea! If you must take a chance, but I would preferred this as a short story/novelette.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 82,132

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

fantasy and reality collide

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

Reviewed: 11-17-11

If you're tired of the same old mythic fantasy yarn, then look grab a seat and hold on because Martin takes the fantasy, medieval romp and add a heaping of reality. Also, if you didn't catch the HBO series watch it because it is the greatest book to Video adaptation ever! It left out probably a few paragraphs, if that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Horns

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,203

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Zero likeable characters

  • By Andrew T. Monkiewicz on 01-22-15

curse of his father

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

Reviewed: 10-25-11

Joe Hill (son of King) is on his way to being a great supernatural writer as long as he can conquer the curse handed down from his father. The novel itself contains a little supernatural thriller, a little romance, and a lot of mystery. Unfortunately, he can't hold the tensions together which blends the three together like a bad cocktail.
In this regard he follows his father's curse of having a, great beginning, decent middle, and a lackluster ending.

46 of 50 people found this review helpful

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  • Finding God in Unexpected Places

  • By: Philip Yancey
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

An Atlanta slum. A pod of whales off the coast of Alaska. The prisons of Peru and Chile. The plays of Shakespeare. A health club in Chicago. For those with eyes to see, traces of God can be found in the most unexpected places. Yet many Christians have not only missed seeing God, they've overlooked opportunities to make him visible to those most in need of hope.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • stories of presence

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-15-10

stories of presence

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-10

Yancey introduces several beautiful and poetic stories allowing us to see God's presence has always been with us. While there really is no bad Yancey book this is not one of his better books. He basically reworks many of his articles from Christianity Today, which is still great stuff but doesn't have his usual flow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unaccustomed Earth

  • Stories
  • By: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Narrated by: Sarita Choudhury, Ajay Naidu
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand. In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully tends the earth of her garden, where he and his grandson form a special bond. But he's harboring a secret from his daughter, a love affair he's keeping all to himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Beautiful

  • By Eileen on 11-21-08

Lahiri is Austen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-10

Larhiri is India's Jane Austen, and if read with that in mind you'll love these short stories. They are not to be read for a moral or social tidbit but for the dialogue. Her wordplay between family, friends and neighbors paint a beautiful tapestry. Pay attention to what is said and not said. If you do then you'll start to playback your own conversations between family, friends, and neighbors and be better for it.
My only critique is similar to my critique of Austen - conversation is important but constant chitchat never goes anywhere leaving you feeling like somebody gave you a $1 hamburger instead of the $10 one you ordered.
I'd say more but I'll reserve it for another conversation.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Overpass

  • By: Mike Yankoski
  • Narrated by: Mike Yankoski
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Night after night Mike and Sam found their beds under bridges and on the streets. They were forced to depend on the generosity and kindness of strangers as they panhandled to sustain their existence. For more than five months, the pair experienced firsthand the extreme pains of hunger, the constant uncertainty and danger of living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social rejection-and all of this by their own choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be ready to change your life

  • By Beverly on 08-18-09

living out Jesus with the homeless

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-10

A beautiful book describing two young, Christian men that want to explore the homeless condition in America up close and personally. These guys not only take their faith seriously but live it out. Every pastor should read this especially those that oppose social justice. These guys live out Jesus.
Along their journey you'll have their answer to the question should I give money to panhandlers? You'll also hear their critique for churches that don't respond to Jesus' question 'where were you when I was hungry?'
My favorite quote: "Love can't cover wrongs if we let frustration keep us apart." This was Mike's response when they decided to revisit a church that kicked them out but responded with grace the second time around.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thirteen

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 866

Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW, Morgan Does it again!

  • By L. on 07-10-07

mix Bladerunner and Roth

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-10

If Morgan wrote mysteries in their tradition setting he would be lifted up as a master; however, he tells with the science fiction slant and it will be a loss for thousands.
This however is not one of Morgan's better tales but still a good read. Excellent narrator!
Imagine combining Bladerunner with the punch of Fight Club and the introspection of a Phillip Roth novel. He was a little heavy on the Roth side for me - characters wore the prejudices and brutal racism raw and bleeding from their ragged sleeves.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful