LISTENER

George

  • 35
  • reviews
  • 4
  • helpful votes
  • 81
  • ratings
  • Pastrix

  • The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint
  • By: Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Narrated by: Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 716

Nadia Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"(pronounced "pas-triks," a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors) in her messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith. Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, Nadia, a former stand-up comic, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material-until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, depressives, and cynics, she realized: These were her people. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WoW wOw WoW

  • By Deborah on 11-26-13

This book is beautiful!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

It can be a A little preachy, pun intended. This book more than anything is honest, it is a little angrier than my own feelings about it Christianity but it puts a lot of the teachings into a new perspective.

  • Hope Never Dies

  • By: Andrew Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident. To unravel the mystery, "Amtrak Joe" re-teams with the only man he's ever fully trusted - Obama. Together they'll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America's opioid epidemic. Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fan fiction - and a cathartic listen for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, you will smile, laugh, cry, cheer, & applaud!

  • By Delores O. on 07-12-18

I know that this was supposed to be silly....but come on.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

If you’re looking for a book that was written by a 12-year-old version of Rachel Maddow, do we have a story for you.
An author can take liberties with the character of a celebrity or former political figure but this is ridiculous.

  • The Food Explorer

  • The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
  • By: Daniel Stone
  • Narrated by: Daniel Stone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

In the 19th century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. But Fairchild's finds weren't just limited to food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, but would like more detail.

  • By Robert Brummett on 02-25-18

Not the worst book that I’ve read this decade.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

This book answers the question of, can a book be interesting and boring at the same time? The answer is yes.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,344

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Better to look at the sky than live there"

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-12-14

Delightful in a truly dour way.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

A racer romp through the past, proving that some things are timeless. To much fun to be taken seriously and to serious to be frivolous.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,664
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,919
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,863

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Modern noire lives!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

This is a fantastic mystery, a fun read with a lot twist to it. It has an unlikely hero that you will just fall in love with.

  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,377

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the Movie!

  • By Heather Feuerhelm on 03-31-12

Sweetness wrapped in Sci-fi!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

This is a wonderful book, well told and well performed. A great couples book, full of soft metaphor and sweet sentiments.

  • Never Enough

  • The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction
  • By: Judith Grisel
  • Narrated by: Judith Grisel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 89

From a renowned behavioral neuroscientist and recovered drug addict, an authoritative and accessible guide to understanding drug addiction: Clearly explained brain science and vivid personal stories reveal how addiction happens, show why specific drugs - from opioids to alcohol to coke and more - are so hard to kick, and illuminate the path to recovery for addicts, loved ones, caregivers, and crafters of public policy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Malcolm McColl on 02-27-19

Absolutely enthralling!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

This is a must read for anyone struggling with addiction or anyone who knows someone that is. This is the most comprehensive book explaining addiction that I have ever come across. This is a game changer!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lathe of Heaven

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Adrienne R. on 11-23-18

This is AMAZING! Stunning!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

How have I never heard of this book before? It is LIGHTYEARS ahead of its time. The best book employing Taoist principals that I’ve read since the Tao of Poo. Loved it beyond description.

  • No Country for Old Men

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,631

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical McCarthy: SUPERB

  • By David on 02-21-08

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

This was better than I expected, better than the movie and I liked the movie!

  • Rosewater

  • By: Tade Thompson
  • Narrated by: Bayo Gbadamosi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 840

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry, and the helpless - people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers. Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome and doesn't care to again - but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing...and not very entertaining

  • By Julie on 01-11-19

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This was definitely done! A concept of colonialism as seen through the eyes of an invading alien. It was enthralling informative and lots of fun.