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  • Disappointment with God

  • By: Philip Yancey
  • Narrated by: Jay Charles
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Is God listening? Can he be trusted? In this book, Yancey tackles the questions caused by a God who doesn't always do what we think he's supposed to do.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • On the defensive

  • By cynthia on 04-01-11

So powerful...

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

this is my first Philip Yancey book much to my shame. I personally do not struggle with disappointment with God but the book was suggested to me by a counselor. I'm actually very truly glad I read it. As someone who's aging father is struggling with disappointment with God and life at this point I feel that this book is going to better equip me to understand his struggles and love him more compassionately. Yancey does an amazing job of avoiding the easy low-hanging fruit answers that so often get thrown about by people trying hard to convince people that life and God are completely fair. instead he faces down the unfairness of life and brings us face-to-face with the loving God who knows exactly how unfair things can be and who brings us through those things. in the end one finds hope, healing, and help in the midst of trouble.

  • Them

  • Why We Hate Each Other - and How to Heal
  • By: Ben Sasse
  • Narrated by: Ben Sasse
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

Something is wrong. We all know it. American life expectancy is declining for a third straight year. Birth rates are dropping. Nearly half of us think the other political party isn’t just wrong; they’re evil. We’re the richest country in history, but we’ve never been more pessimistic. What’s causing the despair? In Them, bestselling author and U.S. senator Ben Sasse argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, our crisis isn’t really about politics. It’s that we’re so lonely we can’t see straight—and it bubbles out as anger. Local communities are collapsing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • flawed, but worthwhile

  • By Kylie S on 12-06-18

We ALL need this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Ben Sasse is on the same side of the fence as I am in many things, and the opposite side in many others. Yet somehow, he - with his historian's eye for the current moment in which we find ourselves - manages to help the reader transcend all that. If this nation could be dotted, in the months and I years to come, with diverse groups of neighbors gathering to discuss the issues of this book, we would be a more united people.

  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,721
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,771

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not easy being green

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

A true hot mess.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Yet another jsded dark fantasy, written by a self-important cynic.

If I have any compliment to give, it is this: If this book was manure, it is the manure from which the lovely flower of Wicked: The Musical has grown.

Save the money you might have put towards this book, and put it towards tickets to that lovely show.

  • Paul

  • A Biography
  • By: N. T. Wright
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and best-selling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology - transforming a faith and changing the world. For centuries, Paul, the apostle who "saw the light on the Road to Damascus" and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Christ, has been one of the church's most widely cited saints.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different type of writing for Wright is helpful

  • By Adam Shields on 04-25-18

Beautiful retelling of the life of St. Paul

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

N.T. Wright did a wonderful job of taking us back into time and (re)introducing us to the Apostle Paul, tying together the witness from the Book of Acts and Paul's epistles. And the narrator's performance made it all read like a compelling tale of high adventure (which, of course, it is)!

While Wright does not answer every question I had as I listened, he did something remarkable: he made the Apostle, the Christianity, the Church and the Messiah whom I have known for nearly thirty years, new again. Further, and perhaps most eye-openning, is the vetter appreciation I have gained for the Jewish roots which informed all of Paul's ministry, and the new society that formed from its fulfillment and its welcoming in of all the nations.

When one finishes this book, one may feel that the Church has lost, abandoned, or forgotten much that made us such a transformative power in the world God so loves. However, we might also, I hope, feel newly empowered to reawaken those lost things in our own faith communities.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Untangled

  • Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
  • By: Lisa Damour
  • Narrated by: Lisa Damour
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,127

Lisa Damour, PhD, director of the internationally renowned Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls, pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your daughter's erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Untangled explains what's going on, prepares parents for what's to come, and lets them know when it's time to worry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it! Living it! Beyond amazing

  • By Marycruz Tobar on 02-04-17

Well done!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Dad of a 14 year old girl (and Middle School teacher) here. This book, and the calming, encouraging way it's presented (Lisa Damour has a GREAT voice for audio books), really has helped to change a lot of my perspectives and those of my wife. Good stuff.

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255

Sixteen-year-old Princess Leia Organa faces the most challenging task of her life so far: proving herself in the areas of body, mind, and heart to be formally named heir to the throne of Alderaan. She's taking rigorous survival courses, practicing politics, and spearheading relief missions to worlds under Imperial control. But Leia has worries beyond her claim to the crown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Claudia Gray is 3 for 3 in Star Wars canon

  • By Ben Gorniak on 10-26-17

One of the best Star Wars novels

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

There are, for money, a few ESSENTIAL Star Wars books. Thrawn (old and new), Lords of the Sith, Bloodline (Gray's first "Leia" story) and From a Certain Point of View. This book falls comfortably in those ranks. Well-written, well-performed, offering a good balance of action, intrigue, romance (without being nauseating) and foreshadowing. One definitely gets a feel for Tarkin's past with the Organas, and a better appreciation for his later words, "In a way, you have determined the choice of the planet that'll be destroyed first." Put more simply, I could see this book adapted into an anthology film, and would love seeing it.

  • Phasma: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • By: Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,238

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins - and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Character Development For Phasma!

  • By Michael Hicks on 10-03-17

A rough start... worth it in the end

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

It took a long time to like and/or care about many of the characters. The narration of the evil residents in the city in the middle of the book is positively torturously bad. The second half, though, gets pretty interesting. The two supporting characters, Vi and Cardinal, are engaging. Good pre-Last Jedi prep!

  • Lords of the Sith: Star Wars

  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,561

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough Sith

  • By Will Jadick on 07-30-15

I freaking LOVED this book.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

This was such an intense tale that really painted a powerful picture of the early days of the Vader-Sidious relationship. It was also a Harry-Potter quality performance (high praise indeed).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Rebel Rising

  • By: Beth Revis
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

When Jyn Erso was five years old, her mother was murdered and her father taken from her to serve the Empire. But despite the loss of her parents, she is not completely alone - Saw Gerrera, a man willing to go to any extremes necessary in order to resist Imperial tyranny, takes her in as his own and gives her not only a home but all the abilities and resources she needs to become a rebel herself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Marie A. on 05-12-17

A good second part in the Erso Family "Trilogy"

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

This book was a tough task for the author, as any prequel. We know where Jyn'll end up, but not how. Jyn's life between the first minutes of Rogue One and remainder of its story is told here. It could have been dull, but it actually had some excellent moments and a few new memorable characters. The action pact time she was with Saw reminds me a bit of Mockingjay. So, when you finish reading Catalyst, before rewatching Rogue One for the fifth time (or reading the excellent novelization), listen to the story of the life, loves and loss of Jyn Erso.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • By: Alexander Freed
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,058

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate...and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the movie!

  • By Acts238preacher on 12-19-16

Deepens an already amazing tale!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Saw it 3x. This novel fills in the character and heart of the heroes brilliantly!