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Kevin Cunningham

Nashua, NH, United States
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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98,890
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,588
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,162

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but repetitive

  • By marianne russell on 05-23-17

Absolutely riveting

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

The insights, the writing, the narration, and the reality all combine for a fascinating listen.

  • Why Evolution Is True

  • By: Jerry A. Coyne
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As great as everyone says it is

  • By Joseph on 12-01-10

My Kool Aid Is Better Than Yours!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

If you are already a believer in evolution looking for affirmation, you might enjoy this book.

If you are not already convinced and are looking for a scientific discussion of facts and evidence, I would not recommend this one.

The author seems to be writing to the convinced instead of the honest seeker. It seems that he is so entrenched in his system that he can not understand how someone.could read/listen to these "facts" and not fall in lockstep formation. (To be fair, I have said the same about some Christ followers. The curse of familiarity can cause people to loss touch with the process the seeker must traverse to truly change their cherished beliefs--whatever they may be.)

Not only does he not seem interested in teaching the honest seeker of knowledge, he talks about "them" in ways that range from confusion to civility to ridicule. I can only imagine he has been confronted unkindly by some claiming to defend God. I am truly sorry for that. I have long been confused that the most dangerous thing is a religious person without love.

If I can be honest, I did learn some new elements of evolutionary thought, but I did not find his case nearly as compelling as the author did. At best it seemed to be a lot of circumstantial evidence to convince me to lforsaje my

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Prayer and Praying Men

  • By: E. M. Bounds
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Great men of God in Scripture are the focus as E.M. Bounds demonstrates powerful lessons on the need for and art of effective prayer. Paul, Ezra, Moses and Daniel are only a few of the men he gives examples of. God's desire is for men to be on their knees in full subjection to Him. His life was devoted to praying 3 hours a day beginning at 4 a.m. in the morning. E.M. Bounds himself is a wonderful example of the power of a praying man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awsome Resource

  • By N on 12-26-09

Excellent

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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: 11-22-16

What an unbeatable combination.
The book is a classic on the subject. The narrator is one of the best ever.

  • Pastor Survival

  • What They Didn't Tell You in Seminary
  • By: Rix William Tillman
  • Narrated by: Rix William Tillman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Packed with helpful and practical "Do's and Don'ts" suggestions for every church pastor. Pastor Survival is a much-needed, down-to-earth, resource to help pastors refocus on the ultimate purpose of their ministry. This book contains a wealth of pastoral insight gleaned from the battlefield of ministry. It will re-energize you and help you take a fresh new look at your ministry!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Mentor I wish I had.

  • By Kevin Cunningham on 12-12-15

The Mentor I wish I had.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

I enjoyed the book greatly. It was like an opportunity to have coffee with a mentor who has gone before me and was looking to help the next generation figure out the ropes.

The book was read by the author giving it a less polished but more authentic feel.

If you are new in the ministry or experienced but humble enough to admit there is still much to learn, I heartily recommend this book.

  • Glory Days

  • Living Your Promised Land Life Now
  • By: Max Lucado
  • Narrated by: Ben Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 128

The wilderness. Maybe you know it well. The Israelites sure did. After all, they spent 40 years wandering the desert. Victories were scarce. Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free from fear. Saved but stuck. Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running on empty. Are you mired in the same? You can name the day you became a Christian and escaped Egypt. But you can't remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very encouraging and uplifting

  • By Regina on 06-24-17

Very Encouraging

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

This was full of biblical encouragement from Joshua to lead us to live the Promised Land life we were designed to live.

  • The Closer

  • By: Mariano Rivera, Wayne Coffey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Mariano Rivera, the man who intimidated thousands of batters merely by opening a bullpen door, began his incredible journey as the son of a poor Panamanian fisherman. When first scouted by the Yankees, he didn't even own his own glove. He thought he might make a good mechanic. When discovered, he had never flown in an airplane, had never heard of Babe Ruth, spoke no English, and couldn't imagine Tampa, the city where he was headed to begin a career that would become one of baseball's most iconic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome memoir, I only wish it was longer

  • By Brock on 05-08-14

Worth the work to find Mariano's voice

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

I enjoyed listening to the audiobook very much even though it took a bit of work to find the Mariano's voice and heart through the co-writer and the narrator.

I've heard Mariano in press conferences. I have a bit of an idea of how he talks. I often felt that the book had phrasing that reflected a sports writer more than the athlete himself. Mariano also has a fairly strong accent that was not reflected by the narrator who sounded more like a sportscaster than a biography narrator. Not only did the narrator make no attempt at a Latino accent when appropriate, he actually mangled some Spanish names.

However, the story does reward the effort and perseverance. We get a behind the scenes look into the life, faith and skill of one of baseball's best and best-loved.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Write a Book This Weekend, Even If You Flunked English Like I Did

  • By: Vic Johnson
  • Narrated by: Wes Talbot
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

“Who else wants to write a book this weekend?” It’s easier than you think! Best-selling author Vic Johnson actually wrote this book in a weekend to prove how easy it is. And he gives you step-by-step detail of everything he did, including the resources he uses to turn out content-rich books in no time at all. How to Write a Book This Weekend is a perfect strategy for first-time book writers who have been discouraged by the thought of pounding out words for months at a time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good lil' book

  • By Oliver Nielsen on 04-16-16

Much better than the title might suggest.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

The book offers very solid and practical advice on managing the project of writing nonfiction books.

The title might make you think he is offering a get rich quick scheme. However the author lays out very helpful suggestions on the work needed to do before and after the actual writing process. The author focuses on writing a good first draft within one weekend.

His advice would be extremely helpful for the new writer or riders who know they have more to communicate but just need assistance to manage the process.

The narrator also does a very good job of communicating the concepts clearly making this and enjoyable read or listen and well worth the time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lectures to My Students

  • By: Charles Spurgeon
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

One contemporary scholar and authority on Spurgeon says of this work: "Next to Mr. Spurgeon's great literary work, The Treasury of David, we consider (these) Lectures to My Students his greatest single contribution to the Christian world. There is more practical wisdom, common sense and sage advice packed within these pages than with any other book of similar size, or content." This complete and unabridged edition of Spurgeon's great work will make it possible for today's generation to appreciate Spurgeon's combination of discerning wit and refreshingly practical advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Greatest Pastors of his generation

  • By Sean on 04-08-12

Timeless and priceless

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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: 02-07-13

Where does Lectures to My Students rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Absolutely one of the best books I've listened to.

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

The narration was absolutely amazing. I have never heard Charles Spurgeon speak, however Grover Gardner brings his words to life so much that I'm often tempted to think I'm listening to the author himself!!!

Any additional comments?

I often catch myself marveling at how current and relevant this is even though he lived so long ago. I would heartily recommend it to everyone considering serving in ministry.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Organic Outreach for Ordinary People

  • Sharing Good News Naturally
  • By: Kevin G. Harney
  • Narrated by: Kevin G. Harney
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

When it comes to sharing our faith, we can make things more complex than they need to be. Simple evangelism offers practical ways to connect people to Gods amazing love. With three decades of outreach leadership, Kevin Harney provides tools that free you to set fear aside and walk boldly into the adventure of evangelism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • most excellent resource

  • By Tessmanak on 01-05-16

Great substance in a very accessible format

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-10

I loved this book. It is filled with very solid advice from real life and ministry experience. It's easy to tell that the author writes form a long track record of helping real people find real life. Even when he passes on classic and timeless advice, he does it in the context of a conversation with someone.

He writes (and narrates) in a very accessible style. This isn't just a refresher for the experts. It is designed to help equip and encourage people to share their most important relationship with those God may bring into their lives.

The bottom line for me is that the book is extremely well written and extremely well narrated.