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  • 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 949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

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

This book was an answer to my prayers

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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: 08-06-18

Just when I was looking for a biography of St. Paul this book came out. It is amazing. If you are a Christian interested in the development of the faith, read this book. St. Paul will become human thanks to Wright's years of study and prayer. He keeps coming back to the foundations of Paul's zealous faith in "the Son of God, who loves me and gave Himself for me" (Gal 2:20). Well read, too!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning

  • By: Simcha Fisher
  • Narrated by: Simcha Fisher
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

If you've tried Natural Family Planning and have discovered that your life is now awful - or if you feel judged or judgey, or if you trust NFP but your doctor doesn't, or if just you're trying to figure out how the heck to have a sex life that is holy but still human - you'll find comfort, encouragement, honesty, wit, and, most importantly, practical advice in The Sinner's Guide to NFP.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best marriage/sexuality/spirituality book I've read

  • By Brian T on 09-04-16

Wish I had this book years ago

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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: 08-06-18

Very real and very practical, I wish I had read this book sooner. A quick but valuable read.

  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 805

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is both a whimsical fantasy and a social satire chock-full of brilliant Twainisms. Hank Morgan, a nineteenth-century American---a Connecticut Yankee---by a stroke of fate is sent back into time to sixth-century England and ends up in Camelot and King Arthur's Court.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Yarn

  • By Ian C Robertson on 06-23-12

Seemed slow

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

I didn't love the first half of this book. The second half was good. I wonder if I would have been happier with the Nick Offerman version.

  • The Internal Enemy

  • Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
  • By: Alan Taylor
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 271

This searing story of slavery and freedom in the Chesapeake reveals the pivot in the nation’s path between the founding and civil war. Frederick Douglass recalled that slaves living along Chesapeake Bay longingly viewed sailing ships as "freedom’s swift-winged angels." In 1813 those angels appeared in the bay as British warships coming to punish the Americans for declaring war on the empire. Drawn from new sources, Alan Taylor's riveting narrative re-creates the events that inspired black Virginians, haunted slaveholders, and set the nation on a new and dangerous course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is everything historical nonfiction should be

  • By Joe on 06-27-14

Unlistenable at regular speed

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-17

The narrator's plodding pace was unbearable at regular speed. I got through at 1.25. The history is interesting but only ok. This is basically a history of an extended Virginia family (they left substantial correspondence) that was turned into a slightly broader book.

  • Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

  • King Legacy Series #1
  • By: Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as "the chronicle of 50,000 Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A look into the mind of Dr King

  • By Georgia Burns on 02-06-16

Important background on how King got his start

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Definitely worth reading. I found the narration ponderous. Once I set it to 1.25 speed it sounded great.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Souls of Black Folk

  • By: W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825

“The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line,” writes Du Bois, in one of the most prophetic works in all of American literature. First published in 1903, this collection of 15 essays dared to describe the racism that prevailed at that time in America—and to demand an end to it. Du Bois’ writing draws on his early experiences, from teaching in the hills of Tennessee, to the death of his infant son, to his historic break with the conciliatory position of Booker T. Washington.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essays of 'life and love and strife and failure'

  • By ESK on 02-08-13

Still relevant

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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: 02-13-17

A collection of arguments, observations and critique that is still relevant today despite the passing of more than a century. I learned about this book in school. Now having read it, I regret it wasn't assigned.

  • Lingo

  • Around Europe in Sixty Languages
  • By: Gaston Dorren
  • Narrated by: George Backman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Lingo spins the listener on a whirlwind tour of 60 European languages and dialects, sharing quirky moments from their histories and exploring their commonalities and differences. Most European languages are descended from a single ancestor, a language not unlike Sanskrit known as Proto-Indo-European (or PIE for short), but the continent's ever-changing borders and cultures have given rise to a linguistic and cultural diversity that is too often forgotten in discussions of Europe as a political entity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narrator fit!

  • By John S. on 08-31-16

Interesting linguistic trivia

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Rather than advancing any big ideas, this book shares interesting vignettes about dozens of languages from English and German down to the smallest languages spoken in Europe.

  • Strategy

  • A History
  • By: Lawrence Freedman
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 32 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 477

In Strategy: A History, Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive 'Tour de Force' on Strategy

  • By Logical Paradox on 07-20-14

Thoroughly disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

This book was not what I expected. I had hoped it would talk about strategies AND how they were used. Instead it was more of an intellectual history. That could have been fine except it was an inch-deep survey of probably hundreds of thinkers. A better title would have been Ideas That Interest The Author: A History.

The narrator seems to have lost interest shortly after I did. That's never a good sign. He has a grating habit of pronouncing "solely" as if it had three syllables. Common names like "Isaiah" are mispronounced.

I considered quitting during the middle section on strategy from the bottom up. (During this section, "strategy" often goes without mention for long stretches.) I kept reading hoping the next two sections would make it worthwhile. They did not. I finished this book and my only gratification comes from telling you it is not worth your time.

  • Classic Love Poems

  • By: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage

  • By vc on 02-09-15

Love poems through the years

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-16

A good sampling of love poems written in English. No introduction or explanation, just poetry.

  • Excerpts from The Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information, Eleventh Edition
  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,248
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,136

Prepare yourself for the ultimate multicast performance. We've gathered many of Audible's most popular narrators to bring to life some of the most extraordinary words ever written. 19 words, in fact, carefully selected and arranged alphabetically as in their original source: the 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. We created this enlightening journey from AUDIENCE to LITERATURE because you asked for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Audible - Love It!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-16-17

Fun performance

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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: 10-22-16

Clever idea, well executed. Worth a few minutes of your time. Not the whole encyclopedia, of course, or even complete definitions.