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Katherine Walden

Edmonton, Alberta, CA
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  • J.R.R. Tolkien

  • A Life Inspired
  • By: Wyatt North
  • Narrated by: David Glass
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford. His research on Beowulf is still considered a standard in the field. Tolkien, however, unlike most Oxford dons, stepped out of his role as professor to create popular literature. Tolkien’s best-known writings were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, in which he created a fully realized world known as Middle-earth, vaguely identifiable as Northern Europe in a pre-history that never was.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great story marred by an awful narration

  • By john on 08-21-15

Nice History of Tolkien

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Good account of Tolkien's life, including the Inkling era. However, I wasn't impressed with the last two chapters that had nothing to do with Tolkien and were just previews of the author's biography on the current pope.

  • Anything

  • The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul
  • By: Jennie Allen
  • Narrated by: Jaimee Draper
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Safe. Comfortable. Happy. Words we all love. Feelings we want. Even crave. We may love God, but being that he’s invisible, words like comfortable seem to feel better faster. We are all chasing something. Our hearts were made to run hard and fast after things that move us. But as a generation, we are all beginning to stir and wake up, identifying that these words don’t satisfy for long, especially when compared to God. If God is real, and we are going to live with Him forever, shouldn’t He be everything?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Book

  • By Sharan E. Coleman on 04-10-15

A challenging book that will transform you.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

I read this book on Kindle at the same time I listened to the audiobook and I found doing both to be of a benefit. Although Jenny belongs to a slightly different stream of Christianity than I do, our hearts both long to make a difference in our world. I had this book in my library for a while before I finally sat down to listen to it. I really didn't know what the book was about, to be honest, I bought it because I got a good deal on it. However, as soon as I read the first paragraph, I knew the book was a word from God for me. I'm at the point in my life once again where I am praying the anything prayer. God, I will do anything for you. Jennie writes with humour, transparency and rawness. If your world is perfectly in order, this book is for you. If your life is out of control, this book is for you. God calls all Christians to abandon ourselves to His reckless, passionate love and to follow Him in reckless obedience. This book will convince you of that truth.

  • This Time Together

  • Laughter and Reflection
  • By: Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Carol Burnett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338

Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do not listen while driving

  • By Robin on 08-12-10

An Absolute Delight and I Highly Recommend It!!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

If you could sum up This Time Together in three words, what would they be?

Humorous, Insightful, Engaging.

What did you like best about this story?

Carol Burnett performs a masterful reading of her latest memoir. I felt as if I was engaged in a conversation with a good friend over a cup of coffee. I laughed outright at several of her vignettes and had a lump in my throat as I listened to more poignant pieces. Be forewarned; belly laughter will ensue! If listening with ear pods on a plane, train, or bus be prepared for odd looks! I plan on listening to this book again!

Which character – as performed by Carol Burnett – was your favorite?

Carol utilised her gift of mimicry to add just the right 'seasoning' to her story-telling. She didn't go overboard, however. For example, she was telling a story about Jimmy Stewart and only mimicked his famous drawl once - right at the punchline. Perfect timing, as usual.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!! I was half way through the book before I realised it. This is by far the best 'celebrity' reading of their own book that I have listened to. However, the chapters are short enough to keep even the most multi-tasking brain engaged.

Any additional comments?

If you grew up watching the Carol Burnett show or if your parents watched the Gary Moore show, you will enjoy this book. If you are a fan of Hollywood, you'll enjoy the book. If you want a good laugh or a good cry at times, you'll enjoy this book. Many of the stories Carol tells are stories we can all relate to; family joys and pain, overcoming a difficult childhood, how to cope with failures, workplace joys and sorrows, the loss of friends, etc.

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  • Strengthen Yourself in the Lord

  • How to Release the Hidden Power of God in Your Life
  • By: Bill Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tim Lundeen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 117

Today's believer is faced with situations unknown 50, 30, even 20 years ago. To stand in victory and enter our hour of promotion is to learn how to Strengthen Yourself in the Lord. You will learn how to: Encourage yourself, overcome seriously bad days, stay connected to your destiny, access Heaven's open door, and disarm hell with thanksgiving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Bahamamama on 03-21-16

excellent book and excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

I must admit that I've listened to this book over and over again, chapter by chapter. I personally think this is the most profound book I've read by Bill Johnson. highly recommend it. The narrator was excellent and carried Bill Johnson's intent very well.

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  • The Last Battle

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614

The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad to get to the end...

  • By Sarah on 03-01-07

Patrick Stewart. masterfully narrates this classic

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

Patrick manages to capture the Wonder and joy of this last book in The Chronicles of Narnia

  • Prince Caspian

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia, the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lynn Redgrave Surprised Me!

  • By Stephanie L. Thompson on 09-07-14

Lynn Redgrave rendered a delightful performance

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

I highly recommend this Edition of Prince Caspian , a classic classic in The Chronicles of Narnia

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  • A.D. 30

  • A Novel
  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024

The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father's warriors - Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Christian fiction

  • By yvonne on 12-30-14

Excellent Read

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

If you could sum up A.D. 30 in three words, what would they be?

Epic, Sweeping, Insightful

Who was your favorite character and why?

Judah, a Bedouin Jew, based his life on assumptions of who the Messiah would be and what He would accomplish. Those assumptions led him into danger and eventually humbled him greatly. I felt I saw him grow from a passionate man-child into a man as the book progressed.

Have you listened to any of Ellen Archer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first audio-novel but I must say Ellen Archer is a talented voice actress. She kept me hooked through some rather lengthy narratives. I look forward to hearing more of her work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I must admit I had to discipline myself not to listen all in one sitting, However, it was fun to travel the deserts of Israel and Palestine as I went about my daily errands!

Any additional comments?

This was also my first Ted Dekker book and I will be looking forward to reading more of his works.

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