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Matt McKillip

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  • The Benedict Option

  • A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
  • By: Rod Dreher
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

The light of the Christian faith is flickering out all over the West. American churches are beset by a rapidly secularizing culture, the departure of young people, and watered-down pseudo-spirituality. Political solutions have failed, as the self-destruction of the Republican Party indicates, and the future of religious freedom has never been in greater doubt. The center is not holding. The West, cut off from its Christian roots, is falling into a new Dark Age.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Framing is wrong. But not all bad

  • By Adam Shields on 04-20-17

All Christians should read and heed

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

This book defines the key problems the West and Christians face. it also outline practical steps to facing thise problems head on. I highly recommend reading the book and adipting the recommendations.

  • A Pope and a President

  • John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century
  • By: Paul Kengor
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 123

Even as historians credit Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II with hastening the end of the Cold War, they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders. cclaimed scholar and best-selling author Paul Kengor changes that. In this fascinating book, he reveals a singular bond - which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president - that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the 20th century: Soviet communism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful account of two amazing lives and their impact on us all!

  • By Lesia Petrizio on 01-25-18

some good information but way too long

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

for the most part this book presented information that's already been out in the Public Square for a long time. There were a few tidbits of new information that were hidden and it's extremely lengthy prose. I think this book could have been written in about 150 number of pages and 1/5 the amount of time.

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  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,661
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,160
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,103

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

wonderful story of unbelievable persistence

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I really enjoyed this book. The ending and the epilogue will bring tears to your eyes and get your pulse racing. I only wish that I had not seen the PBS documentary about the boys in the boat before reading this story.

  • Catholicism

  • A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
  • By: Robert Barron
  • Narrated by: Robert Barron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 882

Fr. Robert Barron's comprehensive work goes straight to the core of the Catholic faith. He first examines the foundations of Christ's incarnation, life and ministry, and then works through the essentials of the Catholic tradition: from sacraments, worship and prayer, to Mary and the saints, and on to salvation, heaven and hell. Throughout this epic journey, Fr. Barron uses art, literature, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy and history to present a complete picture of the Church to the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Journey!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-13-12

A must read to understand Catholicism

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

Reviewed: 05-10-13

Would you listen to Catholicism again? Why?

Yes I will; probably every lent. It really taough me a lot about the history and beauty of the Catholic faith.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jesus - for the innovator and savior he is

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me think and talk about my faith with others

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eat to Live

  • The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
  • By: Joel Fuhrman M.D.
  • Narrated by: Joel Fuhrman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706

When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us

  • By Joseph on 07-02-10

Good book and great message

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

Reviewed: 03-25-13

If you could sum up Eat to Live in three words, what would they be?

High-Nutrition, Low-Calorie, Low-Fat

What did you like best about this story?

The common sense diet backed up by medical facts

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes - we are now following his life style 6-week plan

Any additional comments?

In 5 weeks I lost 18 pounds and was already in pretty good shape. Was never hungry and have felt so much better. Did it to live longer not because I needed to medically.

  • Road to Valor

  • A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation
  • By: Aili McConnon, Andres McConnon
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Based on nearly 10 years of research in Italy, France, and Israel, including interviews with Gino Bartali's family, former teammates, a Holocaust survivor Bartali saved, and many others, Road to Valor is the first book ever written about the Italian cycling legend in English and the only book written in any language to fully explore the scope of Bartali's wartime work. An epic tale of courage, comeback, and redemption, it is the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uplifting story told with a different view point

  • By fred on 02-24-14

Great story and read

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

Reviewed: 03-25-13

Would you listen to Road to Valor again? Why?

Yes - I loved the story and this man's life

Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

Hoye did an ok job on most characters but I hated when he tried to insert an Italian accent

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

Yes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Man Is an Island

  • By: Thomas Merton
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Montaldo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

> No Man Is an Island is a collection of 16 essays in which Thomas Merton plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton treats the “basic verities on which the spiritual life depends”. Essay themes include hope, conscience, sacrifice, charity, sincerity, mercy, and silence. The work is threaded through with Merton’s deep awareness that we are all called to “live not for ourselves but for others”.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem of a Book

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-12-10

Ok story with bad, very bad narration

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

Reviewed: 03-25-13

What did you like best about No Man Is an Island? What did you like least?

A few of his examples of holiness - 3 chapters maybe

Would you recommend No Man Is an Island to your friends? Why or why not?

No. The narration was terrible and it pulled too much info from other books. Had a few great chapters but mostly just ok chapters.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Terrible - hard to stay awake.

Do you think No Man Is an Island needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Startup Communities

  • Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City
  • By: Brad Feld
  • Narrated by: David Kaplan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

"Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries such as Iceland. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation and small-business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of one another's talent, creativity, and support.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great content, horrible narrator

  • By Jordan on 10-22-13

Good on creating a startup ecosystem

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

Reviewed: 03-25-13

Would you try another book from Brad Feld and/or David Kaplan?

Yes for Mr. Feld but did not care for Mr. Kaplan's reading style.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Startup Communities?

All the pieces of the puzzel Mr. Feld points out.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Kaplan’s performances?

Did not care for his style of reading

Do you think Startup Communities needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No it covers all the basics just fine

Any additional comments?

I recommend for those interested in creating a startup ecosystem to read this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Father Joe

  • The Man Who Saved My Soul
  • By: Tony Hendra
  • Narrated by: Tony Hendra
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

This runaway New York Times best seller is a book to savor and treasure. Author Tony Hendra, a National Lampoon and Spy magazine veteran and one of the world's greatest satirists, delivers a beautifully written, humorous, and profoundly moving memoir reminiscent of Tuesdays with Morrie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised by Joy

  • By Daniel on 08-25-04

Good diversion from normal reading

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

Reviewed: 12-12-12

What made the experience of listening to Father Joe the most enjoyable?

This is not the type of book I'd normally read but I thoroughly enjoyed "Father Joe." Anyone that has ever had or needed a spiritual advisor and friend like Father Joe will relate to the stories Mr. Hedra tells.

What about Tony Hendra’s performance did you like?

The detail of his story and the way I could relate to the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The power of true loving friendship

  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me

  • An Intimate Memoir
  • By: Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Memoir is a Blessing!

  • By Alexis on 04-08-12

A must rad book about the Kennedy family

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

Reviewed: 05-17-12

A delightful book that provides new insights into the true nature and humanity of Jacqueline and JFK. I highly recommend this book.