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Daniel M. Klem

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  • The Kidnapped Prince

  • Tales from the Land of Ononokin, Volume 5
  • By: John P. Logsdon, Christopher P. Young
  • Narrated by: Jus Sargeant
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Gungren is tired of waiting to become a full-fledged wizard. Unfortunately for him, Whizzfiddle isn’t one who takes well to his apprentices pushing him around. But when the Fates decide to give one of their infamous quests to Gungren, it leaves Whizzfiddle with little choice but to lend his support. Unbeknownst to Whizzfiddle, though, the quest is only part one of three. They must travel to the Underworld in order to find and save the prince. But getting there isn't easy, especially since they have to bring along Princess Jill Henroot, who is the fiancée of the missing prince, and who happens to be quite a pain in the rump. Worse, the Fates have decided to film the entire adventure, making for one problem after another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Addition to Ononokin

  • By Daniel M. Klem on 12-21-18

Another Great Addition to Ononokin

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

To summarize: I do not want to wait for the next two books! This first Fate Quest was fun, and seeing a young apprentice wizard earn his stripes only proves to be perfect fodder for more fun!

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,589

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

A Wonderful Christmas Carol

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Admittedly, the story begins a little slowly. It is somewhat predictable, as well.
That being said, this is one of those wonderful stories in the vain of "A Christmas Carol" mixed with those stories such as "Annie" or, more modernly, "Downton Abbey", masterfully delivered by Richard Armitage.

  • Ononokin Book Bundle #1

  • 4 Hilarious Adventures
  • By: John P. Logsdon, Christopher P. Young
  • Narrated by: Jus Sargeant
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

A hilarious fantasy book bundle! This bundle includes A Quest of Undoing, The Full Moon Event, Bob the Zombie, and Gappy's Gadgets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hit the spot nicely <br />

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-22-17

A Fun, Witty, Pun-filled Romp

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

First, let me say that I would rate this a mild PG-13 set of stories. Some language and adult themes are here, but mature teens and older should enjoy it.
Secondly, and more importantly, these stories combine fantasy with a touch of sci-fi and a lot of tongue-in-cheek, pun-tastic witticisms and plot points. If you like plays on words and witty thoughts - and of course fantasy stories and references - you will enjoy this world!

  • The Jewish Gospel of John

  • Discovering Jesus, King of All Israel
  • By: Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg
  • Narrated by: Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The Jewish Gospel of John is not, by any standard, another book on Jesus of Nazareth written from a Jewish perspective. It is an invitation to the listener to put aside their traditional understanding of the Gospel of John and to replace it with another one more faithful to the original text perspective. The Jesus that will emerge will provoke you to rethink most of what you knew about this gospel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A timely revisiting of John's gospel of grace

  • By Tim Perrin on 06-13-16

An Excellent Resource

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Dr. Eli provides an excellent approach to studying the book of John that any pastor, priest, and lay leader should read (or listen to). There is a paradigm shift required, at least for non-Jewish readers (though all people today can benefit), but the revealed nuance and meaning behind this text is not only plausible but probably the most accurate way to understand what John wrote and God is saying.

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  • Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

  • Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible
  • By: Brandon J. O'Brien, E. Randolph Richards
  • Narrated by: Allan Robertson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251

Drawing on their own cross cultural experience in global mission, O'Brien and Richards show how better self-awareness and understanding of cultural differences in language, time, and social mores allow us to see the Bible in fresh and unexpected ways. Getting beyond our own cultural assumptions is increasingly important for being Christians in our interconnected and globalized world. Learn to read Scripture as a member of the global body of Christ.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Culture and assumptions matter

  • By Adam Shields on 04-21-15

Enlightening and Humble Approach

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

The authors quickly revealed that they do not claim to have all of the answers nor understand the Bible perfectly, and they even suggest books could be written for other cultures and their points of view. This book is not an attack on Western culture and understanding so much as a critique of how we as Westerners approach life and the Bible in a humble and confessional approach. I have thought more in an Eastern way than most people I know (still heavily influenced by my Western upbringing), but I found much of this book enlightening and convicting. How often have I misinterpreted passages and even world events through self-focused and cultural lenses?

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,031
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,961

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Another Great Story

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

I enjoy Taylor's attempt at maintaining scientific integrity while sharing a fictional story that takes place up to 50 light years and 200 years away from today. It would have been easy to let the story become boring, repetitive, or stale. Instead, it was intriguing throughout. It is fascinating watching the original Bob and group of Bob's expand through space and story.

  • Dreadnought

  • Lost Colonies, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,813

Captain William Sparhawk flies Earth's single starship on a voyage of exploration. His crew of veteran spacers begins the mission with high hopes and the best of intentions, but the universe has other plans. Instead of space merchants and potential allies, they discover Earth's impending doom. Sparhawk must decide whether to hunt down enemy scouts to keep Earth's new starship a secret or to head home to warn Star Guard of the danger. Either way, he's ignited an interstellar war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy

  • By Timothy Wayne Michalk on 03-18-16

Another Great Work

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

I could repeat my review of Book 1, or summarize in a word; Fantastic. The same great writing, and Ballerini does an even better job of reading.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,456
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,172

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Excellent story of exploration

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

While I do not foresee the same global future as Taylor, the intriguing use of that future pushed the story along and was consistent throughout. The use of von Neumann probes, artificial intelligence and consciousness, space travel mechanics, and life outside of the solar system were wonderfully woven into a great story of exploration of the stars and the understanding of life. To tie it all together, Porter does a masterful job in his reading to make the characters really come to life.

  • Battle Cruiser

  • Lost Colonies, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,067

One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Unlikely Hero

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-26-15

Science and Story blended well

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Firstly, this was an intriguing story of Earth's exploration of space. It felt much like a different take on Star Trek stories, but if blended with Babylon 5. This is due to Varson using a decent understanding of science and the limitations of space travel without using convenient plot devices (i.e. over-use of artificial gravity, propulsion systems that are fanciful or lack explanation, how cloning could vs. should work, etc.) to make the story happen. It takes weeks and months to travel around, and there are delays in communication.

Secondly, the characters are memorable and feel realistic. The story flows well with nuance and a lack of hurry, with characters responding well like people might.

If I had any negative points to make, it would be these:
1) A few times it was tough to tell which character might be speaking, as Ballerini only seems to have 3-ish voices. This is not a big deal as the writing itself clarifies, and Ballerini still does amazing.
2) A few characters appear to make strange decisions. For most of these, it is explained by the climax of the story toward the end of the big battle. However, some decisions still seem less than logical.
3) There were a few minor science errors based on common misconceptions, but most people will not notice them and they do not affect the story. The vast majority of scientific references are excellently handled.

  • Witches Abroad

  • Discworld, Book 12
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Tony Robinson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Never let real life get in the way of a good story, especially when a good story involves three witches, including a fairy godmother, and travelling to a faraway land to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince. It looks as though a happy ending may be averted before catastrophe strikes. But unfortunately, the forces of good are up against a godmother who has made Destiny an offer it can't refuse.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged, bad sound quality

  • By darcybear on 09-25-16

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

One of Terry Pratchett's shorter stories, he still has done a masterful job. Tony Robinson is a great voice actor, but he gets too quiet during some of the narrative. All in all, though, this is another great story. Just do not try to listen to it in a busy and/or loud location!

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