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Manuel Deponte

Fairfax Station, VA, United States
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  • By the Hand of Providence

  • How Faith Shaped the American Revolution
  • By: Rod Gragg
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

This fascinating history, based on meticulous research into the correspondence and documentation of the Founding Fathers, from the crafting of the Declaration of Independence to the signing of the peace treaty with Britain, sheds light on how the Judeo-Christian worldview motivated the Founding Fathers, influenced national independence, inspired our foundational documents, and established the American nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to your American Revolution library

  • By Manuel Deponte on 07-02-15

Great addition to your American Revolution library

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

This book brings to life again the great people that pledged their lives, their fortune and, most importantly, their sacred honor to the cause of liberty and freedom to worship their God. It reminds us that all 13 colonies were filled with God loving and God fearing people who sought a place to freely express their religious beliefs. Even the Congress declared days of prayer, fasting and supplication multiple times each year during the conflict to ask God for help in creating the country. Then when victory was achieved, they declared days of religious thanksgiving for all to celebrate the founding of this virtue based nation. George Washington was quoted throughout the book, certainly demonstrating that he sincerely believed that Providence was the reason the patriots won. It was a pleasure to listen to this great story. I found the quotes from George Washington, from the Congressional declarations and from others very interesting and they provided evidence for the author's statements about the colonists relationship with God. If you are interested in the history of the revolution, this book is an excellent addition to your library.


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  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,386

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I don't understand these other reviews

  • By Scott on 08-29-10

A classic that everyone seeking to improve needs

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Would you listen to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People again? Why?

Yes, because it is full of useful tips and easy to understand and use learned lessons.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr. Stephen Covey is a sage consultant who has so much to offer.

What does Stephen R. Covey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His honest emotions come through as reads his book. It is clear that he believes everything he has written.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I particularly like his suggested approach to clearly articulate and live by your principles. It makes so much sense to clearly document your values and goals so that you are sure you know where you want to go. It is also obviously beneficial to continuously revisit those values and goals to improve them. Thank you again Dr. Covey.

  • Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success

  • Building Blocks for a Better Life
  • By: John Wooden, Jay Carty
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 355

Legendary college basketball coach John Wooden and Jay Carty know that when it comes down to it, success is an equal opportunity player. Anyone can create it in his or her career, family and beyond. Based on John Wooden’s own method to victory, Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success reveals that success is built block by block, where each block is a crucial principle contributing to life-long achievement in every area of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Enjoyed this book. Simply amazing book.

  • By RashaanDJX on 07-27-15

A challenge for each of us to be the best

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

Reviewed: 09-17-12

What made the experience of listening to Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success the most enjoyable?

Hearing Coach Wooden personally explain his building blocks and mortar qualities.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success?

Hearing about so many of basketball's superstars who were greatly influenced by this amazing man and as a result are successful men as well as successful athletes.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Clear and reasonable pace.

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

Yes. I couldn't wait listen to the next chapter.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Washington

  • A Life
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,167

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

The story of a disciplined and deliberate leader

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

What made the experience of listening to Washington: A Life the most enjoyable?

Gaining deep insight into the life of the Father of our country. With all the background information, it is possible to understand why he made the decisions he made.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Washington: A Life?

The description of Washington's commitment to always do the rihht thing, even when he did not want to do something. This was clear when he changed his plans to visit his mother when he thought she had only a short time to live. Washington had a very strained relationship with his mother.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He kept my interest up throughout the entire book.

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

No. My reaction was more like "That's is amazing, I think I understand why he did some of the things he did.

  • The Roots of Obama’s Rage

  • By: Dinesh D’Souza
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

D’Souza explains that the reason Obama appears to be working to destroy America from within is found, as Obama himself admits, in The Dreams of My Father: a deeply hostile anticolonialism. Instilled in him by his father, this worldview has led President Obama to resent America and everything we stand for. D’Souza masterfully shows how Obama is working to weaken and punish America here and abroad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you want to understand Obama.

  • By Daryl on 02-05-15

Great read. Highly recommended.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-12

Would you listen to The Roots of Obama’s Rage again? Why?

Yes. It is full of interesting facts and the writer's style is very conversational.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Many facts about the president that our press failed to uncover that leads to a plausible explanation for the president's decisions.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to with comfortable tempo. His use of inflection communicates a reasonable level of emotion through out the book.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The president's father was a Kenyan who believed 100% tax could be justfied if it was beneficial to programs he supported.

4 of 14 people found this review helpful