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Abridged?

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Either this is labeled incorrectly (which I suspect) or it suffers greatly from telling instead of showing. Aunt Helen is SAID to be incredibly sweet and kind and lovable and inspiring, but never does anything in the story. It’s also pretty heavy-handed moralism.

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Wonderful Way to Read the Bible in a Year

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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: 11-14-17

The NLT is a faithful translation that reads very easily, so is a great translation to listen to in chronological order. It was fascinating to have the psalms placed within the stories when they were written, the epistles within the stories of Acts, etc.

There is something powerful about listening to the entire story of the Bible from beginning to end in modern English. For example, after slogging through hours and hours of depressing stories of Israel turning away from God in the Old Testament, the story of Jesus' incarnation truly felt like light bursting into darkness. You can really feel how it was a rescue mission to a world that didn't deserve it, and the power of God's love and commitment to His creation hit me more powerfully than if I had started in at the Gospel accounts.

I prefer other translations and formats for in-depth Bible study, but having a slightly different translation than what I've always read jarred my attention just enough to keep me from skimming over familiar verses. The struggle with listening is that it's easy to get distracted, so I still think actual study is important. But listening is a great way to add the Bible into the moments of my day when I can't hold a book. Having the Word poured into my mind while I'm getting ready in the morning or driving or chopping vegetables for dinner is a great way to keep me focused on truth, even if I don't catch every word.

With an audio format, reading the Bible through every year is very doable, even for very busy lives. We all have moments when our hands are occupied but our minds aren't--what better way to fill those moments than with the Word of God? Now that I've finished, I plan to start all over again.

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Incredible Insight into Himan Nature

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

I love Eliot for her brilliant insight into human nature and motivation. Every character has both strengths and weaknesses (no cardboard cutouts here). I absolutely ached for Dorothea’s thwarted desire to make an impact on the world around her.

And of course, Juliet Stevenson’s narration is superb. She is always my first choice for any British classic.

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Nice Jane voice but overdone Rochester

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Jane Eyre is, of course, a brilliant book. This recording by Thandie Newton is enjoyable but not perfect. I enjoyed her portrayal of Jane, but her male voices sounded overdone to me; particularly Mr. Brocklehurst and Mr. Rochester, who positively growls throughout the entire book. I imagine Rochester with a bit of a growl, but this was too much for me.

I would have preferred the Juliet Stevenson recording, but it does not Whispersync to the Kindle copy. If Whispersync is important to you I'd recommend this version; otherwise I'd go with Stevenson.

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