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Clearfield, UT, United States
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  • Raven Black

  • Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,848

It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to series, no audio problems anymore

  • By Mark on 03-28-17

There's a Bit of Poe in Every Raven

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Well drafted tale and bloody well written. A raw bleakness that almost seems to ground these islands serves up well in Cleeve's characters. Enjoyed it immensely.

  • A Nantucket Christmas

  • A Novel
  • By: Nancy Thayer
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Holidays on this Massachusetts island are nothing short of magical, and the season’s wonderful traditions are much loved by Nicole Somerset, new to Nantucket and recently married to a handsome former attorney. Their home is already full of enticing scents of pine, baking spices, and homemade pie. But the warm, festive mood is soon tempered by Nicole’s chilly stepdaughter, Kennedy, who arrives without a hint of holiday spirit. Determined to keep her stepmother at arm’s length - or, better yet, out of the picture altogether - Kennedy schemes to sabotage Nicole’s holiday preparations.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hohumbug

  • By Douglas on 12-23-17

Hohumbug

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-17

I cared about the dog, and the description of Nantucket was not completely without charm.

  • The Preacher and the Presidents

  • Billy Graham in the White House
  • By: Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

No one has ever been in a position to see the presidents, and the presidency, so intimately, over so many years. They called him in for photo opportunities. They called for comfort. They asked about death and salvation; about sin and forgiveness. At a time when the nation is increasingly split over the place of religion in public life, The Preacher and the Presidents reveals how the world's most powerful men and world's most famous evangelist, Billy Graham, knit faith and politics together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellence Abridged

  • By Douglas on 10-23-17

Excellence Abridged

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-17

I bought this thinking I was getting the whole; I was not. On the other hand, the narration was so good, I had to have the book. Once I has it, I realized how extensive the editing had been. So a big "boo" to Audible for not letting customers know about their arrangement, but a round of applause for Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy for a great book. L.J. Gardner's narration was risky (using a Carolina accent when quoting Graham), but for me it deepened the experience.

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  • Gospel of Jesus

  • By: Daniel L. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Garrison Keillor and Dan Johnson both grew up in the bosom of fundamentalism. Their shared love of the Bible and its stories led to this collaboration, which blends details from all the gospels into a single book-length story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Simple Reading

  • By Douglas on 10-31-14

A Simple Reading

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

What other book might you compare Gospel of Jesus to and why?

Jesus never wrote down his teachings--no that we know of. There's no account of it, if he did. His teachings and the stories told about him, scholars agree, almost certainly had an oral history before being put down in writing. So, it's good to experience vocal Gospels.But what you don't want--at least I don't--is a dramatic reading. When the Gospels are read in a high church (Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, sometimes Lutheran), readers are instructed to read the simply, plainly. The idea is that you trust the word to do it's work and you don't manifest trust if you are trying to prop up the verses with some sort of performance. There is spiritual wisdom in this instruction. Thankfully, that is just how Garrison Keillor does it.

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

Mr. Keillor has a beautiful deep voice, a ponderous vibrancy that touches the marrow of those who listen. There's no need for eruption, speed changes, dramatic pauses. He just reads it allows the words, the lines, the teachings and the stories to do their own work.I have more than a few audible Bibles, none of them approach the spirituality I experience in this simple reading.

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  • The Wisdom of the Shire

  • A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life
  • By: Noble Smith
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

In The Wisdom of the Shire, Noble Smith sheds light on the life-changing ideas tucked away inside the classic works of J. R. R. Tolkien and his most beloved creation—the stouthearted Hobbits. Drawing on The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other tales of Middle-earth, Smith shows how a snug hobbit-hole is actually just a state of mind and how even the smallest person can have the valor of a Rider of Rohan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Ingwe on 03-12-13

Jolly Good Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

If you could sum up The Wisdom of the Shire in three words, what would they be?

I enjoyed this recording tremendously. Some may think it odd--given an American has written this book--to have Simon Vance record it, but I wish his voice was on everything Hobbit. The author leans a little to Tolkien's left, I think, but so do I so no objections there. The first go-through, this was bathtub listening, but a second excursion had me reading along. I even took the time to make the soup.

What other book might you compare The Wisdom of the Shire to and why?

I'm always searching the Shire Public Library, so who knows? Might be anything.

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

A good hobbit personality

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  • John Paul the Great

  • Remembering a Spiritual Father
  • By: Peggy Noonan
  • Narrated by: Peggy Noonan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

As the leader of the Catholic Church, the oldest continuing institution in the Western world, Pope John Paul II was a giant in every sphere he touched: personal, theological, political, ecumenical. In an age rich with heroes, Pope John Paul II was truly the great man of the past century, a man who personally confronted its tragedies, from Nazism to communism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Portrait of John Paul

  • By M. Taussig on 05-05-07

Profound Personal Meditation

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

Reviewed: 02-21-13

Would you listen to John Paul the Great again? Why?

Few authors read their own work with the vitality Peggy Noonan does. Let that be said right from the start. It's a wonderful experience listening to her muse upon her life as a Catholic and the gravity of a Pope who centered her. Perhaps the greatest Christian in the 20th Century, his influence was, and continues to be, overwhelming. That said, this recording is not so much about him as it is about her--and that's not necessarily a bad thing. There are other great biographies of John Paul. What's great about this work is the pretentiousness way Ms. Noonan proclaims her faith--a faith that is a bit more wonder than creed, more thoughtful than strident, and more moving than sedentary.The great thing about the author is that she defines herself as a Conservative, but does not let any one in the Conservative movement define her. She is free to consider options with more grace than skepticism. I'm a liberal, but I love being brought into the world as she sees it. This book is more personal than I thought it would be, and that, as she is fond of saying, is a good thing. If you are quite familiar John Paul, thank you, don't let that stop you. This is something new and wonderful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of John Paul the Great?

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