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  • Billy Graham: A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist

  • By: W. Terry Whalin
  • Narrated by: Andrew L. Barnes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

This easy-to-lsiten-to biography tells Billy Graham's story, including his humble beginnings as a Southern farm boy, his calling to the ministry, the start of the crusades, his service to America's leaders, and his later years preaching around the globe. As you listen to these details of a life dedicated to the cause of Christ, you will be encouraged. Also these stories will inspire anyone who desires to give their life in service to God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Temesha on 03-06-18

Good biography of a great man-Billy Graham

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

The book is one of many I've read of or about Billy Graham, and I've enjoyed them all. This one has a tortuously slow, dirge-like rendition of the first few lines of "Just As I Am" at the beginning of each chapter. I love old hymns, but this got very annoying.

  • Hear My Heart

  • By: Billy Graham
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

America's pastor has gone home. But his lifelong message, his passion for the gospel, and his compassion for people still echo in Hear My Heart. This intimate work, a compilation of articles that spans Billy's ministry from 1955 to 2014, invites you to sit down with Billy and hear in his own unvarnished words the things that moved his heart regarding relevant issues of the day. The Biblical convictions he abided by. The reasons and regrets behind some of his decisions. And the wisdom he gained in his century on this earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Billy Graham - the man, the passion, the heart

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-20-19

Billy Graham - the man, the passion, the heart

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Billy Graham was probably the man God used more powerfully than any other in the 20th century to bring hope and to point people to the source of all hope, Jesus.

Hear his perspective on his ministry, the world, and the normal Christian in it. Hear his unchanging focused simple message. Hear his heart for Christ and for the lost.

  • The Pilgrim's Progress

  • From This World to That Which Is to Come
  • By: John Bunyan
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

For 300 years, The Pilgrim's Progress has remained perhaps the best-loved and most read of devotional fictions. In plain yet powerful and moving language, Bunyan tells the story of Christian's struggle to attain salvation and the Gates of Heaven. He must pass through the Slough of Despond, ward off the temptations of Vanity Fair, and fight the monstrous Apollyon. In Part II, his wife and children follow the same path, helped and protected by Great-heart, until for them, too, "the trumpets sound on the other side."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two books in one! Terrific narration!

  • By Adam on 01-16-15

Pilgrim's Progress, 5th time. Can't get enough

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory of the Christian life--the call to flee from the City of Destruction to make the journey to the Celestial City. It is a severe undertaking, with a cost that is far outweighed by the joy that lies ahead. It is a "Dangerous Journey," as the children's edition is titled.

I have read the physical book at least twice, possibly thrice, and just finished my third listen to the unabridged Audible version, the last two being back-to-back. And I know I'll listen again in 2019... Reading it is like a journey into a diamond mine, or into the mines of George MacDonald's Curdie--filled with precious stones found in increasing measure with each re-read. I find it gives flesh to great eternal truths.

It has been a life-changing book for me.

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,226

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

memoir: "the little girl who lived in the library"

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

A delightful tale told beautifully, capturing a family struggling for a better life during the 1970s in New York City, told through the lens of the only child. The story is short, told with feeling and many accents, by the little girl herself, now grown.

  • Mila 18

  • By: Leon Uris
  • Narrated by: David deVries
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

It was a time of crisis, a time of tragedy - and a time of transcendent courage and determination. Leon Uris’s blazing novel is set in the midst of the ghetto uprising that defied Nazi tyranny, as the Jews of Warsaw boldly met Wehrmacht tanks with homemade weapons and bare fists. Here, painted on a canvas as broad as its subject matter, is the compelling story of one of the most heroic struggles of modern times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Heroism

  • By Shmuel M on 05-13-18

Mila 19 - WOW!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I have read the story of the Warsaw Resistance from journals and letters ("Words to Outlive Us: Voices From the Warsaw Ghetto") and many, many 1st-hand memoires, but in Mila 18 Leon Uris gripped me thoroughly once again, drew me into the hideaways, bunkers, rubble, and yes--the sewers--with the brave ones, the frightened and desperate ones. As I drove, walked, worked, listened, I found myself cheering out loud, whooping, and weeping. The narrator just might well be the best I've listened to yet. He made even the sound effects come alive. Read this! You won't be bored and you won't be sorry. But you might be forever changed.

  • Born Survivors

  • Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope
  • By: Wendy Holden
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

Eastern Europe, 1944: Three women believe they are pregnant, but are torn from their husbands before they can be certain. Rachel is sent to Auschwitz, unaware that her husband has been shot. Priska and her husband travel there together, but are immediately separated. Also at Auschwitz, Anka hopes in vain to be reunited with her husband. With the rest of their families gassed, these young wives are determined to hold on to all they have left-their lives, and those of their unborn babies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just an incredible story!

  • By PCF on 06-03-17

3 Becoming mothers in a WW2 concentration camp

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Born Survivors is a gripping story of three women abducted and interned in Austria's Mauthausen concentration camp, and the babies they carried in secret, finally giving birth in the chaos as the war drew to a close. It is actually three parallel stories. The mothers and their babies were unaware that their strange, horrifying, yet hope-filled and incredible stories could possibly be shared or duplicated, and they were unaware of each other's existence until near the end of their lives.

I read a great deal of WW2 bottom- up history - memoirs and biographies - and this is one of the most moving, and hardest to put down. I laughed and wept and cheered.

The narrator is wonderful, too.

  • Passion for Souls

  • The Life of D. L. Moody
  • By: Lyle W. Dorsett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

D. L. Moody preached the gospel to more than 100 million people in the pre-television era. His energy and vision gave birth to fruitful ministries in publishing and education. He was an innovator, encourager and disciple maker. He had a passion for souls.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, I finished it!

  • By Steven on 03-15-14

The life and legacy of D. L. Moody

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Oh, what an impact one person can make if he or she is passionate, diligent, and focused! And to be that way for Christ and His Kingdom is eternal profit! What a story! The list of names affected by his entreaties to say yes to wholeheartedly following Christ is a wonder that only will be fully revealed in that eternity, but just the list of ones we know is impressive

  • Invisible Jews

  • Surviving the Holocaust in Poland
  • By: Eddie Bielawski
  • Narrated by: Norman Gilligan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Eddie Bielawski was born in the town of Wegrow in Poland in mid-1938. Not a propitious time and place for a Jewish child to be born. As a young child, he sees the Nazi army marching toward Russia. Day and night they marched - soldiers, trucks, tanks, and more soldiers, in a never-ending line - an invincible force. One night, his father had a dream. In this dream, he saw what he had to do: where to build the bunker, how to build it, and even its dimensions. This would be their Noah's Ark, saving them from the initial deluge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surviving not the camps, but being in hiding!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-26-18

Surviving not the camps, but being in hiding!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

This is a touching WW2 memoir, not of the camps, but of cleverly (and with some providential circumstances!) avoiding detection for years -becoming invisible! Seen through the eyes of a young child, unlike many WW2 memoires, this one had humor, both dark and light.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Night

  • A True Story
  • By: Ernst Israel Bornstein
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The Long Night is Ernst Israel Bornstein's first-hand account of what he witnessed in seven concentration camps. Written with remarkable insight and raw emotion, The Long Night paints a portrait of human psychology in the darkest of times. Bornstein tells the stories of those who did all they could do to withstand physical and psychological torture, starvation, and sickness, and openly describes those who were forced to inflict suffering on others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By Jim on 07-11-17

The "naked horror" - in the words of a survivor .

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

The author tells his own story of surviving not ony seven camps, but also "the long death march" fleeing the Soviet advance. As many holocaust memoirs as I have read, they are the sane, only so, so different. There are over 12 million unique stories yet untold.

"Is it true? you might ask. Absolutely. But if you ask, "Is it the truth?" the answer has to be a resounding "No; pen and ink and individuals' tellings can barely dent the whole truth, just cast glimpses of a story too large and horrible to tell." And the reader couldn't read them all without breaking.

Is this book worth reading? Absolutely! Truth makes the reader - the listener - stronger, braver, more tenderhearted, more compassionate to those around them today who suffer, and more passionate to live out that compassion in tangible ways, courageously speaking up against the inhumanity of man against man.

Herr Bornstein is both prosaic and articulate, but he is clearly a poet at heart. He has been compared to Dostyevski, but I think he might be more of a Solzhenitsyn. You decide.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nearing Home

  • Life, Faith, and Finishing Well
  • By: Billy Graham
  • Narrated by: Robert Lake
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Scripture is filled with examples of men and women whom God used late in life, often with great impact—Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elizabeth, and Anna, to name a few. They were ordinary men and women who discovered that the latter years of life can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling. “For them, growing older wasn’t something to be denied or dreaded;” says Billy Graham, “it was to be embraced as part of God’s plan for their lives.” Billy Graham’s life and ministry have been dedicated to the here and now but always with a happy-ever-after in view.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am nearing home.

  • By Marla Snyder on 02-27-16

A simple but profound and moving look at aging -

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Nearing Home is a deeply challenging yet touchingly heartfelt look at what it means to grow old. At age 92, the one and only Billy Graham tells what he has learned through his own physical decline, the death of his dearly beloved wife Ruth, the effect aging had on his ministry, and the hope of eternal life after the grave. He teaches how to grow old well, lays out common challenges, and gives practical suggestions and Biblical insights. He uses Story to flesh out his teaching, stories from his own life and ministry, stories of people who have written to him, stories of the famous and the seemingly insignificant. He deals with difficult questions people raise, and deals so succinctly - yet humbly and tenderly - with his challengers, with doubters. Through it all, he keeps as his authority and anchor the written Word of God, staying true to it, with clarity, honesty, and faith. He finishes it with a joyous examination of the Bible's revelations about heaven.

I loved the audio version so much that I ordered a hard copy to read and re-read and to mark up the comments at which I kept pressing "repeat" to hear again and again, in hopes of retaining it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful