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Tony E.

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  • 2018 Minor League Baseball Umpire Manual

  • By: Dusty Dellinger, Tom Honec
  • Narrated by: Michael Mehling
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Official manual used by professional baseball umpires. Includes interpretations of baseball rules, clarifications on plays, responsibilities of umpires, lineups and substitutions, appeals and awards, interference and obstruction, pitching regulations, and much more. A must-have for any potential umpire at any level.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Really Specific Target Audience

  • By Tony E. on 02-05-19

A Really Specific Target Audience

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Ok, a new umpire book on Audible and another review. This one isn't your normal umpire book though, this is a umpire rules manual. Learning more about the rules is always a good thing. This one, though, is what it says it is - the Minor League Baseball Rules Manual. This is rules interpretations for the Minor Leagues of the Official Rules of Baseball (OBR). It is a very informative book but you are not likely to get much out of it if you are listening on your commute. In order to get what you need out of this, you are probably going to need to be listening to this at the same time you are reading the hard copy with a copy of OBR right next to the book.
To make this book a bit more helpful, it would be good if they named the chapters to correspond with the hard copy. As it is, the chapters are not easy to navigate through unless you have numbered your book by chapters per section. Not likely.
Good idea to try, but not enough execution. Besides, a project like this is always going to expire really quick as a new book comes out each year.
Recommendation for the publisher: Add a pdf with chapter names if you cannot add the chapter names to the audible file (now an option.)

  • Siege Tactics

  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 472

Putting the Grand Quest behind them, the party rides onward in search of answers. Between one member's unexpected new condition and the mysteries of the Bridge, their only hope appears to be gaining entrance to Lumal, said to hold the greatest collection of knowledge in all the kingdoms. But when a curious path appears in a seemingly uninhabited forest, the party finds themselves in a place set apart from the kingdoms, and the world at large: a hidden hamlet, filled by unusual people, all of whom have long histories of their own.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many answers! So many new questions! So good!

  • By Tony E. on 01-28-19

So many answers! So many new questions! So good!

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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: 01-28-19

If you are considering book 4 of the Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series, I'm going to assume that you already have read books 1-3 and say that you are in for a treat with book 4. Whereas other series may give you questions that are never answered until the very last book, Drew answers many of the questions that have been asked in the previous 3 books while keeping enough behind the screen and introducing logical next steps to eagerly await the next book.
Of course, the highlight of this book is the highlight of Drew Hayes as an author, his incredible character development. These are real characters fleshed out in incredible ways. While it may seem strange to have strong emotional ties with a half-orc or a goblin, by book 4 I was fully invested in these characters and have a deep friendship with them. Their joys and trials are gripping. I couldn't stop listening.
If you like fantasy, this is for you. If you've ever played a tabletop role playing game, this is for you. If you just want a great story read by a talented narrator who keeps the same voices over an entire series, this is for you. Basically, this story is for you. Get it.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Who in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

  • By: Rebecca Tinker
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

For decades, people have asked the question: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? But just who is this infamous and elusive globe-trotting criminal? A skilled thief on a mysterious mission, Carmen Sandiego is endlessly pursued by ACME and Interpol. But the woman in the red fedora is always one step ahead. In this novelization, based on the Netflix animated series, Carmen shares her own backstory for the first time ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Listen. World Building For A New Game?

  • By Tony E. on 01-22-19

Enjoyable Listen. World Building For A New Game?

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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: 01-22-19

Having grown up at the right time, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego was a constantly played game on my computer. It was fun. It was educational. It was annoying frustrated that I never caught the thief but only got the stolen artifacts back. Now this fun is back for a new generation with a twist which gives a background and personality to the greatest thief in the world.
I enjoyed this book as an adult looking back on the computer games and Rockapella singing the earworm of a theme song. I can see this as a future platform game, still educational in its focus with geography and history, with "Player" being the person playing the game.
Narration by Kyla Garcia was spot on for the character.. I haven't watched any of the Netflix series yet to see if it is comparable to Gina Rodriguez as the title character. She has a natural flow for this story which is engaging.
This does make me want to go ahead and watch the Netflix series now. Maybe even with my kids.

28 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • None Like Him

  • 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)
  • By: Jen Wilkin
  • Narrated by: Jen Wilkin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 151

Human beings were created to reflect the image of God - but only to a limited extent. Although we share important attributes with God (love, mercy, compassion, etc.), there are other qualities that only God possesses, such as unlimited power, knowledge, and authority. At the root of all sin is our rebellious desire to be like God in such ways - a desire that first manifested itself in the Garden of Eden. In None Like Him, Jen Wilkin leads us on a journey to discover 10 ways God is different from us - and why that's a good thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Pirate's Perspective....

  • By Jeff Flournoy on 05-02-17

Focus off of me, onto whom it belongs

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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: 11-13-18

If you would have told me 25 years ago that I would listen to a book targeted to women about God, I probably would have punched you in the mouth. Not really, I don't really punch people in the mouth but I would have questioned your sanity. But here I am and here you are and neither of us have pain so a lot has changed in 25 years.
I came to this book while listening to another book about how Christians are supposed to act in the age of the internet. I was immediately drawn in by Jen Wilkin. I first liked her style of narration. Then I really got into the words. This book is about God, the largest, deepest, and least understood topic in the universe. Even with all that has been written, spoken, and understood about God, how to you describe the limitless? While not exhaustive, Jen does an amazing job to describe what we do know about God from his own revelation and to compare us who are no comparison to not only bring us to a Godly fear, as the start of wisdom, to to be comforted that God is God no matter what happens as he is not changed by time, space, or bribe.
You don't need to be seeking how to be a godly woman to listen to this book. While written to that audience, the subject and manner of which it is talked about makes this a must-listen book to anyone who wants to know God, know that you are not God, and why this is not only a good thing but the most important thing in our existence.
#God #Spiritual #Christianity #Tagsgiving #Sweekstakes

  • Christians in the Age of Outrage

  • How to Bring Our Best When the World Is at Its Worst
  • By: Ed Stetzer
  • Narrated by: Wayne Shepherd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Today there are too many examples of those claiming to follow Christ being caustic, divisive, and irrational, contributing to dismissals of the Christian faith as hypocritical, self-interested, and politically co-opted. What has happened in our society? One short outrageous video, whether it is true or not, can trigger an avalanche of comments on social media. Welcome to the new age of outrage. In this groundbreaking book featuring new survey research of evangelicals and their relationship to the age of outrage, Ed Stetzer offers a constructive way forward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Balanced Look at an Unbalanced World

  • By Tony E. on 11-01-18

A Balanced Look at an Unbalanced World

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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: 11-01-18

This book had a very real chance to go off the deep end and contribute to the very thing it discussed but Ed Stetzer does a great job of looking at both sides of the outrage with a calm, mature, and Christian heart to encourage the church to act like Jesus. Stetzer looks at how Christians are reacting on social media, in our interactions with those of whom we disagree, and the causes we champion and asks if our stands are based off of Christian love or because we are afraid of losing our idols and place of standing in a post-Christian world. Every chapter is thought-provoking. There are numerous times I was forced to look at myself and see if the way I present myself in the digital world does a disservice to my testimony to an unbelieving world.
It is not enough to be kind and thoughtful. We must be loving, even when we disagree, because disagreement cannot be a dividing wall that tears us apart as it is currently happening. We must look beyond disagreement and see each other as image-bearers of the one and true God.
If you come angry to this book, please put the outrage aside and examine your motives and actions to see if God is speaking to you through this book. I highly recommend it for those who interact with others in a social media-driven world.
#Christianity #SelfImprovement #Reflection #Tagsgiving #Sweepstake

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Letters to the Church

  • By: Francis Chan
  • Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 951

Millions are satisfied to sit through hour-long, weekly religious services. Millions more have left the church, brokenhearted and cynical. But God is waking up his people - people who will risk everything and sacrifice anything to become the dynamic, powerful church seen in Scripture. We Are Church calls Christ-followers, young and old, to hold fast to their biblical roots while seeking radical change. Scripture promises an exuberant and unstoppable church. That wondrous early church of acts can be our reality today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stings

  • By Raeshan Peterson on 09-16-18

A Desperate Call for the Church To Be Real Again

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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: 10-17-18

When in the middle of this book for the first time, I feel like I am in the middle of a 15 round fight with the Holy Spirit and I can't throw a punch. The truth and love Francis Chan uses to call the listener back to a true relationship with God is present with each word. This is not a soft, coddling truth session though. This is a gut punch that demands introspection. As a church leader, I asked myself if I was living to the standard expected for leaders espoused by Chan and found myself wanting too many times. Take heart, though, because this is not a book born to only point out inadequacies but also to point us to Christ as the author and finisher of our faith so the church can become healthy once again. I found myself enthralled in listening to this book for the conviction it brought as well as for the hope it instilled in me that I can return closer to God than when I wandered.
I am starting a second reading of this now. There were times the first time through where I may have gotten distracted on the road where I went back 30 seconds to try to get it again. I plan on listening a few more times - one time while sitting with an open Bible and a notepad so I can devour this. Lord, let me be humble and hungry for you.

  • Loving People

  • How to Love and Be Loved
  • By: John Townsend
  • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Best-selling author Dr. John Townsend teaches you that love can actually be learned and gives you the steps and tools to become skilled in love. Using his trademark stories to flesh out the important principles, Dr. Townsend covers receiving love, connecting love, healing love, confronting love, romantic love, and surrendering love. Through his teaching, listeners will discover - and start enjoying - the words, actions, and experiences of authentic love. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book...

  • By Anonymous User on 01-24-19

Good Nuggets With Long Delivery

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This was my first experience with a Dr. Townsend book. I knew of his work with Boundaries as the book was recommended by a lot of people as a great resource working with youth. I decided to give this one a try as I was in the middle of preparing a sermon about loving our neighbors.
There were some great insights with ideas on how to love people more effectively. What really got me was this seemed to be a group of stories about how Dr. Townsend had a therapy session with this one person and this is how we worked through the situation. The formula became a little stale as the book went on. I got to the point where I really didn't want to finish the book as it was becoming story, how I fixed it, what happened repetitively.
Recommended for those who are looking at becoming more loving in their lives who need stories to help them along the path.

  • This Present Darkness

  • By: Frank Peretti
  • Narrated by: Jack Sondericker
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,270

A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good story horrible recording

  • By Jason on 06-10-13

A good reminder that prayer is important

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I read this in my much younger days when Frank Peretti was new to the scene and one of the hottest authors on the Christian market. Really, this book does stand up well to the test of time. There is a lot I could say about the persecution complex, the state of the church, spiritual warfare, and the state of our nation, but really, those are conjectures people can make their own decisions about. What I get from this book is that prayer is important and we should spend much more time doing so.
The story is an intricate weave that is compelling and draws the reader deeper into the story behind the story. What I have against this version is the very tinny sound. Once I was able to ignore the empty warehouse sound, the story was enjoyable.
I wold recommend to those who either read this as a younger person, those interested in spiritual mystery/detective stories, or someone looking for a decent Christian-based story that will keep your interest throughout.

  • Deadly Assessments

  • Fred, the Vampire Accountant Series, Book 5
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388

 Drew Hayes presents the fifth book in the Fred, the Vampire Accountant series. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I ❤️ Debra

  • By Sarina A. Neer on 08-22-18

More Vampire, Less Accountant, All Good

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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: 08-23-18

In books 1-4, we get to know Fred, the mundane accountant who happens to be a vampire. Here, we get to Fred, the vampire who has to live with the consequences of his choices in shaking up the underworld with a character that is seen as impossible to believe it is true. That is unless you have seen Fred grow up in the first four books. Fred's growth chart has been believable through the series and comes full circle in this book.
With the established powers fearful of a vampire who has gathered such a diverse set of allies, they come to see if they should be worried of this growing threat. Here, we see that Fred is still the mild-mannered accountant who is fiercely loyal to his friends and self-aware enough to know when he is in over his head.
This book seems to go much faster than the previous books, even though the length is the same. There are three major stories here, all interconnected, broken down into chapters. This breakdown makes the whole thing go fast. We aren't introduced to a new member of the friend circle each new section, although Deborah will certainly be a recurring character. We really get to know the character of Fred more in this book and that is a good thing.
Drew and Kirby really knock this one out of the park again with Drew's incredible storytelling and character development while Kirby does a fantastic job as the unassuming vampire. I can't recommend this series enough.

  • Corpies

  • Super Powereds Spinoff, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,552
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,273
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,268

Titan was one of the nation's most loved and respected Heroes, until an infidelity scandal tore his image and family apart. After decades spent out of the limelight, Owen Daniels has decided to take up the mantle of Titan once again to try and make amends for his years away. Unfortunately, the Titan Scandal is still common knowledge, and no Hero team wants such a polarizing figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, loved it!

  • By Leslie on 08-22-16

Just amazing!

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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: 07-14-18

"The story captivates you from the beginning and gets better as it goes, definaly recommend it! " -- My daughter

Me:
Corpies is an excellent book that really plays on some social issues of today in a way that is engaging and revealing. The first such issue is with Titan and the scandal he had many years ago. There are some really powerful moments with Titan coming to grips with the damage he did, not to his family, but to society, when he ran away from the scandal. By the end, he comes to grips with this and really commits to making it right.
The second issue is similar to the issues present in the main series - classism. Sure, Powereds are looked down upon by everyone, but in this story Titan needs to work through his preconceived prejudices against Supers who did not go the Hero route. Titan's group of "Corpies" turns out to be a great group of Supers who do a great job for their job, and end up becoming quite a team.
The third social issue is society trying to figure out what to do with someone who was in a major scandal at the time of the occurrence which may not be such a scandal if the same thing happened today. Shifting acceptance is a major theme of this book and Drew Hayes does a great job of showing the conflicts in a graceful manner.
My daughter absolutely loved Titan from this book. I can see why as he is a huge muscular man with a bigger heart and even bigger problems that he works through. This book should be read between book 3 and 4 of the Super Powereds series at the latest, maybe 2/3 of the way through book 3 at the earliest.