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William Murray

North Rose, NY United States
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  • A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

  • By: Norman Maclean
  • Narrated by: Joel Fabiani
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Two brothers growing up in Missoula, Montana, in the 1930s learn the art of fly fishing from their father. But one brother's life off the river is as fragmented and troubled as his life on the river is fluid and gracious. His older brother labors to save him before his art is only a memory. This audiobook also includes: "Logging and Pimping and 'Your Pal, Jim'" and "USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I keep coming back.

  • By William Murray on 09-21-09

I keep coming back.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-09

I am not sure why but I keep coming back to this book. It may be any number of things that draw me: the humor, the Montana of the author's youth, the fly fishing (although I have never been), the authors way with words (although I am no literary critic). However, I think the answer is found in the relationships. How we never truly understand those we love most. How we see incredible beauty and major flaws in those same people. How we are granted a moment in time with them that seems perfect, and we treasure it, all the while knowing it cannot last. Maybe what brings me back to this book is that it encourages me to appreciate what is beautiful in others, forgive the flaws and treasure the moments that will not last.

  • Founding Faith

  • Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America
  • By: Steven Waldman
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

The culture wars have distorted the dramatic story of how Americans came to worship freely. Many activists on the right maintain that the United States was founded as a "Christian nation". Many on the left contend that the Founders were secular or Deist and that the First Amendment was designed to boldly separate church and state throughout the land. None of these claims are true, argues Beliefnet.com editor in chief Steven Waldman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eye-opening

  • By Michael on 06-28-08

ACCURATE

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-09

This is my favorite book on one of my favorite subjects. These were great men and faith is the most important subject so what could be more interesting than finding out what the founding fathers believed? To know their faith will help when reading the founding documents and may be helpful to you in your personal faith. So what did Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Madison believe? Were they orthodox? We they unbelievers? Were they deists? If you read this book you will find out. I have read several other books on the subject but in my opinion this is the most enjoyable and the most accurate.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Heroes of History

  • By: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

At Will Durant's death at 96, in 1981, his personal papers were dispersed among relatives, collectors, and archive houses. Twenty years later, scholar John Little discovered the previously unknown manuscript of Heroes of History in Durant's granddaughter's garage. Written shortly before he died, these 21 essays serve as an abbreviated version of Durant's best-selling, 11-volume series, The Story of Civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A celebration of history

  • By John on 07-06-05

Accurate.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-09

I am not a professional historian but I have read more than my fair share about the founders and their faith. This book is by far the most accurate. I finished this book and almost immediately started it again and there are not too many books that I can say that about.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Lone Survivor

  • The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
  • By: Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Michael on 09-02-08

Exceeded my highest expectations.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-09

After reading all the reviews my expectations were as high as could be for this book. That always means that I will be disappointed- but not this time. WHAT A STORY.

My only regret is that my young sons can't read it- because the language is...well let's say... what you would expect from a Navy Seal.

Awesome- get the book

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • In the Hands of Providence

  • Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War
  • By: Alice Rains Trulock
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Joshua Chamberlain of Maine forged a remarkable career during the Civil War. An academic and theologian by training, this modest young professor left Bowdoin College to accept a commission as lieutenant colonel of the 20th Maine. He fought at Antietam and Fredericksburg, then led his regiment to glory at Gettysburg, where he ordered the brilliant charge that saved Little Round Top.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Details of war

  • By Richard on 04-23-07

Good "read"

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-08

A good biography. A very interesting man who was at the center of the Civil War. The only complaint that I had was when the author moved from writing biography to giving her view on the constitution. I wonder if she views her contract with her publisher a a "changing/evolving document"? I bet not.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Hugh Mann
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,501

This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Somewhat Misleading Title

  • By J. Johnston on 05-15-09

Mandatory reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-08

Excellent book. This will be required reading (at least the chapters on Black Rednecks and Slavery) for my children when they are old enough. The Black Rednecks chapter changed the way I think. The Slavery chapter made me prouder than ever of our history as well as outraging me about the modern left and the anti American slant they take.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful