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  • The Basic Marathon Guide

  • A Beginner-Friendly Program to Running Your First Marathon
  • By: Michael D'Aulerio
  • Narrated by: Jack Thompson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Running your first marathon can seem like an impossible goal. But the truth is...it’s not. Yes, it’s an enormous accomplishment, and it will change your life for the better. But the fact is anyone can run a marathon. And that includes you! Whether you are ready to run your first marathon, or someone looking to begin training, The Basic Marathon Guide is an audiobook that will simplify the process and guide you across the finish line.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen

  • By Leo Delaney on 19-02-19

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

I struggled with the voice, very articulate but lacked the emotion at times that would come from the author of a book. Too clinical and sterile for me, but don’t let that put you off it. It was a down to earth book that gives you belief you can do it.

  • My Life With the Saints

  • By: James Martin SJ
  • Narrated by: James Martin SJ
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Be inspired by saints like never before in My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ. This best-selling memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life. From a lukewarm childhood Catholicism, to the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to the Jesuits, to a media career in Manhattan, Martin has relied on the saints to intervene in and guide his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • If you want a Catholic perspective - go elsewhere.

  • By N. Hammond on 13-02-18

Thought provoking and informative

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

What did you like best about this story?

The manner in which Saints were shown to be human, with human failings, albeit the difference between them and I is, I don't even have the word!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The introduction to new saints and more information on saints I was already aware of but whose special grace I did not fully understand.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It invoked positive emotions overall. Some parts did make me laugh, some gave cause for reflection.

Any additional comments?

Having read a number of other books by James Martin S.J., because he is providing his own thought there is a quantity of repetition. Overall this does not detract from the presentation, it still totals 12 and a half hours in the audible format some a little bit of repetition is to be expected. I found the Chapter on Our Lady interesting for the time allowed to it. Considering 120 hours would still not do this area of study or devotion justice, overall a very good job.

  • Catholicism

  • A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
  • By: Robert Barron
  • Narrated by: Robert Barron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

Fr. Robert Barron's comprehensive work goes straight to the core of the Catholic faith. He first examines the foundations of Christ's incarnation, life and ministry, and then works through the essentials of the Catholic tradition: from sacraments, worship and prayer, to Mary and the saints, and on to salvation, heaven and hell. Throughout this epic journey, Fr. Barron uses art, literature, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy and history to present a complete picture of the Church to the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does what it says on the tin!

  • By Enquiring Mind on 13-04-13

Informative content yet told as to an individual

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

Reviewed: 16-12-15

Where does Catholicism rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As I rediscover my faith, this has been an excellent story book rather than text book. It provides information you will be looking for but in a kinder way than some less gifted priests may deliver the same information with an "or else" tagged onto the end.

What other book might you compare Catholicism to, and why?

I have listened to a few Books by James Martin SJ, I would recommend his book Jesus: A Pilgrimage if you enjoyed this book and vice versa.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The latter chapters on the Church's views of Heaven, Purgatory and Hell which has become far more kind over the last few decades. It makes a reasonable case for Purgatory outlining the shortcomings of this within the Biblical sense.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO, too much to take in. In truth, I will have to listen to it again and perhaps again to fully embrace and understand all that was said.

Any additional comments?

I have read up on the author and he appears to be a safe pair of hands with whom we can trust as it applies to his understanding and approach to passing on his knowledge. For those like me who perhaps have lost their way, and even those who would like an introduction to the Catholic Faith, this is a worthy read. Just as I have read books on Islam and Buddhism, it is one of those friendly inviting books rather than a dictatorial book that will turn you off within the first few pages.

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  • Becoming Who You Are

  • Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints (Christian Classics)
  • By: James Martin
  • Narrated by: James Martin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

By meditating on personal examples from the author's life, as well as reflecting on the inspirational life and writings of Thomas Merton, stories from the Gospels, as well as the lives of other holy men and women (among them, Henri Nouwen, Therese of Lisieux, and Pope John XXIII), the listener will understand how becoming who you are, and becoming the person that God created, is a simple path to happiness, peace of mind and even sanctity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helping to rekindle my Roman Catholic Faith

  • By Leo Delaney on 29-09-15

Helping to rekindle my Roman Catholic Faith

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

Reviewed: 29-09-15

Would you listen to Becoming Who You Are again? Why?

Yes, it provided a number of points which allowed me to meditate/day dream/muse on. So much so, I have no doubt I will gain more from listening to it again as I have no doubt missed considerations.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Becoming Who You Are?

The honesty. It shows how people who are far more intelligent, 'Holy' and greater humans than I were not always saints. They were human, they had faults and failings that emphasised the need to be kinder to ourselves and forgive ourselves.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many instances in the book that gave me much food for thought.

Any additional comments?

Five Stars for me as it was what I wanted/needed. I could see how if you did not want such information to meditate on, persons could mark it as 4 stars. If you want something to help focus your thought processes on trying to lead a good life according to the Christian Faith and would benefit from considering real people with real lives and real honest issues and how even the 'best and brightest' struggled with their spiritual lives throughout their lives, this is well worth considering. I took a lot from it. It points in many ways more to further questions than providing answers because we are all different.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jesus

  • A Pilgrimage
  • By: James Martin
  • Narrated by: James Martin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

A gifted storyteller and spiritual director, Father James Martin, SJ, invites readers to experience the stories of the Gospels in a completely new, vivid, and exciting way to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus. Moving sequentially through the Gospels, considering not only familiar passages but also the "hidden life" of Jesus, the book offers a bold retelling of the life of Christ, faithful to the Christian tradition, while meditating on parts of the narrative that have often escaped notice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Jesus is alive to me

  • By Joseph O'Connell on 18-10-15

As close as I could be to being there.....to date!

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

Reviewed: 16-09-15

What did you like most about Jesus?

The honesty of the book and the personal accounts provided yet applicable to everyone

What did you like best about this story?

A new view and perspective into previous held beliefs and thought, some incorrectly so

What does James Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It was as though you were a third member of the pilgrimage, it was very inclusive.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful