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  • The Night the Angels Came

  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 75

A new memoir from Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author Cathy Glass. When Cathy receives a call about a terminally ill widower terrified of leaving his son all alone in the world, she is wracked with sadness and indecision. Can she risk exposing her own young children to a little boy on the brink of bereavement? Eight-year-old Michael is part of a family of two, but with his beloved father given only months to live and his mother having died when he was a toddler, he could soon become an orphan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smashing,

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-15

Worthwhile learning experience

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I have learned a lot about handling emotions, healthy detachment, good communication and lots of other things

Have you listened to any of Denica Fairman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. When Mrs Fairman imitates men it is somewhat strange for me and artificial but other than that it is fine.

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

Yes, although half way through after an event in the book I felt too heavy and I had to put it away and then went back to it and listened in one go.

Any additional comments?

I liked the experience of Mrs Glass and the way she dealt with detachment. I am pretty co-dependant person and I suffer a lot when somebody says "no". I feel often a rejection and the experience of Mrs Glass helps me a lot in learning detachment with love - which I find difficult at present.

  • Saving Danny

  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66

The fifteenth fostering memoir by Cathy Glass. Danny was petrified and clung to me in desperation as I carried him to my car. Trapped in his own dark world, he couldn't understand why his parents no longer loved or wanted him and were sending him away. While Danny's parents have everything they could wish for in material terms, they are unable to care for their only child. This is where Cathy comes in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent production

  • By DF on 12-03-15

A very good lecture

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

What did you like most about Saving Danny?

At the beginning I was thinking of returning this book and when I got into it I was captivated by it. In fact, it gives a lot of leads how to deal not only with children but also with adults. I liked the language of Mrs Glass where in a "novel" type of expressions she transported quite a lot of psychology. I find it very useful.

What about Denica Fairman’s performance did you like?

I liked her reading and I noticed that all books of Mrs Glass are read by her. I wonder if some of them might have been read by a male voice.

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

Not at the beginning, but some 1/3 into it I got captivated.

Any additional comments?

Has not only a psychological dimension but human as well.

  • Inside Alcatraz

  • My Time on the Rock
  • By: Jim Quillen
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Each day we saw the outside world in all its splendour, and each day that view served as a reminder that we had wasted and ruined our lives. Jim Quillen, AZ586 - a runaway, problem child and petty thief - was jailed several times before his twentieth birthday. In August 1942, after escaping from San Quentin, he was arrested on the run and sentenced to forty-five years in prison, and later transferred to Alcatraz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'WOW' sums this book up perfectly!

  • By Benjamin101 on 09-03-15

Inspiring story and captivating

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

Reviewed: 31-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely yes. The story is not only inspiring but also expressed in a very fine language.

What did you like best about this story?

There are many things and only few general points I will mention: how much the childhood has a bearing on the future of all of us; how a good and loving word ("of this priest" in Alcatraz) may change the entire course of life and how love and trust of other people is important in encouraging to dig the best out of us.

What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

At times I was wondering if it was not too flat and rather "unemotional" but this absence of dramatisation is in fact the entire strength of the lecture. I really enjoyed this professional narration.

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

Yes. It is captivating from the beginning to the end. Maybe with the exception of the appendix which was interesting but not really a "must".

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to anybody.

  • Unbroken

  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 305

The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, now a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. Motion Picture Artwork © Universal Studios 2014. All Rights Reserved. In 1943 a bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Against all odds, one young lieutenant survives. Louis Zamperini had already transformed himself from child delinquent to prodigious athlete, running in the Berlin Olympics. Now he must embark on one of the Second World War’s most extraordinary odysseys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true insight into the hidden reality of War.

  • By David on 03-02-16

Captivating to the end, well written and well read

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

Reviewed: 28-12-15

What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

Not only is the story very inspirational and deeply reflective about life but also it is very well written and read.

What did you like best about this story?

Nothing in life history is wasted if well lived through. God is able to make good sense out of what may seem a most horrible experience and what may seem a total failure in my live. At the end God makes all the ends meet to bring integrity and serenity. This story reminded me of it and inspired me to continue.

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

Very well read and pleasant voice to listen to.

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

Yes. It made me cry, laugh and reflective.

Any additional comments?

I can only recommend this (audio) book to anybody who thinks about life seriously.

  • Living Water

  • Powerful Teachings from the Best-selling Author of The Heavenly Man
  • By: Brother Yun
  • Narrated by: Hayden Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

The companion to the bestselling The Heavenly Man, Living Water shares the vision of one of China's most dedicated, courageous, and intensely persecuted house church leaders. Brother Yun's dramatic life story and teachings offer a message that inspires and challenges Christians to live out a passionate commitment to serve Jesus Christ.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great inspiring message to the Western Church

  • By chris on 17-06-15

Great inspiring message to the Western Church

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

Reviewed: 17-06-15

If you could sum up Living Water in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, uplifting, awakaning

What did you like best about this story?

How the Christians in the persecuted countries live their faith and go to any length with Christian teaching and the message of awakening for the Western world

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Dare with Christ

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • God's Smuggler

  • By: Brother Andrew
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

This best seller tells of the young Dutch factory worker's incredible efforts to transport Bibles across closed borders - and the miraculous ways in which God provided for him every step of the way. Brother Andrew's story remains as inspiring today as it was 35 years ago, and with this new release, it will motivate a whole new generation to risk everything to follow God's call.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prepared to be amazed

  • By Mrs O on 12-01-14

A "Must" for any Christian

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

Reviewed: 17-04-15

What did you like best about this story?

Difficult to point a single thing. What impressed and challenged me was the "blind" obedience to God. And it is not that obeying God everything goes smoothly but that obeying God I abide in His Will and Protection - even if I "wrongly" discerned His Will. Even the mistakes I make are calculated in God's plan for me. In obedience to God I am safe.

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

Yes and no. I wanted to listen to it in one go and on the other it was so good that I did not want to finish it too quickly.

Any additional comments?

If I say that I was impressed it would be only a superficial evaluation. This book is best listened with an attitude of prayer, meditation and God's Presence.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Heavenly Man

  • The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun
  • By: Brother Yun
  • Narrated by: Cristofer Jean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63

The dramatic autobiography of one of China's dedicated, courageous, and intensely persecuted house church leaders. This is the gripping story of how God took a young, half-starved boy from a poor village in Henan province and placed him on the front line for Jesus, in the face of impossible odds. Instead of focusing on the many miracles or experiences of suffering, however, Yun prefers to focus on the character and beauty of Jesus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Persecution so recent, a faith so real

  • By Catherine on 27-07-11

A "Must" for any Christian in the West

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

Reviewed: 17-04-15

Would you listen to Heavenly Man again? Why?

Yes. It is challenging and inspiring.

What did you like best about this story?

The testimony of walking with God - by listening to God and obeying Him.

Any additional comments?

I am a Catholic but it really does not matter. I highly recommend it to anybody looking for an intimate relationship with God. It is worth more that anything in the world.

  • Tortured for Christ

  • By: Rev. Richard Wurmbrand
  • Narrated by: Alex Rotaru
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

After years of imprisonment and solitary confinement, enduring inhumane torture, Richard Wurmbrand emerges with a powerful testimony of courageous faith. Even today, believers are suffering and dying for Christ, yet their faith will not falter under the most unthinkable persecutions. In this stirring account, Wurmbrand (founder of The Voice of the Martyrs) encourages us to remember those in chains and equips us to help our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST listen to anybody with sober thinking

  • By chris on 09-04-15

A MUST listen to anybody with sober thinking

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tortured for Christ?

Perseverance and commitment to be faithful of the suffering Christians wherever they suffer.

Any additional comments?

When I listened to the first 10-20 minutes I wanted to return this audiobook and something was holding me from it. If I had returned it I would have made one of the biggest mistakes in my Christian life and I would have missed what I see now as one of the strongest messages of my Christian life. The author said that when after 14 years of prison for his faith he came to the West he suffered more by witnessing what was happening with the Western Church - how the Christians in the West lost their zeal for God's teaching and diluted it with secularism and liberal thinking.
For me it is a wake-up call.
Thank you for this powerful reminder!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Creating Positive Relationships

  • Your Power to Turn Problems into Peace of Mind
  • By: Diane V. Cirincione Ph.D., Gerald G. Jampolsky M.D.
  • Narrated by: Diane V. Cirincione Ph.D., Gerald G. Jampolsky M.D.
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., psychiatrist, and Diane V. Cirincione, businesswoman and lecturer, can help you, as they have thousands, shift your perceptions about life and living. When you undergo this attitudinal shift in your perceptions, wonderful things begin to happen. You become truly fearless. You find safety in defenselessness. Love becomes the guiding force in your life; and your inner, intuitive voice unfailingly helps you make the right choices.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good insight for "healthy recovery"

  • By chris on 09-04-15

A good insight for "healthy recovery"

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

What other book might you compare Creating Positive Relationships to, and why?

On detachment "Codependent no more" by Melody Beattie. This one goes deeper into the topic of not only releasing the other person but into the issue of unconditional forgiveness, cutting off the projection of guilt and one slogan that I would like to retain for the rest of my life would be "In defencelessness lies my safety". A great truth for me on one condition that I put my entire trust in God.

Have you listened to any of Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. and Diane V. Cirincione, Ph.D. ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to "Good bye to guilt". Both are good, some repetitions but for the sake of the argumentation, probably they were useful.

Any additional comments?

I would advise this book to those who have enough spirituality to enter into the understanding of unconditional forgiveness and love. It may be difficult for somebody who has hard time to accept the work of God.
For me personally it was a very good book.

  • Goodbye to Guilt

  • Releasing Fear Through Forgiveness
  • By: Gerald G. Jampolsky M.D., Diane V. Cirincione Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Gerald Jampolsky M.D., Diane Cirincione Ph.D.
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Love is where there is no fear. Fear is where there is no love. In our age of anxieties, most of us live by complex expectations about what we should achieve, how we should act, and how others should treat us. As a result, we are victimized by guilt and fear - guilt because our standards haven't been met in the past, fear that they won't be met in the future. Inevitable, these negative emotions wreak havoc on our personal relationships, self-esteem, and peace of mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite good insights into personal recovery

  • By chris on 08-04-15

Quite good insights into personal recovery

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

If you could sum up Goodbye to Guilt in three words, what would they be?

Profound
Spiritual
Healthy confrontation

Any additional comments?

I listened to many recovery books and this one is a very good reminder of the fact that serenity is only attainable through humility, meekness and love.