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  • Responding to Jesus' Deeper Invitation

  • By: Rev. Ron Rolheiser OMI
  • Narrated by: Rev. Ron Rolheiser OMI
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Fr. Rolheiser outlines four essentials for a deep spiritual life. First, like the good but sad, rich young man we have to give our entire selves to the Lord. Secondly, we have to sustain and appreciate a high level of tension in our life as we deal with our basic humanity and our membership in the Church. Third, we have to go beyond our feelings and thoughts about faith and demonstrate it with our actions and our presence in the midst of God’s people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Longing:Responing to Jesus' Deeper Invitation

  • By Maria2702 on 12-04-18

Holy Longing:Responing to Jesus' Deeper Invitation

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

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

Don't overlook!

Any additional comments?

I don't often review or give five stars but I had to with this book because there's a danger it would be rejected. The sound is ok but this is a recording of a talk/seminar and the recording is 'choppy'. Initially I wasn't happy but persevered and it was worth it! This offers, not milk, but MEAT for the spiritual life; suggestions for growing in spiritual maturity. It's broken down into four sections (but one chapter) covering:
Moving from goodness to greatness,
Carrying tensions (authority and freedom),
Love and commitment beyond thoughts and feelings,
Prayer of Affectivity,

It would be great if this was longer but at just over an hour it can be read many times.

  • Inspector French's Greatest Case

  • An Inspector French Mystery
  • By: Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Narrated by: Phil Fox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

At the offices of the Hatton Garden diamond merchant, Duke and Peabody, the body of old Mr Gething is discovered beside a now empty safe. With multiple suspects, the robbery and murder is clearly the work of a master criminal and requires a master detective to solve it. Meticulous as ever, Inspector Joseph French of Scotland Yard embarks on an investigation that takes him from the streets of London to Holland, France and Spain and finally to a ship bound for South America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant in all ways

  • By Dr. V. Saunders OBE on 18-09-17

Meh!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

This is the second of the Inspector French audiobooks I've listened to and I won't be bothering with another. It's not that they are badly written, they are not, though somewhat dated, but they are very bland.
I love 'Golden Age' mysteries but not by FWC.

  • Innocent Blood

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Kaite Scarfe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Innocent Blood is a standalone thriller and chilling mystery from P.D. James, the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men. Philippa Palfrey, adopted as a child, believes herself to be the motherless, illegitimate daughter of an aristocratic father. At eighteen she exercises her right to find out the truth. What she discovers will change her life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Innocent Blood

  • By Gerald on 16-08-17

Disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 24-10-17

Firstly, I'm a great PDJames fan. I've read and re-read the Dalglish and Grey books but I couldn't read all the way through this, I just found the main character too irritating. Admittedly she was an adolescent but she was so self-obsessed and naive I wanted to slap her! I confess I did something never done before and skipped the last third of the book just 'peeking' at the last few chapters to see how things were resolved, hurriedly I felt!

To be fair the narrator was better than competent, I couldn't give her four stars but definitely 3.75.

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  • The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

  • St Dismas Catholic Classics, Book 5
  • By: St. Therese of Lisieux
  • Narrated by: Melissa Silvestro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The Story of a Soul is the autobiography of Thérèse of Lisieux. It was first published on September 30, 1898, a year to the day after her death from tuberculosis at the age of 24, on September 30, 1897. The book was a single volume formed from three distinct manuscripts - manuscripts of different length, written at different times, addressed to different people, and differing from one another in character. The work of unifying these disparate manuscripts was carried out by Pauline, the sister of Thérèse.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by an awful narration!

  • By Maria2702 on 02-09-17

Ruined by an awful narration!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is a Christian literary and teaching classic which I would recommend to anybody.
I have it in both paper and kindle versions and as I often use WhysperSync these days I decided to invest in the audio version. What a mistake! I don't want to be unkind but it is impossible to listen to this - the drawl and the blandness; it sounds inane. I can't help but wonder who thought this narration was good enough to release.
I'd recommend waiting until a better performance is released.

Would you recommend The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux to your friends? Why or why not?

Highly recommended but get it in text form.

Would you be willing to try another one of Melissa Silvestro’s performances?

Never.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very disappointed.

Any additional comments?

Can we have a new version with competent narrator please.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moon Wreck

  • The Slaver Wars, Book 1
  • By: Raymond L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Disaster has struck the first Moon landing to be attempted in years. Commander Jason Strong and his fellow lunar explorer Greg Johnson have become stranded with no way home. In desperation, they set off in their lunar rover to check out an anomaly they discovered on their descent. What they find will shake their beliefs and what they know of human history. It is the beginning of an adventure that will take them far out into the Solar System and to a discovery that is beyond belief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • who on earth gave liam owen a job as a narrator?

  • By paul on 17-03-17

WARNING!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

What was most disappointing about Raymond L. Weil’s story?

Firstly, this book is not strictly Whysper Sync as the text often does not match the Audio, which is annoying.
The book had potential with an interesting storyline but it was so badly written and repetitive. I persevered to the end hoping it would get better but it didn't.
I had hoped I'd found a new author but this didn't inspire me.
Mara's review 28/2/17) sums the book up well so I'll only repeat; that if I'd heard one more time about Gregg missing his wife and child, I'd have thrown my phone against the wall!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Liam Owen?

The narrator has a good voice and differentiated between the characters but he seemed as though he was racing towards the finish! Perhaps he was told he had to keep the length down! He seemed to slow the pace in the last third of the book - unless I'd just got used to the speed-read by then!

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  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,680
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,390

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely enthralling!

  • By Misspelt on 18-04-17

A KEEPER!

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

Reviewed: 24-04-17

Would you listen to For We Are Many again? Why?

I loved this audiobook. Having read the previous book in the series I got this on the day of release and 'couldn't put it down'. It ended all too soon and I'm giving myself a week or two before I read it again, just for the anticipation!

What was one of the most memorable moments of For We Are Many?

It's hard to say, though Bob's relationship with the Deltans is one but there are so many funny moments, both comic and wry.

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

He brings a humour, intelligence and credibility to the characters.

  • The Retro War

  • By: Dietmar Wehr
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

The Synchronicity War is over, and the insectoid beachheads in our spiral arm have been destroyed, but the aftermath of the war holds some nasty surprises for humanity and its loyal AI allies. Somebody is messing with the human time line. Is it the friendlies, the sogas, the insectoids, or a new race?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gave me a headache!

  • By Maria2702 on 24-04-17

Gave me a headache!

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

Reviewed: 24-04-17

Would you try another book written by Dietmar Wehr or narrated by Luke Daniels?

Yes to both. Author and narrator. Luke Daniels is one of my favourite narrators but even he struggles in this book, particularly with the AIs portrayals. I've read the Synchronicity War books by Wehr and would recommend them.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

If the mechanics of time travel is your thing, this might be for you but as I said - HEADACHE! The author went into too much detail and the result was confusing and replaced the 'action' of the other books.

Do you think The Retro War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I won't be reading any follow-up.

  • The Silver Ships

  • The Silver Ships, Book 1
  • By: S.H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

An explorer tug captain, Alex Racine detects a damaged alien craft drifting into the system. Recognizing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make first contact, Alex pulls off a daring maneuver to latch on to the derelict. Alex discovers the ship was attacked by an unknown craft, the first of its kind ever encountered. The mysterious silver ship's attack was both instant and deadly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Slow Start but got better - Worth a Listen

  • By stig1875 on 16-11-15

Disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 24-04-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. The story was bland and twee. The characters were one dimensional and poorly drawn. There was no suspense or grittiness (everything was idealised) and it definitely wasn't a space opera.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Was bland and monotonous. I kept nearly falling asleep and losing my concentration.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,500
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series

  • By GiffRock on 02-01-17

Tremendous Fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Don't usually try this type of book but got it with my Kindle Unlimited package.
It was a hoot. Witty, tongue in cheek and well written. The characters were engaging and well observed.
Not going to change your world but well worth the time commitment. I'll check out Bk 2.

  • Contamination Boxed Set

  • Books 0-3
  • By: T. W. Piperbrook
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK if you allow for liberties

  • By Stefan on 14-03-15

Not Edward W Robertson!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

Don't recommend this, the writing and characters are stereotypical and one dimensional. It's bland. There are much better examples of this genre out there.
Re the narration, it's competent but the recording quality is bad at times.