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  • Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

  • By: Ben Carson M.D., Cecil Murphey
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

In 1987, Dr. Benjamin Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. The extremely complex and delicate operation, five months in the planning and twenty-two hours in the execution, involved a surgical plan that Carson helped initiate. Carson pioneered again in a rare procedure known as hemispherectomy, giving children without hope a second chance at life through a daring operation in which he literally removed one half of their brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • outstanding

  • By Ben Jones on 30-06-2018

outstanding

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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: 30-06-2018

Everyone needs to read this book. Very inspiring. I listened to this with my family on a long drive, and they were rivited.
Can't recommend it enough.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them or to fight against the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-11-2016

I really wanted to like it

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

Reviewed: 16-11-2017

It had all the elements of a good story, but it didn't quite get them together well enough for me. Plus it was a really depressing outlook on life. There was an ever slight hope at the end, but all in all, it highlighted the futility of a life without God.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge

  • The Gripping True Story That Inspired the Movie
  • By: Booton Herndon, Les Spear - prologue, Max Cleveland - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris George
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The men of the 77th Infantry Division couldn't fathom why Private Desmond T. Doss would venture into the horrors of World War II without a single weapon to defend himself. "You're nothing but a coward!" they said. But the soft-spoken medic insisted that his mission was to heal, not kill. When Desmond knelt by his bunk to pray, his fellow soldiers hurled boots and insults at him. Even his commander wanted to throw him out of the army. But when his unit arrived on the battlefield, the intrepid medic quickly proved he was no coward.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable Story of Determination & Grit

  • By Mr. George Sabados on 02-05-2018

I liked the movie, but this was so much better

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

Reviewed: 13-11-2017

Outstanding. One of the most amazing stories of courage. Not focused on the violence like the movie, but rather Desmond's walk with God. A must read for any Christian. Kid friendly also.

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Australian accent and a tenuous drawn out story

  • By Jack on 06-07-2017

good story, horrendous Australian accent

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

Reviewed: 07-11-2017

imagine a new Zealand accent mixed with a drunk angry constipated south African, and that is their idea of the Aussie accent. I am not usually bothered by bad accents, but this was incredibly bad. The rest of the performance was great, but there were way too many Aussies. I recommend you get the Kindle and read it rather than subject yourself to this accent.
In his defence, the Aussie accent is difficult, but seriously, get an Aussie to verify it before you subject the world to it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

  • A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
  • By: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Narrated by: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 111

Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and raw

  • By Danielle on 25-08-2017

Amazing testimony. Must read.

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

Reviewed: 25-09-2017

Anyone who wishes to engage in winning Islamic people to Christ needs to read this book.

I only heard about this guy at his death, and I am so thankful for his story. I had seen a lot of Acts Apologetics and it is very interesting to hear about David Wood as well. I can't recommend this book enough.

  • Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader. But they've got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently entertaining characters and chemistry

  • By Ian Burney on 17-04-2018

interesting story but...

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2017

way way too much swearing. f bombs all over the place and c words everywhere too. Got a bit tiring to listen to and made it difficult to care about the lead female character.
Other than that it was a different take on sci fi and time travel stories. A shame really . Won't be getting the next one, even though the story is interesting.

  • The One Year Chronological Bible NLT

  • By: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Narrated by: Todd Busteed
  • Length: 73 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

In as little as 15 minutes a day, you can hear the entire Bible in one unforgettable year, expertly narrated by Todd Busteed. This Bible audio is unique in that you can listen to the Bible text in the order that the biblical events unfolded. The New Living Translation is an authoritative Bible translation, rendered faithfully into today's English from the ancient texts by 90 leading Bible scholars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great performance, great book

  • By Ben Jones on 02-09-2017

great performance, great book

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

Reviewed: 02-09-2017

love hearing the bible in order. Very interesting. I wouldn't use this version for study, but it is great to get a different perspective of the bible. Can't recommend enough.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to listen but good content so far.

  • By Diego on 04-05-2016

brilliant... everyone needs to read this

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

Reviewed: 22-08-2017

I have read a lot of books on cognitive biases, but this is by far the best, and most well supported. And more importantly, this is the most practically applicable book on the topic I have read. Everyone who cares about being deceived, or more likely being self deceived needs to read this book.

Good performance too, very easy to listen too, even though it gets a little heavy going in some parts.

In short, just read it. You will only regret it, if you enjoy being deceived

  • Influence

  • The Psychology of Persuasion
  • By: Robert B. Cialdini
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say yes - and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His 35 years of rigorous, evidence-based research, along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior, has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader - and how to defend yourself against them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dont buy this book if you are interested in facts

  • By completeaerogeek on 25-02-2017

brings it all together

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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: 12-12-2016

I have heard a lot of this before, but I find this puts it all together in a clear and entertaining way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Peace Child

  • An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century
  • By: Don Richardson
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Peace Child tells their unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals who valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but a bit slow at times.

  • By Sarah on 10-04-2017

wow

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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: 11-12-2016

It amazes me the courage these guys had to take the gospel to these people. Not only that, but the trust that no one is too far gone to help. Very inspiring.