Wednesday, April 6, 2011

REVIEW: Any Minute by Joyce Meyer (abridged audiobook)


Sarah Harper is driven, pursuing happiness in all the wrong places. She wants to do good and not hurt the people she loves, including her son, Mitchell, and her husband, Joe. But her drive to succeed overrides all else.

It's not until she faces a chance encounter with heaven and spends time with the grandmother who prayed for her every day when she was a little girl that she begins to see how her own mother's bitterness created a hole in Sarah's life—a hole she has been trying to overcome for as long as she can remember.

For the first time, Sarah sees that God created her for a special purpose. When Sarah returns to her own life, she is a woman with a mission. And the unsuspecting world around her will never be the same again.

About the Author

Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, she has written more than eighty inspirational books, including Never Give Up!,The Secret to True Happiness, 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life, the entire Battlefield of the Mind family of books, her first venture into fiction with The Penny,and many others. She has also released thousands of audio teachings, as well as a complete video library.

My Thoughts

As always with audiobooks, this will be a brief review. Additionally this was the abridged version, only five CDs long.

I wasn't a fan of the narrator. Something about her voice was just "too chipper". She sounded like the voice on the shuttle in the airport announcing the next gate point.

While the second half of the audiobook was uplifting and slightly more engaging, the first half I found to be quite boring. Whenever the story would switch to Sarah's young son, I would find myself a little lost. His storyline just didn't seem to fit within the rest of the story. Perhaps that is a consequence of the abridgment of the story? I don't know. He seemed almost inconsequential to the story. In fact, when he "made an appearance" near the end of the story, I found myself confused and trying to remember who he was. I finally recalled that the boy was her son and recalled how he fit into the story.

I don't know. The story was a little disjointed (again, possibly a consequence of the abridgment), and the "afterlife" sequence reminded me of the Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future-- a little hokey for my taste.

So overall this was just "okay". Perhaps the unabridged version would be more impressive to me?

My Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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