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5 Stars Out Of 5
Captivating both in performance & content
November 2, 2012
Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind written by Paul White, narrated by Paul Michael on audiobook, and published by christianaudio - yep, that's the book.
So, what did I think of it?
Well, it's more like what did I not think of it? No, I don't mean that they way it sounds. Here me out.
When I first requested to review this book, I honestly knew very little about it other than the title and what the cover art looked like. I actually thought it was more of a children's book than it turned out to be, which is not a bad thing.
As I began listening to this audiobook during my commutes, I was sucked in almost immediately. Paul Michael does an amazing job narrating this book! He does the various characters' voices so convincingly that I would have thought he was a mix of Australian and Tanzanian, and was both a young and old man...and even a woman - young and old. Sound crazy? Not at all. He is an excellent audiobook narrator.
Beyond the superb audio theatrics, I was also pleasantly drawn in by the captivating storytelling of Paul White (whom I knew nothing about until the intro to this book). He doesn't just excellently and creatively weave an interesting story; he also presents and unfolds some deep, important Biblical truths in ways that make God's Word and ways tangible to the reader/listener.
White uses the comparison of a storm - a whirlwind - to our lives in that if you "sow the wind" you will "reap the whirlwind." (Hosea 8:7) He also uses analogies from nature to relate how sin affects a person from the inside out, by describing how a destructive insect can get inside of an ear of corn and eat away at it without the outside of the ear having any evidence of what the inside has become.
I can in no way recount the stories and analogies in the way Paul White does, but let me just say that he is a master weaver of a captivating story with a meaning and a purpose.
This story does specifically center around a man who is a drug dealer and is pushing and using marijuana, so that is why I said at the beginning that I do not consider it a children's book. I do, however, highly suggest it as a book for adults of all ages including young adults and even teenagers. You may, however, want to screen it first for yourself before letting a pre-teen or maybe even a teen read/listen to it. I may be erring on the side of caution, but I know some people may not prefer for their child of those ages to be exposed to descriptions of people being high and such quite yet. Realistically, most of them probably are exposed to those discussions by those ages, but again, I leave that to your discretion. And besides, you will thoroughly enjoy and be challenged by reading/listening to this book yourself first anyway.
Disclaimer: I received this audiobook for free from christianaudio.com. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
Several weeks ago, I received an email to review an audio book called "Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind" by Paul White. Not being a huge audio book fan, I wasn't sure that I wanted to do the review, but I knew that my husband LOVES audio books and thought that if I couldn't do the review, he could help me with it.
Fast forward a week after the download_three of my four children came down with a nasty stomach bug that lasted for four days. They didn't feel like doing anything and quite honestly, I was tired of listening to the TV all day. I decided that I would see if they would like to listen to "Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind". They ended up listening to about half of it before getting bored. But while they were listening to it, I was listening from the kitchen and really enjoyed the story. Later that night, I continued listening to it while I was knitting. To say that I enjoyed listening to it is an understatement.
"Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind" is about a doctor/missionary who is attempting to help the people in Tanzania and throughout Africa. He finds ways to share the gospel through parables and fables while helping them with their physical needs. Even though this is Christian Fiction, I feel that they story is very much true to life.
I thought that the narrator, Paul Michael, did a wonderful job reading the book. While listening to this audio book, I felt the story come alive in my mind and just could not stop listening. The audio book is approx 3.5 hours in length. There are three different available ways to download the book. I decided on downloading the zip file. After downloading it however, I had quiet a challenge figuring out how to unzip the files so I could listen to them. They also did not want to transfer into my iTunes. After spending some time fooling around with my files, I did eventually get them moved into iTunes so I could listen to them. I'm not sure if it had something to do with the fact that the files where ZIP files, computer user error, or something wrong with the files themselves.
Overall, I loved listening to the book and would highly recommended this book for kids and adults alike.
This audio book was given to me in exchange for my unbiased review of this work.