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joe

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  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1104)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Fact and Fiction"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only someone who is interested in 1st century life... not the life of Jesus from a religious perspective.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    O'Reilly makes a lot of assumptions theologically that ultimately negate the possibility (as outlined in his own faith's canon) for salvation and clearly views Jesus as a man who discovers he is God's son rather than Gods soul assuming the flesh of a mortal and subject to its pains. That aint too Catholic Billy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I do very much like the historical background of the time period. The politics, historical heroes forgotten in Jewish culture. He lays a great ground work for an understanding of the politics and time of Jesus. BUT, then again is not all that original either because all he is doing is rehashing Josephus in a more modern tone. Actually, the Jewish War is pretty compelling. and this book (in parts) is the abridged form of that book.


    Was Killing Jesus worth the listening time?

    sure...for background history. There is another book on audible that does a great job too...Life in 1st century Jerusalem...or some similar title. It did a better job for giving me a visual feel for the place. Again though, just pay attention to the history and cultural aspects. The religious stuff is all fodder for anyone who has spent a great measure of time studying with scholars and archeologists. For example, Asserting Mary Magdalene was a poor woman and was a prostitute cannot be backed up. We only know that she was cleansed of 'several demons'... that could have been insanity. Assuming history is not writing history. This is were Bill falls short. When he does not have Josephus or or a Roman scholar like Tacitus to fall back on to prove his outlooks... he is writing fiction. Shallow fiction. He treats Mary and Joseph, when Jesus is lost in the temple, as though they, at that point, do fully understand the magnitude of who their child is. This again is a far jump from what any real scholar of the bible would call legit. Its the worst part of the book... and its what the book strives to be about.


    Any additional comments?

    Stick to the facts you can back up Bill. You do a great job with documented history, and culture. Theologically... I am sorry man... you're a 'pin head.' Just my 2 cents and I am welcome to them.

    27 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Matt Baglio
    • Narrated By Matt Baglio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    The Rite describes the reality of demonic possession. It also traces the history of exorcism and and treats related topics such as satanic cults and black masses. Since Fr. Thomas was a skeptic and the author is a fact-seeking journalist, this book is more compelling even than the previous best-seller on this topic, The Exorcist.

    VH says: "Excellent"
    "Guidelines for spiritual saftey"
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    Would you listen to The Rite again? Why?

    yes, it contains a lot of valuable information. No to mention you may someone who needs it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The priest the father shadows in Italy, I am bad with names.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book is not so much about scenes as it its life lessons.


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

    I did listen to this book in one sitting. Its compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a lot of myths about exorcism. How to handle, detect, or pray when faced with the issue. More common is Diabolic oppression. I have had some experience with this issue and have met people who deal with it in the Catholic church. The greatest mistake is to believe the mythos that Hollywood is selling. Yes these things do happen. Yes they are frightening. They will, at first, frighten that pants off you. But ultimately they can be healing. Also please know that if you don't want to be like me and know this all through experience. Never assume you can take these on by yourself. Do note seek any refuge beyond a LONG established Christian church. Ideally Catholic. I don't even care if you are not catholic. Time and Time again people have suffered longstanding oppression or worse yet possession. Do to religious pride, or a taught hatred of the Catholic church. For those of you who believe that Rome is the city built on seven hill refereed to in the book of Revelations. Just know that many cities were built on seven hills. Athens, Istanbul, Mecca, Moscow, Seattle, and at least fifty more... Including the biggie Jerusalem. Do be so quick to think that Rome is the Whore of Babylon. Do your research, deception keeps you from truth, and in this case healing. There is a reason Satanist only use a Catholic Eucharist in their Black masses to insult God. These things are NOT myths. It might sound like old hat but avoid secular thinking and new age teachings, Trust me they are door ways. Trust me unless you too and to wake up in the middle of the night to a horror that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Near Death Experience: Why Hell Awaits Us All : A Compilation And Analysis Of Proven Near Death Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Richard Cole
    • Narrated By Brian McGovern
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    What is a near death experience and why are so many persons interested in this phenomenon as of late. It is due to the fact that seemingly more and more persons are coming forward to recant their experiences that they had when they were in near death situations. As such the author who is extremely interested in topics of this nature decided to focus on the near death experience and also to expound on what this really means based on the research that he has done.

    joe says: "Pass.... better stuff on you tube"
    "Pass.... better stuff on you tube"
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    Would you try another book from Richard Cole and/or Brian McGovern?

    Nope..no way


    What was most disappointing about Richard Cole’s story?

    it cost money. It was short, It said nothing about the afterlife that had any resonance. The author acts like its an ipmortant book. Its a half hour of nothing new and very little stories. Into the Darkness was a better book on this subject. Heck many saint wrote of better description of the hell and the afterlife. Seriously. This is a book that should not be sold. Its a waste of money.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Yes it was well read. Too bad the reader had crap to work with,


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I struggle to find any redeeming qualities. Spooky cover I guess.


    Any additional comments?

    If the author really has something to say he needs more content to back himself up or at the very least to engage the reader. Its just not worthy of this store. If this was Walmart it would be in the bargain bins a week after release. This book is old belongs on you tube. Take it off your shelves,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Amityville Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Anson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

    JRM says: "Maybe, Maybe Not"
    "best telling of the story yet"
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    Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its up there. Very spooky. Not as Good as ed and Lorraine warrens books but up there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the priest who was oppressed


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole opening act is great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    its has an overall creepy vibe. The times when the family saw the Pig creature. Its sounds dumb writing it like that, but its pretty scary in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Its such and old book that you can hardley ask for comments but What I will say is that this book needed a followup. Ed and Lorraine Warren wrote a lot of books that audible needs to have made ASAP. At least one or 2 by Halloween. The narrator needs to be the same as this either this book or preferably the Demonologist book. This book was all build up and nothing...or next to nothing of the investigation in the house to get it exorcized that followed. Seriously. The Warrens wrote so much and their story is a box office hit this summer. How can you not have more of their book up here. Its like Audible does not want to make money. Cash in on it now Audible. God knows there will be three Warren films that will come out. You are missing the boat on this. People want to know about these two people, more than they want fictional horror.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (385)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    eric says: "WARNING!: THIS IS BASED ON REAL CASES,TERRIFYING!"
    "I WANT MORE!!!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Demonologist to be better than the print version?

    YES.... this felt like an extension of the movie. The only way to improve it would have been have Lorraine Warren do her vocals. But no matter. This book was a home run. You need more books of this caliber out there.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The stories,,, though I know there are many more not yet told...sequel please..?


    What about Todd Haberkorn’s performance did you like?

    He is a fantastic actor/ reader. Don't use any other reader if there is a followup with just Lorain.


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

    Some of it scared the crap out of me... I will say that. I had nightmares for several days. I never get nightmares/


    Any additional comments?

    Audible this is your clue to get more compelling supernatural Christian nonfiction books out there. There is a market for it. This book needs a sequel. I have seen enough UFO crap. This is you next target to make money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Noah Primeval: Chronicles of the Nephilim (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brian Godawa
    • Narrated By Brian Godawa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Noah Primeval is a speculative retelling of the beloved story of Noah for a new generation. In an ancient world submerged in darkness, fallen angels rule as gods, and breed giants and monsters. Mankind is enslaved to evil. Noah, a tribal leader, has been prophesied to bring an end to the rule of these "gods" and save humanity from coming destruction. But Noah's wife and son are captives of these dark forces.

    Bruce says: "Mythic history"
    "almost perfect"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    first off its a good story and pretty well read. Also it opens your mind up to a whole new way of looking at the bible and history. would be great as a film.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Methuselah... really cool character. He needs his own book.


    What about Brian Godawa’s performance did you like?

    Really good except for some dialog moments with the archangels... they did not sound... otherworldly enough to me. I dont know if thats the writing was of or the reading. The end conflict however was epic! The reader/ author really gets into it and you feel like you are on this battlefield with him as this wave is coming..


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

    I just got a jolt at the final chapter. It was Just such a cool and epic 3rd act


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    There's the Freedom of Information Act, and then there's Ventura's way. The official spin on numerous government programs is flat-out bull, according to Jesse Ventura. In this incredible collection of actual government documents, Ventura, the ultimate nonpartisan truth-seeker, proves it beyond any doubt. He and Dick Russell walk listeners through 63 of the most incriminating programs to reveal what really happens behind the closed doors.

    Amazon Customer says: "Needs to come with a WARNING for this narrator"
    "it was okay, felt like it should be read not audio"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    more ventura reading the thing!


    If you’ve listened to books by Jesse Ventura and Dick Russell before, how does this one compare?

    Dick russel is more compelling


    How could the performance have been better?

    more Jesse


    Do you think 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    nah i had enough


    Any additional comments?

    if you have to say the word redacted more than 100 hundred times maybe its not a audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (1420)
    Story
    (1433)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Looking for a good NDE book? This aint it."
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    Would you try another book from Eben Alexander and/or Eben Alexander?

    Eben says in his reading of the book that he has gone in deeper into the death than ‘anyone’ before him and came back to tell us all of what comes next. To be a messenger of the profound and ...blah.

    I found his book to be like eating a pancake with no syrup. No visuals worth the price of admission. No profound truths or interesting heavenly stories. I had now sense of wonder at all listening to this book. I just sat there, eating my dry pancake, and listening to the chief tell me how wonderful and important it was.


    What could Eben Alexander have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    he could have made a much more solid attempt at a visual description or at the very least tell us the answers to some of the questions he was asking God...or OM as he calls Him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The only 2 scenes worth anything are a scene of him fling over a countryside that was heaven abd the descriptions of what he calls the Worms Eye View. Which I still cannot figure out what it is. At first it seems like hell then it just seems like limbo.


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

    Sadness... sad to hear that of all the really good stories about life after death that wont be committed to film and this one will. It will make for a very boring movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Look for better books. Maybe a doctor might like this book, but unless you have never read about the subject before, you wont find this book stirring at all. I am sorry that his family went though so much pain watching him die like he did, but if you are going to put a book out there and claim that you have gone deeper and and can better describe what comes next than all previous books, you’d better deliver the good. The author fails in this, and fails badly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • They Shall Expel Demons: What You Need to Know About Demons - Your Invisible Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Derek Prince
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    In this practical, comprehensive handbook on deliverance, Prince shares his own struggle with demons and addresses the fears and misconceptions often associated with deliverance. Speaking from more than 30 years of personal experience in this ministry, Prince offers down-to-earth advice on how to receive and minister deliverance and how to remain free.

    Red says: "Great teaching and practical understanding"
    "a well crafted book"
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    If you could sum up They Shall Expel Demons in three words, what would they be?

    Thiere are better real life stories out there and better breackdowns of the limits of demons vs angels and god by Catholic writers. This exorsist sees to be figuring the rules out as he goes. Dangerous. Malichai Martin is still the best read on the subject, but you can’t beat a compelling English reader, plus Martins books are note on Audible..so sad. A well made account. Thank you Derek Price for taking the time to share your experiences.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of They Shall Expel Demons?

    Most memorable for me is the desciptions ogf the demon’s trying to stay in their host.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hand to pick just on best scene. This book is more educational.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    NO. just the overal read was good.l


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see more audio books avaible on this topic...In particular Malichai Martin’s works.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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