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  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1027)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "Fantastic, if also horrifying!"
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    I have read several books and articles about Scientology as I enjoy comparative religions. This is the best book so far. Thorough, even-handed, and fascinating! It was sad to read about the abuse and exploitation of church members by the church hierarchy. As a mental health professional, I felt some of the practices were similar to concepts in psychology and enjoyed reading about those. Ultimately, I found myself agreeing that the odd, science fiction aspects of the church were no more unusual than aspects of other religions - virgin birth, for example - and believing that people should be allowed to practice their faith as they see fit. That said, the human rights abuses that are part of the church were horrific and should be addressed. And I was angered by the surrender of the IRS in giving tax-exempt status to parts of the church that are obviously not faith related such as selling Hubbard's science fiction books that aren't part of the church tenets. Narrator was good although I wasn't always sure that reading the footnotes and spelling out websites was necessary.

    46 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (557)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An almost perfect book, with one caveat"
    "Christian Fiction"
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    What did you like best about The Twelfth Imam? What did you like least?

    If you fast forward through the proselytizing and Bible reading, the story is pretty good. Granted, he stops the book before revealing the end so you'll have to buy his next book, but up until that part and omitting the preaching parts, not a bad book.


    What could Joel C. Rosenberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Either stop preaching or classify the book as Christian fiction.


    Did The Twelfth Imam inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I really want to understand more about the Muslim faith and culture and so I chose this book. Go for Alec Berensen instead - no preaching, no Bible reading, no proselytizing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damascus Countdown: The Twelfth Imam Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (419)

    Israel successfully launches a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads. American president William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression. And the Twelfth Imam prepares to order a genocidal retaliation.

    Joseph says: "Is it a story it is it today's news?"
    "Christian fiction and should be labeled as such!!!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine anyone enjoying this book, but if anyone could, it would have to be evangelical Christians.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Lane’s performances?

    Yes.


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

    No. If you want to listen to a book that educates you about issues in the MIddle East and portrays the cultures and issues more accurately, then try Alex Berenson. He doesn't proselytize or preach instead of writing a story. You can actually learn something from him.


    Any additional comments?

    If substituting bible verses for dialogue and replacing plot with quoting scriptures is the way to write a book, then I guess this is a book. Over 1/3 of the "book" is bible verses. The characters are uni-dimensional and their praying, preaching, Jesus tweeting, and converting from Islam to Christianity is so unbelievable as to be annoying and cannot hide the fact that there is no story development.. At one point, when a family is grieving and dealing with the death of a family member, one of the characters sticks around - not to comfort the family, but to make sure that they "know Jesus." I will be requesting a refund.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (337)

    An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

    Jean says: "Surprising Disappointment"
    "Don't Waste Money or Credits"
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    I like James Rollins and anticipate his books with pleasure. That said, don't waste money or credits on this one. I don't know if the co-author wrote this one or not, but it's horrible. The plot has no purpose, no goal that is believable or strong enough to justify the action and events that happen. A level of suspense is non-existent and the book was easy to put down and could have been forgotten forever. I'm not wild about vampire books, I'll admit, but in the hands of a good author, I could be persuaded to enjoy them. This is not one that I enjoyed. Although I read 90% of it, I did not finish the book because I really didn't care and the ending was obvious. I am an avid reader and almost always finish just for the pleasure of reading. This book couldn't even sustain that. Use your credits to buy "Going Clear" instead. Fantastic book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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