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M. Matthew Phelps

Arlington, VA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 2 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 212 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Downs
    • Narrated By Alan Downs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    The most important issue in a gay man’s life is not “coming out”, but coming to terms with the invalidating past. Despite the progress made in recent years, many gay men still wonder, “Are we better off?” The byproduct of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, rejection, and anger - a toxic cocktail that can lead to drug abuse, promiscuity, alcoholism, depression, and suicide.

    M. Matthew Phelps says: "Must read for any gay man"
    "Must read for any gay man"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Velvet Rage again? Why?

    There was quite a bit of information presented, and I think listening to it again might help me access more of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inclusion of anecdotes really helped me relate my own life to the issues described in the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chapter 14, where he talked about life skills.


    If you could give The Velvet Rage a new subtitle, what would it be?

    An owner's manual for the gay life.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1695)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1534)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Entertaining, and oddly enlightening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to God, No! again? Why?

    Overall a humorous and sometimes thought-provoking glimpse into the mind of a very outspoken, self-described atheist libertarian. Although I don't agree one all of his points, I can find common ground on much of it. I think listening again would help understand the more minute points.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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