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James

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  • Inspired By...The Bible Experience: New Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Inspired By Media Group
    • Narrated By Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and others
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (262)

    Like never before, you can experience the beauty and life-changing power of the Bible. Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production value.The Bible Experience is truly theater of the mind and spirit.

    Kathleen says: "ANGELS not zombies"
    "A lot of artistic license"
    Overall

    This is a very entertaining series but it is not intended to be an audio Bible so a lot of additional dialog is added. Once you accept that, it is very well put together and a great tape to listen to while working or driving.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7002)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1793)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "A fun read but don't take it seriously"
    Overall

    I loved the book and the reader was excellent. His ability to change his voice as he moved from character to character enhanced the listening and kept my attention. As to the book, the codes were simplistic and the author's understanding of the content of Nag Hammadi books erronious, to say the least. If you don't take the author seriously and enjoy this as a work of fiction, you will have a good time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Conquest of Constantinople

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Geoffroy de Villehardouin
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    James says: "A too often forgotten time in History"
    "A too often forgotten time in History"
    Overall

    Too often we think the Crusades were battles between Christians and Moslems over the so called "Holy Land". That was only a part of it. It was motivated by religious, political and economic factors and enhanced with a promise of an eternity in paradise. While the book presents the European warriors as saviors, the similarities to Al Quida are there. This book concentrates not on the battles over Jerusalem but rather on the conquest of Christian Constantinople by the European Christians. It sanitizes the events and presents Europe as the hero, to which I disagree, but it is still an important book to read, as too few understand the Crusades, and an understanding of the Crusades is an integral part of today's conflict in the Middle East.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (77)

    You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other "politically incorrect" facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).

    James says: "Take in the Meat and spit out the bones."
    "Take in the Meat and spit out the bones."
    Overall

    Reading nonfiction is a lot like eating a fish you have to learn to swallow the meat and spit out the bones. This has some bones but as the saying goes history is very much his (or her) story. Read the suggested books which the author calls the books you are not supposed to read, but read others on Islam also. You will find this book is closer to the truth then many other books on the subject. This has renewed my reading of the Qur'an and histories of the era surrounding the crusades. Over all, I recommend it as an addition to anyone's library.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Bible, Old Testament, King James Version

    • UNABRIDGED (64 hrs and 10 mins)
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel, Alfre Woodard
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    Rich, evocative, and dignified, the King James version of the Bible remains the favorite of millions for both its inspirational and poetic qualities. Now, you can hear the Old Testament in its entirety in this Audie Award-winning production read by a versatile group of distinguished performers. Whether it's your first introduction to the Hebrew text or you can recite each word from memory, you will enjoy the literary and spiritual value this book has to offer.

    Victoria says: "better than nothing..."
    "Mediocre audio quality"
    Overall

    Should this be digitally enhanced it would get a five star rating. Unfortunately the downloads are limited to quality 1 or 2 and it shows. The reading is very good with some occasional background music which I find bothersome but not annoying as in other readings of the Bible that I own. One feature that is unique and should be in all audio Bibles is that there is a different download for each of the Books of the Bible. This is an excellent feature and is enough reason to buy it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1679)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (788)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "Detailed and interesting"
    Overall

    It is hard to imagine how such a long listen can still be interesting but it is. I have all 3 volumes and I am amazed at how the level of detail coupled with the excellent reading has maintained my interest. One suggestion for the listener, the author presents the events of both sides of the conflict, so it would help to know who the major characters are and what side they are fighting for before listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Godless: The Church of Liberalism

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    Godless is the most explosive book yet from #1 New York Times best-selling author Ann Coulter. In this completely original and thoroughly controversial work, Coulter writes, "Liberals love to boast that they are not 'religious', which is what one would expect to hear from the state-sanctioned religion. Of course liberalism is a religion.

    Kenneth says: "Somebodies ears are burning"
    "An entertaining listen."
    Overall

    If you are conservative and like to hear yourself talk this is the book for you. The author is a master of rhetoric. While I agree with her on every point discussed and admire her research, her extensive use of logical fallacies would be transparent to an educated liberal. If educated liberal was an oxymoron, this would be the book to quote. The reader is excellent and reads the book as if she was having a conversation with the listener. Even with it’s flaws, I still highly recommend listening to it.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4657)
    Performance
    (1845)
    Story
    (1853)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Excellent perspective"
    Overall

    Great book and excellent reading. While the perspective is almost entirely that of the armies of the revolution and its characters the book still seems balanced. By showing the successes and failures in a style that places you back in time, I gained a new perspective of the war that established the United States. In my opinion this is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the United States.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas: Collection 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rod Serling, adapted by Dennis Etchison
    • Narrated By Host Stacy Keach, full cast
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Experience one of television's greatest science-fiction series, The Twilight Zone. - fully dramatized for AUDIO! The Twilight Zone. Radio Dramas features a full cast, music and sound effects, and today's biggest celebrities in modern audio dramas of creator Rod Serling's classic scripts. Hosted by Stacy Keach, this collection stars John Ratzenberger, Chelcie Ross, Andrea Evans, and Mike Starr.

    John says: "Collection 3"
    "New spin on classic stories"
    Overall

    If you are a fan of the classic TV program you will recognize these stories but don't let that stop you from getting this collection. The minor revisions bring the stories up to date and the actors are effective in sparking the imagination. Even knowing the outcome, the stories still held my attention and entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In American Gospel (literally meaning the "good news about America"), New York Times best-selling author Jon Meacham sets the record straight on the history of religion in American public life. As Meacham shows, faith, meaning a belief in a higher power, and the sense that we are God's chosen, has always been at the heart of our national experience, from Jamestown to the Constitutional Convention to the Civil Rights Movement to September 11th.

    David I. Williams says: "Though Provoking"
    "Neither cold nor hot."
    Overall

    I have read both extremes politically and religiously, regarding this subject and this author's opinion is in the middle. There were several quotations from the founding fathers that would have swayed the reader toward another opinion but they were not included, perhaps due to space limitations, perhaps intentionally. I believe one needs to read a variety of points of view to form their own. Therefore this books serves a purpose, but I would not use it alone to form an opinion. Read other books on the subject and primary sources, but include this book also.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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