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Manoj

Athens, GA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4176)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1576)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Must have book...in print"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    Informative and justified


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    There was a lot of switching between female and male narrator which was annoyingly distractive. I could understand if it was a dialogue and it was necessary to switch between the narrators, but here it sounded as if you were reading bullet points with one bullet in red and the next in blue.


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

    No. This book is very factual and dry to be read in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get me wrong. I loved the book. It helped me clear up a lot of things about my own convictions. My criticism is aimed solely on the literary appeal of the book. The book constantly refers to statements or points that would be cleared up sometime in the future chapters so you just have to trust the author to clarify his statements later and take it now as is. Same thing happens often about past statements and with an audio book you cant go back and check what explanation the author had given or check cross-reference anything (given how unsynchronized the chapter number are on the app and on the audio itself). I think buying an audio book was a mistake and I plan to buy the print version.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2246)
    Performance
    (1415)
    Story
    (1404)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Unparalleled narration and a good story."
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of First to Kill to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First to Kill?

    There were many, but the torture of Arnie Bridgestone was narrated so well that I got squeamish !!


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The story was sort of predictable. There were some twists that were meant to surprise the reader, but one could see them from a mile away. Nothing really surprised me, but the story was not dull, it was action filled and full of well timed humor. The narration was top notch and never missed timing on the jokes. For me the book stands out because of the narration and makes the story feel better. I am happy I bought it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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