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Greg

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  • The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
    • Narrated By Ken Borgers, Sal Giangrasso, Charlton Griffin, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission, was created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002. This independent, bipartisan commission had the task of producing a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the attack, including preparedness and immediate response, and providing recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

    SLP says: "Absolutely Outstanding Historical Document"
    "More interesting than Expected"
    Overall

    My concern before listening to this Report was that it might be too dry. After all, it is a government report and it is 20 hours long. I was pleasantly surprised. To me, it read like a well-researched history book. I thoroughly appreciated the detailed accounts of the events on that day, the equally detailed history of Bin Ladin and Al Quaida, as well as the extensive review of the response of the U.S. on many fronts. I want to listen to it again, and for a 20 hour government report, that is really saying something.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    It is the greatest work of English prose ever written, and it is no coincidence that the translation was made at the moment “Englishness” and the English language had come into its first passionate maturity. Boisterous, elegant, subtle, majestic, finely nuanced, sonorous, and musical, the English of Jacobean England has a more encompassing idea of its own reach and scope than any before or since. It is a form of the language that drips with potency and sensitivity. The age, with all its conflicts, explains the book.

    Dan says: "Monotonous"
    "Not what I was expecting"
    Overall
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    Story

    There was nothing in the "Publisher's Summary" nor in the "What the Critics Say" sections for this book on this website which led me to believe that this book was anything other than favorable to the KJV of the Bible. I have complete confidence in the KJV which I have been studying for 30 years, and did not anticipate that this book would attempt to undermine in any way that confidence.

    Small red flags began popping up as I listened. This author seems to be going out of his way, I found myself thinking, to emphasize negative details of some of the translators and of King James himself. Then I came across this quote from another book I was reading simultanously:

    "After reading and enjoying the light from the writings of the KJV translators, compare them to the dark and vile propaganda printed by Rupert Murdoch's Harper Collins Publishers (owner of Zondervan), the publisher of the NIV and TNIV. To smear their staunchest competitor, the KJV, they have produced a snare-filled history of the King James Bible, entitled, "God's Secretaries" by Adam Nicolson (who boasts he is no churchgoer). With a palette piled with dark words, but no facts or footnotes, he paints a hideous face for King James I and his translators - calling the King "ugly," "vulgar," nervous," and "foul-mouthed" and dubbing his translators "worldly," sensuous," and "self-serving." ("In Awe of Thy Word" by G.A. Riplinger, pg.618)

    I was not totally surprised but I was disappointed with the overall flavor of this book.



    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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