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Donovan Baker

TX USA | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 86 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Darrel Ray
    • Narrated By Darrel Ray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For thousands of years, religion has woven its way through societies and people as if it were part and parcel to that society or person. In large measure it was left unexplained and unchallenged, it simply existed. Those who attempted to challenge and expose religion were often persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, or even executed. It could be fatal to explain that which the church, priest, or imam said was unexplainable. Before the germ, viral, and parasite theory of disease, physicians had no tools to understand disease and its propagation.

    Donovan Baker says: "A Viral Metaphor with Evidence"
    "A Viral Metaphor with Evidence"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The God Virus to be better than the print version?

    I love the inflection from the author's voice. You can really tell where the important points that he wants to get across. Darrel does a great job.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The God Virus?

    I enjoyed the giving of actual virus names and then showing how multiple religions act in that manner. I was able to learn about both at the same time. That was an unexpected benefit. I also enjoyed the characteristics of how religious people act, like the exorcist. I'll let you the listener find this one. It was so spot on!

    What does Darrel Ray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really brings the different sections to life. It made me back up and hear certain parts more than once, because I loved the way it sounded.

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

    Yes, I wish I could have, but I had to do it in 3 sittings.

    Any additional comments?

    It was wonderfully produced and clear sounding. It even had nice soft music between chapters that was not annoying or too long like many other books. Great job here.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Baptized Atheist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Smalley, David Eller
    • Narrated By David C. Smalley

    "As a firm believer, I began having doubts. Doubts about faith, and doubts about believers not asking questions. I embarked on a journey to get closer to God. Perhaps I became too close. What I saw changed my life forever."

    Cora Judd says: "A book for when the question is fresh..."
    "A Journey About Religion That Everyone Can Take!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is giving you a chance to view a journey of research and thought provoking questions on religion. This is great, because you won't have to take those years out of your life to get the same answers whether you agree or not with the outcomes. I liked it so much, I bought the paperback as well.

    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite part was during a debate in a church and asked a the room full of people what can a god see? He then tells a story that will effect you in ways each person may experience differently. It has changed how I see the world.

    Plus, there is one other part I have to mention. He discusses an analogy of religion that I have not heard of before, but is amazingly accurate. It is about a "Coin in the Field." That really hit home for me. Even my friends were impressed with this idea when we discussed it at a lunch today.

    What about David C. Smalley???s performance did you like?

    He is a sincere and caring person. You want to befriend him wether you agree with what he is saying or not. He speaks to everyone with great courteousness and respect. I found that it makes me want to treat people better if I am ever in these situations again.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is one journey, you won't have to take alone.

    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually get moved by a book in a way that makes me want to evaluate who I really am and make changes for the better right now. This one did that for me. I am grateful and I plan on living everyday of my life with more urgency and respect for others.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    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.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Things you thought you will now know!"

    Be taken into a world that has always been right in front of you. You have seen the things you are about to experience, but were never really explained to you. The world you have always known has now become the world of revelation. What if many things you considered in life to be true, were constructed to control half the world's population. How would you see things in life once you knew the truth? This fast paced fictional adventure will run you through a list of "factual information" (bibliographies included in book) about Secret Societies, Religious Sects, and the mysteries behind the most sought after quest of all time. The adventure will run you through Highly Intellectual Code Breaking, Murder, Deceit, and exciting revelations. This is where "Fact" meets Fiction and gives you the reader the opportunity to enjoy learning and revealing at an exponential rate.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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