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Michael

Rancho Cordova, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • 78 titles in library
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  • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (350)

    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    Nassir says: "Incomprehensibly complete"
    "Earth Shattering"
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    What did you love best about The History of Ancient Egypt?

    The presentation was perfect, in other words, the lesson plan was very well thought out and executed perfectly. Great top down approach that kept a linear path through and made sure you kept up along the way with small reminders pasted in here and there. I was able to retain a lot more than usual because of the effective teaching style of hinting at something to motivate, elaborating on the details then systematic reminders.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the use of historical data to speculate on daily life or personalities.


    What does Professor Bob Brier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He talks to you like he really LOVES Kmt (Egypt for the unlearned ;P) and does so in a very friendly way.


    Any additional comments?

    This Audiobook touched me and left me a little misty when the instructor signed off. I didn't want it to end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (413)

    Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

    William says: "Good book, bad narrator"
    "Still very relevant."
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    Would you listen to The End of Faith again? Why?

    Probably not. This is the foundation Sam set down for future discussions. He came out guns blazing with this compelling, no-holds-barred criticism of irrationality. He has since turned his blunt attack into a irrefutable precision scalpel of truth.


    What other book might you compare The End of Faith to and why?

    I enjoyed this as much as "Disproving Christianity" for its point by point assessments and knock out arguments.


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

    This Audio book moves fast and leaves you wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a Rosetta stone to today's world. Once you understand the way human tribalism and credulity contribute to the worlds political and social climate, everything tends to make a lot more sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings (2nd edition, revised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David G. McAfee
    • Narrated By David Smalley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings compiles popular and lesser-known arguments against the principles established by the Christian canon. Using a phenomenological approach to build his case based on in-depth study, McAfee analyzes the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament doctrine to build a logical and reasonable case against their validity. From contradictions between lived and portrayed religions to factual errors within the texts themselves, no stone is left unturned in this fully updated and expanded refutation of Christianity.

    J. Revay says: "Excellent intro to the secular point of view."
    "To the point and hard to dispute."
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was quite impressed. David has assembled a huge stockpile of Biblical logical fallacies and contradictions. While it seems that the one knock down argument that cannot be ignored or poorly rationalized, continues to elude Atheist arguments, this audio book comes as close as possible to a logically irrefutable argument.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of bang for the buck. Edited down and distilled to "point after point" with no filler. Any theologian who listens to this barrage of rational assaults may become rightly infuriated or frustrated after being forced to view their juggling of so many irrational ideas from the outside.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (863)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Best thing to happen to Islam"
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    Would you listen to I am Malala again? Why?

    Motivation, Malala really puts you in her shoes and the injustices she faces become your own or those of your child.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I am Malala?

    In the Epilogue and Prologue, Malala points out a lot of the things that we take for granted in the western world. It's a wake up call to all of those living a privileged life. I don't mean money, but freedom from murderous fascism. Any American who complains about their life or government needs to get some perspective. (First world problems...) We are all brothers and sisters and arbitrary borders are meaningless.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Malala reuniting with her family in the Birmingham Hospital.


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

    This needs to be a global block buster movie for the masses.


    Any additional comments?

    Malala Yousafzai's story has the potential to help advance a stone age religion to a modern compassionate and tolerant theology that many wish it to be. Malala shows us that women's rights are the keystone to a communities progress.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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