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gerald

Amarillo, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Waging Heavy Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Young
    • Narrated By Keith Carradine
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.

    John says: "Great book for Neil Young Fans"
    "Really Interesting, But Where's the Beef"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Waging Heavy Peace to be better than the print version?

    No Idea


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Young? Why or why not?

    Yes, this was very interesting.


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

    No idea


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His discussion of drug and alcohol addition, and the ongoing recovery.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to the book was like hearing an interesting, rambling conversation with Neal. I enjoyed the stories he told and the history of his life; however, I though the book was going to give details of Pono, Young's new audio format. Instead it discussed how good Pono is but gave no details as to format, equipment needed to play it or any additional data. The same was true about his electric car.

    I would recommend the book to any fan of Neil Young for the life story it tells.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forged: Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (296)

    It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church.

    Robert says: "Good Info"
    "Facts Not Fiction"
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    Where does Forged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was one of the most informative factually.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The large number of distortions in the New Testament, about which they never told you in Sunday School.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All were interesting and I especially liked the new picture of Paul, not as a male chauvinist, but as a real man who valued women as essentially equal to men.


    Any additional comments?

    I have long questioned much of what was written in the New Testament. I believe Jesus was one of the greatest people who ever lived; however, I have felt his life was misrepresented by many of the writings of the New Testament. This book confirms much of what I, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and other founding fathers believed of the New Testament.

    Any document written over one hundred years after events must be filled with what the writers thought, not what actually occurred,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letter to a Christian Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Jordan Bridges
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (299)

    "Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

    Stanley says: "the examined life"
    "Factual, Educational and Interesting"
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    What did you love best about Letter to a Christian Nation?

    The openness of the discussion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr. Harris's ability to discuss subjects that would be a taboo to most writers


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

    Good Clear Commentary


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mr. Harris addressed tough issues that most would be afraid to discuss.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the honesty to address what many of us feel but are not comfortable to discuss openly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3773)
    Performance
    (2229)
    Story
    (2256)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "A strange and interesting view of alian contact"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story proved to be exciting and kept my attention throughout. I found the main characters to be well developed and their interactions realistic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The ship's captain who was put in an imposible position seemed to use great logic in finding solutions where none seemed possible


    Have you listened to any of L J Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was the first. I found the reader to be clear and deliberate.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me think much about how we would handle a situation of first contact with an alien world. I woul hope we would do better.


    Any additional comments?

    A long book, but worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sigma Protocol

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (103)

    Do you think you know what really happened after World War II? You don't. Sigma made sure of that. "Ludlum's trademark skills of intricate plotting, breakneck pacing, and high-wire drama are all on display in this gripping thriller," writes Amazon.com.

    Dan says: "Good story until the far fetched ending"
    "A Job Well Done"
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    Where does The Sigma Protocol rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is amoung the top five. I found it to be exciting and action filled. The only negative was the fact that the main characters were able to escape so many close calls with minimal damage.


    What other book might you compare The Sigma Protocol to and why?

    Tom Clancy's works are similarily exciting.


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

    No, this is the first one I have listened to..


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The reappearance of the dead brother.


    Any additional comments?

    I started reading the book in hardcover while staying ata rench in New Mexico, and had to finish it with Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Driscoll
    • Narrated By Mark Driscoll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    After an introduction devoted to the misconception that religion can save us, Driscoll tackles questions relating to birth control, humor, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle. Because the purpose of this audiobook is to address commonly asked questions, all listeners will find relevant, engaging material, presented in Driscoll's distinctively edgy - yet theologically sound - style.

    James says: "A wasted credit"
    "The Raradox of Religions"
    Overall

    I have read several books about religions and wanted to hear a Christian minister’s point of view. I was pleased to hear Mark Driscoll’s statement in the opening chapter that a common problem with religions is that each religion thinks theirs is the only way to interpret God’s word.
    To my disappointment the remainder of the book discussed why Mr. Driscoll’s point of view is the only way to worship God.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (427)

    In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

    gerald says: "The book says what many feel, but fear to say"
    "The book says what many feel, but fear to say"
    Overall

    I was expecting an anti-religious dialogue; however, I found myself repeatedly saying, “I feel the same way”.

    The author clearly makes the point that religions have so many contradictions in their message that thinking people cannot understand what the message really is; while others pick and choose what they believe from the contradictions. These people often become a part of the religious fringe that drives so many others from the good things that many religions offer.

    I enjoyed and learned much about religions that I had not known. I also found the Mr. Harris had done his research well when I checked his statements.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (716)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Good story/bad read"
    Overall

    I found The Worst Hard Time to be interesting and entertaining. However, the fact that the reader mispronounced most of the names of the towns was quite annoying to someone who lives in the Texas Panhandle and knows the correct pronunciation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Hedges, Eunice Wong
    • Narrated By Chris Hedges, Eunice Wong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other televangelists first spoke of the United States being a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedoms and our way of life.

    gerald says: "A thoughtful analysis"
    "A thoughtful analysis"
    Overall

    I believe this book is a thoughtful analysis of one of the greatest threats to our democracy.

    I recently asked a holocaust survivor if he saw any similarities between what is going on in America today compared to Fascist Europe of the late 1930s. He said there is NO difference.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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