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Adam Helberg

Tustin, CA United States | Listener Since 2004

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 77 titles in library
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  • Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Bruce Feiler
    • Narrated By Bruce Feiler
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    At a moment when the world is asking, "Can the religions get along?" one figure stands out as the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. One man holds the key to our deepest fears and our possible reconciliation. Abraham.

    connie says: "wordy but easy listening"
    "Worthwhile but wordy"
    Overall

    Feiler takes a secular view of the Abraham story and discusses the significance to the three religions. Trouble is his thesis could be easily stated in about half the time. Also the last 45 minutes or so is a preview of his "Walking through the Bible". Nevertheless if you are interested in the topic and have nothing better to listen to this one is OK.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Kirsch
    • Narrated By Candace Barrett, Raye Birk
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    A multitude of Biblical stories have been censored, mistranslated, ignored, and even banned by religious authorities due to their erotic, violent, or mysterious content. Here, Jonathan Kirsch recounts some of the most startling and explicit writings from the Old Testament.

    Also: The Old Testament: An Introduction, Part 1 and Part 2

    Adam Helberg says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Fascinating stories"
    Overall

    Kirsch elaborates and dramatizes four stories that involve sexual intrigue and violence bringing these to life. Each story is followed by a brief commentary shedding some insight as to their meaning.

    The stories are: Lot and his daughters, Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar, the gang rape of a Levite's concubine, and the rape of David's daughter Tamar by her half brother.

    It's a very enjoyable audiobook; I only wished it had not been abridged.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Jews, God, and History

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Max I. Dimont
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (7)

    From ancient Palestine through Europe and the Orient, to America and modern Israel, Max Dimont shows how the saga of the Jews is interwoven with the history of virtually every nation on earth. Brilliantly narrated in a thousand and one episodes, this newly revised and updated edition tells the story of a people escaping annihilation and cultural death, fighting, falling back, and advancing again.

    Matrix2020 says: "Entertaining History of the Jewish People"
    "Lengthy but worth a listen"
    Overall

    This is a detailed account of Jewish history from a Jewish secular perspective. It seemed to take me a long time to finish listening to this book partly because the audio quality is poor and the reader has a tiring voice. There is also some repetition that could be left out.

    Overall if you are interested in the subject it's still a worthwhile listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who Owns the Land?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stanley Ellisen, Charles H. Dyer
    • Narrated By Charles H. Dyer
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    The story of the Jews is high drama with a divine component, but much of the plot has been veiled. In retrospect, one can see their powerful influence throughout eastern and western history, swaying world events, building up and bringing down kingdoms and dominions. Fortunately, Jewish historians have preserved a vast literature on their people's tumultuous history, and the bitter details are indispensable if we are to rightly understand the explosive tensions in the Middle East today.

    Adam Helberg says: "Good review from a Christian perspective"
    "Good review from a Christian perspective"
    Overall

    This book can be divided into four parts. There is a very good review of Jewish history much more concise and listenable than Max Dimont's Jews, God and History.

    Second is the discussion of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism, also worth listening to.

    Thirdly there is a biblical judgment of Judaism and Islam from the Evangelical Christian, New Testament point of view. The repeated references to the "Lord" may put some readers off, but the intro does state that this book is from Christian perspective. Even though I'm not a Christian I found it useful to understand a different point of view.

    Fourthly, there is good logical discussion of the Arab and Jewish claims to Palestine.

    The narration is excellent and is unique for having included some music, and book is easy to listen to.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • O Jerusalem: Day by Day and Minute by Minute the Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    O Jerusalem! is the epic drama of 1948, when Arabs and Jews fought for control of the city of Jerusalem. This story traverses centuries and continents, covering the time between WWII and the creation of the independent state of Israel. Based on five years of intensive research and thousands of interviews, this is a story of courage, terrorism, heroism, and ultimately, war.

    Aaron says: "Excellent book!"
    "Long and wordy"
    Overall

    I downgraded from 5 stars because for an Audiobook it's rather too wordy and long, IMO. Overall I felt the author tried to present a balanced point of view by alternating the perspective from Jewish to
    Arab and vice-versa.

    I agree with another reviewer that by missing some of the background conditions it give a slight Arab bias, but it's hard to present any history of such a hot topic without being accused of bias.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Raid on the Sun: Inside Israel's Secret Campaign that Denied Saddam the Bomb

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rodger W. Claire
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    From the earliest days of his dictatorship, Saddam Hussein had vowed to destroy Israel. So, when France sold Iraq a top-of-the-line nuclear reactor in 1975, the Israelis were justifiably concerned, especially when they discovered that Iraqi scientists had already formulated a secret program to extract weapon-grade plutonium from the reactor, a first critical step in creating an atomic bomb.

    Ella says: "Absolutely fascinating"
    "Historical techno-thriller"
    Overall

    This has been my favorite audible book. It has historical detail, adventure, technical details and has excellent narration and sound quality. It's also a good length for an audio book--not overly wordy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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