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H. Baber

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Chula Vista, CA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth, the Renaissance.

    Wallen says: "Ruined by the narrator"
    "Cliches and unreliable history"
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    Would you try another book from William Manchester and/or Barrett Whitener?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Manchester again?

    No.


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

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The author is one of those history hacks who thinks the Dark Ages began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and only ended some time in the 15th century. He actually describes this period--and I quote verbatim--as "mired in ignorance and fettered by superstition." But don't think his man is Gibbon: the sources he cites are Will and Ariel Durant.

    Once the Middle Ages are over, there are of course endless stories about the debauchery and corruption of Renaissance popes and their families. OK, this is the history we learnt at our mothers' knees. But enough already.

    Though this is billed as medieval history, the author clearly hates the medieval period. About the only thing he warms to is Magellan's circumnavigation, about which I think he does a pretty decent job--but, of course, crowing that this showed all those benighted Christians that the world really wasn't flat. Ho-hum.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Survey of Church History: A.D. 100-600

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. Robert Godfrey
    • Narrated By W. Robert Godfrey
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Join Dr. Robert Godfrey as he takes believers through the first 12 lectures of what will be a sixty-lecture series covering theology, apologetics, notable church fathers, and much more.

    H. Baber says: "Evangelical garbage!"
    "Evangelical garbage!"
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    Would you try another book from W. Robert Godfrey and/or W. Robert Godfrey?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a book. It's a series of talks by a "pastor" to semi-literate bumpkins. Audible should warn listeners when what purports to be a book on church history is a collection of fundagelical sermons.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Carl McColman
    • Narrated By Brian Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (8)

    In popular usage, mysticism typically refers to New Age or Eastern forms of spirituality. However, the mystical tradition is also an important component of the Christian tradition. At its heart--and much like its expression in other faith traditions--Christian mysticism is an ancient practice that incorporates meditation, contemplation, worship, philosophy, the quest for personal enlightenment, and the experience of Divine presence.

    MJ says: "Setting the record straight"
    "Evangelical garbage!"
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    What would have made The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality better?

    It's being about mysticism, as advertised--quoting and discussing mystics rather than just dropping their names, and preaching.


    What was most disappointing about Carl McColman’s story?

    This is evangelical garbage, with endless Biblical quotations, citing chapter and verse in the fundagelical style, and the usual Jeeeeezus stories. It is not about mysticism. It is Evangelical, moralistic, Baptistical, Bible-thumping rubbish.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was the worst of all. He has an R-full southern twang--the folksy accent affected by George W. Bush--and mispronounces words like 'contemplative' and 'tryst'. At first I wondered why whoever arranges to have books read for Audible would hire an illiterate hillbilly. Now I'm convinced that it was intentional. The assumption likely was that the audience for the book, Christians, were of course illiterate hillbillies and would feel at home with his accent and illiteracy. I suspect he's an excellent actor whose native language is full-bore RP, taking on the challenge of simulating a lower class Appalacian twang.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality?

    Everything. This is a book that doesn't deserve to live.


    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting something along the lines of William James _Varieties of Religious Experience_ or Evelyn Underhill _Mysticism_. This is in a completely different genre--devotional literature for Evangelicals.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Bernard Lewis, Buntzie Ellis Churchill
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Few historians end up as historical actors in their own right, but Bernard Lewis has both witnessed and participated in some of the key events of the last century. When we think of the Middle East, we see it in terms that he defined and articulated.In this exceptional memoir he shares stories of his wartime service in London and Cairo, decrypting intercepts for MI6, with sometimes unexpected consequences. After the war, he was the first Western scholar ever invited into the Ottoman archives in Istanbul.

    Sanford H. says: "Can't Get Enough of the Book"
    "What a jerk!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There's a lot I would change about the author.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    N/A


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Lister – was your favorite?

    N?A


    Did Notes on a Century inspire you to do anything?

    Vow that I wouldn't become such a self-congratulatory old fart.


    Any additional comments?

    Jeez, you'd think that someone as smart as Bernard Lewis--who is very smart, and whose work I admire--would have the sense not to present himself in such an unfavorable light. Where the reader would like an account of what he said in his various publications, he just talks about how they were received and how many languages they were translated into. And this following his self-congratulatory stories about his academic career, starting with his ultra-First degree, his mastery of innumerable difficult non-indoeuropean languages, his meetings with Famous People, his various prizes, and his current affair with his fourth trophy woman.

    This guy is so besotted with himself that he just doesn't get how bad he's made himself look. I've followed his work and agree which much of what he says. E.g I agree that Said is a appalling charletan. Yes. But if you want that real story about "orientalism" read Robert Irwin, _That Dangerous Knowledge_. Lewis is a real disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection Between Humans and Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jon Franklin
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Of all the things hidden in plain sight, dogs are one of the most enigmatic. They are everywhere, but how much do we really know about where they came from and what the implications are of their place in our world? Jon Franklin set out to find out and ended up spending a decade studying the origins and significance of the dog and its peculiar attachment to humans.

    Jay Marie says: "More Science than Story"
    "Crapy, self-indulgent, boring book"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different author--one with with expertise and intelligence.


    Has The Wolf in the Parlor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What about George K. Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Nothing


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The subject matter. I like dogs. I like non-fiction. But this book is crap.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a self-indulgent, inflated piece of garbage. There is very little information about the dog and most of what the author is on about is what we already know. Most of the discussion is his gassing on about his own efforts doing "research." Something he isn't qualified to do becaue he isn't an academic or anyone with credentials--just some dumb ass crapping on about his life and his project, which is boring garbage. This guy should have been drowned at birth. The book is padded, boring, worthless sh*t.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (581)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "Fantastic book!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Superb book about the making of the OED--and the work of a contributor who happened to be a lunatic inmate of Broadmoor, the asylum for the criminally insane. I can't recommend this highly enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justine: The Alexandria Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (40)

    Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

    Judith says: "Durrell and Alexandria"
    "Pretentious and boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    pretentious, boring people


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lawrence Durrell again?

    NO!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jack Klaff?

    Dunno. I don't notice narrators.


    What character would you cut from Justine?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose that in the 1950s when this book was published an account of a woman who screws around would have been titillating. Now it's just boring. Everyone screws around. Big deal. Apart from that, Justine isn't in any way interesting so the endless gushing about her seems distinctly unmotivated. And the book is, heaven help us, WRITTEN, self-indulgently written, and about the demimond and the literatti. Ho-hum. A period piece, and a deadly, pretentious bore.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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