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Eugene S.

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  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1396)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (611)

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
    "Excellent introduction to evolution"
    Overall

    Dawkins always impressed me with his logic, clarity of thought, and simple, understandable presentation. This book is par for the course. Excellent introduction to evolution for those who don't have much background in biology but genuinely want to learn.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25554)
    Performance
    (19402)
    Story
    (19470)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "The whole series is amazing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I rather like Tyrion. He was dealt a bad hand but managed to make the most of it. He has flaws and does not hide them. But at his core he is just, courageous and smart.


    What about Roy Dotrice???s performance did you like?

    Outstanding. He captured the book's ethos perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely NOT the Disneyland version of the medieval life -- an all too common occurrence in fantasy books. Instead, it tells a more honest tale, with all the brutality, struggle, and intrigue. Also, magic is not the central point of the book -- there is just enough of it to enable certain plot lines. This is what makes the story so captivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1907)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1100)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "give this to fundies"
    Overall

    This book completely demolishes the notion that the bible is the inerrant word of good. It traces the history of the new testament through the ages and examines the many variations. It's a bit tedious but presents a huge amount of information. Overall, I liked Jesus Interrupted better, but this is definitely *the* book to give christian fundies to put them on the path to enlightenment.

    4 of 9 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
    (667)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (366)

    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"
    "garbage"
    Overall

    This is more of a muslim-bashing book than a anti-theist book (half the book is devoted to specifically criticize islam). The author also completely whitewashes the US foreign policy towards the middle east, rationalizes torture, supports the invasion of Iraq, and in general sounds like a neocon. He even advocates killing people for thought crimes (how is that different from what religious nutjobs believe?).

    Some good points, but overall it's garbage. I enjoyed Dawkins's books a lot more.

    7 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6284)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1889)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "garbage"
    Overall

    Those who read The Da Vinci code will have an unmistakable sense of deja vu. As far as plausibility / historical & scientific accuracy is concerned, this is no better than a tabloid.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Cohan
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    In March 2008, Bear Stearns, a swashbuckling 84-year-old financial institution, was forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for an outrageously low price in a deal brokered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was desperately trying to prevent the impending catastrophic market crash. But mere months before, an industry-wide boom had "the Bear" clocking a record high stock price. How did a giant investment bank with $18 billion in cash on hand disappear in a mere 10 days?

    roberta Kane says: "Riveting, interesting, learned alot"
    "absolute garbage"
    Overall

    I thought this would be an insightful analysis of the events that lead to the collapse of the market. Instead this book is a 25-hour long drivel describing in excruciating detail the daily minutia at Bear Stearns. I really don't care who plays bridge with whom or what Hank Paulson had for lunch. It is absolutely incredible how someone can write a book this long and yet make it largely devoid of content.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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