Deconverted was all that I hoped for and expected. It's the story of how a fundamentalist Christian went from solid, unquestioning faith to logical, reasoning atheist. Narrating his own book, Seth gives his account in a straightforward, often humorous manner.
Though he was (forgive the expression) preaching to the choir, and though I was already familiar with a good portion of his story, I still found myself unable to quit listening for a minute. Yes. I listened nonstop from start to finish, and it was worth every second and every penny.
Deconverted is a great gift for your theist friends and family if you are unable to articulate certain aspects of your disbelief to them. I strongly encourage theists who are under the impression that atheists are unhappy, immoral and hold deep hatred for their god to read or listen to this book. It may not "deconvert" you, but it should radically alter their perspectives about why atheists are atheists. After all, Seth's deconversion story is very similar to many atheists' own journeys from faith to skepticism.
No really. I was a Communications major, Political Science minor, in hopes of becoming a speechwriter. Unfortunately, I saw too much of Libby Holden in myself.
Personal stuff aside, Peter Francis James does a marvelous job narrating what must, at times been difficult, with some of the subject matter. Hands down, the manic-depressive investigator is my favorite character.
The staffer/candidate comes across quite candidly. I was intrigued by the firestorm that came with Primary Colors' release. The book was even better than the media frenzy surrounding its release.
I do understand the hype, but don't think this novel, or the three that followed, deserving of *as much* attention as they received. I always appreciate reading/listening to novels with atheist protagonists who aren't treated with disdain or pity for their lack of belief.
The three things that boosted (in my estimation) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo are: 1) the treatment of religion was fair-it wasn't skewed, and 2) the realistic view into how society treats people they don't understand, namely Savants, was refreshing. 3) I think the author conveyed a genuine liking of females.
Though I gave only 4 stars, I don't feel I wasted my time. The story was great.
The first third is a tad slow, but hang in there. Once you get to the meat of the story, you're in for one hell of a ride! What's so striking is that the slow beginning is necessary to build tension.
The narrators are great. The characters are over-the-top interesting, but real. They have the same vanities and hang-ups that we all have, just more so. Honestly, my favorite character is Go. She's as good a sister as she can be.
I wish I could say more, but I'd spoil the story. If only I had three thumbs...sigh.
The plot, language and narration were fantastic! With only one (understandably) one-dimensional character, I was intrigued by the protagonists' personalities, lives and plights. With one exception, I was unable to piece together exactly what happened in the past to make Serena and Poppy "The Ice Cream Girls".
At the risk of being repetitive, I enjoyed this book immensely, and will enjoy listening to it again. Kudos to the author and narrators.
Making science popular for at least two generations of people, Carl Sagan's Contact goes a long way in doing just that: making science comprehensible in the form of this novel. Dr. Eleanor Arroway is an accessible, likable character and Laurel Lefkow performs her beautifully. Theists, atheists, and agnostics, and even the scientifically illiterate can all equally enjoy this book.
If you've ever been even slightly interested in SETI-the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or in astronomy, please read or listen to Contact, but don't expect it to be like the movie.
Obviously from my ratings, I loved this story. The narrator was brilliant and the story was great! Fin is a fun character and a guy with whom I could knock back a few. His hangups are a bit much, but realistic, as people don't ever just "get over" tragedies in their lives, especially when they happen at a very young age.
Even Fin's attitude toward his job (at least he has one) is realistic. This is a great story for anyone who just wants a fun, light read/listen.
First, let me say that besides this book, I generally don't like American Civil War novels. I also didn't give the 5 star ratings under duress. I can handle an unhappy ending. Margaret Mitchell's characters are very genuine, even in their dishonesty. GWTW is a great, standalone novel and should have been left alone by Alexandra Ripley and Donald McCraig.
That said, Rhett Butler is truly the most fascinating atheist character ever written. Scarlett is a product of her father-spoiled and reckless. However, her loyalty and strength are touching. I'm not too ashamed to admit that I don't like Suellen on Scarlett's behalf. It's really a shame that Scarlett's conscience, Will Benteen was left out of the movie, though Mammy did well enough in shouldering the extra character.
Wow. It's too easy to get off track. If you haven't read or listened to this book, don't wait until you're about to die.
Herb Silverman's account of his life is a delight to read or hear. He sheds light on the inequality of atheists of any class or profession. That he narrated the book himself was lovely.
Mr. Silverman had the audacity and bravery to go up against the Christian establishment. His tale is inspirational to atheists everywhere.
I adored his humorous tale very much and look forward to more books from him in the future.
This is a *must read* for atheists, theists, and on-the-fencers. If you're religious and have ever wondered why we atheists are so angry, read or listen to this book. If you are an atheist and have trouble articulating your reasons for being angry, read or listen to this book; it will help you state your argument better.
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