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Felicia J

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  • Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By David Fitzgerald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Nailed sheds light on ten beloved Christian myths, and, with evidence gathered from historians across the theological spectrum, shows how they point to a Jesus Christ created solely through allegorical alchemy of hope and imagination; a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus - in short, a purely mythic Christ.

    Jst says: "Great primer for the Christ-Myth theory"
    "A solid primer on New Testament scholarship"
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    3.5 stars

    The title doesn't quite deliver on its promise. A more accurate title would have been: Reasons the Jesus of the Gospels Never Existed.

    David Fitzgerald shows quite compellingly the events of the gospels couldn't have happened as written. First, many reliable historians wrote about events in Judea during the early 1st century, including some with a special interest in religious movements. They documented the existence of other faith healers and so-called Jewish messiahs, but none makes any mention of Jesus, who was supposedly famous and had throngs of people listening to his teachings and witnessing his miracles.

    Second, the gospels as written have historical problems. The trial of Jesus could not have taken place as described, for it contradicts known Jewish legal practice. The Sea of Galilee does not exist. Mark alone made many mistakes about Judean geography and custom, which Matthew corrected in his gospel.

    Fitzgerald also documents the surprising lack of biographical details about Jesus in the epistles of Paul, the earliest written sections of the New Testament. It's as if Paul were writing about a purely spiritual figure, not an historical one. Fitzgerald also notes the allegorical style of the Gospel of Mark, the earliest account of Jesus on which all the others are based. He shows the gospel writers weren't composing biographies or writing down eyewitness testimony. They each wrote for different audiences with different portrayals of Jesus.

    The author presents enough material to make listeners at least consider the possibility that Jesus the man never existed. However, I don't think he constructs an open-and-shut case, as the title promises. The book actually works best as a primer on New Testament scholarship. It would serve as eye-opening reading for any Christian who still believes the gospels were written by eyewitnesses, or that historical research confirms them.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Proposition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Judith Ivory
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Lady Edwina Bollash is a woman of importance and distinction who has never been the object of any man's affection. However, when she meets Mick Tremore, a tall, handsome young man from the bottommost rung of society, she instantly attracts his attention. As Mick wants desperately to become a gentleman, Edwina decides to transform him into a man with class.

    M. Gould says: "Very enjoyable as well as fun"
    "Prim and proper yields to a passionate nature"
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    Oh, I just loved this book. I'll admit to no objectivity in reviewing it. Winnie, the heroine, reminded me so much of myself. Anxious, with a tendency to overthink and overanalyze everything. Much too hard on herself. Unable to acknowledge her own good qualities. Wow, all that sounds so familiar.

    The similarities to my own struggles gave the story a huge emotional resonance. But I must also credit Judith Ivory's writing. Lush and lyrical, funny and touching, it mesmerized me. She introduced me to two fundamentally good people meant to be together, and slowly peeled back their layers, laying bare their emotions and deepest longings.

    Winnie, especially, was a kind soul battered by a hard world. She longed for joy but feared she couldn't find it. I wanted to cheer when she finally embraced her own passionate nature.

    Steven Crossley's performance was terrific, with his voice like melted chocolate and subtle transformation of Mick from Cornish bloke to refined gentleman, who retained his humor and joie de vivre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • French Leave

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (18)
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    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Forced by bankruptcy and scandal into exile in France, Lord Waverly expects never to return to his homeland until, staggering home from a gaming hell in the wee hours of the morning, he encounters a young novice escaping from a convent. When she asks him to take her to England, promising him that her English grandfather will reward him handsomely for her safe conveyance, Waverly reluctantly agrees. Alas, Waverly soon realizes the enormity of his task.

    Felicia J says: "Lord Waverly redeemed"
    "Lord Waverly redeemed"
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    I was afraid I wouldn't like this last installment in the Weaver trilogy. (The detestable Lord Waverly as the hero? My beloved Brundys facing marital troubles? GASP!) But to my relief, I enjoyed it immensely.

    The plot hinges on a big (make that MASSIVE) misunderstanding between Sir Ethan and Lady Helen. Maddeningly vague conversations make each party believe they're discussing something entirely different. (Yes, I wanted to tear my hair out at a few of them!)

    The author used this trope to weave her two storylines together and to subtly bring each character to a realization of what they truly loved and valued.

    She even redeemed Lord Waverly! He slowly grew into the honor and compassion he never knew he had.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Seth Andrews
    • Narrated By Seth Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded.

    MJ says: "A man's spiritual journey out of religiousity"
    "A good introduction for new atheists and doubters"
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    If you listen to Seth Andrews' The Thinking Atheist podcast, you've already heard most of what's in this book. (But Seth has a voice like melted chocolate, so it's enjoyable to hear again.)

    The best chapters give us an insider's view of the business of selling Christianity, through Seth's experiences as a Christian radio broadcaster.

    Recommended for those just starting out on their atheist journey, as Seth is compassionate, wise and funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brighton Honeymoon

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
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    Sir Aubrey Tabor began with the most altruistic of motives. When the Brundys' seaside wedding trip is interrupted by a young woman claiming to be Mr. Brundy's sister, Sir Aubrey promises to do what he can in order to relieve his friend of an imposter whose presence poses a threat to marital bliss. But golden-haired Polly proves to be more than a match for Sir Aubrey, and with each encounter, he finds himself thinking less of his friend's honeymoon, and more about having one of his own.

    Loves2Read says: "Sir Aubrey’s tale & more of the Bundys!"
    "A worthy sequel"
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    3.5 stars

    Brighton Honeymoon was a worthy follow-up to The Weaver Takes a Wife, but not quite so disarming. It's charms weren't enough to keep me from occasional annoyance at the cliche Regency tropes (deception, silly misunderstandings). It was a delight to encounter Lady Helen and her Mr. Brundy again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Weaver Takes a Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
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    (101)
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    Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of London's most beautiful women, and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke's only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an 800-year-old pedigree.

    Lady M says: "Delightful!"
    "Charming fun!"
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    A charming short listen that I only wished was a little longer to develop the characters and their romance a bit more. I want an Ethan Brundy of my own. Narrator Noah Michael Levine was wry and witty, most appropriate for a book like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3645)
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    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Jennifer says: "A little slice of the English countryside"
    "Flavia forever!"
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    4.5 stars

    I really enjoyed this. Yes, Flavia's precociousness strains credulity. The mystery was a bit unbelievable. But the eccentric characters and their postwar British world were so much fun to read about. The writing was lively, and I was in heaven with all the literary, historical and musical references. I could not help but love Flavia. Flavia forever!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Corinthian

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
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    The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome ,and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage.

    Carol says: "Fun on the Run"
    "A typical Heyer with a wonderfully tangled plot"
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    "We were overturned in a ditch, we became intimately acquainted with a thief, we found ourselves in possession of stolen goods, assisted in an elopement and discovered a murder. I had not dreamt life could hold such excitement."

    The Corinthian wasn't a top-shelf Heyer read for me (not The Grand Sophy, The Masqueraders or Arabella). But it was a solid four stars on par with, say, April Lady. The romance was a bit underdeveloped. The story sagged in the middle and relied a little too much on coincidences. By the last quarter, however, I was sorry to see the adventure end as Heyer snared her characters into one of her deliciously improbable plots and set them to acting out their roles with aplomb.

    Georgina Sutton was the perfect narrator, with a sparkling voice suited to the tale. (I'm presently listening to her narrate Vanity Fair as well.) I was glad to have her reading to me the thieves' cant sprinkled throughout the novel; reading dialect can be an exercise in frustration for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jamaica Inn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    On a bitter November evening, young Mary Yellan journeys across the rainswept moors to Jamaica Inn in honor of her mother's dying request. When she arrives, the warning of the coachman begins to echo in her memory, for her aunt Patience cowers before hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn. Terrified of the inn's brooding power, Mary gradually finds herself ensnared in the dark schemes being enacted behind its crumbling walls - and tempted to love a man she dares not trust.

    Gialdini says: "would be amazing except for one thing"
    "A gothic tour-de-force"
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    Gothics don't get much better than this. Mary Yellan has nowhere to go when her mother dies but to her aunt at Jamaica Inn near treacherous Bodmin Moor. Her hulking Uncle Joss runs a smuggling ring and hints in his drunken stupors at worse deeds. Her only friends are a mysterious albino priest and Joss's horse thieving brother Jem, and she cannot fully trust either.

    The novel is a tour-de-force of suspense and dread, with the wild moors reflecting the characters emotional states. I was most impressed with du Maurier's characterization of Mary. She is a simple farm girl thrust into unimaginable circumstances, and her reactions reflect that. She despairs. She loses her head sometimes. She must bow to her time's constraints on women even as she chafes at them. She does the best she can, driven by an indomitable will to survive.

    Even the ambiguous "happy ending" caused a shiver down my spine.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Neil Shubin
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish.

    Mel says: "Your Inner Fish"
    "Shubin's enthusiasm is infectious"
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    We humans have bodies that are unique in many ways. But we also share similarities with every other animal on the planet, including some of the oldest creatures ever to walk, swim or wiggle on earth. That's the central theme of Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish, which uncovers striking parallels between our bodies and those of reptiles, fish, worms and even bacteria.

    Why do all mammals have three middle ear bones? How is it that every land-dwelling creature has four limbs with a similar arrangement of bones? This book probes these and other questions, showing how biologists, paleontologists and geneticists are uncovering answers. From listening to this book I learned why men are prone to suffer hernias (blame sharks), why we get the hiccups (blame fish and tadpoles) and how we came to develop color vision (thank primeval forests with a rich palate of things that were good to eat).

    Shubin's infectious enthusiasm for science and discovery drives the narrative. He recounts an astonishing story of how we can use the similarities between animals, and the timeline of when and where certain features developed, to find new fossils linking different kinds of creatures. In 2006, Shubin and his team discovered tikaalik, a fish with primitive, limb-like fins it could use to do "pushups" and poke its head out of the water.

    I admit to feeling lost at times and needing to rewind large sections of the audiobook, which I blame on my own ignorance of genetics and embryology rather than on the author. Once I get more science reading under my belt, I'll likely return to this book, and I also plan to watch the PBS series of the same name.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Splendid Defiance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Stella Riley
    • Narrated By Alex Wyndham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    For two years, England has been in the grip of Civil War. In Banbury, Oxfordshire, the Cavaliers hold the castle, the Roundheads want it back and the town is full of zealous Puritans. Consequently, the gulf between Captain Justin Ambrose and Abigail Radford, the sister of a fanatically religious shopkeeper, ought to be unbridgeable. The key to both the fate of the castle and that of Justin and Abigail lies in defiance...but will it be enough?

    Felicia J says: "A rare reader's gift"
    "A rare reader's gift"
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    Stella Riley gave me a rare gift. She wholly enveloped me in the world she created, so much so I returned to my own with a jolt, finding it hard to believe Justin and Abigail were not real, and their comrades in the Banbury garrison my friends.

    A Splendid Defiance offers so much. A realistic and expertly drawn setting based in a real place and time. Laughter, sorrow and exquisite joy. Most of all, a slow-building, believable romance that never felt contrived. It may have been the most touching romance I've ever read.

    Like Justin, I wanted to put my arms around Abby to protect her from the familial bullies who made her life a living hell. I rejoiced to see her blossom under his friendship and caring. As for Justin, I wanted to shake him to make him realize what was happening right in front of him. But I could forgive his obstinacy, because I saw, like Abby, the honor and decency in him. I mourned for the security and warmth he lost in childhood, and cheered him as he learned to let down his guard and welcome love.

    I am so glad to have experienced this story on audio. Alex Windham did what the best narrators do: Used a sympathetic understanding of the characters and text to bring them vividly alive.

    Justin and Abigail will forever live in my heart, and I know I will return to this book time and time again. The chance to become lost in a fictional world is one of the most important reasons I read, but it is the rare author who can sweep me away so completely. Stella Riley is a writer to cherish.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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