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Angela Phillips

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Shelbyville, Indiana, USA | Listener Since 2004

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  • A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (2648)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (872)

    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
    "Transforming"
    Overall

    The title of this review says it all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7349)
    Performance
    (2782)
    Story
    (2837)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Not for adults"
    Overall

    As an adult, this book is grueling to stomach. I love vampire stories but even with this genre, Twilight is overboard on the bubble-gum smacking, hormone raging, the world sucks, all or nothing emotional crap of a teenage girl. I wrongfully thought this book would be a nice trip down amnesia lane with a vampire twist. With an hour left, I had to stop listening. The plan was to not finish it due to nausea but unlike a common teenager, I felt compelled to finish it. I found myself literally making unpleasant sounds as I listened to the book, such as "bleh" and things like, "Oh for *^!$ sake, shut up already!" I cannot stress enough that the vampires were the best part of the book. It's the teenage girl and main character that ruined it.

    This book is utterly and completely NOT worth two credits, unless of course you are not the one paying for it in which case it's still only worth one at best. Unfortunately, I had already purchased the next two books before listening to this one. I hope this Bella chick grows up fast because I can't take her whiny emotional baggage on an adult trip again. No wonder her mother shipped her off to live elsewhere and her dad is rarely home or around her. She is dysfunctionally over emotional even for a teenager.

    With the popularity of this book and it's movie release in Nov., it's scary to realize that the main characters are already role models. As if teenagers in general weren't already hard to take, they're going to start acting like this idiot, Bella, or leaning that way. It certainly makes a great case for military schools.

    Vampire references aside, the author hasn't done any favors to teenagers with this book. It's not representative behavior of most kids and it's an atrocious example to set for future conduct. Everyone knows how easy it is to get a hormone enraged kid to bend to peer pressure.

    2 stars for story structure.

    24 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2188)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (638)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "Too much hype"
    Overall

    I'm sorry this guy is dying but I'm interested in giving an honest review here. This book has far too much hype and not enough substance to back it up.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12515)
    Performance
    (4897)
    Story
    (4936)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Awesome book, amazing narrator"
    Overall

    This book didn't get it's accolades, reviews and awards without good reason. The narrator does a tremendous job at pulling you in deep. I cannot say enough good things about this book so I won't try much except to say that I'm anxious to listen to the next book, A World Without End.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4392)
    Performance
    (1796)
    Story
    (1774)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Interesting..."
    Overall

    I am a little over two hours away from finishing this book and I'm debating whether or not to finish it. When an author gives unnamed or non-professional web sites as a viable reference, they lose credibility in my view. The author does make some good points, many great arguments and I have learned a few things from listening but it's been WORK to listen to it. I'm certainly getting more laughs out of it than other books I've listened to that were meant to be comedy.

    If they want to be taken completely serious as they seem to want, they must remove the questionable statements and references, such as the web sites for one example.

    On another note, the author and another person are the narrators for this book. BIG mistake. They are very difficult to listen to for more than a few minutes. They are perfectly suited for a meditation or relaxation vocal performances.

    I'm rating the book this low because:

    * The content is not presented as strongly as the preface/foreward would have you believe. It should've been presented as an argument, viewpoint, etc. and not proof.

    * The narrators are ill-suited for this type of content.

    * Some "proofs" are presented on the foundation of highly questionable sources.

    I am guessing that a religious person will be quite offended by this book and if they follow it until the end, will use it as ammunition against athiests. Thankfully I am not a religious person. I was really hoping this book was going to be the one that I'd refer to during future discussions but it has turned out to be one that I hope the religious folks don't ever see. It's far too weak to make it's point and it will be used against athiests as an embarrassment if not more.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Sex: A Sexual Adventure Through the Chakras with Erotic Escapades in Exotic Lands

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Pavitra
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    This is a very erotic fantasy that bridges the gap between spiritual enlightenment and the carnal pleasures of the flesh. It follows our intrepid traveler, Pavitra, around the world in her search for fulfillment on all levels, physically, sexually, emotionally, and spiritually, until she discovers Soul Sex, the ultimate experience of them all.

    William Finch says: "Soulless Sex"
    "Not worth one star"
    Overall

    Woman has unprotected sex with strangers... a lot. Woman writes book. Woman forgets to use thesaurus and uses high school vocabulary. Woman mentions something about the chakras but teaches nothing about them or how they relate sexually.

    This book is nothing but the author's bragadocious sexcapades under the guise of 'soul sex.' Save your money and your book credits and read a high school kid's diary instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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