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Wayne

Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

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  • Under the Banner of Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    Craig Hansen says: "Not bad, but a bit biased"
    "Fuzzy distinction between LDS and FLDS"
    Overall

    While the focus is historic Mormons and modern day Fundamentalists, this book helps show the way men use religion to control and act out their need to control. Could just as easily be the Middle East where honor killings take place. Could see how practicing Mormons could be offended. Seems a balanced fair look at links between nutty splinter groups and mainstream LDS. Yep I'm a non-Mormon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Will They Ever Trust Us Again? Letters From the War Zone

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Moore, Multiple Readers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    American soldiers serve willingly. They risk their lives so the rest of us can be safe. The one small thing they ask is that they not be sent into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ways You Can Support Our Troops"
    "Soldiers voices count--Moore scores"
    Overall

    Moore critics will attack Moore for Moore's sake but soldier's voices count.

    55 of 83 people found this review helpful
  • The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Lewis
    • Narrated By Bernard Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the frustrations and resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and tells us what the Islamic doctrine of jihad has meant at different times in history.

    Frank says: "Absolutely Worth It, HIghly Recommended!"
    "A confirmation of the danger of fundamentalism."
    Overall

    This book confirms the use of religion to cover some of the darker aspecrts of basic human nature. Like Fundamentalist Christianity, Fundamentalist Islam is used to promote and support self interests and biases of one group over another. Islam was used to justify invasion and domination just like the medieval Crusades and later invasions. This work addresses this without burying us completely in Western bias on the topic. Very edifying.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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