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  • Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (181)

    Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged anall-out war against Rome’s occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God’s judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people.

    Diane says: "Revealing "Revelations""
    "You have to pay attention"
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    What did you love best about Revelations?

    I learned a lot about the other Biblical sources...especially the other apocalyptic literature...that was concurrent with the book written by John of Patmos, but was left out of the canon.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a bit tough to listen to if you are not able to give it your full attention. There is a lot of scholarly commentary. For me, this is a more "visual" book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2602)
    Performance
    (2292)
    Story
    (2306)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "Important read for men, too!"
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    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    Encouraging, challenging, informational


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really didn't want this book to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Young women will be reminded of the ground on which their current opportunities are built. They (and male readers) will get great management tips and will learn how women (supported by partners) can reach their goals and be encouraged not to "settle" for less than they can be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (623)

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    Matt says: "Michael Pollan Fans Will Love It."
    "Pollan does it again! Brilliant and compelling"
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    If you could sum up Cooked in three words, what would they be?

    Only Michael Pollan can take the idea of how we cook our food and make that most basic of activities relate to who we are and how we came to be human.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was intrigued by the idea that we are the only animals who cook our food...and that may be what, in fact, what allowed our brains to get enough energy-dense meals fast enough to allow our energy-hog brains to develop. Fire also took us from solitary hunter/gatherers to social beings. The last chapter, about fermentation, was absolutely fascinating. What we have done to damage the microflora we need in our co-evolution with the microbial world is the information we need to make better decisions as a society.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Pollan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never heard Michael Pollan read before, and, of course, he is the perfect voice for his words. He is a charming and engaging reader. (In a tiny comment, he do wish he say genu-in rather then genu-wine.)


    Any additional comments?

    I am an unabashed fan of this writer whose brilliance and intriguing topics touch all of us in such fundamental ways!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lords of Discipline

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (581)

    This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

    P. J. Benyei says: "Amazing book superb narrator"
    "Conroy is amazing"
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    Where does The Lords of Discipline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks among the best of the books I've heard.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is the dramatic revelation at the house in the woods where the cadet torture takes place.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Dan John Miller was the perfect voice for these characters. His accent and talent are incredible, but I was surprised at how many words he mispronounced. It seems someone in the editing booth could have helped with this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30014)
    Performance
    (23124)
    Story
    (23298)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "A Grueling Experience"
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    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Catching Fire ranks in the lower third of the books I've listened to.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn McCormick brought passion and perspective to the characters, all of whom were distinctive by her performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this recommended trilogy, though I should have known its brutal premise would be difficult for me. I had hoped, after struggling through the first two books, that the final book would bring a resolution that I might dub "happy." I felt the resolution was not successful, barely tolerable and discouraging. Again, part of my assessment is colored by the fact that this kind of violent premise, with its accompanying relentless heartlessness and suffering, is not my kind of fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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