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  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1220)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Nothing Special"
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    This is largely just a rehash of the four gospels melded into a single narrative. I didn't particularly care for the narration but it was tolerable. The title is a bit misleading since one would expect much more in the way of social commentary on life and religion in Judea during the first century CE.

    5 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (244)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Lorrie says: "No, No, No!!!!"
    "A Disappointment"
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    Story

    It was difficult to believe this was written by the same C.J. Box who authored the Joe Pickett series. I had no problem with the violence in the story since that is essentially part of the genre but the lack of flow in the story line made it less than a satisfying read or listen.

    The reader was very good and easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Manuscript Found in Accra

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    The latest novel from number-one internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho is a classic of inspiration and reflection, a meditation on life, love, and the significance of change. A novel of philosophical reflection set in Jerusalem during the time of the Crusades. Here a community of Christians, Arabs, and Jews who have long lived together harmoniously have been warned of an imminent attack and certain destruction. Contemplating their demise, the community assembles to seek the wise counsel of a Greek Copt.

    Leonard says: "Could Not Turn Off My IPOD!"
    "Interesting short Listen"
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    Set in the time of the crusades within a city in imminent danger of being sacked and slaughtered, this is an interesting short novel that is part religion - part philosophy. The principal character borrows from everything from the new testament to Aristotle in reciting meditations on sundry subjects that are brought up by his questioners. Not at all preachy or particularly sectarian.

    The narration by jeremy Irons is absolutely superb. His voice, intonations and rhythm are perfect for this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Emily Dickinson
    • Narrated By Marianne Fraulo
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Poems by Emily Dickinson is a compilation of the poetry of Emily Dickinson in three different series, each composed of the following subjects: Life, Love, Nature, Time, and Eternity.

    The notoriously reclusive New England poet broke all the rules of Victorian-era poetry to create a new, uniquely American style. Despite the fact that the majority of the poems recited here were never published in her lifetime, Dickinson remains one of the most influential voices in American literature.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good reading of a gifted poet"
    "Good reading of a gifted poet"
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    I haven't spent time with Emily Dickinson for many years and bought this on a whim. The narrator is good with a pleasant voice that is appropriate for a poetry reading. One might like to keep a book of her poems handy so that you can spend some times with those poems that strike you as special.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under Enemy Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant, the son of an English father and a French mother. His abilities and his loyalty to the king of England are beyond dispute, yet his career seems doomed by his "mixed" heritage and lack of political connections. Consequently, Hayden is assigned to an aging frigate, the Themis, under the command of Captain Josiah Hart, a man known as "Faint Hart" throughout the service.

    Blackmac says: "Perfect for first timer"
    "Fun naval adventure"
    Overall

    I love the genre and this one is good fun. Not C.S. Forester, but then who is? A bit formulaic but well written with some interesting characters. All in all a good listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Omega Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Adrian d'Hage
    • Narrated By Jim Daly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (6)

    The Pope's health is failing and the Cardinal Secretary of State, the ruthless Lorenzo Petroni, has the Keys to St. Peter within his grasp. Three things threaten to destroy him: Cardinal Giovanni Donelli has started an investigation into the Vatican Bank; journalist Tom Schweiker is looking into Petroni's past; and, even more dangerously, the brilliant Dr. Allegra Bassetti, one of the world's foremost authorities on archaeological DNA, is piecing together fragments of the Omega Scroll in war-torn Jerusalem.

    Amazon Customer says: "OK but..."
    "OK but..."
    Overall

    Obvious knockoff of Dan Brown that spends much of its length as an anti religion diatribe. Hardest on Catholics but gives Evangelicals, Jews and Islam a few whacks too. Plot develops in a very predictable manner. Fairly PC in tone. That said, it is an OK listen if you don't have something better to do.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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