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Daniel

Washington, DC | Member Since 2010

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  • The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Matthew Bowman
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    In 1830, a young seer and sometime treasure hunter named Joseph Smith began organizing adherents into a new religious community that would come to be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and known informally as the Mormons). One of the nascent faith’s early initiates was a twenty-three-year-old Ohio farmer named Parley Pratt, the distant grandfather of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In The Mormon People, religious historian Matthew Bowman peels back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine.

    Joel says: "Balanced and informed"
    "Nice overview of the history of the LDS church."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Mormon People in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable Easy Read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was great to hear about the passion and zeal of the Prophet Joseph Smith. With all his human frailties, he accomplished a lot in his short time as leader of the LDS Church.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hearing about the translation of the Book of Mormon in two months was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    Bowman takes a holistic approach to outlining the doctrine of the LDS church and explains the core beliefs in an even way. It is a refreshing and historical view of the Mormons, as opposed to most contemporary critiques of the LDS church that isolate specific historical practices or quotes and/or focus on one or two experiences of unhappy former members, when the vast majority of those associated with the Mormons are living happy, fruitful lives.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C.

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Harry S. Jaffe, Tom Sherwood
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    With a new afterword covering the two decades since its first publication, two of Washington, D.C.'s most respected journalists expose one of America's most tragic ironies: How the nation's capital, often a gleaming symbol of peace and hope, is the setting for vicious contradictions and devastating conflicts over race, class, and power. Jaffe and Sherwood have chillingly chronicled the descent of the District of Columbia.

    Daniel says: "Great!"
    "Great!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Dream City?

    In depth look at the history of DC and why DC is in its current form.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mormonizing of America: How the Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen Mansfield
    • Narrated By John McLain
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Stephen Mansfield, the acclaimed New York Times best-selling author, has highlighted the growing popularity of Mormonism—a belief system with cultic roots—and the implications of its critical rise. Mormons are moving into the spotlight in pop culture, politics, sports, and entertainment via presidential candidates like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, media personality Glenn Beck, mega-bestselling Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, and The Book of Mormon, the hottest show on Broadway.

    Jacobus says: "A book about Mormons, but not by a Mormon"
    "Kind of interesting but mostly just boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If you've read Rough Stone Rolling, as I have, 3/4 of this book were a bore.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen Mansfield’s story?

    It's more a history of the mormon church rather than an expose on how it currently fits into the modern American landscape. I was hoping for the latter.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've ever been to Utah or know a lot of Mormons or read Rough Stone Rolling (I have done both), this book is not worth your time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mitt Romney
    • Narrated By Mitt Romney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    In No Apology, Mitt Romney asserts that American strength is essential—not just for our own well-being, but for the world’s. Governments such as China and a newly-robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded.

    michael says: "You can like this book without being a Republican."
    "Just ask for one apology"
    Overall

    I was very excited to read this title and was very disapointed with the first third where Romney discussed his foreign policy ideas and bashed Obama but I had hope that the book would improve and it did. I was very intrigued as he discussed economic, health care and education issues and felt that he elaborated much better on these issues than on foreign policy where I feel he bombed.
    I just wish the book would have had less Obama bashing as I'm tired of the same old rhetoric from conservatives.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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