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C. Ward

Kalamazoo Michigan, USA | Listener Since 2007

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  • 2 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 169 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (170)

    Our fearless author, A. J. Jacobs, tackles a new intellectual adventure, an exploration of the most influential book in the world: the Bible. He determined that the best way to explore the Bible was to live it, as literally as possible. For one year.

    Jonathan says: "Excellent... But tongue in cheek"
    "A Wasted effort"
    Overall

    I found this book very weak, and rather than an interesting look at the bible and what it might actually teach via the bible , or an funny look at Christianity, I found a book that was more akin to a bar bet (see Brian Zembic) , the author is continually opting out of items he "is just not comfortable with" including apparently the whole of the new testament, which is covered in about 2 minutes, wherein he states he isn't comfortable dealing with the figure Jesus, so pretty much opts out of the whole of the new testament. I found the book to be full of cop outs, and just generally weak.

    Thankfully it is blessedly short.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5674)
    Performance
    (2298)
    Story
    (2326)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "pushing a shopping cart with a whiney child"
    Overall

    The world is destroyed, burned to ashes... Why? Not important.

    The book seems to be about how to improvise footwear, the best way to piliage in a post apocalyptic world, and pushing a shopping cart with a bad wheel down the road to nowhere.

    The boy, born and raised in a post apocalyptic hell, Seemed unfamiliar with survival and seemed to excel at whining so badly that on at least on three occasions I had to yell out loud to my stereo " OH JUST SHUT THE HELL UP! "

    PAPA, I'm scared. Papa, I dont want to.. Papa..
    Son, shut the hell up please.

    Also, should you find a safe warm place to hide and recover, best get the hell out of there as soon as possible.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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