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  • The Reapers Are the Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alden Bell
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    For 25 years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her off on her personal journey toward redemption.

    Jason says: "I wish this book was three times as long"
    "Post Apocalyptic (with a zombie here and there)"
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    Matthew 13:

    "His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

    He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS..

    “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear."

    Not sure what this title has to do with the rest of the book. ?

    Other than an occasional nod to Christianity, this book is in no other way representative of Christ or Christians. Honor killing/revenge seem to be the underlying emphasis, while the primary thrust of the story seems to be only to survive in a messed up world without losing one's moral compass; The problem I have with that idea, is that the two main characters who illustrate this notion, have their own individual idea about morality. The dichotomy of Individual morals and Christian morals seems irreconcilable. If the author hadn't insisted on creating a connection to Christianity, and then departing from it, it might have carried more weight.

    Performance was Tai Sammons solid and entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (487)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "The Title Says it All"
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    (sing with me ...REM)
    "its the end of the world as we know it..."

    The comet is coming, the comet is coming!

    A newly-promoted Detective is not going to let a little thing like death and dying get in the way of his dreams, especially when he senses foul play.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elmer Gantry

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    A greedy, philandering Baptist minister, Elmer Gantry turns to evangelism and becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Often exposed as a fraud, he is never fully discredited. Elmer Gantry is considered a landmark American novel and one of the most penetrating studies of hypocrisy in modern literature. It portrays the evangelistic activity that was common in 1920s America as well as attitudes toward it.

    Erez says: "Halleluja, Brother Lewis!"
    "Heavy-Handed and Tiresome."
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    I would not recommend reading this, unless you desire bad feelings for the church (a church from about 100 years ago!).

    Elmer Gantry is the original "snake-oil" salesman, and the Anti-Hero of the story.

    The book chronicles his upbringing as a bully, his disgraces throughout seminary, and his later rise to the pinnacles of evangelical preaching. Written in 1926, Elmer Gantry echoes many sentiments we now associate with that time period: apple pie and ice cream socials, fear of communism sympathizers next door, nazis, racism, and (of course) loud and sanctimonious revival preachers.

    Sinclair brings up important points about the hypocrisy of "Professional Good Men", but I often wondered what he was actually trying to say. (?)

    Not to give too much away, but Sinclair hammers the reader over the head, often and blatantly, with the notion that all pastors (save but one cardboard cut-out character) are immoral liars and thieves.

    I could not tell for sure, but the morals of the story seemed to be: All pastors are hypocrites; Religion is laughable: All religions have good points if not taken seriously; The congregation of a church is mostly made up of dumb sheep; and etc...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Silo Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (908)

    Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.

    Tango says: "Meanders, then races to a satisfying conclusion"
    "Slow start to a (mostly) satisfying ending"
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    The last book in the 'Silo' Trilogy.

    It starts out slow enough, and only really builds interest about half-way through. It wraps up the Silo trilogy in such a way that was somewhat predictable, and allows for another book to follow (if the movie options aren't immediately forthcoming).

    This was the weakest of the three books, and also the most confusing storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Ones: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (188)

    Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.

    shelley says: "Another winner from Robert Gregory Browne"
    "Mystery / Whodunnit / Trouble in Mexico"
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    A disgraced reporter needs a new story to pick up the pieces of his shattered career. Plagiarism, fraud and addiction to prescription meds can be hard for a newspaper man to recover from.

    He happens upon word of a missing American in Mexico, and smells a story, and a cover-up. That is where his trouble begins, and he witnesses movements of dangerous men.

    Several stories intertwine, and finally resolve in a mostly satisfying conclusion (if not slightly predictable). There are moments of brilliant writing throughout, most notably the moment where a main character is hit on the head and suffers a concussion. remember the writing here! if you choose to read this novel.

    If this description sounds like your cup-of-tea, you will likely enjoy this well-written novel.

    Narration by Scott Brick is solid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8399)
    Performance
    (5844)
    Story
    (5877)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "Fantasy about Allomancy"
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    Although the story was 24 hours long, I thought it could have been shortened by half.

    There was simply too much explanation about the mechanics of the "magic" in this world. I know as much as the author does about this magic system. I don't think needed to know so much, and I am sure I did not want to know so much.
    As a previous review stated, the language was simple, but effective, with the occasional word that none has ever heard of (an which seems out of place).

    *I have read many of fantasy novels in my formative years, and perhaps that makes me unable to separate this from a book from a "YA Fiction". And therefore, I would only recommend this for teenagers and young adult.

    Narration was steady and enjoyable for the entire 24 hours of reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1031)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Distracting Narration"
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    I really dislike group narrations (adaptations?). Reminds me of a hokey "radio-hour" rather than the reading of a novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Michael Carman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Inspector Stephen Villani, head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia, has a full agenda: a murdered woman in a penthouse apartment, three men butchered in a sadistic rampage, a tattoo-faced drug dealer corrupting his rebellious daughter, and a crumbling marriage. As these seemingly unrelated events begin to unfold, Villani finds himself immersed in an unfamiliar world of political scandal and ethical ambiguity.

    Lucido says: "Poor Narration Can Ruin the Best Book"
    "Slow"
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    In "Truth", the story is a little slow and lacks suspense. On top of that, the 'mystery' of the initial crime is distracted by the Detectives sloppy lifestyle and inner turmoil. This might be fine, except that the reader is apt to miss the point.

    The main character's monologue, or the story's narrative, tends to switch topics without warning, making the storyline difficult to track (this, likely due to subtlety in the writing, stylistic differences of Australian crime-writing, and reader inattentiveness).




    Bottom Line: "Truth" is not a bad novel, just slow, and rather boring, but there worse ones out there. 50/50.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Christ: Will the Antichrist Claim to Be the Jewish Messiah?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chris White
    • Narrated By Chris White
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The thesis of this audiobook is that the Antichrist will attempt to present himself as the Jewish Messiah, and that he will try his best to appear as if he is instituting what Jewish believers know as the Messianic Age and what Christians know as the Millennial reign.

    Aaron says: "the Study of Eschatology"
    "the Study of Eschatology"
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    Eschatology* is the study of "end times", specifically as it relates to the Bible and world events.

    *This book is for those who have a serious interest in this subject only.

    The title lets us know that his major point of study for this book, is the nature and origin of the "anti-Christ". This "person's" identity has been the subject of the three Abrahamic religions, and is frequently mentioned in the eschatological texts of all three's sacred scriptures.

    Chris White is well-read in the field of eschatology. He has a bible study podcast which examines various issues surrounding the bible, with an emphasis on biblical "end-times". (I believe his career occupation however, is that of an Attorney at Law. This is evidenced by the compelling arguments he is able to make, and his clear presentation of facts, and separating speculations for examination.)

    He understands most of the major arguments about biblical prophecy, and states them in a clear and concise manner. He presents his views in comparison and contrast to the other most commonly held views, and then explains why he feels his position is better. He creates compelling arguments, underscored by biblical supports.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (280)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "Convoluted Plot"
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    There are so many unnencessary plot-lines that are introduced that the story becomes hard to follow and (somewhat ironically) loses interest.

    I enjoy the author's writing style, with one major exception, his "back-stories" or "flashbacks" seem included simply to flesh-out the character or to add dimension. Instead, they become so long as to distract from the original story.

    Just when you think you have finished with one "flashback" and the original story will resume, another, different, flashback is introduced. This happens so frequently I cannot tell which is the main story, if there is one, or if they are a series of independent stories linked together to make a LONGER novel.

    I think the author missed an opportunity here. I would have enjoyed this much better as a series of books, rather than a montage of very long vignettes spliced together.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac Station

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tom Harper
    • Narrated By Piers Wehener
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    "An extraordinary thriller set at the frozen edge of the world, perfect for fans of Kate Mosse, Michael Crichton and Dan Brown.In the Arctic Ocean, the US Coast Guard icebreaker Terra Nova batters its way through the pack ice. There shouldn't be anyone near them for hundreds of miles. But then a lone skier, half-dead with cold, emerges out of the snow. His name is Tom Anderson, and he is the only survivor of a disaster at Zodiac Station, a scientific research base deep in the Arctic Circle.

    Richard Delman says: "Starts very well...and then bores."
    "Winter Mystery/Drama"
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    I finished the book.
    Found it mostly interesting and enjoyed the setting.
    Did not share Darwinist viewpoints or appreciate slams against traditional theism, but was able to overlook it.

    In audio format the occasional non-linear interludes caused me to lose my place in the novel, but was otherwise and okay story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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