What a great listen! Haisch has written one of those rare books that despite which side of the debate you fall on, in listening to his thoughts you still learn and think. I’m going to have to buy the actual book so I can make margin notes as I read – something best not done while driving in the car.
Don’t read this book looking for an affirmation of intelligent design. You won’t find it. Neither will you like it if you are married to reductionism. However, Haisch does a masterful job of exposing close-minded reductionists for their blind faith in what they cannot see, measure, or in any way prove – their very criticisms of the close-minded Christians they so despise.
Come to this book with an open mind and you won’t be disappointed.
What a breath of fresh air! To say "I know," in the context of theology, is a form of idolatry. Understandably this is not an idea that will fit well with conservative and evangelical Christians. After all, the basis for various denominations is "we have insight into 'truth' that you don't." We "know!"
Rollins destroys this assumption brilliantly. That been said, it is not necessary to agree with everything he says to appreciate this book. I purchased this book based solely on the subtitle "Breaking our addiction to certainty." During the first chapter I started to wonder. Rollings makes a big issue of a sense of loss that we all feel, is at the core of our being, and has something to do with the birth experience. Well, maybe, and as my teenager would say "Whatever!"
Once past that, however, I became captivated. I would urge all believers to read/listen to this book. Yes, it will make you uncomfortable but it will make you think.
Any new fantasy epic bares the burden of being compared to Tolkien and Jordan. Given this hurdle I was not expecting to like Brandon's entry. In looking at its length, I wondered how I was ever going to make it through. Brandon's world in this book is so new and strange, unlike anything I've read before, that I began to believe my fears and hesitation were justified. Am so glad I hung on long enough to start to feel grounded in his unfamiliar terrain.
This is a masterful work. Reading and Kramer are wonderful. After 45 plus hours I was still disappointed to reach the end. Book two is too long in coming! Do not hesitate to use a credit on this epic (what a bargain!). If you find the footing unsure, the world too strange, stick with it. You'll be glad you did.
I was looking for something new to listen to and got this based on the reviews. I swear, anyone who gave this four stars or more doesn't know good a good story if it slapped them upside the head! One reviewer even described it as "Tolkienan." What?! The writing lacks depth, the characters are wooden and one dimensional. Even my 14 year-old son found it boring. Lacking anything else at the moment to listen to I plodded through it. Then, stupid me, knowing I had a long trip coming up, I got the second book in the series. My mistake, I got five minutes into it and realized I just couldn't plod through it. I deleted it and broke out my Sudoku book. If you want true depth read Tolkien, Jordan, or Sanderson.Unfortunately, their quality is hard to find.
Five minutes into this book I realized I couldn't listen to it. Sorry Audible, for me, I had to stop the recording and run out and buy the physical book. This book is one to savor, to linger over and contemplate, to write notes in the margins. But for those who can absorb the profound through just listening, this would be a great use of a credit!
I have no regrets having the book in both formats for now that I’ve read the paper version, I can now go back and listen to it on my iPod and learn even more.
I have now listed to the complete series and can say without reservation that I enjoyed them all. If you’re looking for a good ride without any expectations Jack Campbell delivers. His attention to detail in space warfare along with realizing the limitations of gravity and distance is remarkable. Plot lines are straight forward and interesting. There is no pretense of deep philosophical meaning or intent, just good fun space opera.
If I had one minor negative comment it would be that humans advanced enough to travel faster than light should also have figured out how to communicate instantly over vast distances as well – quantum entanglement. After all we’re in the process of doing this now in the year 2013. Nevertheless, these books remain a very good ride and I look forward to more.
Scott Brick is excellent as usual. I gave him and the story 5 stars but the overall score only 4. Perhaps not logical but while I enjoyed my first foray into Harlan Coben's work and even recommended it to others, I have one minor quibble: The main character's heart breaks, turns to dust, shatters or whatever just a little too much.
That being said, it is still a fun ride that will keep you guessing to the very end. It is a unique thriller that won't disappoint.
I bought this book based on some of its reviews. Mistake! I found it uninspiring, all too predictable and lacking depth. I hung on until the end as I had nothing else to listen to at the time and was rewarded only in having my lowered expectations confirmed. From the get-go I kept thinking of Paul Newman in the Verdict with regard to one of the main characters and was unsurprisingly correct in the connection. Unlike some reviewers promised there were no court-room heroics or drama for that matter. So not the best legal thriller I’ve read or listened to by far.
I have become a huge Louise Penny fan and this is a "must read" in the on-going and thoroughly enjoyable Gamache story. However, this book is not one of her finest. First I was troubled by the use of the wealthy, dysfunctional family stereotype. Enough already! Wouldn’t it be more interesting for a change to have a murder in a rich family where everyone got along? The family in question is in fact so dysfunctional that other than the stalwart Gamache none of the characters are appealing – even Peter and Mary from Three Pines – leaving no one with which to identify. Also, the red herrings are way too obvious and finally there is the use of the ultimate cliché in mystery stories or at least a version of it. I won’t say more lest I give what little there is to give away.
That being said, this should be read if you’re interested in the continuing saga of Three Pines and the development of its characters. Plod through it because the next installment is much better!
Yes, there's a lot of "he said, she said" as other reviewers have complained. But if you are this far into the series you've learned to live it, or it just doesn't bother you anymore. It is vintage Parker and fans should enjoy this as much as the others.
If you are looking for a basic "who done it" where the primary interest is the mystery itself, the book and author is probably not for you. However, if you are interested in complex characters, sophisticated writing that is a pleasure to listen to with multilayered themes that get you thinking then you've found a wonderful home.
Penny is brilliant. Admittedly, from a basic plot standpoint this book is not quite up to her first one or her eighth (A Beautiful Mystery where I first met her) but it is still a joy to listen to. What at least one negative review missed or at least didn't mention is that there is an underlying mystery that begins in book one and continues in this book and is resolved in book three. So from this standpoint alone, this book is an essential read if you are committed to the series -- a commitment that is worth every credit!
I do have one minor critique of the reader: he doesn't know how to pronounce "toque" -- what Canadians call a winter cap -- your basic pull down over the ears. The reader pronounces it like "toe k" as in a drag on a joint. The word should be pronounced "toook" (long 'O'). Any way. . . That is really all I had to complain about and it is such a minor complaint at that.
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