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Boston, MA, USA | Member Since 2010

  • 8 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 311 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • The Gospel of Thomas: A New Vision of the Message of Jesus

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Elaine Pagels

    Millions of readers have turned to Elaine Pagels for her clear and insightful books about the Gnostic Gospels, the teachings of Jesus that have been lost for centuries. Sounds True is proud to present the first widely available audio recording of this extraordinary scholar as she explores the text that has changed the way many of us think about the message of Christ: The Gospel of Thomas.

    Drayton says: "Very interesting lecture"
    "Very interesting lecture"

    Obviously, this is slightly less than 2 hours in length, so it's not a book. This is a lecture about the Gospel of Thomas and Elaine Pagels spends considerable time after her talk answering many questions from the live audience.

    If you have already read "Beyond Belief" then you may find that this lecture provides even more detailed insights from Elaine Pagels on the Gospel of Thomas and its relation to other gospels. If you haven't read "Beyond Belief" you might want to do so before downloading this lecture.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Josh Heine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

    R. Moore says: "A tad short of excellent"
    "How is it possible?"

    How is it possible for 3 reviews to be given for a 9 hour book that was released just one hour ago?

    Even the printed edition was released just hours ago!

    I've very skeptical of the reviews so far... makes me think that former Anne Rice fans are trying to undermine this newest book.

    Giving false reviews is terribly misleading to others... I expect better of members. Pity.

    129 of 160 people found this review helpful
  • A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester

    The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

    Drayton says: "This Book Delivers"
    "This Book Delivers"

    An excellent book!

    Simon Winchester goes into great detail in the book, as he does in his other books. And, as the description indicates, this covers far more than the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

    Winchester ensures that readers of this book understand the context in which the 1906 earthquake occurred by giving extraordinary detail on the history of earthquakes and our understanding of them, the history of San Francisco (up to 1906), and detailed look at the mechanics of the San Andreas Fault.

    The Publisher's Summary above clearly shows this is more than just a look at one particular earthquake. The excerpt from Publishers Weekly also describes this as more than just about the 1906 earthquake. Based on those descriptions, and after listening to the book, I have to say that I got everything I expected... and more.

    Simon Winchester is the narrator for his book and does an excellent job.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • 2004 RNC: Senator Zell Miller (09/01/04)

    • Abridged/Unabridged (15 mins)
    • By Zell Miller

    On the third night of the 2004 Republican National Convention, Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) addressed the crowd. The speech took place at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, on September 1, 2004.

    Samuel says: "I was WOW'ed"
    "The Perfect Response"

    Zell's line, "U S Forces armed with what? Spitballs?", was a classic.

    One may not agree with Zell's political agenda, but I can't help but think that his speech was the perfect response to John Kerry's waffling/nuanced positions that change as frequently as the tides.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Krista Tippett on Being, 1-Month Subscription

    • Abridged/Unabridged (56 mins)
    • By Krista Tippett
    • Narrated By Krista Tippett

    Join Krista and her intriguing guests for spacious conversation about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit. Each week a new discovery about faith, meaning, and the immensity of our lives.

    Marsha Ann says: "Educational and Engaging"
    "Outstanding Program"

    Krista Tippett delivers an insightful and well-balanced look at a multitude of issues. Plus, her guests are outstanding.

    Our NPR stations in Boston unfortunately don't carry this program, so it's quite handy to have a subscription.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • My Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton

    President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

    Drayton says: "Less than I expected"
    "Less than I expected"

    Clinton is smart, and although I wasn't expecting a "scholarly" work I was expecting something more substantive from a Rhodes Scholar.

    Those who are easily impressed with vast quantities of facts will enjoy this book. But the sense I have from listening to the book (and Bill Clinton is an excellent reader, by the way) is that he simply "Googled" his life and has given us the descriptions that one finds for every link on Google.

    I know that Clinton jogged a lot, I know how often he jogged, I know how many miles he jogged, I know the exact jogging routes he took. What I didn't learn from this book is why he jogs, what jogging does for him, how jogging makes him feel, what he thinks about when jogging. Nor did I understand how he could jog every day during the first primary season and gain 30 pounds. It's this style I found disappointing. Full of facts, bereft of substance.

    "My Life" gave me the sense that Bill Clinton has come gained an intimate understanding of who he is and how others' lives have impacted him and how he has impacted others' lives. I wish he had shared that intimate aspect of his life.

    45 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Ned Schmidtke

    American democracy is, in many people's minds, the model for the rest of the world. Fareed Zakaria points out that the American form of democracy is one of the least democratic in use today. Members of the Supreme Court and the Federal Reserve, institutions that fundamentally shape our lives, are appointed, not elected. The Bill of Rights enumerates a set of privileges to which citizens are entitled, no matter what the majority says. By restricting our democracy, we enhance our freedom.

    G Barth says: "Superb Survey of Modern Democratic Issues"
    "Excellent Audio Book"

    This book ties-in so well with current events. Although the US attempt to create a democratic government in Iraq is not specifically covered, this book will definitely help clarify the challenges the US faces in attempting to create a "democratic Iraq". Of course, many other "current events" topics will come to mind as you listen to this fascinating book.

    Excellent narrator... very interesting topics... I highly recommend this audio book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal, 1-Month Subscription

    • By The Wall Street Journal
    • Narrated By The Wall Street Journal

    The Editors of The Wall Street Journal select the most popular columns and briefings from the Marketplace, Money & Investing, and Front Sections of the Journal. You'll hear the top stories read to you verbatim and be able to easily skip from story to story. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    CB says: "Good coverage of business and news"
    "Well done from the Wall Street Journal"

    For those who equate newspaper news with USA Today, you may wish to pass. However, if you find the articles in the printed edition of The WSJ "newsworthy" and you'd enjoy having a broad selection of those articles in a one-hour format, then you'll enjoy this subscription.

    The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal is not a substitute for the paper, but it will help you catch up on select articles while commuting or running around town. No audio version of a newspaper with a length of only one hour will contain all of the articles of interest to you... but The Morning Read does an excellent job of picking a wide variety of articles that give one the gist of what's covered in the print edition.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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