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Bemidji, MN USA | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 98 ratings
  • 530 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2015

  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Ummm...well, its like weird. I think... maybe"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is for young people 18-25 yrs. old or maybe even for people that are just now starting to question their own religious beliefs.

    Any additional comments?

    I was a firm non-believer when I bought this book and I was kinda hoping that it would offer some insight into why humans believe what we believe, in a more anthropological way. What you got here is Richard and Lalla tag teaming the dialog and it comes off with this weird feeling that there should be a bright light shinning in your face while they "deprogram" you. I found this format distracting, it felt hokey with a tinge of desperate.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tom Reiss
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, Alex Dumas has become, through his son's books, the model for a captivating modern protagonist: The wronged man in search of justice. Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. He was only 32 when he was given command of 53,000 men, the reward for series of triumphs that many regarded as impossible, and then topped his previous feats by leading a raid up a frozen cliff face....

    Jean says: "Truth more unbelivable than fiction"
    Would you listen to The Black Count again? Why?

    YES-I will! This story is fascinating, I knew nothing about this subject and I'm a bit of a history lover. Why isn't this widely known outside of France? or is it just me? I don't ever remember his name coming up when studying the French Revolution or Napoleon. There is so much here you will need to listen to it more than once.

    What other book might you compare The Black Count to and why?

    Candice Millard: Destiny of the Republic. The level of detail that went into the research to bring this exceptional man to life, to restore his rightful place in world history.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the thing that really stands out in my mind is death by medical treatment, how did this man survive the doctors while being held prisoner? President Garfield was not so lucky in Candice Millard book.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes-I turned it on, on Saturday morning when I got up and listened to it all day while doing my housework and errands, I did not finish, but I did the same on Sunday and was able to finish it in two settings.

    Any additional comments?

    This book should be made into a film, as long as Hollywood doesn't try to impose 21st century morals onto 18th century life. Let the French take their own lumps for the cruelty of the sugar plantations and slave trade and post revolution anti black laws.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO!! Very slow moving, read in monotone.

    Would you recommend I Am Legend to your friends? Why or why not?

    NO!!! This book represents a very small category of books where the movie is truly better than the book, and the movie wasn't that good either. This book is more about the internal dialog of a man trying not to loose his sanity, than any of the monsters standing outside his house each night.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The material is very depressing, with only a few speaking characters. I wish the narrator would have given more range of emotion to the lead. It felt monotone.

    Could you see I Am Legend being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Hollywood's already done this a couple of times.

    Any additional comments?

    Even if this book is on sale, avoid the temptation to buy will be sorry if you do.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lamb to be better than the print version?

    YES I would, and I own the book too(it looks just like a bible). I bought it after I listened to the audio version. In fact I bought it from a seller right here on Amazon. Fisher Stevens is able to to bring each character to life, he gave them all their own distinct voice. He is very good at this kind of work and should stick with it. I hope it pays well.

    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    I don't know of any other books that I could compare this one to, this book is able to use the old testament, myth,legend and humor to fill in the "missing years" of Jesus' life without changing the underlying moral character of the son of god, while creating a story that sounds completely plausible.

    Have you listened to any of Fisher Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I will be sampling more of his work here on Audible

    Who was the most memorable character of Lamb and why?

    Biff of course, he is the driver of this bus and ain't nobody getting his wheel time. Please don't get me wrong there are many memorable characters in this book like, "Maggie Magdalene" the girl that they both love. Raziel the angel who is addicted to daytime T.V.

    Any additional comments?

    I also loved how Mr. Moore was able to capture the raw unknowing wonder of childhood. Well Done!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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