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Bryan

westmount, Quebec, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (170)

    Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged anall-out war against Rome’s occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God’s judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people.

    Diane says: "Revealing "Revelations""
    "Insight into a long-ago world"
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    The Book of Revelations is indeed a revelation in Elaine Pagels's understanding of it. Spirited, erudite and engaged best describe her exploration of a long-ago world that continues to inform our own.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (1491)
    Story
    (1504)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Funny, smart accounting of global debt folly"
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    If journalism is history written on the run, Michael Lewis has won a marathon.

    Who knew the global debt crisis, which has swamped Europe and threatens to overtop America, could be so wittily rendered? In Lewis's account, it's big, it's scary and it's funny – a "march of folly" that you can't help stopping to watch.

    Sometimes the ethnic stereotyping is a bit cringe-making, and he goes easier on Americans than he does the hapless Europeans, but over all this is a book that lends understanding as it entertains.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (146)

    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Roy says: "Do the Wave"
    "Author successfully rides the wave"
    Overall

    Susan Casey's enthusiasm for her subject carries you along. Using big-wave surfers to link interesting historical material and climate science is effective. Particularly liked the visit to Lloyds of London. Good, solid reporting with an eye for telling details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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