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  • Forever Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (90)

    War in the 21st century is fought by "soldierboys". Remote-controlled mechanical monsters, they are run by human soldiers who hard-wire their brains together to form each unit. Julian is one of these dedicated soldiers, until he inadvertently kills a young boy. Now he struggles to understand how this has changed his mind.

    Jan says: "Too lazy to come up with a decent ending"
    "not up to the standards one expects from Haldeman"
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    Would you try another book from Joe Haldeman and/or George Wilson?

    yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Haldeman again?

    yes


    What does George Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    not a lot


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    ok book, but not up to the quality that Haldeman is capable of.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always enjoyed Haldeman's work. But this book's plot and characters were pretty thin. Read Forever War or some of his other works, but don't judge him based on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happy Atheist

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By P. Z. Myers
    • Narrated By Aron Ra
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    On his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of fans with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. This funny and fearless book collects and expands on some of his most popular writings, giving the religious fanaticism of our times the gleeful disrespect it deserves by skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical thinking, hypocrisies, and pseudoscientific theories advanced by religious fundamentalists of all stripes.

    Chad says: "PZ plus Aron Ra equals AWESOME"
    "Enjoyable read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Happy Atheist the most enjoyable?

    I don't always agree with PZ but I do respect and enjoy his work. This book is no exception.


    What does Aron Ra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really prefer books that are read by the author. But if PZ wasn't going to read it, you couldn't do any better than Aaron Ra.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much about the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Bringing to life the world of the Old and New Testaments, the acclaimed creator of the bestselling Don’t Know Much About® series transforms dry, difficult reading into colorful and realistic accounts. Relying on new research and improved translations, Kenneth C. Davis uncovers some amazing questions and contradictions about what the Bible really says: Jericho’s walls may have tumbled down because the city lies on a fault line; Moses never parted the Red Sea; There was a Jesus, but he wasn’t born on Christmas and he probably wasn't an only child....

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Listened for several hours"
    "decent survey of the topic"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is a good place to start if you are interested in an overview of the topic. If you are already familiar with the historical setting surrounding the rise of the Judeo-Christian-Muslim movements you might want to jump straight over to someone like Bart Ehrman for a more detailed, more scholarly experience. One thing i did not like about this book was that in several places the author gives historical timelines to give the reader historical context, but he mixes historical and legendary persons and events without giving the reader any disclaimers, and making no effort to differentiate between fact and fiction. All in all the author seems to bend over backwards to not offend believers, and has produced a book about a potentially "hot" topic that believers, non-believers, and interested bystanders can all read without becoming either offended or intellectually insulted. But, this book is definitely a primer, not for the reader already well versed in the subject unless you're looking for a convenient review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "Enjoyed this book"
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    Would you listen to American Nations again? Why?

    The author submits some interesting ideas that give you lots of things to ponder. I'll read it again some time just to see if I missed anything.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Nations?

    No one "memorable" moment. The book was a good consistent read from front o back.


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

    I don't really pay attention to who the readers are. I prefer books that are read by the authors themselves.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The concept of thinking of North America in more logical terms rather than the rather random political borders.


    Any additional comments?

    Toward the end of the book, I thought the author's arguments did not keep up with a changing world. To me the author's "regions" make more sense in a 19th century context than in the 21st century.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2454)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1197)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Must read"
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    Where does God Is Not Great rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If I had heroes Mr. Hitchens would be one of them. This is one of my favorite books, and I have read and re-read it. I buy copies of this book and give them to friends, family and acquaintances.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Mr. Hitchens will say what others think but are afraid to say, or are not capable of saying, or are to "polite" to say. He pulls no punches and does not pander to the "you must respect my beliefs just because" crowd. No "get out of jail free" faith cards allowed here.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Reading this book was the first time I realized that it was not necessary to shut up when people said stupid things just because they were "religious" stupid things. People who have irrational, crazy ideas and air them publicly should be subject to being "called" on it, especially when we live in a world where theocracy seems to have been welcomed back into the political realm, especially where those kinds of beliefs could now endanger the entire planet rather than isolated peoples or nations.


    Any additional comments?

    For most of human existence, most humans lived under the power of one theocracy or another. They endured torture, burning, murder, mayhem, crusades and genocide of all kinds. Mr. Hitchens book reminds us of the dangers of history repeating itself. To me this book was a wake up call that made me realize that "live and let live" was not appropriate at this time, because the theocrats do not intend to live side by side, but to enforce their beliefs on the rest of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    An eerie light proclaims the arrival of a mysterious watcher in the woods. And one solitary man begins a desperate battle against something unknown - and unknowable.

    Sharon says: "A little out there..."
    "Gave up after the first couple of hours"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I can't think of anything.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    I keep trying because I have read a couple by the author that were ok.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher Lane?

    Sure


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The first two hours was like the first two minutes of a "lifetime channel" show. "Leave it to Beaver" kitsch meets 1970's "Death Wish" LA. I'm serious, two hours for the obligatory hero cop, perfect wife, perfect kid, perfect people doing perfect things while being put upon by the imperfect, corrupted rest of society.


    Any additional comments?

    Granted, I couldn't make it past the TWO hour "lifetime movie" to get to the story, but I don't think there was really anything impressive or original to come.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9803)
    Performance
    (8906)
    Story
    (8918)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "could not finish this book"
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    What disappointed you about 14?

    Characters were not “believable” and their behaviors/reactions implausible. Characters set in 21st century LA had personalities and behaved more like 1970's Iowa. Example. Character determines that an unknown variety of bugs "die on demand" at a specific location, so she drops the idea of studying them because she cant get a live one to the lab. A twelve year old would recognize that bringing something like that to the attention of any researcher at any university would bring down scientists from all over the world, but these characters just grunt and forget it. All in all the premise/plot seemed pretty thin. The plot had that 70's feel, where an author could just throw in anything without any believable, realistic, naturalistic, scientific foundation being laid down first. Maybe I expect too much from a "horror story," but I like for it to be "believable."


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    Perhaps.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Reader is pretty good. He tries but is not very good with "accents."


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Except for the 2012 references, iPads, cell phones, etc. the book had the "feel" of 1960's or 70's plots that didn't require efforts at establishing believability. Plot seemed to have that Twilight Zone, Outer Limits kind of "feel." Maybe a good plot for a made for TV movie, but not a 12 hour read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Man Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Was it justice... or revenge? What drove a simple farmer to set out on an impossible quest after a gang of bloodthirsty killers that raped and murdered his wife and slit his small son's throat? Their trail led him halfway across the country and deep into Mexico. One by one he tracked them down and brought them to justice, sometimes at the end of a short rope, more often in front of his fast guns, and he didn't care which.

    Xavier says: "Great "Manly" read. I loved it."
    "just couldn't make it through this one"
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    Any additional comments?

    I don't ask for a lot from this genre of fiction, but there was just too much in the way of implausible plot, and particularly inaccurate gun lore, in this one, and I just could not make it through the whole book. Also, I have already read one of the author's other books that contains the same plot in the last half of the book. I don't know which of the books was published first but the author just wholesale lifted a big chunk of the story from one and pasted it into the other. Once you have read all L'amour's works, its hard to find good books in this genre, and Mr. Rhodes does better than some I have read, but I still find his books to be "hit or miss."



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1: The Mormons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By David Smalley
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    In this first book of The Complete Heretic's Guide to World Religion series, historian and award-winning atheist author Dave Fitzgerald takes us behind the Salt Lake curtain for a glimpse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and answers your questions: Where did this multi-billion dollar tax-exempt corporation come from? Did Joseph Smith really sleep with all those women? Are the Mormons going to take over the whole world, and if so, is there any way to stop them? But that's not all!

    Barbara C. French says: "Amusing treatment, but narration problems"
    "Cant wait for the next of the author's books"
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    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Fitzgerald needs to read his own books! I always prefer to have the author read their own work, and when you have a speaker as good as David Fitzgerald it's a letdown not to hear it from his own voice.

    Anyone not already familiar with Mr. Fitzgerald needs to look him up and hear him speak!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Rides a Pale Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    The doctors told him he had only a few months to live and there was nothing they could do. But death wasn't what scared T.J. Littlejohn; he had a wife and three children, and nothing to leave them but a tiny slice of East Texas prairie and a handful of cows. He needed money and he needed it fast. A wanted poster in the sheriff's office gave him the answer - he became a bounty hunter.

    Jean says: "Death Rides a Pale Horse"
    "just could not finish this book"
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    Would you try another book from Dusty Rhodes and/or Gene Engene?

    I have read a couple of other books from this author, and he has a couple more that I will try, but this one was a terrible disappointment.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will probably return this book and pick up one of the author's "Longhorn" books that I have not yet read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Death Rides a Pale Horse?

    There wouldn’t be much of the book left if you cut out everything that should be cut, but I'd start with the whiney, crying, bosom clutching wife character.


    Any additional comments?

    There's almost no action in the book, mostly people whining and crying about their problems. I can get that in real life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Mountain Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By William Johnstone
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Matt Jensen, reared by legendary mountain hero Smoke, is the last of a proud breed. He will soon learn that dispensing justice with a gun is the only true way to execute righteous revenge in the Old West.

    bookouri says: "simply could not finish this horrible book"
    "simply could not finish this horrible book"
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    What was most disappointing about William Johnstone’s story?

    I thought I'd try this book because some reviewers compared the author to Louis L'amour, and one of my guilty pleasures is to sit down with one of those old good guy, bad guy western novels and get away from reality. But no L'amour book that I ever read was ever even close to being this bad. I understand that this is just a "western" novel, but you like to see a little attention to detail, minimizing historical inaccuracies and containing a minimum of just plain silliness and implausibility. But you won’t get that here. The characters, the situations, are annoying and just plain just horrible. One of the few books I have had that I simply could not finish.




    How could the performance have been better?

    I had no problem with the performance just the content of the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    annoyance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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