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  • Shada: Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
    • Narrated By Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

    Robert says: "Like uncovering a lost treasure"
    "FROODY!"
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    Would you listen to Shada again? Why?

    yes indeed, any chance to visit the works of my favorite author is a must.


    What did you like best about this story?

    engaging and entertaining


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

    just as good as the rest. It is a delight to hear her voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what is to complain about with the audio quality, it sounds EXCELLENT on my ipod and phone. the humor is wonderful, the story is engaging and for fans of the Dirk Gently series it's a delight to hear where the original ideas and characters came from. I'd love to hear it as a full radio production with Tom Baker and Lalla Ward performing it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By David Fitzgerald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (95)

    Nailed sheds light on ten beloved Christian myths, and, with evidence gathered from historians across the theological spectrum, shows how they point to a Jesus Christ created solely through allegorical alchemy of hope and imagination; a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus - in short, a purely mythic Christ.

    skepticalDustin says: "If only I was willing to make my grandma cry..."
    "better on paper than audio"
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    Where does Nailed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While the information is good I can't say it's worth owning as an audiobook. On paper it would be fine because you could go back later and reference it if needed. You can't do that with this kind of information in an audiobook format.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The information in this book is good but it's more laid out as a dissertation and not a simple "here it is" let me tell you a story. The first half of the book is him making references to events, people and places that feels like it needs an appendix (or that he's reading from someone else's) that sadly audio books don't come with. Several times throughout the audio book the author makes reference to a PDF file that accompanies it but I was not given one to download from audible.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Fitzgerald?

    Anyone anywhere ever.
    While the information in this book is good, David Fritzgerald is not a "performer" like so many others who narrate audible books. He has trouble pronouncing words he wrote in his own book. Several times throughout the performance sentences are read twice over. He reads it like a high school student reading in front of a class and nervous that the other students are going to make fun of him. It is not fluid nor does it float at all. It's an awkward bumbling mess the whole way through. It's hard to follow the "so and so in this century said this, and so and so disputed that in this century" with the author's uneasy reading style. I felt lost for the first half of the book. The information is useful but it wasn't until he got into the actual texts of the bible that one could follow along having something familiar to ground the text to.


    Any additional comments?

    the information in this book is good but you're better off having a hard copy to refer back to when necessary. Unless you have a photographic memory this is nothing more than a "hey that was good to know". This isn't really the kind of book you listen to, it's one you have in hand and highlight with markers as you go.

    I enjoyed the book but not in an audio format. I'm going to have to buy the book in print so I can pick up the points the author failed to convey properly in his own reading.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Seth Andrews
    • Narrated By Seth Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (212)

    Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded.

    Michael says: "A man's spiritual journey out of religiousity"
    "worth a listen"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book, it's touching, from the heart and I find myself relating to the story very strongly.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the narrator complains about how some audiobooks are read so dry and unfeeling but he soo overcompensates that it's actually kind of distracting. I like it when he shouts on his radio show, not in his audiobook.


    Was Deconverted worth the listening time?

    yes, I recommend it to believes and non-believers alike.


    Any additional comments?

    if you liked the book, you'll like his podcast. And vice versa

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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