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Adam

Adam Whitaker

Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume One

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (202)

    Hailed by literary critics as the inventor of modern-day horror, H. P. Lovecraft is the cultivating force behind such modern writers as Robert Bloch, Wes Craven and Stephen King. The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume One is a collection of his best-known tales narrated for the first time by Wayne June and includes both "The Dunwich Horror" (published in the summer of 1926) and "The Call of Cthulhu" (published in the summer of 1928).

    Edward says: "Excellent Series for those who love Lovecraft..."
    "Spooky"
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    Lovecraft is best read yourself in quiet house on a winter night, but listening to Wayne June is a close second. Great performance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Howard Bryant
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In the 34 years since his retirement, Henry Aaron's reputation has only grown in magnitude: he broke existing records (rbis, total bases, extra-base hits) and set new ones (hitting at least 30 home runs per season 15 times, becoming the first player in history to hammer 500 home runs and 3,000 hits). But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball's immortal figures.

    Adam says: "A Remarkable Story, Well Told"
    "A Remarkable Story, Well Told"
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    Bryant tells Henry Aarons' legendary story through his playing days to the difficult decision Aaron, a man who hates cheating, made regarding how to respond to Bonds' fraudulent capture of his all time homerun record. Eclipsed by Jackie Robinson's career, Aaron's challenging contribution and struggle with civil rights is also covered. In this he sought respect, as he did with regard to his status among contemporaries like Mays and Musial. Aaron being the greatest hitter in baseball history makes this an excellent book for any baseball fan, but more than this, Aaron is an enormous and meaningful character in American lore and should be of interest to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Heaven or Heresy: A History of the Inquisition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    With a scholarly eye and infectious enthusiasm, widely published author and noted expert on pre-modern European history Thomas Madden imparts an understanding of the Spanish and Roman Inquisitions while dispelling popular myths associated with the subject.

    Adam says: "Very informative"
    "Very informative"
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    This covers a lot of history, starting with the Roman origins of inquisitions. The lecturer is very well informed though he does seem to go out of his way to defend the church every few minutes. Even so, he presents the history most have never really looked into in a way that's easy to follow and retain.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Why Darwin Matters: The Case for Evolution and Against Intelligent Design

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Columnist and publisher Michael Shermer, once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, argues that Intelligent Design proponents invoke a combination of ad science, political antipathy, and flawed theology in their new brand of creationism. He refutes their pseudoscientific arguments and then demonstrates why conservatives and people of faith can and should embrace evolution. Why Darwin Matters is an incisive examination of what is at stake in the debate over evolution.

    Christopher says: "Good book, unfortunate abridgement"
    "A Good Flyover"
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    Shermer shows what ID lacks in order to be considered a science and shows a few motivations other than scientific interest those who advocate it may have for trying to advance it. The book also gets into the history of ID and the battle to have it added to the curriculum in public schools and the decisions by several courts, some conservative, that this is unconstitutional. Shermer's effort in this book is toward the preservation of science rather than discounting of religion or the existence of God.

    This is a good read (or listen) on its own or as an introduction to the conversation before going on to something like the Blind Watchmaker.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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