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  • How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting a cosmic war. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, by infusing the United States War on Terror with the same kind of religiously polarizing rhetoric and Manichean worldview, it is also fighting a cosmic war, a war that can't be won.

    Sangho says: "Good read but could have been better"
    "Broadens your perspective"
    Overall

    Certainly an interesting look at religion and modernization. Sheds light on psychology, identity, modernization, war, and underlying cultures as they function to shape history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Martin Lings
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    This excellent audiobook is the first of its kind and has been selected by a number of organizations as a worthy introduction to the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), including Muslim Welfare House, London, and the Muslim Council of Britain.

    Bebers says: "Excellent"
    "Was looking for more."
    Overall

    This is somewhat of a generic biography, I was hoping for more. Possibly because it's an abridged version. I wanted more connection between the prophet's life and revelations. None-the-less I did learn new things and found it worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2820)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (572)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "Not for everyone"
    Overall

    This book is resourceful _IF_ you are looking for alternatives and are courageous and willing to think (and act) outside the box.

    The narration is okay, I did not think it was as bad as many have stated.

    It is somewhat useless if you will read it just to read, you actually have to believe and be willing to try some of the stuff.

    I personally found it useful, and have used some of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (469)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Very insightful, but..."
    Overall

    If you ever wondered what goes into the minds of these mad men, what makes them tick, or simply 'why?', this book is very informative.

    Some information about Islam is a bit inaccurate, such as regarding divorce and a couple other things I can't recall at the moment. Overall though I would say the author appears unbiased and fair.

    If you are reading this book to learn how a religion such as Islam can be turned into such a scary thing, an excellent complimentary would be 'No God but God' by Reza Aslan, a definite must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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