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Chris

arnold, MO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 178 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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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
    (230)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (187)

    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""
    "Grandma?!?"
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    The narrator sounds like someones 75 year old grandmother who smokes 3 packs of cigarettes a day for the past 50 years, . Never could get used to her narration and the narrator seem to me to have read the book with a sort of disdain or contempt for Christianity, which I don't believe the author intended. It was in a sort of sarcastic tone. Hard to explain.

    The book however, is very enlightening on the history of Christianity. I have learned a great deal about early Christians and the initial movement. Loved the descriptions of the early monastic life of many christian sects, very moving.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (471)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Ardenne says: "Excellent Round the World Encapsulation of Stats"
    "Entertaining with statistics"
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    I enjoyed the author's humor and the narrator's ability to deliver that humor. This book's description of the power and misuses of statistics is similar to books like, 'The drunkards walk' and Nate Silver's "The signal and the noise". I wish I would have discovered 'Naked Statistics" first. Many of the examples and stories I had already heard in the book's I have mentioned, however the author delivers them in a much more humorous way. I could not finish the book, and this is no way due to the fault of the author or the narrator, it's only due to the fact that I had already heard the information.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sandworms of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (285)

    Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, Sandworms of Dune will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine.

    Amazon Customer says: "You'll buy it anyway"
    "Last day of highschool"
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    The story was good, the narration was great as you would expect from Scott Brick, however the story felt like the last day of high school. You remember how the last day of highschool was, you cleaned out your locker, reminisced with all your friends, but nothing was really learned that day. This is how the story was for me, got to rehash some great memories of the previous stories and watch as all my favorite characters, minus Gilbertus Albans, Serot and Vohrian Atreides, walk off into the beautiful sunset.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sisterhood of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (390)

    It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind.

    Clydene says: "This is the First Need to Listen for 2012"
    "Can't get enough of this series"
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    Another great installment in the Dune Universe. Can't wait for the rest of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey Into Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (300)

    The theme of this four-day retreat: "It's Always Now" The Now is inseparable from who you are at the deepest level. It is the prerequisite of Being. As you listen to the words on this tape, you participate in the retreat. To "retreat" means to step back - not only from the outer world, but also from the world in your head, the thinking mind. Allow the sound of the words to take you beyond words and beyond sound to the stillness within.

    Stephanie says: "The best Audible credit I've spent yet"
    "Peaceful retreat during my commute"
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    If you're a fan of Mr Tolle's books you will love this. Even in silence Eckhart teaches you peace. One of the most charming things about this book is Eckhart's humor. He makes you laugh and he makes you STOP thinking.;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1683)
    Performance
    (1512)
    Story
    (1526)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "Entertaining"
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    It's written by Orson Scott Card, how could it disappoint? My only complaint is that the book was short and just builds your anticipation for the last installment of the Ender's series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think & Grow Rich - in the 21st Century

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Napolean Hill
    • Narrated By Jai Hutcherson
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is here updated by Jamie McIntyre for the 21st century. This is the seminal work by the well-loved and world-renowned Hill, a contemporary of Dale Carnegie. Originally published in 1937, his money-making secrets are as powerful today as they were then and can change your life forever.

    Chris says: "Painful narration"
    "Painful narration"
    Overall

    Good book, no doubt. I liked the chapter summaries as well. However, listening to the narrator was like driving nails into my brain. Not to sure where they found the narrator or why he is in the narration business. HORRIBLE. If you are considering this book, please listen to the sample. If you can stand the narrator more power to you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Children of God

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future.

    Ryan says: "A weaker, but worthwhile sequel"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    Science fiction is the last bastion of philosophy. Ms. Russell truly understands this. I could not stop listening to this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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