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Linwood

Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Templar Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (451)

    The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

    Jane says: "Overall, a good read"
    "Lin"
    Overall

    I have read several of Steve Berry's books and enjoyed them. This one is just ridiculous. I live in Spain and travel to Southern France on a regular basis. Extremely poor research despite the so called references cited in the epilogue. The situations and character development were infantile. Is there a character in modern fiction with an once of common sense? Don't waste a credit or your time. Sorry this one just didn't impress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1031)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Strange. Funny. Art Fable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Sacre Bleu?

    I cannot remember reading anything quite like it. Unique.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sacre Bleu?

    Loved the characters and the interaction between them.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    With the exception of a few pronunciation errors, quite good.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend it, adult content.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ross Douthat
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Ross Douthat, the youngest-ever op-ed columnist for the New York Times, has emerged as one of the most provocative and influential voices of his generation. Now he offers a masterful and hard-hitting account of how American Christianity has gone off the rails - and why it threatens to take American society with it.

    Lynn says: "Broad Stroke Analysis"
    "Maybe not best as an audio book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Bad Religion better?

    There are many excellent aspects of this book. It is quite technical at times. This is no easy read so I would not recommend it for your drive to work. You have to listen carefully. I speak 4 languages and still found the vocabulary and references a bit high brow. Also, it is the kind of book that I would like to be able to check the references and footnotes. He makes some allegations, that I am sure he researched, but in a print copy you could check them out and especially the context.


    What could Ross Douthat have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Simplify the language and make it more accessible to the average reader. It comes across as an intellectual tome written for a philosophical elite. The subject is important enough to make more accessible to more people.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Good Narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I would remind the reader/author of the words of God to a discouraged prophet Elijah, "I have 7000 people in this land who haven't sold out to Baal". I agree there are very serious issues facing the church in the USA. Still, I believe there are many people who despite the sin and imperfections of contemporary Christianity, have not bought the lies and heresy which the book documents.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rodney Stark
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    In God's Battalions, award-winning author Rodney Stark takes on the long-held view that the Crusades were the first round of European colonialism, conducted for land, loot, and converts by barbarian Christians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. To the contrary, Stark argues that the Crusades were the first military response to unwarranted Muslim terrorist aggression.

    Tad Davis says: "A lively and useful introduction"
    "counter revisionist"
    Overall

    Good book. Well researched. Well read. It is difficult to find a so called "history" w/o an agenda, and this one's is at least clearly stated: to counter a revisionist view of history that seems to condemn the crusades as motivated by barbaric "Christians" seeking gold and glory while the "high and tolerant" culture of an Islamic Middle East (increasingly accepted as truth)was being destroyed. The author makes a convincing case against such revisionist thinking. I think this book should be read and debated in a wide forum. I would also like to see more titles from Rodney Stark in the Audible catalogue.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Shortly after Army lawyer Sean Drummond starts working for the Office of Special Projects, a CIA cell which handles the most dangerous threats, the White House Chief of Staff is found brutally murdered. A note left by the killer promises more victims, including the President.

    William says: "The President's Assassin--A Killer Read!"
    "adolescent"
    Overall

    I have been an audible listener for many years. I've read many good books and a few losers. I like mysteries and Scott Brick's narrative. This gave me more than enough reason to purchase this download.

    This is by far the worse excuse for a mystery novel I downloaded. Unoriginal, infantile and adolescent. For one, I am getting burned out on the sterotypical sacastic, irreverent and loose cannon investigator. Sean Drummond is a case in point. His type might have been interesting in the 1930s and 40s, but is overdone to the point of boredom in 2007.

    The dialogue sticks, perhaps because it is more appropiate to public toliet than an audible book.

    Brian Haig is no Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke or Nevada Barr. I suggest your readers try these authors before wasting a download on the Presidents Assassin.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful

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