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J. Benjamin

North Saint Paul, MN, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4407)
    Performance
    (1807)
    Story
    (1785)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Just a little crazy."
    Overall

    I would say this book is worth listening to. He definitely gives you something to think about. Unfortanetly for every good argument he brings up, he also brings up a ridiculous one.

    No chapter has more shotty logic and misleading half truths than the one entitled "The American Taliban" in which he gives up much of the credibility he had earned with a chapter that childishly attempts to attack the United States of America. For example, he tries to equate the seven people killed in attacks on abortionists ten years ago to a current religious war. He forgets to mention that there were only seven deaths, and that none were recent.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1842)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1061)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "Good book, bad narrator"
    Overall

    I'm so glad they're bringing back Marguerite Gavin for the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1196)
    Story
    (1209)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Not an upbeat book."
    Overall

    This book was not at all what I was expecting. I have three complaints.

    1. The god of this universe isn't perfect, and doesn't care about anyone, so it doesn't rase any real theological debate. (Which I thought was the point of the book.)

    2. I wasn't looking for a sad story, and this is a story about an angry dying man.

    3. There were quite a few jabs at America, most of which didn't make much since. If you're not an american I'm sure you won't care, but I am.

    12 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • 2008 RNC: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (9/03/08)

    • ORIGINAL (40 mins)
    • By Sarah Palin
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska and the Republican Party's nominee for vice president speaks on the third night of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, September 3, 2008.

    Matthew says: "Refreshing"
    "Well spoken"
    Overall

    This speech is not one of those speeches that poeple will be talking about in ten years, but it's what my circle of frends and colleagues are talking about this election season.

    Don't rely on the sound bites you may have heard on the media. I've already heard some of her words taken out of context.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21620)
    Performance
    (13089)
    Story
    (13220)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Worth reading."
    Overall

    Great book. My only complaint is that after the ending, which was great, he kept on going. It is clear that he only tacked this on so that his second book, which was already writen, would fit into a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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