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Michael

Berkeley, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Fourth Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Millions of television viewers witness a journalist lose his left-hand to a lion, triggering a nationwide race to find and deliver a hand transplant. John Irving's tenth novel promises more seamless storytelling and a penetrating look at the power of second chances.

    Suzn F says: "WELL..... I LOVED IT"
    "Yuck!"
    Overall

    Garp would hate this book. Dog poop Lacrosse is the only "John Irving" element in the book. I did listen to the entire book; it is well read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (910)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "No money in atheism"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Swerve rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I came away from this book with the same question I always ask. Why hasn't mankind cast off the belief in a creator "god"? The answer I am coming to is that there is no financial profit to be made in atheism. The jet setting popes, rabbis, mullahs, and evangelical preacher all attest to the financial success of any religion. Getting a group of atheists together is meaningless. What would we discuss? Talking about the absence of belief is a very short conversation.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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