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AllanNKnox

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  • I Will Fear No Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (320)

    As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

    Lisa says: "Not Heinlein's best - but still good"
    "Not one of Heinlein's best stories"
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    What made the experience of listening to I Will Fear No Evil the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did an wonderful job of giving each character a distinct voice and keeping them separate, even when the lines came machine gun style.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    As we approach the end of our lives, we all wish to live it with our greatest loves close to us. But honestly, the ending becomes almost ridiculous.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyage from Yesteryear

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By Ed French
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Voyage from Yesteryear is a 1982 science fiction novel by the author James P. Hogan. It explores themes of anarchism and the appropriateness of certain social values in the context of high-technology. The inspiration for the novel was the contention that the ongoing conflict in Northern Ireland had no immediate practical solution, and could only be solved if the children of one generation were somehow separated from their parents, and hence did not learn any of their prejudices.

    Arturo says: "Intriguing story. Excellent narration."
    "Utopia is NEVER an option... on Earth."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Voyage from Yesteryear to be better than the print version?

    I experienced both and the audio rendition was faithful to the novel. I would be hard-pressed to choose the better.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It would be the same as my Headline for this review: Utopia is NEVER an option... on Earth.


    Any additional comments?

    It couldn't happen on Earth... a society where the only spendable commodity and measure of wealth is your reputation of doing your work well.... a society that is technologically advanced and independent... a society where all major conflicts have NOT been banned, but do not happen.... a society where the inability to think rationally and reasonably is considered to be a mental illness... a society where no one has any need or desire to rule over anyone else nor to be ruled over... in other words, a viable and working Utopia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (831)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "The Best of Asimov, Well Narrated"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like wonderfully technical science fiction, BUT I LOVE science fiction that uses the science and human nature to point out the joys of being human, AND the natural flaws in human societies (and worst of all, the bureaucratic mentality).

    This story exhibits a human bureaucracy that has built up over centuries of "physio-time" with its high-minded and honorable purpose intact, at least as a facade they hold up for the benefit of other "Eternals" and the "All-when Counsel." It is said that "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions" well, the establishment and the government of "Eternity" was intended to adjust mankind away from war, poverty, and danger so that mankind would be at peace, happy, and healthy.

    But, the story slowly reveals the inherent flaws in bureaucratic nature and governmental intention. It does so, up to and including the ultimate flaw: that the pursuit of Safety always leads to stagnation and corruption; and always deprives mankind of the accomplishment of great things.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Amazing About Grace?

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Yancey
    • Narrated By Philip Yancey
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The author of 6 Gold Medallion Award-winning books challenges Christians to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, what's so amazing about grace? Philip Yancey contends that grace is a concept at the heart of God's plan for salvation, and that it is the responsibility of every Christian to reveal the grace the world is searching for.

    John says: "Another Gem from Yancy"
    "Amazing is Right!"
    Overall

    Alternate title for the book: Everything you ever wanted to know about God's Grace but never knew to ask.
    Grace tasks us to be "gracious" to everyone including sinners, enemies, and "different people". But the world and even some churches have taught us to give them "un-grace" instead.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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