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steamer.ssf

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  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
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    (742)
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    (730)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "Inconsistencies with origins explanation:"
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    The author would like you to believe there must be an undirected explainable explanation of all phenomenon. The age of scientific enlightenment dispells this myth that something came from nothing as the author leaves it with the "big bang theory". This first cause must be from an "uncaused" entity that directed all intelligence, as is commonly called God, that exist trans temporallly beyond known dimensions. Why universal myths describing similar phenomenon? - I would prepose that God has obviously provided "General Revelation" in the "book of nature" - this is the "light of creation and consciousness" the God gives all persons of all time that none may be without excuse for believing in God. God also has given "special revelation" through the spiritually inspired scriptures backed up by manuscript evidence, archealogical evidence, prophecy and the science of statistical probability as well as countless eyewitness accounts. In addition, evolution is certainly a mechanism of change within species, but as the fossil record clearly reveals, does not change one species to another. A mechanism for adaption, intelligently guided.

    Anyway it was an interesting account which, when all is said and done, comes down to faith - either in a fatalistic view of life on earth and eternity or faith in the only living God Jesus Christ who chose to die and be resurrected to forgive mankind, through faith in Him, of all sin, by giving believers the righteousness of Christ and eternal life with God, hallelujah. Go online for more information and a better explanation of all things involving origins, Christianity and other religions.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
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    (1095)
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    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Good narration, revisionist account of scriptures"
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    Reza posits a theory based on a pre-supposition that denies the divinity of Jesus and the supernatural. To deny the supernatural brings one back to the ultimate conscious/subconscious question for all and that is origins - were we created by an uncaused first cause (God) or we must explain how something came from nothing which is impossible by definition and logic. I did find ithis an interesting read although I did not agree with many of his propositions, assumptions, speculations and innuendos. For better coverage on the subject I would recommend Hank Hanegraaff's "Has God Spoken - Proof of the Bible's Divine Inspiration" and the for a more experiential understanding "Destined to Reign" by Joseph Prince.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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"
    "Fundamentalist coverage of topic:"
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    Even though Dawkins denies it, this is a fundamentalist advocacy of atheism and "religion" of Darwinism (natural selection) as to a worldview. Although this is observable within species it breaks down transitionally as well as to the creation of the cosmos. Dawkins denies any possibility of the supernatural to explain the unexplainable but yet relies on it to allow natural selection as the first cause of creation...

    Additionally this includes a "gross" misreading of the Bible, taking scripture out of context, not acknowledging the redemption of Jesus Christ and abrogation of the old testament theocracy laws - which demonstrate the fallen, sinful nature of man and the gift of grace - forgiveness of sin (no condemnation/unmerited favor) and the imparting of righteousness through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

    To balance these assertions I would recommend reading "Has God Spoken? Proof of God's Divine Inspiration" by Hank Hanegraaf, and other resources online

    False religions have long been around and have been warned about throughout the Bible. The solution is not "religion" but "relationship" and knowledge of the Bible and Jesus Christ. This age of scientific enlightenment continues to support the inspired word of God.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Marcus J. Borg
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith. For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Borg shows why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God. Emphasizing the critical role of daily practice in living the Christian life, he explores how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as authentically life-giving practices.

    connie says: "book worth rediscovering for both head and heart"
    "Should be Titled "Heart of ANTI-Christianity""
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone looking for religion but NOT a relationship with Jesus Christ as a born again believer in the Grace (unmerited favor of God).


    What could Marcus J. Borg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    At least make up a different name for his religous belief proposal. He is historically inaccurate to call this Christianity.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Pruden’s performances?

    Yes.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well organized.


    Any additional comments?

    By his own definition Mr. Borg is not a Christian. He fails to take into account the overwhelming biblical and historical accounts as well as compelling evidence (The Christian Research Institute). Without Grace (unmerited favor in the forgiveness of ALL our sins past, present & future - through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ) there is no Christianity - but Hallelujah through the blood of Christ we have the righteousness of Christ to live in His glory! Mr. Borg presents religion, not true relationship through Jesus Christ.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    Overall
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    Distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman - a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.

    Lee says: "Superb! A solid choice!"
    "Didn't want it to end."
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    Would you listen to Truman again? Why?

    Yes - the unabridged version - well written, a great account of American history by a great American character.


    What other book might you compare Truman to and why?

    The Last Lion


    Which scene was your favorite?

    WWII - decision to drop the atomic bomb; Korean War - the issue with MacArthur


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes- a great story of a very common man of great character who became a very great president during a very contentious period of American history.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration by David McCullough - made me want the unabridged version - very enjoyable audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1424)
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    (1243)
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    (1251)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "Powerful audiobook!"
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    If you could sum up The Grapes of Wrath in three words, what would they be?

    Trans- formative experience


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reality of this story and performance make you feel like you are witnessing the events. Excellent historic fiction.


    Which character ??? as performed by Dylan Baker ??? was your favorite?

    Liked them all - masterful performance by author


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was a pity to see further evidences of life without A relation with Jesus Christ - not religion but relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    I've now put East of Eaden on my wish list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
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    (990)
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    (1001)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Tremendously Enjoyed!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - well written and performed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Deep Blue Good-By?

    The ending, the persona of Tracis McGee


    What about Robert Petkoff???s performance did you like?

    On the whole, he does a good job with all the characters. He takes nothing from the story and certainly adds to the drama.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, unfortunately that was not an option.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the next volumes!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3745)
    Performance
    (3049)
    Story
    (3012)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Enjoyable book to listen to. The story ......"
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    What did you like best about The Litigators? What did you like least?

    Good narration, well written in Grisham style


    If you???ve listened to books by John Grisham before, how does this one compare?

    I found the story so-so, I found the characters mostly uninspiring and somewhat depressing.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris???s performance did you like?

    He brings the story to life, very appealing presentation of characters.


    Do you think The Litigators needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no, see above


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Dick Cheney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (355)

    In his unmistakable voice and with an insider's eye on history, former Vice President Dick Cheney tells the story of his life and the nearly four decades he has spent at the center of American politics and power. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it - with courage and without compromise.

    A User says: "Eye Opening, Insightful and Honest"
    "Interesting Book, well narrated."
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    If you could sum up In My Time in three words, what would they be?

    Front-row seat


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In My Time?

    so many behind the scene revelations


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The basis for the decisions to go to war in Afghanistan & Iraq


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes - about 9-11


    Any additional comments?

    This book takes you behind the scene in the highest politics in Washington for over 3 decades to give you a up-close view of the history of country during this time. It is well narrated, it seems like it's Cheney himself reading. Well written book, enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10777)
    Performance
    (6808)
    Story
    (6838)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A powerfully inspirational, fascinating story."
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    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    yes, incredible story, well written and narrated


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Louis persevered captivity, and when released depression and alcoholism to find Christ and turn his life around be a blessing to others.


    Which character ??? as performed by Edward Herrmann ??? was your favorite?

    I liked them all they were so well done


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    A 5 star book all the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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