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  • 19 ratings
  • 78 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (187)

    Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged anall-out war against Rome’s occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God’s judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people.

    Diane says: "Revealing "Revelations""
    "Overview of early Christian writings and figures"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Revelations the most enjoyable?

    My interest in the Bible, its writers and interpreters and the author's coverage of the enigmatic Book of Revelation. Also the brief coverage of each of the ancient writings discovered at Nag Hammadi and why the early Church fathers decided to reject them.


    What other book might you compare Revelations to and why?

    Elaine Pagels' other books, e.g. The Gnostic Gospels and Beyond Belief. However, I think Revelations focuses more on John's writing of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, accompanied by the writer's interpretations - a little like a Bible study or a Church sermon. In Revelations, Pagels also spends a good deal of time on early Christian personalities and powerbrokers.


    Did Lorna Raver do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The voice was a little hard to take at first, but I got used to it as the book progressed. Lorna Raver speaks very distinctly and with appropriate intonation and animation. Bit croaky for my liking.


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

    No extreme reactions!


    Any additional comments?

    The book provides a good, brief coverage of developments in the early Christian Church, and the powerful characters who influenced the composition (canon) of the Bible we read today.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Behold a Pale Horse

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By William Cooper
    • Narrated By William Cooper
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    William Cooper, a former U.S. Naval Intelligence Briefing Team member, reveals his theories on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the war on drugs, and UFOs. Cooper draws his information from the top secret documents he had access to while with the Intelligence Briefing Team and from over 20 years of research.

    Jeromie says: "The truth starts here..."
    "Intriguing if it's not fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Behold a Pale Horse to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition, but it would be better than the audible edition, as the author/reader's voice is painful to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    Would you listen to another book narrated by William Cooper?

    No.


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

    Although I'd read some of this information before, I found the whole content fascinating and well put together.


    Any additional comments?

    This writer has so much information on these matters - secret societies, One World Order and alien encounters - that I wonder why anyone else needs to research these topics. Everything anyone would want to know about our encounters with ETs is here in this book. If his story is true, ETs must be everywhere on Planet Earth by now! Do you really know your neighbour that well?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy Unabridged: How the New World Order, Man-Made Diseases, and Zombie Banks Are Destroying America

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jim Marrs
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    The New World Order. Hitler referred to it in his diaries. President George H. W. Bush foretold of it in his speeches. Formed by a secretive global elite, the group seeking this new order has taken hold of the nation and perhaps the world. Its influence pervades every reach of American society, from the products we buy at the grocery store to the topics of evening news programs.

    John says: "True or not, he does connect the dots"
    "A good listen, thorough but a little repetitive."
    Overall

    At times I thought I'd lost my place and was rehearing material I'd already listened to, but I don't think that was the case. Often the reiteration was helpful, as there were many unfamiliar (to me) terms and acronyms. The author doesn't give acronyms without their meaning, but I find it easy to forget what acronyms stand for. Despite the repetition, usually to reemphasise or add another perspective, I found the book extremely informative, with some sections more interesting than others. It's almost a handbook of sinister developments in the world today and particularly in the USA.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2204)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (757)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "An Aussie Perspective"
    Overall

    I enjoy Bill Bryson's sense of humour. This book is informative and thoroughly entertaining. Recommended listening for anyone planning a trip to Australia or just curious about Australia and Aussies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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