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Mick

Nicholas (Mick) Elliott

BOTHELL, WA, United States | Listener Since 2009

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33874)
    Performance
    (25064)
    Story
    (25408)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Didn't know this is a book for adolescents. It Is."
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    Despite this book being targeted for young persons, I still found the themes to be be a spotlight and an explicit condemnation of - in even modern, post-enlightenment society - how children are viewed and unflinchingly treated by their adult rulers. Abandonment, cruelty, and blatant commonplace child abuse are features exaggerated by the circumstances of the novels world and plot.

    I'm not going to be overly critical of the prose or style. It is fairly predictable and formulaic but there are some suspenseful moments. The vocal performance was fine - sometimes it was distracting and moved a bit slowly but no major hiccups. I do not recommend this to adult listeners.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    Spurred by personal tragedy, Elaine Pagels turns to a consideration of the Gnostic Gospels, in particular, the Gospel of Thomas. As opposed to the Gospel of John, which asserted that Jesus was an eternally existing aspect of God who came to earth to save humankind, the "secret" Gospel of Thomas agrees that Jesus was in some sense divine, but says that a streak of divinity can be found in all of us.

    Buford says: "Gospel of Thomas is somewhat a misnomer"
    "Lack of chapter structure is maddening"
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    Great vocal performance. Easy to listen at normal and 2X speed. Book chapters not coinciding with audio file divisions makes it extremely difficult to stop, pause, break, and resume without having to scan around for review before proceeding. My main issue with this book is that it is sold as a book on the Gospel of Thomas but spends little time on the book itself and generally bounces around general Gnostic/Orthodox theological and ritualistic differences between early church communities and all the problems Irenaeus found while establishing orthodoxy. The book should be titled "Hey Everybody, Listen to Me!: The Story of Irenaeus". Interesting book but Pagel's The Gnostic Gospels is head and shoulders better in so far as it covers gnosticism more thoroughly. The one chapter contrasting the Gospel of John with Thomas does not provide justification for the title.

    TL:DR - Not really much Thomas material. Book chapters are aggravating. Good performance though.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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