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John

New Orleans, LA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, Steve "Stu" Burguiere
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (209)

    Idiots can't be identified through voting records, they can be found only by looking for people who hide behind stereotypes, embrace partisanship, and believe that bumper-sticker slogans are a substitute for common sense. If you know someone who fits the bill, then Arguing with Idiots will help you silence them once and for all with the ultimate weapon: the truth.

    James says: "Good facts...average humor"
    "Love it"
    Overall

    This book is excellent in every imaginable way. I just wish there was a way to get idiots to read it, because he gives real solid, fact based arguments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (384)

    From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls "mindsight," our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can "rewire" crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way.

    Anastasia Burke says: "DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!"
    "Great book, but the narrator is horrific!"
    Overall

    Don't be deceived by listening to the provided clip on audible, that is the forward, narrated by someone else. I can't help but wonder if something went wrong with the download, Siegels voice is extremely slow, warbled, nasally. I listened to it high speed on my IPOD, which makes it a normal reading speed, but you still have his warbly voice, if you don't have high speed feature, you may need lots of mindsight to listen to this book, else you'll shoot yourself!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for a Creator

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Lee Strobel
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded. Today science is supports the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. Darwinism has faltered in the face of facts and hard reason. Science definitely gives faith a boost as new findings emerge about the complexity of our universe. Strobel re-examines the theories that once led him away from God. You'll encounter discoveries from cosmology, DNA research, and human consciousness that present evidence in The Case for a Creator.

    Alan Rither says: "Excellent Summary of Apologetics"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall

    I feel the book could be summed up by this quote towards the end of this book "If I was to embrace Darwinism and its underlying premise, I would have to believe nothing produces everything, that non-life produces life, that randomness produces fine tuning, that chaos produces information, that non-consciousness produces consciousness & that non-reason produces reason" And for him that would take way more of a leap of faith then to believe in a creator.

    Hardcore naturalist might as well not even read this book though, it only interviews the people they already ridicule, they will think the whole book is irrational, utter b.s propaganda & that Strobel should not be allowed to breed. There presuppositions and perspective will blot out every argument Strobel makes. They will claim none of it is science, yada yada, but they will fail to realize they have a double standard. For they are perfectly comfortable coming to naturalistic conclusions, and making naturalistic speculations and guesses, and naturalism is a philosophical world-view, a set of presuppositions that color all they see. They do not realize they are using science to promote their own philosophical worldview, all the while crying bloody murder the moment scientist claim science points to a Theist worldview. The fact is both sides have tons of evidence, and the judgment of whether the evidence is good or bad is fully dependent upon ones worldview. This means that evidence no matter HOW obvious, if in favor of God's existence, will be utterly stupid nonsense in the mind of naturalist, for there worldview does not allow it. PERIOD. The theist are guilty of bias too of course, We both are to a point like "Don't confuse me with the facts, I have my mind made up" Both sides can ALWAYS explain way the other side, ALWAYS. Its a matter of belief over a matter of evidence, no matter which belief you take, naturalistic or theistic, you will find butt loads of evidence supporting your view and Ph.D's back you up

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas S. Kuhn
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    Named one of "The Hundred Most Influential Books Since the Second World War" by the Times Literary Supplement, and one of the "100 Best Nonfiction" books by the Modern Library, Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a landmark of scientific thought. Written in 1962, Kuhn's book took an entirely different view of how scientists perceived and achieved changes in basic theoretical assumptions - what he termed "paradigm shifts".

    Matthew says: "Better than prior reviews led me to believe"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    Though there are plenty of big words and parts of it are hard to follow, i still got a lot out of it. Its not the kind of book i could listen to while I worked, I needed to give it full attention.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (100)

    Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves.

    P says: "Fascinating book"
    "The absolutely WORST Narrater in the world"
    Overall

    There could not be a worse reader! it is pure torture listening to him, he has a huge accent and makes non-stop smacking sounds and he talks E-X-T-R-E-M-E-L-Y s..l...o...w. I put my ipod on high speed and that made it a little more endurable. Kinda a bummer because I wanted to hear this book, I did not have the strength to persevere, so may I recommend that you save your credit and spend it on a book that is not death to the hearer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2563)
    Performance
    (1504)
    Story
    (1476)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Interesting but...."
    Overall

    its was a bit technical, lots of math which was rather hard to follow while listening. I would therefore suggest reading this one instead of listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Miller
    • Narrated By Donald Miller
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (212)

    Full of beautiful, heart-wrenching, and hilarious stories, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details one man's opportunity to edit his life as if her were a character in a movie. Years after writing his best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another.

    Scott says: "Inspiring me to live a better story."
    "LOVED IT"
    Overall

    Yes, I really liked this book, it really resonated in me, I think it is Miller's best yet

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Livingstone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Thomas Hughes
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Born in an overcrowded slum in Scotland in 1813, David Livingstone worked 12-hour days in a cotton factory from age 10 to 24. But a pamphlet by Karl Gutzlaff changed his life. Resolved to become a missionary, he applied himself to medicine, self-educating and eventually qualifying as a doctor.

    John says: "Poorly written"
    "Poorly written"
    Overall

    It is hard to follow and the reader's Scottish accent gets old quite fast. I imagine there are much better books written about Livingston

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simply Christian

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By N. T. Wright
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (50)

    Simply Christian walks the listener through the Christian faith step by step and question by question. With simple yet exciting and accessible prose, Wright challenges skeptics by offering explanations for even the toughest doubt-filled dilemmas, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith. For anyone who wants to travel beyond the controversies that can obscure what the Christian faith really stands for, this simple book is the perfect vehicle for that journey.

    James says: "Excellent"
    "Disappointment"
    Overall

    Though I liked the beginning of this book, most of it was really boring and dragged. It was hard to finish, it is not at all on par with Mere Christianity by Lewis.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paul: In Fresh Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By N. T. Wright
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    N.T. Wright's accessible new volume, built on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004, takes a fresh look at Paul in light of recent understandings of his Jewish roots, his attitude toward the Roman Empire, and his unique reframing of Jewish symbols in relation to his experience of the risen Christ. Then Wright attempts a short systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought and its pertinence for the church today.

    Brenton says: "Like reading a commentary on audio"
    "Not written for laymen"
    Overall

    Hard book to get through, one must pay full attention and even then he is really hard to follow.
    But there are some interesting tid bits I've walked away with, so it was not necessarily a waste of time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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