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Celia

Missoula, MT, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Diarmaid MacCulloch
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (211)

    Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.

    Celia says: "Generally quite good"
    "Generally quite good"
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    I think it's interesting how folk from the more "conservative" side of the spectrum tend to call something "biased" if they don't agree. Rather, MacCulloch comes from a specific scholarly school in the study of religion. This is not a question of bias, but one of approach. I tended to disagree with him on some fine points, such as the bit in Corinthians where Paul allegedly instructs women not to speak, but also, in the same book, tells women that they need to cover their heads when they prophesy. MacCulloch just calls that an "unstable" contradiction where my understanding is that this might have been an interlineation by some copyist. So is MacCulloch biased? Of course he is, to the extent that we all approach the world from different world views. But generally, we just happen to disagree on that point.

    Despite my occasional disagreements, I found the book ably written, giving me a lot to mull over. New material that I hadn't read before. That's always the glory of good writing. It's never a good thing to take in anything as "gospel truth." One should always read from a variety of sources, because there may be a new take on the subject that will also be compelling.

    The reader, Walter Dixon, is really quite good. He reminded me of a good university professor, rather than a random audiobook reader. He was easy to listen to and never irritated me. I found that his reading kept me listening, while I walked, drove, and made dinner. I even tried to listen while doing some work work, but I kept getting distracted so had to turn it off.

    Highly recommended.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michelle Alexander
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (282)

    In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

    Alisha says: "Great Book a must read for every American!"
    "A little repetitive, but otherwise astounding"
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    Important information, should make us all uneasy about the future that has been crafted for an entire segment of the population by a combination of the "war on drugs" and commercialization of corrections. My only quibble is that it is a little repetitive. The narration is perfect. Totally appropriate and easy on the ears (if not on the brain).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bethlehem Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    A London policeman and his highly-educated wife investigate a series of murders involving members of Parliament.

    Kazren says: "Davinia Porter - the reader"
    "Repetitive"
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    I really like Anne Perry's books--her plots and characters are great. And Davina Porter does a great job narrating. But really, does Perry have to remind us every ten minutes about what has gone before? It's like a serialized novel, where you have to get readers up to speed in case they missed a chapter. It got very irritating.

    Other than that, good story, good characters. Would like to see her highlight more working class characters as regulars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monstrous Regiment: Discworld #31

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (452)

    War has come to Discworld...again. And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its ability to beat up on its neighbors. This time, however, it's Borogravia that's getting its long-overdue comeuppance, which has left the country severely drained of young men.

    omahonycm says: "Who's who?"
    "Complex and Hilarious"
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    I listened to this a year ago, and then again last week, and again this week. I keep finding more in it. This past-middle aged feminist loved every minute (except for the bit about older women...), but loved the message about how much more could have been accomplished if they had known each other... The cover picture is way off. A better one would have been a disheveled Polly in a tattered corporal uniform or Igorina in a laundrywoman's clothing. I think this is my favorite diskworld novel. You really need to listen to it/read it a couple of times--or pay very close attention--to get all the foreshadowing. Very well crafted. And lots of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwoods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (391)

    Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

    Molly says: "Beautiful writing and powerful narration"
    "Compelling"
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    Amazing story and performance. I couldn't stop listening--stayed up into the wee hours to finish the book. For those who think this couldn't have happened in the 1960s, we need to remember that there were tremendous regional differences, and local oppression was rampant in those years. The Civil Rights Act did more than ameliorate racism, and the War on Poverty did more than redistribute income. This story is not just a page-turning thriller, but it is also a compelling sociological examination of small town relations in the era before federal standards of justice were introduced.

    This was clearly a story written by a man about a woman, and about children, and about a violent man, very ably read by Will Patton. I have loved Patton's reading of James Lee Burke's books, and he's even better here. What is remarkable about his reading is his ability to subtly shift the voice so you know who is being centered as the story progresses--Luce, the children, Bud, Stubblefield. Frazier, through Patton, takes us into the lives of the major characters, and we gain new eyes each time he shifts the scene.

    I loved this book. There is a magical quality about it. I'm not sure I can bear to listen to it again, not for a while, but I'm so glad I did give away a night to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26609)
    Performance
    (13254)
    Story
    (13296)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great narration"
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    5 stars for narration, 3 for the book. Amazing voices, especially Abileen. The book itself was disappointing. Flashes of great writing, but a tendency to lapse into a popular novel mode. Tepid ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (469)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "Horrid accents"
    Overall

    The fake accidents are really annoying, and her dialogue is awful. She'd be better off reading rather than trying to act.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful

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