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Richard

Clear Lake, IA, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • Pagan Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Frank Viola
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we "dress up" for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, choirs, and seminaries? This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles.

    Pecos says: "This will make Church Lady verrrry mad..."
    "Maybe, probably not. . ."
    Overall

    While Frank's book does have some interesting things to say and some very good criticisms, it has one fatal flaw, which I, Rich cannot get over. In all his pronouncements about the headship of Christ and its lack in the institutional church, he seems to deny the sovereignty of Christ in history of the world, let alone the history of the church. He seems to imply that Jesus is looking down from heaven at his wits end with all these church people and what they have done to his movement. Nothing could be further from the truth. Christ is sovereign in all things and he is not taken by surprise at our utter stupidity.
    Is Christ leading his church more to the form that Frank advocates? Probably, but it will not come from human hands but from the Spirit. Institutional church, in my opinion is failing not because of its form but because it acknowledges Christ with its lips but denies his power, and his Word. Frank's book is worth reading but God's book is of far surpassing worth. Drink deep from his well then maybe you won't need to read Franks.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Thr3e

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Imagine answering your cell phone one day to a male voice that gives you three minutes to confess your sin. If you don't, the madman, Slater, will blow your car to smithereens. You barely manage to exit heavy traffic and ditch the car when, precisely three minutes later, your car blows sky high. The media and police descend on the scene; your world has just changed forever.

    Tami B. says: "Brilliant!!!"
    "Great Book-the audio?"
    Overall

    This is a great book. Some portions seems a bit stiff and some dialog strange. As some other reviewers have said the narration has much to be desired. The narrator would be perfectly at home reading some non-fiction title but this really is awful. No voice characterization, hard to tell who's talking and extremely bad choices of inflection make this thing nearly unlistenable. But the writing itself is great and the story does overcome the reader in the end. It's worth buying for the ending, but one needs to be patient. Ted Dekker is quickly becoming what King used to be-good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Moscow Vector: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patrick Larkin
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    At an international medical conference in Prague, Dr. Fiona Devin, an American scientist attached to the Department of Defense, is contacted by one of her Russian colleagues. Dr. Valentin Petrenko, a specialist in rare diseases, is concerned about a small cluster of deaths in Moscow but even more concerned by the Russian government's refusal to publicly release any information or data on the outbreak. When he meets with Devin to pass on his case notes and samples, the two are attacked.

    A User says: "Good story"
    "grimly full of useless adjectives blah"
    Overall

    This book would be much better and shorter if the author had left out the numerous adjectives. How many times can one book claim the character said something "grimly." or shrugged quietly. On the plus side the reader did well with the accents in particular, the American voices were superb. Someone needs to give Erik Bergmann
    a real book to read. In the end I couldn't wait till it was over. It drove me crazy. Ludlum was a genius compared to this. Save your money

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Moscow Vector: A Covert-One Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Patrick Larkin
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    At an international medical conference in Prague, Dr. Fiona Devin, an American scientist attached to the Department of Defense, is contacted by one of her Russian colleagues. Dr. Valentin Petrenko, a specialist in rare diseases, is concerned about a small cluster of deaths in Moscow but even more concerned by the Russian government's refusal to publicly release any information or data on the outbreak. When he meets with Devin to pass on his case notes and samples, the two are attacked.

    Keith says: "Competant yet stereotyped"
    "Drove me crazy"
    Overall

    This book would be much better and shorter if the author had left out the numerous adjectives. How many times can one book claim the character said something "grimly." or shrugged quietly. On the plus side the reader did well with the accents in particular, the American voices were superb. Someone needs to give Erik Bergmann
    a real book to read. In the end I couldn't wait till it was over. It drove me crazy. Ludlum was a genius compared to this. Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lion in the Valley: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son, Ramses. The much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid in Dahshur is theirs for the digging. But the brazen moonlight abduction of Ramses - and an expedition subsequently cursed by misfortune and death - have alerted Amelia to the likely presence of her arch nemesis, the Master Criminal, notorious looter of the living and the dead.

    Tonya says: "A great book"
    "Good book but?"
    Overall

    This book is quite good, funny too, but the choice of narrator is baffling. What were they thinking? The only redeeming quality of this production is the book itself. Unfortunately, it is rendered nearly un-listenable by the amateur reading.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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