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  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "A new Myth - Dawkins could explain the ineffible!"
    Would you listen to The Magic of Reality again? Why?

    Yes! To help my grand-children understand so much in a most delightful way.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Is it coincidence that

    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins, and Lalla Ward’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Their delivery is impeccable.

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

    I pursue Truth and Beauty and within this fascinating book, I discovered both. My definition of God is that which inspires awe. The Universe is indeed awesome in the extreme!

    Any additional comments?

    I read this book cover to cover today, soon after buying it. It is a

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Marc C. Conner

    Shakespeare's works are among the greatest of humanity's cultural expressions and, as such, demand to be experienced and understood. But, simply put, Shakespeare is difficult. His language and culture - those of Elizabethan England - are greatly different from our own, and his poetry, thick with metaphorical imagery and double meanings, can be hard to penetrate.

    MR says: "understanding the Bard"
    "Masterful introduction to Shakespeare"
    Any additional comments?

    I was so enthralled with these lectures that I listened to them all over a single weekend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    Any additional comments?

    OT Vlll aka "Truth Revealed" is the highest level of Scientology.
    Read or listen to this book and save time and a half a million dollars.
    The stunning facts about Scientology will truly set you free.
    Hubbard says the suppressive person goes undetected for a very long time!
    David Miscavige is so busted and so is L. Ron Hubbard. Would be interesting to ask "COB" "What is your ruin?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Aeschylls said it best"
    Any additional comments?

    "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the aweful * grace of God.
    *aweful: awe-inspiring

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hitch-22: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens

    Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

    Laura says: "Truth, the whole truth and nothing but."
    "Reading " Hitch 22 : A Memoir " for the 3rd time!"
    What made the experience of listening to Hitch-22 the most enjoyable?

    Note:This review is written by Jackie, Paul"s wife.

    What a pleasurable experience it is to listen to Christopher as narrator. I feel as though he is talking directly to me - the mark of a great communicator. I agree with Christopher when he advises the reader to sit down quietly and listen very attentively as the author tells his story.
    I enchance the great joy of listening to Christopher by wearing my Bose QuietComfort 15 earphones which help deepen my concentration carrying me through difficult parts.

    What other book might you compare Hitch-22 to and why?

    I have the good fortune of being a member of and am considered a serious listener these past 10 years. "Hitch 22; a Memoir " is simply nonpareil. I love this book so well that I want to buy a copy and read along as I listen to Hitch for the 4th time, lest I missed something.

    What about Christopher Hitchens’s performance did you like?

    Christopher captured my attention right from the start and carried me through the vicissitudes of his larger than life story with deep emotion and debth of knowledge. He is very expressive and genuine. He never flinches even while recounting intimate details. This is both an admirable and endearing performance.

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

    In the chapter about his beloved mother, Yvonne, Christopher suffers deep and profound anguish when he realizes that he missed Yvonne's telephone calls which he humbly states "might have made a difference. "

    Any additional comments?

    Christopher has inspired me to write my Memoir.
    My children won"t sit still long enough to hear my story either.

    My love and appreciation to Christopher for his courage to see this multi-media project through.
    I regard this work as his chef-d'oeuvre.

    May I look forward to yet another delectable audible feast?

    Jackie Guay

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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