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Edward Anderson

Knoxville,TN | Member Since 2008

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  • James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    This enchanting program collects some of the Yorkshire vet's favorite stories about one of his favorite animals, each tale as memorable and heartwarming as the last...

    Edward Anderson says: "Fascinating"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    These are fine stories from a Vet who really loved and understood his job. The only disappointment was that "Jingo and Skipper" wasn't included in the anthology.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Francis S. Collins
    • Narrated By Francis S. Collins
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists, yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture. Dr. Collins has resolved the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious, not separately but together, combined into one worldview. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.

    Stephen says: "For those on the fence"
    "A bait and switch"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Language of God better?

    A more honest title.. This is not evidence for belief. I was expecting a lot more from such a leading scientist.


    What could Francis S. Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There is no hope for this book. If he keeps trying he will find the truth and may even write a new book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A few... Not worth a credit


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose the line "A man of unshakable faith in God and scripture" could mean ANY old god we want to create. I'm not even going to guess what "scripture" might mean.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1584)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1134)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Not quite what I expected."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book got off to a fine start,but the story seems to drag around the middle of the

    book. There starts to be too much detail, as far as I was concerned. A small example,-

    I'm not really interested in the sexual needs or desires of the WW2 Japanese soldier (s).

    There was more than ample violence and gore to disqualify this as a love story



    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    It was a good job over all.


    Was The Persimmon Tree worth the listening time?

    From the start to the middle, yes the rest could have been cut to the last chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    You're going to get a lot of well researched history, a lot of horror inflicted onto innocent

    people, cruelty to the extreme and, of course,sexual deviancy. If this seems a bit too

    much historic reality , better pass on this one. On the other hand, if that's the kind of

    thing you like, you're going to have to wade through some mushy spots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (586)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "Second best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Cabinet of Curiosities the most enjoyable?

    He killed off one of my fav's ! Where's my hobbling equipment?

    This is a good read. I titled this review "second best" because The story line got into

    the "unbelievable" realm quite a bit.. Nothing against fantasy, I read quite a bit if Terry

    Brooks, but I kinda have a hard time mixing fantasy and reality into a single book. Still,

    there's plenty of mayhem , Pendergast is up to the task.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cabinet of Curiosities?

    The surprise villain revealed..


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Marosz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very well.


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

    Nope, the whole story was a mover.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the book. It's a good read, even if it does stretch the credulity just a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1866)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1063)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Interesting."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    probably not, because it doesn't resolve to a conclusion.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bart D. Ehrman again?

    probably, He is intelligent and a good writer.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was excellent.


    Could you see Misquoting Jesus being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a scholarly and well presented book, though some of the history and logic were questionable.(Couldn't Paul just read the letter he'd just dictated to his scribe to see if it said what he wanted to say?) Mr. Ehrman admits that most of the mistakes are incidental, harmless, and change the story line very little, still I infer that he wanted to shake my faith a bit- he failed

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1113)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (589)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "pointless"
    Overall

    This is a talented writer when it comes to conveying graphic scenes of gore and meaningless violence. So much for anything positive. The narration drones on and on and on... through the vastness of the dry deserts of Mexico and western US. Our blood thirsty heroes busy themselves wiping out various villages and towns that happen to be in the way. If you like coagulating blood, congealing like thick pudding on the dirt floor of the little church, and hacking off body parts just for the pure sickness of it all, this book is for you. I'm more familiar with, and partial to plots and a reasonable line of logic.
    I bought this one on sale,($4.95) so I'm not too concerned about that, but how do I recoup my wasted time?

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Ian Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens, first serialised in All the Year Round from December 1860 to August 1861. The action of the story takes place from Christmas Eve 1812, when the protagonist is about seven years old, to the winter of 1840. Great Expectations is written in a semi-autobiographical style, and is the story of the orphan Pip, tracing his life from his early days of childhood until adulthood.

    Charla says: "Great novel, troubles in narration"
    "Exceded my Expectations"
    Overall

    Over all this is a superb reading by an excellent reader. This being the least pricey of the various readings, I had some misgivings as to which one to choose. I'm very happy that I chose this particular one. Mr Davies does each of the characters a little more than justice. Exquisite, would not be too strong a word for this recording.
    As for the story itself, Great Expectations has been one of my very favorites for many years. Those not familiar with it are in for a treat. I hope listening exceeds your own expectations, as it did mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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