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Phillip

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Paul of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (188)

    The Muad'Dib's jihad is in full swing. His warrior legions march from victory to victory. But beneath the joy of victory there are dangerous undercurrents. Paul, like nearly every great conqueror, has enemies - those who would betray him to steal the awesome power he commands. Paul himself begins to have doubts: Is the jihad getting out of his control? Has he created anarchy? Has he been betrayed by those he loves and trusts the most? And most of all, he wonders: Am I going mad?

    Aaron says: "Good back stories but not much more"
    "Better than most of the original series"
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    I was skeptical of this series at first and debated listening to one. Dune was one of the best books I've ever read but the subsequent volumes lost something. Paul of Dune comes very close to the original Dune. Perhaps its the characters and the connection to the first book, but regardless I was more enthralled in this story than most of the original series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5357)
    Performance
    (3317)
    Story
    (3336)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Had trouble finishing this one"
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    I actually didn't finish this book the first time I tried. I made it through on my second attempt in part because I wanted to finish the book before seeing the movies. I thought the author spent way too much time hammering home the philosophical points she wanted to make rather than showing us through the story - especially the two hour radio speech by one of the characters. (I'll admit I fast forwarded through part of that! Who wouldn't?) Some of the ideas on work ethics and the way modern cultures tax the producers to give to those too lazy to work rang very true, but others on the nature of sacrifice and generosity really turned me off because I come from a Christian world view where sacrifice and generosity to those truly in need is very important and worthwhile.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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