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Thomas John

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  • Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization's End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lawrence E. Joseph
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    Don't look up. It won't help. You can't get out of the way; you can't dig a hole deep enough to hide. The end is coming, and there's nothing you can do about it. So why listen to this audiobook? Because you can't cover your ears when it's not just the religious fanatics who are saying we're all going to be destroyed, but the scientists are in on the act, too.

    Thomas W. Smith says: "Overpriced"
    "An Excellent Book"
    Overall

    I found this book to be exceptional, extraordinary. I became interested in the Mayan prophecy after viewing the History Channel’s “ Decoding The Past: Doomsday 2012: The End of Days.”

    The book is comprehensive and argues its point well. I was enthralled by the book, and disappointed when it came to an end. This is truly the sign of a good book, particularly one nearly ten hours in length.

    The author was skeptical of the Mayan prophecy and set out to show that it was bunk. He ended up being converted and becoming a believer in the prophecy. The author is from Brooklyn, a New York City type, which was a minus for me. Yet he did a masterful job of weaving personal observations and science to both make his point and keep his presentation interesting.

    This book impacted me in demonstrating how vulnerable we are. We live day to day, usually not giving any thought of the bigger picture of our universe, comfortable in the security provided by society. This book helps one understand how powerful the forces of the universe are, and how defenseless we are against those forces. It that sense, it is humbling.

    The only disappointment I felt was in the conclusion. The author made such a powerful presentation in his book that his attempt to offer hope felt a bit flat.

    I was not going to write a review of the book, but I felt the criticisms of the book were unfair and inaccurate. About me, I have a phd level education (I am a lawyer), so I think I have some ability to make an evaluation.

    Purchase the book. It is an excellent read if you are interested in the subject matter. The reader likewise does an excellent job.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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