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Dan

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  • A Greater Tomorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Julie Rowe
    • Narrated By Emma Daybell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In 2004, Julie Rowe was a happy wife and mother. Then her health took a turn for the worse. While in a weakened state, her spirit left her body and entered the Spirit World. An ancestor named John greeted her and showed her many wonderful places there. He also allowed her to read from the Book of Life, which showed her a panorama of the earth's past, present, and future.

    Dan says: "Probably not a real NDE story"
    "Probably not a real NDE story"
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    This felt cobbled together from several sources with which I am familiar. I could have written this account.

    Her experience simply confirmed everything she already believed--often literally verbatim from LDS sources. Which could, of course, mean that it's true. We'll see.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Eric H. Cline
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1472)
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    In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians.

    Emily says: "But it was all going so well....."
    "Almost nothing to do with collapse of civilization or the Sea Proples"
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    I really hated this book. What a disappointment! I was hoping to read about how the civilizations of the Late Bronze Age ended, what life looked like before and after, and (most of all) about the mysterious Sea Peoples.

    The author spent about 3/4 of the book talking about the civilizations of the Late Bronze Age, and (the best feature of the book) about the interconnections between those civilizations. The author brushes over the various possible factors that detrimentally affected the various civilizations: earthquakes, drought/famine, internal rebellions--maybe--and/or external invasions by . . . meh, maybe Sea People maybe not.

    The author cites the work of others, adding basically zero original thought or argument, basically sounding like a pretty bad book report. The author is far more boring, and far less useful, than any Dan Carlin Hardcore History podcast you'll ever hear.

    Here's the nutshell: lots of stuff caused the collapse of the civilizations of the Late Bronze Age over the course of about a century, and the year 1177 B.C. Is of little actual importance.

    What did life look like in the aftermath of the collapse? Eh, people quit using cuneiform and started using other writing? I guess. The author covers this in a paragraph. Other than that: I guess there was less contact between the various civilizations?

    As to the Sea People: skip this. You'll learn nothing.

    In fact, skip the book.

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