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Christopher

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  • Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (87)

    Bart Ehrman, author of the best sellers Misquoting Jesus and Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code, here takes listeners on another engaging tour of the early Christian church, illuminating the lives of three of Jesus' most intriguing followers: Simon Peter, Paul of Tarsus, and Mary Magdalene.

    heather says: "another Ehrman gem"
    "An historical look at 3 key Christian figures."
    Overall

    As with any Ehrman book, there is a large amount of content overlap with previous works. This book however, does do an excellent job of sticking to its the three core figures and rarely ventures far off topic. As usual, Ehrman approaches the subject matter from a strictly historical point of view, with an emphasis on who these people really were and what they most likely really said, at the same time remembering the importance of how history and its writers remembered or 'chose to remember' these three key figures of the New Testament.

    Readers who are unfamiliar with Christian Apocryphal, noncanonical and Deuterocanonical books & scripture might be put off a bit since Ehrman uses these as sources for much of the content and analysis presented - though this book could serve as an interesting introduction to some of the contents of these scriptural writings and why they are no longer considered canon by many Christian institutions. This may also present a problem for readers who want to sit back with their Bible and read along.

    The narration and presentation is excellent, though a little bland at times.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Justin Pollard, Howard Reid
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (298)

    Founded by Alexander the Great and built by self-styled Greek pharaohs, the city of Alexandria at its height dwarfed both Athens and Rome. It was the marvel of its age, legendary for its vast palaces, safe harbors, and magnificent lighthouse. But it was most famous for the astonishing intellectual efflorescence it fostered and the library it produced. If the European Renaissance was the "rebirth" of Western culture, then Alexandria, Egypt, was its birthplace.

    Jeffrey says: "A good listen"
    "Written and read the way history should be"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Written and read the way history should be; like a story. This book offers a very broad and scholarly view of Alexandria without becoming boring or seeming like just a download of information. An excellent journey through the formation and pivotal role of Alexandria in the ancient world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (424)

    A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

    Laura says: "My kids voted this one of the best"
    "Very enjoyable."
    Overall

    The production quality and narration are top notch. Very easy to hear and understand. The use of effects are elegant and don't take away from the storytelling at all. Recommended as a first listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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