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Ernest Gundel

Chelsea, MA | Listener Since 2003

  • 6 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 313 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tim Flannery
    • Narrated By Drew de Carvalho

    From Dr. Tim Flannery, one of the world's foremost experts on conservation and ecology, comes a book of immeasurable importance. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "powerful and persuasive" work that is "sure to provoke strong reaction", The Weather Makers is among the finest examinations of climate change ever written.

    Paul says: "Where is the message?"
    "Preaching to the choir"

    If you are already convinced seriousness of global warming, then the stories about humankind's relationship to the environment will likely invigorate and solidify that belief.

    However, as a skeptic trying to find the faith, I found the arguments scattered and weak. I needed a clear presention of the evidence both for and against the prediction of global catastrophe, even if the verdict was prejudiced. Instead, I got lots of examples of how delicate the environment is, of how unbelievers are somehow blinded or dishonest, and lots of fire & brimstone types of adjectives.

    That, and a general lack of organization in the work, made The Weathermakers not just unconvincing, but often tedious.

    8 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By William Dembski
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Is it science? Is it religion? What exactly is the Design Revolution? This book answers the toughest questions about Intelligent Design. As the Intelligent Design movement has gained momentum over recent years, questions have naturally arisen to challenge its provocative claims. With clarity and concision, William Dembski responds to the most vexing questions and objections raised by experts and non-experts.

    Ernest Gundel says: "Not a natural transition to audio"
    "Not a natural transition to audio"

    This book contains many excellent responses to common objections to Intelligent Design, and is an must have reference for the subject.

    Unfortunately, it is not really meant to be read (or listened to) from beginning to end. Questions are answered in sequence, as individual responses. The author does not assume the reader has read the book from the beginning to that point, so he repeats himself often.

    So my suggestion would be to buy the printed version -- unless you don't mind highly repetitive narration of very strong arguments.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Maxine Hong Kingston Reads: The Woman Warrior, China Men (excerpts)

    • ORIGINAL (53 mins)
    • By Maxine Hong Kingston
    • Narrated By Maxine Hong Kingston

    Ernest Gundel says: "Horrible Audio Quality"
    "Horrible Audio Quality"

    This title cannot be downloaded in anything but the poorest quality setting, and combined with the subpar recording quality and the narrator's accent, I found this very difficult to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Criminalization of Christianity: Listen to This Before It Becomes Illegal!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Janet L. Folger
    • Narrated By Janet L. Folger

    There is a war going on for the future of our country. Most people know that. What they may not know is that if Christians lose, the result won't merely be enduring public policy we disagree with, it will be a prison sentence for those who oppose it. We've all seen the attack coming. First the Supreme Court said kids can't pray in school. Then the Ten Commandments were ripped from the classrooms.

    Matt says: "She truthfully draws the line"
    "Flawed, but occasionally hits the spot."

    I don't have a problem with a book which presents a point-of-view, neglecting others. I rate it the same as I would rate a lawyer's presentation of their case. A lawyer need not present both side, but must be truthful with the case they present (i.e, Michael Moore would fail as a lawyer every time), and the lawyer must anticipate what opposing counsel would argue. That is where this book fails. There are too many moments where I can just imagine an opposing lawyer (or critic) would object or even completely undermine the argument. The book also neglects to stay on topic, and eventually reverts to simple preaching. A better, more focused book dealing with many of the same topics is Persecution by David Limbaugh.

    10 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Witness: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mark Fuhrman
    • Narrated By John Hinch

    We all watched Terri Schiavo die. The controversy around her case dominated the headlines and talk shows, going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House, and the Vatican.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "A Case Not Suited for Analysis"
    "Surprisingly Balanced"

    Given Fuhrman's association with Fox news, I expected this book to push a conservative point of view, and maybe even a religious point of view. Instead, we get a very balanced, logical account of events, reflecting Fuhrman's career as a homicide investigator, with a focus much more on how Terri ended up brain damaged, and very little on the right-to-life/right-to-die debate. For many people, attacks directed at her husband were seen as merely a means to an end, to keep Terri alive. This book shows that there was much more to the controversy.

    On the other hand, the book was clearly rushed to print, and could use a heavy dose of editing. I found this difficult to understand. If the publisher just waited a couple of weeks, the book could include information from the autopsy (even though this information had little relevence to Fuhrman's argument), or gleaned some information from the investigation going on in Florida.

    So I give this book a marginal thumbs up, but I expect better books will be written about this subject in the near future.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Story of How Democratic Operatives Tried to Bring Down a President

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Byron York
    • Narrated By Byron York

    The Left is angry; angry at President George W. Bush, the war in Iraq, the "right-wing media", and more. And as National Review investigative writer Byron York reveals in this stunning, meticulously reported book, liberal activists have harnessed that anger to build the biggest, richest, and best organized political movement in American history.

    Ernest Gundel says: "A surprisingly centrist book"
    "A surprisingly centrist book"

    When I bought this book, I worried it might be Limbaugh or Hannity style attack on liberals, but it turned out to be surprisingly centrist. It is more the story of an effort than a reality - the challenge to create a left wing answer to the Right Wing Conspiracy Hillary Clinton famously described. A group of famous and wealthy liberals, challenged by Al Franken to "fight back", organized with the expertise, enthusiasm and far-sightedness of a 1999 startup internet company., George Soros, Michael Moore, and Air-America tried to create in a few months for the Left what had grown up over decades in Right. Perhaps the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy will learn from it's youthful indiscretions.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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