I should mention I'm a devout Latter-Day Saint. I've read the King James Bible cover to cover and study it daily. Jesus Christ is my Saviour.
I found listening to Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth to be an exhilarating experience. I had the audiobook playing as I worked and I ended working extra hours to listen to more.
Reza narrates with energy and conviction in his voice. His storytelling is fantastic. I felt a chill down my spine through most of the listening. There were lots of insights and surprises.
I don't agree with everything Reza said, but that's not the point. I was looking for fresh glimpses at who Jesus was and now I have a whole new perspective.
With Zealot, if you're looking for reasons to believe in Christ, you'll find them here. If you're looking for reasons not to believe in Christ, you'll find them here too.
Personally, my love and reverence for Jesus of Nazareth has only increased since listening to this book. I'm grateful to Reza for that.
There is good information here - I'm sure of it - but you have to slog through the worst kind of filler to get to it.
It starts in the introduction. Instead of just saying "this book is for everyone" and leaving it at that, it painstakingly lists every profession, situation and human being that might ever have a use for the book.
This happened repeatedly in the first two chapters of the book, list after long list when it could have been summed up in a sentence or two.
This is filler of the worst kind because it's so blatant and lazy. It's an attempt for the publisher to increase the page count without increasing value. It only serves to aggravate and kill valuable time.
The Ask is an opportunity ruined. I'll be The Asking for a refund.
I didn't know what to expect after reading a few of the reviews, but I thought Nick Sullivan's voice was an excellent proxy for Chade-Meng Tan and his bubbly personality.
Search Inside Yourself has some great advice for everyone. Get's a little slow near the end, but I recommend it.
I was a big fan of Doctor K growing up. Man, he was inspiring on the mound. He had NASTY stuff. During his prime, I don't think there was a more feared pitcher in baseball history. Gooden suddenly appeared on the scene and was tearing up the MLB...
and then he faded away. I don't know how else to explain it.
The (audio)book is the same. It starts strong and kept me listening for a few hours, but his experiences in the major league and the excitement he stirred up wasn't captured in the book. By the way Gooden tells it, you'd never know he dominated baseball as he did.
Maybe Gooden is too humble, but it came off as flat. Them were the days.
Informative and enjoyable, but not enthralling by any stretch. There were a lot of solid takeaways that made Wicked Plants entirely worthwhile to listen to, so I recommend it.
While this particular rendition of Webster's life seemed well researched, it wasn't fun - at all. It was dry and too hung up on minutia that didn't drive the narrative. I listened to the first 5 chapters then skipped to the last one for some closure.
If you are a diehard historian and are keen to learn more on the early days of America, you'll probably love this book though.
Listening to this audiobook became a "noble obsession". Slack's writing style and Gardner's narration was a perfect match for the era that this epic real-life story took place in.
I borrowed the hardcover version from the public library to re-read certain passages. Noble Obsession is that good.
The message of 'less is better' isn't new to me, but there are fresh insights here. Greg McKeown also does a fantastic job narrating his own book.
If life feels cluttered and stressed, Essentialism is the (audio)book to get.
Lots of filler here. Some interesting tidbits, but also a few flat-out wrong statements that discouraged me away from finishing the audiobook.
Most worrying of all is that I don't think I learned a single thing that could help me in business. Is all the good stuff at the end?
AJ's Jacobs "Year of Living Biblically" walks the razor-thin line between polite respect and mockery. Although he dresses and plays the part of a religious person, he refuses to 'let go and let God' (as the Christian saying goes).
Despite how shallow the book is, there were some interesting nuggets here and there and I did hang on to the end.
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