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J. D. Gunter

Colorado

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  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3309)
    Performance
    (2941)
    Story
    (2933)

    Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

    Cathi says: "Good book, not crazy about the narrator"
    "Poor editing"
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    The reader was great but I heard him swallow about 100 times and smack his lips. Why wasn't that edited out? It was very distracting and effected my enjoyment of the otherwise good material.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (6054)
    Performance
    (4146)
    Story
    (4078)

    There just isn't enough time for everything on our to-do list - and there never will be. Successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs. There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're done with the worst thing you'll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task - but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life.

    Megan says: "I was a little disappointed"
    "Helpful"
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    Good reminders and tips for facing the onslaught at work. Not bad for yearly reviewing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167731)
    Performance
    (156819)
    Story
    (156493)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Great get-away "
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    A story that transports. Great pacing and characters. Swift and clean adventure. Satisfying ending. I don’t even like video games but love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert C. Bartlett
    • Narrated By Professor Robert C. Bartlett Ph.D. Boston College
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (354)

    For more than two millennia, philosophers have grappled with life's most profound and "eternal" questions. It is easy to forget, however, that these questions about fundamental issues like justice, injustice, virtue, vice, or happiness were not always eternal. They once had to be asked for the first time. This was a step that could place the inquirer beyond the boundaries of the law. And the Athenian citizen and philosopher who took that courageous step in the 5th century B.C. was Socrates.

    Amazon Customer says: "Worthwhile"
    "Restricted by a formula"
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    This is the second Great Courses I've listened to and the speakers seem to be bound by a formula that slows the momentum of the content. "This is what I'm about to tell you; this is what I'm telling you; this is what I told you." The speakers have no personal opinions or personalities and seem to be reading a manuscript that ends in the sound effect of canned clapping. These speakers have won awards for teaching but none of their talent shows through. The content could be exciting shared by a passionate individual but just feels like a list read by a guy with a doctorate in reading.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Norman Geisler
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (581)

    I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist argues that Christianity requires the least faith of all worldviews because it is the most reasonable. The authors lay out the evidence for truth, God, and the Bible in logical order and in a readable, non-technical, engaging style. A valuable aid to those interested in examining the reasonableness of the Christian faith, Geisler and Turek provide a firm challenge to the prior beliefs of doubters and skeptics.

    nasamike says: "Facts on Faith"
    "Strawman"
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    They referred to atheists but referenced few if none of atheists' works. I've been reading atheist books alongside this one and their friction with published atheists is a straw man.
    This book has the feel of a textbook for 12th grade homeschoolers but for an adult who is synthesizing, it's got plenty of condescending wrist-slapping and repetitive Christian "gotcha" statements. The last part of the book is a medical description of Jesus' crucifixion and a survey of hell that puts the blame for ending up in hell on you. As they said, those in hell don't want it but they will it. It's self-inflicted and the doors are locked from the inside. God loves us so much He wouldn't force heaven upon us if worshiping him for an hour on Sunday morning deters us. These are the things they say with a humble, "I wish it weren't so," but they don't grapple with how awful they sound. It's as if they don't hear themselves. They don't describe hell in its medical implications. They simply say God has to quarantine evil. If hell is simply quarantine, and Heaven is an extension of Sunday morning worship, they haven't begun to scratch the surface of humanity's fears and hopes. But some 12th grade homeschooler somewhere is gonna feel equipped against those skeptics of Christianity he's never had the chance to meet.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Logically Fallacious: The Ultimate Collection of Over 300 Logical Fallacies (Academic Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bo Bennett
    • Narrated By Bo Bennett
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    This book is a crash course in effective reasoning, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this book is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. With the reading of each page, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions.

    James says: "Logic in bite-sized pieces"
    "Does Bo Bennett only know of Christians who are illogical?"
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    The study of logical fallacies is always helpful.
    I like Bo Bennett's humor yet I sense a chip on his shoulder. There is still a lot he can come to understand about religion and morality and the spiritual realm but it feels he has no desire to do so. As someone who is just starting my pursuit of logic and philosophy, this was a fun, easy read but the tone of it felt bitter in that Mr. Bennett has angst against many people who believe in God, Messiahs and leprechauns, as he seems to put them all in the same pot.
    I myself, have more against Christians who use fallacious reasoning than I have against Christianity itself.
    The book was helpful to me. But I'd love to hear Bo Bennett say that many spiritual/religious people are capable of being logical and reasonable. I seemed to wonder if Mr. Bennett thought that was possible.

    12 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, James Hynes
    • Narrated By Professor James Hynes University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
    Overall
    (2089)
    Performance
    (1869)
    Story
    (1807)

    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

    Madeleine says: "Theory AND Practice"
    "Honest"
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    The teacher spoke with self-awareness and allowed for a wide variety of writers to apply his advice. I was inspired to finally write what I've always wanted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Dorsey Armstrong
    • Narrated By Professor Dorsey Armstrong Ph.D Duke University
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (500)

    Tap into the power of effective writing by developing the fundamental critical and analytical skills that transform your writing from "good" to "great." Regardless of your subject, goal, or occasion, these skills will help you organize your thoughts into a coherent piece, make a persuasive argument rooted in facts, and make responsible use of research materials.

    R. Hays says: "None of my professors has ever been this helpful!"
    "Worth the time"
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    The narrator processed well and didn't lose the audience as she did so. She inspired hope for me to write well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (374)

    The Brothers Karamazov tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov: shy, silent, and cruel. The four unite in the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters - their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and best work.

    Grant says: "Narration not to everyone's taste"
    "This book was sobering"
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    There were many down turns in the book just as the author began giving glimpses of hope. You couldn't help but love the hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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