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John

New headphones for Christmas 2011. The sound is so much better than before!

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  • From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Rank
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    To untangle the modern Middle East conflict and the 2,000 years behind it, this book is divided into 25 concise chapters. Each one is devoted to a major theme in Middle East history, such as the beginning of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan, and the beginning of Israel in 1948. They can be read in a few minutes, giving you a fast overview of the issues and help you to understand Middle East current events.

    John says: "Definitely a Crash Course"
    "Definitely a Crash Course"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's as clear and concise a work as any I have encountered for the 'non-expert' wanting to better understand what appears to be conflict without resolution. It's also an easy listen. I'm on my third and the historical context is starting to sink in a bit.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa?

    The chapter on Ghengis Khan, his Mongol horde and the strong possibility I might be a direct decendent! Seriously, I never realized the significance of Khan's conquests and his impact on world history.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin Pierce’s performance?

    The reading sounded much like a computer generated voice. It was clear and technically correct but the emphasis and intonation often sounds misplaced and uncomfortably artificial.


    Could you see From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Interesting idea for this book. Dramatization of such a condensed history might make a compelling series.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if it is my own or the author's objectivity that influences this impression but I often felt in the reading as if there was sympathy for the underlying causes of Islamic extremism and hatred of Israel. Nothing wrong with that if true but then there was nothing in the book to influence me to that perspective. The author tells us Palestinians have failed to create a state for themselves for an even longer period of time than modern day Israel has existed. I know there is so much more to learn but this is something I find hard to understand. The book gave me what I was looking for and more. I plan to use each chapter as a jumping off point for deeper exploration and understanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sign of the Cross: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    Monty Collins is a sharp-tongued public defender who just wants to represent an upstanding character for a change. A priest with something to hide isn't quite what he had hoped for, but when the literate, arrogant, and tight-lipped Father Brennan Burke is implicated in the strange murder of a young woman, Monty doesn't just take the case - the case takes him. When Burke won't come clean, Monty is forced to play private detective, traveling into his client's past. Things look good for the case until another body is found....

    connie says: "Hybrid Mystery"
    "Fun romp for a cradle Catholic!"
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    An enjoyable murder-mystery that happens to have the church, it's members both lay and clerical woven into the plot. I enjoyed the story 1st because its a good yarn and next because Emery's use of Catholics and Catholicism taps in to a rich vein of imperfection, humor, joy, sadness, and tragedy without overstated piety or whitewashing of personalities. It's all there in a great mix ... sex, drugs, and the blues. Looking forward to Obit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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