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El

West, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Under the Banner of Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    Craig Hansen says: "Not bad, but a bit biased"
    "Mormon expose sells books but isn't true"
    Overall

    How can a person who admits to being "nearly atheistic" become an authority on a specific church and, indeed, on whether people who believe in God are even right to believe in God? He tries to couch his disdain for religion in "exposing the underbelly" of a religion that I have found to be quite "normal" and far from intrusive. His sensationalism for describing the horrible acts of these two brothers may be accurate, but his willingness to associate freaks with the mainstream body of this church is irresponsible. I heard a NPR interview with the author and found myself becoming angry with his hipocrisy. One moment he was a detached, yet educated scholar. The next, he was criticizing a religion and people he really does not understand. It is a disappointment that this book has become a big seller....but sensationalism sells books, I guess.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1159)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "easier to follow than the original"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Based purely on the language used, I found this to be a compelling "read." We listened on a very long road trip and the story and characters were mostly compelling. You can't help but feel angst of Macbeth's stupid decisions but those are nothing new compared to the original story and language. Great story overall.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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