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William Peterson

Seattle, Washington, US | Member Since 2009

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  • The City of God

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Saint Augustine
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Written between A.D. 413 and 426, The City of God is one of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian thought, a book which is vital to the understanding of modern Western society. Augustine originally intended it to be an apology for Christianity against the accusation that the Church was responsible for the decline of the Roman Empire, which had occurred just three years earlier. Indeed, Augustine produced a great amount of evidence to prove that paganism was responsible for this event. However, by the time the work was finished, the book had taken on a larger theme.

    John says: "Great book! If you can get through it."
    "Sharp thinker; profound topic; still relevant"
    Overall

    I prefer listening to this kind of book rather than reading it because I can get through it while driving or walking.

    As a Catholic priest, I would naturally be sympathetic to the argument of the author, but as a human being, I am always concerned with an author's learning, logic, honesty, and openness. I think St. Augustine rates high in all these categories. Even if one would not agree with him in a given instance, I think most people would at least say he had good reasons for his opinion, expressed them well, and did not needlessly minimize the opinions of others. I would in fact think of this work as something of a model for "ecumenical dialogue."

    I would rate the narrator of this book as "born for this kind of presentation." His English accent adds class to the reading. In fact, I may tackle his narration of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire one of these days.

    Finally, compared to the translation we have in our house library, I would consider this translation more elegant, clearer, and much more acceptable to the modern ear.

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3549)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2031)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "What a corpse can teach us"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Stiff in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, provocative, bracing


    What other book might you compare Stiff to and why?

    The Rise and Fall of Alexandria--where I learned that Greek physicians, builing on Egyptian expertise with mummies, used cadavers to make great strides in a science that was mostly taboo in the Greek and Roman worlds


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the chapter that considered the medical, moral, and religious aspects of


    Any additional comments?

    This book could not possibly appeal to all readers. But for people who are curious about ALL aspects of life (and death), I think this book would be THE one to read. I was personally appreciative of the breadth and depth of the author's coverage of a subject that I would probably never have pursued except for the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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