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Pieter

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  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4683)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2030)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "I was raised a believer"
    Overall

    I grew up a mainstream New England Protestant, but my study of the religion I was being asked to accept raised many questions that even the learned clergymen with whom I spoke at great length could not answer with more than "It is a mystery; you've just got to have faith." Eventually I drifted away, dabbled in Buddhism, Zen, Taoism and a number of forms of hippie woo-woo. I am now simply a freelance unbeliever. Perhaps if I had had a mentor like Dawkins a few decades back I'd have arrived at my position sooner, but the journey was a good one.

    Unlike others, I rather liked the switching of narration back and forth between Professor Dawkins and his wife. Visualizing the text as they do so, I hear her readings as sidebars to the main text, indented and with a different background color.

    My impression of the negative reviews of this book is that most of the writers didn't actually listen to it, as the specifics of many of their criticisms are simply untrue.

    Yes, the book is one-sided; it's supposed to be. What it is not is an argument by assertion, or a collection of ad hominem attacks like many current defenses of religion. What puts off a number of the religious objectors to it is that it does not give religious beliefs the automatic respect that has been the custom heretofore; it examines the arguments for the existence of god as if they were political or scientific propositions. If you're going to enter the marketplace of ideas, don't complain if you get some stiff competition.

    Be prepared to pay attention, and you'll probably want to rewind a number of passages; this book demands that you give some unused brain cells a bit of exercise. Feel the burn!

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Best American Erotica 2008: The Best of Best American Erotica (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Susie Bright, Rowan Elizabeth, Alicia Gifford
    • Narrated By Susie Bright, Theo McKell, Don Leslie, and others
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    For Adults Only: Explicit language. Must be 18 years of age to purchase.

    To mark its 15th anniversary, and the very last edition of the series, the top-selling erotica anthology achieves a scorching new climax with a special edition showcasing standout stories from the entire series as well as never before published pieces - plus a hot and edgy piece from Susie Bright herself.

    Pieter says: "Definitely pushes the envelope"
    "Definitely pushes the envelope"
    Overall

    The stories in this collection attempt to go beyond the standard Tab A/Slot B clinical porn which too often gets classified as "erotic." Although not all the stories were to my taste, and indeed there were a couple I didn't finish listening to, I applaud the authors and Ms. Bright for attempting to raise the genre to the level of art.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • She Did a Bad, Bad Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Stephanie Bond
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (260)

    Just once, mild-mannered Jane Kurtz wished she had the nerve to go for what she wants. And she really wants her neighbor, bad boy Perry Brewer. But he's totally out of her league, until she wins the lottery and decides, once and for all, to change her life. So she heads out to Vegas for the ultimate bad-girl makeover. Poor sexy Perry won't know what hit him.

    Sandra says: "NOT BAD"
    "Clich?d and predictable"
    Overall

    Loaded down with exhaustive (and exhausting) extraneous details, a decent if formulaic story line is buried by the author's style. Harlequin should hire better editors. Romantic, yes. Erotic, not so much.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hoffnung: A Last Encore

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Gerard Hoffnung
    • Narrated By Charles Hoffnung
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Gerard Hoffnung was not only a gifted cartoonist but also a ground-breaking musician, best known for his wildly humorous concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, which featured such bizarre compositions as a concerto for three vacuum cleaners and an electric floor polisher.

    Here, in a selection of interviews and speeches, Hoffnung talks about his life of hilarity with all the gravity and seriousness he can muster.

    Pieter says: "Worth the price for one bit alone"
    "Worth the price for one bit alone"
    Overall

    "The Bricklayer's Letter," which appears at 1:01:30. You may experience incontinence while listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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