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  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014

  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward

    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
    "Yackity yack"

    The basic information is fine, but the author spends at least 50% of the time on distractions, tangents, superfluous information, and digressions.

    14 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "Shameful religious sham"

    The book has an obvious religious message that the author attempts to deliver through the story of a mid east nuclear crisis. If you want to read about miracles and visions in the midst of pending war, this book is for you. The problem is that the story line is lame and exists only to allow the author to preach. A horrible book.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Terror

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    Their captain's insane vision of a Northwest Passage has kept the crewmen of HMS Terror trapped in Arctic ice for two years without a thaw. But the real threat to their survival isn't the ever-shifting landscape of white, the provisions that have turned to poison, or the ship slowly buckling in the grip of the frozen ocean. The real threat is whatever is out in the frigid darkness, stalking their ship, snatching and brutally killing their fellow seamen.

    Edward A. Kokkila says: "Great Story - better if unabridged"
    "Terror is Terrible"

    This book was utterly ridiculous. There is a demon (is it real or symbolic?) that haunts a ship of adventurers. Haven't we already seen two versions of the Thing ? I gave up after struggling to stay with this loser. Really, really bad.

    3 of 19 people found this review helpful

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