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Robert

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Great Themes of Paul: Life as Participation

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    In language that Paul might use if he were preaching and writing today, Rohr presents Paul’s all-embracing vision and invites us to enter into the mystery of Christ and be transformed. Rohr breaks new ground by applying up-to-date theories of our universe, integrating them with Paul’s revolutionary thinking about sin, saints and spirituality.

    Robert says: "Deeply Compassionate, Engaged Theology"
    "Deeply Compassionate, Engaged Theology"
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    Saint Paul has always been my favourite writer, since I first started to have favourite writers. Paul evangelized me both for literature and religion. What he writes is so eloquent, and so psychologically penetrating, it must be true in some sense. The author of the present book, Richard Rohr, talks about Paul's spirituality as one of inner transformation and growth. Between them, Paul and Jesus created the human individual as a unit of worth in mankind's evaluation of things. Rohr is gentle and passionate in the extreme, and teaches us many insights of wisdom and deep religious principles. His book is sure to give you new ways to understand your faith and the marvellous truths of theology.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Radio Free Albemuth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Philip K. Dick's impassioned final novel is a wild and visionary alternate history of the United States. It is 1969, and a paranoid president has convulsed America in a vicious war against imaginary internal enemies. As the country slides into fascism, a struggling science-fiction writer named Philip K. Dick is trying to keep from becoming one of that war's casualties.

    Jose says: "A strange masterpiece"
    "The Empire Never Died Out"
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    A widely distributed cadre of insurgents called Aramcheck is receiving instructions from a satellite link to a command center where a Higher Power beams down liminal and subliminal coded instructions on how to prosecute this ideological warfare. The Adversary is tracking its way back to this vital link, and threatens to deliver a killing blow to the organization, to sever its head and leave its disciples isolated and wandering among the lower echelons of the Empire. The Empire never died out. But now we find out that Earth is being invaded by the indwelling of plasmatic life forms, although the ultimate victory of these life forms is in the unimaginable distance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick, Pamela Jackson (editor), Jonathan Lethem (editor)
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick’s brilliant, and epic, work.

    Christiana says: "A long and often disjointed philosophical exercise"
    "Gripping Theology, Compelling Philosophy"
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    Seven years steady work in the writing. Three foot stack of closely scribbled paper. Visions in which he saw Christ and experienced the Holy Spirit as a fiery being. This mammoth work blends authentic Christian theology with visionary science fiction. Valis, the Cosmic Christ, generates Information which the Empire suppresses or distorts. We must be on the lookout for hidden messages imprinted on the world. Only these are the keys to power. Extremely deep learning in mythological and theological lore. This fifty-two hour blockbuster is PK Dick's exegesis, or theological analysis, of the scripture that was revealed to him by Valis in a hallucinatory vision, namely, the content of six of his most important works of science fiction.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2253)
    Performance
    (1584)
    Story
    (1606)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "A Rollicking Hilarious War Story..."
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    clocking in at just over 40 hours. You certainly get your money's worth of quality sometimes majestic story telling. Sgt. Bobby Shaftoe is an American cryptanalyst. His orders are under no circumstances to place himself under possibility of capture. Skipping two generations, Randy Price Waterhouse is a 1990s cryptanalyst working on the cutting edge of cyber-law, and is in love with America Shaftoe, Bobby's granddaughter. Goto Dengo is a Nipanese Officer and Engineer, and Rudy von Hacklheber is a mathematician and cryptographer who befriends Waterhouse and Turing as they explore and develop early computing and crypt analysis. Gunter Bischoff is a U-Boat commander, and Glory Altamira is the mother of Douglas MacArthur Shaftoe. Brilliantly narrated by William Dufris. This novel along with Stephenson's The Diamond Age are two of the most impressive novels I've listened to in the scale of Lem and Dick. However, his Snow Crash is something I just didn't cotton onto.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (107)

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "A New Genre? Historical Science Fiction"
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    A company of alien travelers is stranded on Earth, but not in our time, in the 14th Century during an outbreak of the Plague. In the near future to our own time, an archaeologist and a physicist are searching for traces of their visit. Using much learning and strict hard history and science, Flynn explores the philosophical, scientific and human mysteries that surround this encounter of worlds. Highly interesting and warmly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Days in September

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ray Gorham
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (255)

    On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.

    Jan says: "Depends on what you want"
    "A Good Beginning"
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    The narrative starts out very well, with dramatic and interesting perspectives on the EMP disaster, and the people and systems involved. I really enjoyed the first third or half. But when the journey begins, the plot thins out. Events become a little arbitrary and loosely connected. Something similar happens with the other journey narrative, The Road. The Journey is a difficult form to write, because it is inherently loosely structured. Things begin to happen for no connected reason, just because we have journeyed down the road a little further. However, these two narratives give an important view of the post-apocalypse world, in that the protagonists are not together at the moment when the disaster occurs, but in fact are far apart from each other. This is an aspect of the post-apocalypse that needs to be examined, because it is probably far more likely than the tidy plot in which the protagonists are all conveniently together from the beginning.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Integral Trees

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    When the spacecraft Discipline reached the double-star system of T3 and LeVoy's Star, its crew discovered that an immense doughnut-shaped gaseous envelope had formed around a neutron star. Though it had very little usable land, the Smoke Ring had evolved a variety of life forms, most of which were edible and all of which could fly.

    A User says: "Great Book, Bad Narrator"
    "Good Concept, Poor Treatment"
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    The novel describes an ecosystem that develops in a vast, zero gravity environment. The narrative seems to release you from the bonds of our fundamentally horizontal and comparatively miniscule world. Because it stretches your imagination in this way, I think that the novel is worth reading. However, the the environment that is described does notsufficiently follow the laws of physics. And story line, the things that happen in this remarkable world, is thin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1886)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (918)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Extensive Research and Detail"
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    It gives a very full and comprehensive account of the events from many perspectives, including victims, the student body, parents, police and of course the perpetrators. There were many accusations of blame going around at the time, and the author of this book looks at these with fairness to all concerned, but does not shy away from the controversies. If you remember the original events, then this book, with access to the journal, detailed interviews and information long kept secret, will fill out your knowledge of the story immensely. The author answers, as far as is possible, the question of why.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (994)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "A Classic but Weak"
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    Yes, it's a classic. But the science is weak and the plot line is flat. The apocalyptic event occurs off stage and is over and done with. He's not really trying to get somewhere, and nothing much really happens along the way. The characters and events are just not very captivating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Roger Penrose
    • Narrated By Bruce Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    From the best-selling author of The Emperor’s New Mind and The Road to Reality, a groundbreaking book that provides new views on three of cosmology’s most profound questions: What, if anything, came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? What is its ultimate future?

    Darkcoffee says: "Difficult, Awe-inducing and Fascinating"
    "Impenetrable"
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    It begins with giving some scientific analogies for the layman, but it soon leaps into calculations and language that I couldn't hope to follow.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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