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Anniken

Rykkinn, Norway | Member Since 2011

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  • 105 titles in library
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  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (831)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    Kimberly says: "The Jesus story in context"
    "Killing credibility.."
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    A bit of a letdown, this one. I was hoping for a historical, factual account of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. This, however, was much too religiously based.
    All the Romans and the opponents of Jesus were intentionally vilified and described as ugly, grotesque perverts, while Jesus was portrayed very much as the sanctimonious figure Christians believe him to be.
    Also, sources like the apocryphal evangelists were blatantly overlooked, while sources from the Bible were overused. Historians like Tacitus and Josefus were barely mentioned.
    Not the historical account it promised to be.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (281)

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

    Tim says: "Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    This was wonderful to listen to, as Neil Gaiman narrated the book himself. I always enjoy his writing, and this was no exception. It's creative and entertaining in a quirky way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Reformed Dieter: How I Dropped 8 Dress Sizes and Took My Life Back

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By A. J. Rochester
    • Narrated By A. J. Rochester
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    For every woman who has ever tried to lose weight and failed, A.J. Rochester offers her own unique recipe for success, from someone who looked like the last of the lost causes.

    Heather says: "What a Funny Lady"
    "A personal and enlightening read!"
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    Following along with A.J. Rochester as she lost a vast amount of kilos was actually really uplifting. Everyone who has ever been on a diet will be able to recognize her struggles and triumphs. I can definitely recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9873)
    Performance
    (8516)
    Story
    (8532)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "An unforgettable read!"
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    This book is number 5 in a series, so I guess I would like to recommend you read from the beginning.

    A Song of Ice and Fire easily qualifies as the best told story I've ever had the chance to know. Martin's world is just so livid and engaging. The characters - their thoughts and reactions often seem like real people to me - they are that well described! It's a wonderfully detailed world that still doesn't fall into the trap of becoming difficult to comprehend.

    I've been enchanted with these books since the first chapters of A Game of Thrones, and have serious doubts I'll ever fall out of love with them. The only downside is that they are really hard to match. After having finished Swords I had trouble finding other books to read, just because I was still so into the world of Martin. They really are something that add to the fantasy-genre and I think they have also been a big part of moving the genre forward.

    My recommendation does come with a warning however - especially for this book. It really is dark and full of terrors. Martin paints a picture of a war-torn continent, and he doesn't gloss it over one bit. Reading these books is delving into the darkest sides of humanity there are. At the same time, there is also a glimmer of hope coming through to you via some of the characters. The ones that try to do good, or try to stick with their principals amidst all the horrible things happening. That is what still makes the books not just readable, but brilliant.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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