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Anneke

Balwyn North, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Peter Brown
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
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    (76)
    Story
    (73)

    Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity.

    Jacobus says: "A learned, well-balanced postmodern history"
    "Great book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Through the Eye of a Needle the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed listening to the Eye of the Needle because it's very vivid description of the time and the issues. It brings together a wealth of information.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It's grasp of the complexities of the time and its ability to present them in a way that made them transparent.


    Have you listened to any of Fleet Cooper’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I really like the way he reads. Engaging.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Money is at the bottom of most things, even in Early Christianity. Many of my preconceptions about some of the Church Fathers have been modified.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great book and worth the listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeff Jarvis
    • Narrated By Jeff Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (319)

    A visionary and optimistic thinker examines the tension between privacy and publicness that is transforming how we form communities, create identities, do business, and live our lives. The Internet, he argues, will change business, society, and life as profoundly as Gutenberg’s invention, shifting power from old institutions to us all.

    Howard says: "Very thought provoking-worth a 2nd or 3rd listen."
    "If only we share"
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    What did you love best about Public Parts?

    It gave me, relatively new and relatively weary of sharing in public forums like face-book and twitter an insight into what the benefits of such sharing could mean on a global level. It changed the way I look at global internet sharing of data, stories, information and to what degree I think I need to


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Most compelling was the way the argument for more openness was presented.


    If you could give Public Parts a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Openness can make the world a better place


    Any additional comments?

    I loved listening to it and am thinking of listening to it again, something I don't often do with an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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