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Bodacious Wonderment

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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
    (97)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (77)

    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"
    "Meh"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Pretty dry and LOTS of conjectures.


    Has Through the Eye of a Needle turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Which character – as performed by Fleet Cooper – was your favorite?

    N/A


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    Any additional comments?

    It was OK. But a bit unfocused and there were a LOT of conjectures and not a lot of internal consistency. EG, he makes a point of saying that, contrary to what we used to believe, a lot of villa's were built up not just to point out that the rich were different/better than the poor, but because the rich actually LIKED their homes (not much of a inference in any event), then moments later says that the villas were like machines whose function was to separate the rich from the poor.

    On one hand, this book did give a good feeling for the complexities of trying to capture a long gone culture, on the other hand, fell to the temptation to rather dogmatically make broad generalizations based on scanty evidence.

    Still....pretty interesting...

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3326)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2386)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Crickey, why did I go so long without reading this"
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    Where does The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just outstanding. So very very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The juxtaposition of the history of the Nazi's along side the author's personal interaction with the events has they happened gives a multidimensional feel to the book. By book's end, you feel you not only have a good grasp of what happened, but you feel that you have some feeling for what is was like to have been there.


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

    Narrator was good, sounded like a journalist should sound.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    World gone crazy.


    Any additional comments?

    GET THIS. Very good history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Generals in Bronze: Interviewing the Commanders of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William B. Styple
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In the decades that followed the American Civil War, artist James E. Kelly (1855-1933) conducted in-depth interviews with more than 40 Union generals in an effort to accurately portray them in their greatest moment of glory.

    David says: "You won't find this stuff in a history book!"
    "Uneven"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Perhaps, if they wanted a first person/second hand take on people from the ACW.


    What other book might you compare Generals in Bronze to and why?

    It's fairly unique. Maybe compare it to a modern celebrity autobiography, where there's a lot of name-dropping.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Patrick Cullen?

    Sure. Good straightforward narration without any extraneous puffery.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Hmmm. Probably, but just because of the subject matter.


    Any additional comments?

    At times very interesting, at other times maddening. Author has contact with major figures of the American Civil War, but never really gets deep into questioning them. We get some insight, but much of the insight has to do with how the various generals treated Styple and not because of anything that he discussed with them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1567)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1057)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Very informative"
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    Would you listen to Bonhoeffer again? Why?

    Yes. Very moving story, really captures a the drama of an impressive life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You end up feeling that Bonhoeffer is a real person, you sees his struggles and that gives you a better sense of the courage it must have taken for him to try and keep to his principles when everything around him was telling him to give in.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    It was OK


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would have like to, but it's a long recording.


    Any additional comments?

    Only down side was a bit of hagiography. Bonhoeffer's family was THE BEST, his friendships were THE BEST, his singing was THE BEST, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Sears
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (60)

    The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: On this single day, the battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

    David says: "Excellent Book"
    "Very fine history."
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    Where does Landscape Turned Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Landscape Turned Red?

    Did a very good job of letting you experience the fog of war.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    For the most part, it was fine, but whenever there was a direct quote, narrator felt the need to speak in the speakers voice, using cheesy southern accents for the rebs, or bombastic effects for McClellan, etc. Narrator is a good reader, but a pretty bad actor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's too long!


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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