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William

KEARNEY, NE, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Pope Benedict XVI
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (49)

    In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus”. Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life as a child. The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary.

    Nancy says: "An Insightful Book from a Great Theologian"
    "Well worth it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the first book in a very long time that I listened to again immediately after the first listen. Rich in theology and a good performance. I would recommend this to anyone


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Intellectuals and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (164)

    This is a study of how intellectuals as a class affect modern societies by shaping the climate of opinion in which official policies develop, on issues ranging from economics to law to war and peace. You will hear a withering and clear-eyed critique about (but not for) intellectuals that explores their impact on public opinion, policy, and society at large.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An efficient attack on liberal philosophy."
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like to hear political agenda specific rants


    What was most disappointing about Thomas Sowell’s story?

    There was no story - and even though I am a political conservative, I don't care to hear conservative rants that are not well backed up... or interesting


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

    Disliked most everything about it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Intellectuals and Society?

    Everything after the first three chapters


    Any additional comments?

    mind numbing - simply the worst!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    These 24 lectures introduce what is considered the most important collection of post-New Testament writings. Although largely unknown and unread, these writings provide a treasure trove of insights into Christianity, and they are crucial to understanding the development of a religion that was shaped largely outside the pages of the New Testament itself.

    Jacobus says: "Typical Ehrmanish account of the Apostolic Fathers"
    "Wow! VERY disappointed. Was hoping for better"
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Bart D. Ehrman?

    Yes to the great courses - in fact, I have listened to several and have several more in my wishlist. My reviews of them have been favorable.

    No to Ehrman. He is too subjective and far and away too repetitive. His theological, ideological and historical perspectives could have been stated in about half the time, which would make the actual material only take 1/4 of the time recorded.

    In other words, he is awfully wrapped up in his own views and his (almost arrogant) take on history the early church and Christianity.

    I understand that the church and Christianity was a theological and spiritual evolutionary process. There are certain paths taken that could have gone another direction - so state it once and move on. Not everyone is an impressionable, malleable college freshman who needs to be convinced that Prof. Ehrman's understanding is the only correct one.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Please, Modern scholar - stop this man before he teaches again!


    What three words best describe Professor Bart D. Ehrman’s voice?

    understandable, tolerable and average


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

    No - it would make a lousy movie - but the biased take is just fanciful enough to make it as a History Channel 'documentary'


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly - I cannot recommend this book to Christians, agnostics or atheists. It is so biased toward his 'Historical Jesus' claims that the authority or genuineness of any writings from the Church Fathers cannot come through untarnished.

    Overall, I thought this was one of the worst Modern Scholar lectures I have ever listened to and I have listened to a lot from them.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Truth behind the Mystique

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lawrence H. Schiffman
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    In this course, Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman imparts a clear understanding of what the Dead Sea Scrolls are, and even more importantly, what they are not. Indeed, everything about the Scrolls, from their long road to full publication to the haggling over dating and translation, has been shrouded in controversy. In these lectures, Professor Schiffman gives a fascinating explanation of the content of the Scrolls and the times in which the Scrolls were kept.

    Jacobus says: "A well-balanced account of the Qumran Scrolls"
    "Really Enjoyed This"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. The investigation and lecture was not entirely subjective, but Prof. Schiffman is a well known Jewish scholar and he handled the subject well.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lawrence H. Schiffman before, how does this one compare?

    Yes. This one is to par with his others that I am familiar with.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Added authority and vocal emphasis on what matters and what is conjecture and what is not at all important


    Could you see The Modern Scholar being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. It's a lecture.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (582)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Sara says: "Wears out quickly"
    "One of the worst ideas ever"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the narrator first. His tone seemed too angry or cynical. If the book is supposed to be funny or lighthearted, his performance never allowed that to come through.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Kline and Jason Tomaszewski ’s story?

    Seemed like they were grasping at straws to fill space. One or two worst ideas in each category would have been fine and then include more categories.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Patrick Lawlor?

    Absolutely not - unless it was a book that is supposed to be cynical or angry.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad it was only a buck as Deal of the Day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1311)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1182)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Overall, very touching"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a touching and revealing story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's willingness to be as vulnerable as she is.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Overall pretty convincing EXCEPT whenever she tried to do any kind of an accent. Each attempt at Middle-Eastern or Hispanic accents brought to mind Fearless Leader from Bullwinkle. When she tries to do a Jamaican accent it comes out as a leprechaun. Really, if you cannot do accents well, then don't do them.


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

    Can it happen to you?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Scott Hahn
    • Narrated By Paul Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    In A Father Who Keeps His Promises, the popular Catholic apologist Scott Hahn focuses on the “big picture” of Scripture: God’s plan in making and keeping covenants with us throughout salvation history—despite our faults and shortcomings—so that we might live as the family of God.

    William says: "Uplifting"
    "Uplifting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is informative and encouraging. It is also a great study of salvation history from a Catholic perspective.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Smith’s performances?

    Not likely. The one negative about the book is that the reader just didn't seem all that interested in what he was reading. The beginning was especially difficult to listen to and then the performance got a bit better, then flat, then better - I think you get the idea.


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

    No. The subject matter needed time to digest.


    Any additional comments?

    Dr. Hahn has a great talent in writing in that he can make heady theology approachable to all levels. When he speaks he is very engaging. Publishers of audio books should take better care in matching readers to the authors.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2224)
    Performance
    (1977)
    Story
    (1984)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Powerful"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Killing Kennedy?

    This book brought to life an event in history with clarity and accuracy. It was not full of conspiracy, nor did it debunk any. It was a very refreshing approach to a subject that has been accounted so many times it would be hard to make it seem fresh. Bill O'Reilly succeeds where many fail.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Catholic Church in the Modern Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Professor Thomas F. Madden leads these compelling lectures, focusing on a Church both adapting to a world in flux and striving to exert its influence and power. Throughout modernity, the Church responded to and weathered a host of major world events: the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, colonization of the New World, and of course the World Wars. As the face of the Church, the popes affected Catholicism in ways that can only be truly understood from a careful examination of the past.

    William says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Since it is a lecture format, and is delivered by Prof. Madden, is is flawless in performance. Very engaging and easy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (770)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "Fascinating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A part of American history not often mentioned in the books.


    What other book might you compare The Warmth of Other Suns to and why?

    The Worst Hard Times. About the people who stayed behind on the dust bowl farms. This was also a time of great migration in the US


    Any additional comments?

    Well read, well researched and

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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