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John

Sayre, OK, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • A Desert Called Peace: Carrera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    He raised an army against those who took everything from him. They should have picked their enemies more carefully. Five centuries from now, on a remarkably Earthlike planet that is mankind's sole colony in space, religious fanatics called the "Salafi Ikhwan" have murdered the uncle of former colonel Patrick Hennessey. That was their first mistake, because uncle was rich and Hennessey was rather a good colonel. But they also murdered Hennessey's wife, Linda, and their three small children, and that was their worst mistake for she was the only restraint Hennessey had ever accepted.

    C. Williams says: "The more things change..."
    "Good Listen!"
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    Took a chance on this one being I was not familar with the author. Overall this was very enjoyable. I will grant that the writer used events from our real world history in the plot but that is okay. What he did with them is what matters. Am looking forward to the next installment in the series.

    Recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Space: Star Carrier, Book Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (253)

    Humanity had appeared to fend off the Sh'daar assault once and for all, though they never learned why the alien empire was driven to halt Earth's advancement toward technological Singularity. But in this war of worlds, victory is always elusive. And now a new battle begins. After 20 years of peace, not one but two fragile truces are unraveling. Alexander Koenig, the former Navy commander whose heroics forced the Sh'daar into submission, has won a second term as President of the United States of North America. But pursuing his mandate - sovereignty from the centuries-old Earth Confederation - becomes a risky proposition....

    Anandasubramanian says: "Excellent series and book"
    "The story continues!"
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    Ian Douglas continues to deliver. Picking the story up several years after Singularity he delivers a great story that is well paced and diffuct to put down (or stop listening to). Do not start unless you have time on your hands!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (364)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Ryan says: "Important themes, with blind spots"
    "Different look at things."
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    What struck me was that this book seemed balanced. No doubt many will say that the author has some kind of agenda but I did not get that impression. Yes he is a commited capitalist with liberatian views, but he kept them checked. This is a fresh look at why nations fail, recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Attack of the Theocrats!: How the Religious Right Harms Us All - and What We Can Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sean Faircloth
    • Narrated By Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    At no time in history has the United States had such a high percentage of theocratic members of Congress - those who expressly endorse religious bias in law. Just as ominously, especially for those who share the values and views of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, at no other time have religious fundamentalists effectively had veto power over one of the country's two major political parties. As Sean Faircloth argues in this deeply sobering yet highly engaging book, this has led to the crumbling of the country's most cherished founding principle - the wall of separation between church and state.

    A says: "Was expecting more but well worth it"
    "Food for thought."
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    Let me first get this out of the way, I am a committed Catholic. I also firmly beleive what the church teaches and do my best to practice that. I also can not imagine living in a country where there is no seperation between religious and civil law, such as Iran. I also beleive that seperation of church and state is a fundemendal principle that should stand firm. What Faircloth brought to light are disturbing trends in America that anyone watching should notice. What I object to is that he gives scant acknowlagement of the good the Church, Catholic and Protestent, has done while highlighting the scandal that has plaged it recently (and I do wish to point out that it is something we Catholics should be shamed by and pray that it never happens again). Having said that I do agree this is something that has to be countered before we find ourselves living under Christianed Sharia style law.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (54)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (48)

    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"
    "Clarifies a mysterious time in our Lords life."
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    What stood out for me was not so much what our Lord did as a child but the roles that Mary and Joseph played in his early years. Pope Benedict took what could have easly been a dry, theological work and brings it to life and makes it relevent to all of us. In particular I came away from this short work with a very new impression of Saint Joseph and the role model he provides for all Christian Fathers and indeed any man no mater their faith. A must Read!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ross Douthat
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Ross Douthat, the youngest-ever op-ed columnist for the New York Times, has emerged as one of the most provocative and influential voices of his generation. Now he offers a masterful and hard-hitting account of how American Christianity has gone off the rails - and why it threatens to take American society with it.

    Lynn says: "Broad Stroke Analysis"
    "Insightful and thought provoking!"
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    This is one of those books that was hard to stop listening to. I had started listening to audiobooks when I started running out of time to just sit and read. This book, on the other hand, had me stoping just to listen to it. In particular his insights into how the "mainstream" Protestent and Catholic churches crippled themselves by moving away from their respective core values were thought provoking. I am a Catholic who joined the Church as a late middle age adult. Personally I am aware of some of what he talks about in the Protestent churches but have not seen much of it in the Catholic churches. Nevertheless this is well worth looking at and listening too!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Scott Hahn
    • Narrated By Scott Hahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    In the appealing conversational tone that has won him millions of devoted readers, Hahn presents the basic tenets of Church teachings, clears up common misconceptions about specific rituals and traditions, and responds thoughtfully to the objections raised about them. Each chapter concludes with loving, good-natured, inspiring advice on applying the Church's wisdom to everyday life.

    Billy Barker says: "Wonderful "Listening""
    "Great introduction to Catholism"
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    What did you love best about Signs of Life?

    Scott Hahns clear explications of the Faith.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The discussion of the Mass.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again the section about the Mass.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His discussion about Lent.


    Any additional comments?

    This I would recommend to new Catholics (like me) as well as those just cerious about the Church.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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