This is the sound track from a DVD of the same name. If this subject is of interest, then get the DVD. You will be wanting to see the visuals to go with the sounds you hear.
No for Recht. Oliver Wyman did a good job.
The writing was teadious.
The narration was clear and understandable. Its not Wyman's fault the book was unlistenable for me.
No reaction at all
I put in about two hours with this before deciding it was a waste of my time. Other 1 star reviewers have stated the problems with the book. Most annoying for me was the email conversations between two of the characters. The narrator reads everything on the email, reply buttons, headers, email addresses, and you know the stuff you glance over but do not really read on your emails. So a typical conversation, supposedly to move the story along, is broken up by minutes long sections of narrating the headers and the RE; and RE; REs. The story just stops at these points. Who ever thought that would be entertaining should find a different job.
I had not known there was a name for the media manipulation we have all sufferd under since the 50's and pretty much identified as "media bias" in the 80's and 90's. If you have never listened to Glenn Beck, or Alex Jones, et al, you may find this book eye-opening. Otherwise its an interesting fable illustrating what we already know.
This book may have been valid 50 years ago, but the lies described here are pretty much what the curriculum of my high school history class was. I don’t remember hearing any actual lies in the book; it is primarily a listing of trivial omissions regarding certain people in history. Washington and Jefferson owned slaves, i knew that, but it is not relevant to what they did in the formation of America. American history is too broad a subject to include every detail of any event or person. That is what thesis papers and volumes produced by niche authors are for. I was disappointed in the trivial nature of the alleged lies described in the book.
I stopped listening after about 12 hours. The writing is good and describes a psudo-steampunk environment well, the trouble is after hours and hours of listening there just isn't an interesting stroy and no real prospects that one will develope. It may be a great story and i've bailed just before it started, however nothing interesting after 12 hours is way past my limit.
The goal of the book is to sow doubt in the minds of Christians as to the worth of the Bible. Why even read the Bible if one cannot trust the contents and meaning. The author gives a few examples of differences between different texts but provides little supporting evidence for his conclusions. The book does not focus on the reason for changes, nefarious plots or just lazy scribes. Both reasons are given without any supporting evidence. The author makes no effort to guide the reader to what manuscripts are less likely to be altered; in fact he suggests that texts from the apostles themselves could have been written wrong in the original form. This was also stated without the benefit of evidence.
All in all, I thought it was a waste of my time to listen to. All of the authors points regarding the alterations to the Bible could be equally applied to any text be it an ancient writing or one found in the New York Times.
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