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Alex

mahpoac, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Viking Serpent: Secrets of the Celtic Church of Norway, Their Serpent Worship and Sacred Pentagram Geometry

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Harald Boehlke
    • Narrated By Harald Boehlke
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Travel with us into the very heart of ancient serpent worship as we unravel the sacred language of our ancestors. The Viking Serpent is a discovery on the scale of the Great Pyramids of Egypt and the Lost Tomb of Jesus, holding ancient truths of wisdom from a lost, yet highly sacred Church. Prepare to be stunned by the ramifications of this incredible find, and embark on a journey into a forgotten time and land.

    A User says: "Not the book at all"
    "Not an audio book"
    Overall

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1817)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1290)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Bad book even for $6.95"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Z. A. Recht and/or Oliver Wyman?

    No for Recht. Oliver Wyman did a good job.


    What was most disappointing about Z. A. Recht’s story?

    The writing was teadious.


    What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s voice?

    The narration was clear and understandable. Its not Wyman's fault the book was unlistenable for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    No reaction at all


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Overton Window

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (409)

    A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed. There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

    Ray says: "It Could Happen Soon"
    "Puts a name to what we already new"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (368)

    This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

    Timothy says: "Of course he has an agenda. He wrote a book!"
    "no new info here"
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Perdido Street Station

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (280)

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

    James says: "Brilliant, wonderful book -- horrible recording"
    "Not sure what this is"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1067)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    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.

    17 of 78 people found this review helpful

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