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C. A. Milus

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  • I Don't Believe in Atheists

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Chris Hedges
    • Narrated By Chris Hedges
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    There are two radical and dangerous sides to the debate on faith and religion in America: Christian fundamentalists, who see religious faith as their exclusive prerogative, and New Atheists, who brand all religious belief as irrational. Too often, the religious majority - those committed to tolerance and compassion as well as their faith - are caught in the middle.

    Ulrike Nunn says: "Not terrible, a little scrambled ,angry reader."
    "Puzzeled by the Title?"
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    Certainly Mr. Hedges does believe in atheists, in fact concludes that the newest generation of atheists (Hitchens, Harris, Dawkins etc) are ideologues closer in kind to the religious extremists they desire to literally annihilate.

    As an experienced war correspondent who has confessed his own addiction to the “rush and excitement of battle,” he has something important to say about extremism, no matter from which direction it is coming.

    He sees the future is bleak and no solution unless people regain the power that the governments now posses.

    Hedges explains that these “militant atheists,” posing as religious experts, do not simply disagree with religious truth claims — they see them as evils. Dawkins says they must be removed from our culture, Hitchens blamed it on the Muslims and Harris takes it to the next level in a recent interview in which he states If he had a magic wand with which to eradicate rape or religion he'd choose religion.

    Fact moving audio, leaves you with many things to consider. Excellent information and not the typical debate retaliatory commentary in any way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John C. Lennox
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    What did the writer of Genesis mean by "the first day"? Is it a literal week or a series of time periods? If I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, am I denying the authority of Scripture?In response to the continuing controversy over the interpretation of the creation narrative in Genesis, John Lennox proposes a succinct method of reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Concise Study of the Creation Days of Genesis"
    "Mathematician John Lennox is Amazing"
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    Dr. Lennox explores a method for reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture. This book, Lennox offers a careful yet accessible introduction to a scientifically-savvy, theologically-astute, and Scripturally faithful interpretation of Genesis.

    * Employs the lessons learned during the Galileo situation.

    * Holds to the notion that the infallibility of scripture should not be confused with one's interpretation of scripture.

    * Offers a succinct survey of the chief interpretations of Genesis One.

    * Analyses the Hebrew word for "Day" (Yom).

    * Evaluates the work of Collins, Behe, Walton, and others.

    * Provides his view of humanity's special creation.

    * Analysis of the "Cosmic Temple View".

    Dr. Lennox gives a breathtaking lecture that is at the very least, no matter what you believe, stimulating and though provoking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2214)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1537)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "The Martian goes Medieval"
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    In 2024, and in Oxford time travel is an academic pursuit, allowing historians to travel to the periods they study. Kivrin is a young historian taking an unprecedented trip to 1320 and accidentally landing right in the middle of the Black Plague.

    The book is largely predictable much like watching a B movie and knowing the evil villain is hiding behind the door and having to watch the heroin slowly (very slowly) walk toward the door and open it -- I found myself thinking how it was like a series of frantic phone calls back and forth leaving messages and just missing the other side (constantly).

    I was further disappointed, after reading the hype reviews of this book, on Connie Willis drab and dull vision of the future. Aside time travel there was nothing else of interest or new in any way in the 21st century. After a few side plots that lead nowhere the book finally got to some very good characters Colin, Agnes, Rosamund whom all die the "Blue Death" just as they were developing in to interesting paths in the story.

    I did enjoy parts of the story, and think it would be found very interesting to those interested in this period of history and maybe who are less familiar with Sci-Fi. It's depiction of life in the middle ages was also intriguing. My advice is wait until you are in a patient listening mood then give it a chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3613)
    Performance
    (1994)
    Story
    (2005)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Disappointing"
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    I felt the story just wasn't there, it was interesting at times, but not much fun to read. I liked the settings and visuals the story gave me but the story developed slowly. No heart racing moments and the story was reported not read (no fault of the narration which was very good) more like CNN reporting on wars in the middle east than a well written book.
    Bacigalupi's short stories are usually very good but this one just didn't cut it in my humble opinion.

    In spite of many people finding this book a good read it's not something I'd recommend to a friend and it left me unsatisfied. The premise, a post-apocalyptic world where bioengineering and climate change have made life barely functional, seemed an interesting angle so I got it but it's full of non essential violence and sexual abuse in lieu of a good story line and framework.

    Try his shorter stories.. they are pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8425)
    Performance
    (7978)
    Story
    (8006)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Where the heck is Book 3?"
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    I know better than to start a series before they are finished, the waiting kills me. Radiance is everything you want it to be and then some. I was a little bit taken back by Kaladins negative attitude in the beginning but a couple of good fights got this straightened out.

    The book is filled with some wonderful surprises and glorious battles on the shattered plains that leads to a huge discovery and enormous revelations about the past and future. This seems to get a lot of down votes here but I really didn't care for the Shallan Davar plot line, shes important to the story but really didn't find it compelling, perhaps I feel this way because her storyline is the lest action packed in the book?

    The narration is sublime... do it again please. How long will we have to wait for Book 3?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Many-Colored Land: Volume 1 of the Saga of Pliocene Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Julian May
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (120)

    This is a spellbinding tale woven of equal parts epic and myth - with a liberal dash of hard science fiction. When a one-way time tunnel to Earth’s distant past, specifically six million B.C., was discovered by folks on the Galactic Milieu, every misfit for light-years around hurried to pass through it. Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a million years....

    Jon says: "About time - I hope we get the rest of Julian May"
    "Right then..."
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    Somewhat interesting - took a long time for the plot to unfold. It felt disorganized. The Tanu and Firvulag were very interesting as it seems they might have been taken from Celtic mythology and twisted to feel nether-worldly? The Tanu being Tuatha De Danaan’ while the Firvulag were the equivalent to an invading race like race called ‘Firbolg’ two factions that were at war with each other.

    I'm not sure audible is going to do the next audio in the series and I think this book will suffer because of that, it's sorely needed. The story felt incomplete to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (517)

    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
    "If this doesn't scare you nothing will"
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    Considering that there is a, at this time, uncontrolled Ebola outbreak I felt it time to do my duty and review this audio. Firstly, when listening to this audio it doesn't seem at all like non-fiction, the author has done a very good job of bridging the gap and creating these true events into a story like pattern that will scare the living hell out of you.

    Warning: It's graphic. If you've never read any information on the way one meets their demise "crashes" after being infected with Ebola, Marburg etc.. it's not pretty, in fact it's something straight out of a Stephen King novel. Next time someone even sneezes by you a whole new thought process will instantly take place and you'll squirm as fast as you can away from the epicenter.

    This book doesn't slow down for a second and reads like a bio warfare crime drama in which someone is bleeding out ever other paragraph. Read it and then go wash your hands.

    That is all... over.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Radley Balko
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    Rise of the Warrior Cop traces the arc of US law enforcement from the constables and private justice of colonial times to present-day SWAT teams and riot cops. Today relentless "war on drugs" and "war on terror" pronouncements from politicians, along with battle-clad police forces with tanks and machine guns, have dangerously blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. Balko's fascinating, frightening narrative shows how martial rhetoric and reactionary policies have put modern law enforcement on a collision course with the values of a free society.

    Christopher says: "Scarier than any horror book. Because it's true!"
    "Don't let the title fool you!"
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    This is not an anti-law enforcement audio. It's a very well documented and researched case driven historic painting that moves from the earliest days of law enforcement and the money and corruption driving it to become a "police state lite". It's scarey and factual it leaves little doubt where we are headed and how close to being a closed society we are today. The blatant corruption and lack of responsibility of law enforcement agencies committing crimes that others would be put away for life, is just insane.

    Needs to be listened to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10627)
    Performance
    (10113)
    Story
    (10130)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Macgyver meets "Spaceship medic" by H. Harrison"
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    Very good story and fantastic narration. Well worth the "pirate-ninjas" spent for it.

    The story of Mark Whatley, an astronaut who gets abandoned on Mars and the hell he goes through to try to survive. Comical, depressing where morals and ethics conflict, nerve-wracking, and hilarious. Very entertaining book, fast paced and amazing narration. Best Sci Fi I've read in a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for a Creator

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Lee Strobel
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded. Today science is supports the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. Darwinism has faltered in the face of facts and hard reason. Science definitely gives faith a boost as new findings emerge about the complexity of our universe. Strobel re-examines the theories that once led him away from God. You'll encounter discoveries from cosmology, DNA research, and human consciousness that present evidence in The Case for a Creator.

    Alan Rither says: "Excellent Summary of Apologetics"
    "One of the best Apologetic books I've ever read."
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    A journalist investigates scientific evidence that points toward God and the scientific guest contributors are stunning and engrossing. Really quite the learning experience for those that like their Apologetics dipped in science. Excellent book, in the top 5 apologetic books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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