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Captain Morgan

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  • The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (53)
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    Beginning in the heady days just after the First Crusade, this volume - the third in the series that began with The History of the Ancient World and The History of the Medieval World - chronicles the contradictions of a world in transition. Impressively researched and brilliantly told, The History of the Renaissance World offers not just the names, dates, and facts but the memorable characters who illuminate the years between 1100 and 1453 - years that marked a sea change in mankind's perception of the world.

    Captain Morgan says: "Almost Great"
    "Almost Great"
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    This was a very enjoyable listen. It took a little while but once I settled into this book I really enjoyed John Lee's reading. I am not a student of this time period in history and this book gave me a great broad understanding of and exposure to many events I had heard of (and many I had't) but would have been hard pressed to explain or put in context. This sparked my interest in specific subjects that I can delve into deeper. I doubt a knowledgable history buff would learn much new or hear any critical insights.

    In the end that is where the book fell a bit short for me. I suppose there was so much material to cover that there was little room for historical retrospective. I was also hoping for more background on the influence of ancient writers and thought and how it shaped events.It would have been more engaging if there was more focus on the development of thought and knowledge and the struggles it caused.

    Ultimately the history of this time period (and alas much of human history) can be summed up thus .... dates, Kings, Popes, conquests, mass murders, ruthless power struggles and untimely deaths ... rinse and repeat. There were very few heros beyond the inventors, artists and thinkers.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Mills
    • Narrated By David Smalley
    Overall
    (70)
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    (64)
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    Is there really a God? Or does God exist only in our heads? Is the Bible truly God's Word? Or is it a jumble of fanciful myths? Atheist Universe details why God is unnecessary to explain the universe's diversity, organization, and beauty. Using simple, straightforward logic, this audiobook rebuts every argument that claims to "prove" God's existence.

    Ben Silverstein says: "Great content, mediocre delivery"
    "Strong logical arguments"
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    I found it interesting to realize that this book was one of the first popular books to thoroughly and unabashedly lay out the arguments against theism (specifically Christianity) when it came out in 2004. And as the author points out it was the best selling book on atheism on Amazon for several years until Dawkins's "The God Delusion" came out in 2006. What a short time ago and yet so much progress for atheism has taken place since then and Mills therefore deserves at least some credit for helping to raise the credibility and exposure of the arguments that are becoming part of the discourse. There is not much here that can't be found elsewhere (much produced since this book was published) but he presents the arguments in clear and understandable terms with examples, analogies and metaphors. Like many of the popular atheist authors he clearly uses the book as a platform to launch attacks on individuals who sit on the opposite side of the argument. I never find this constructive and he at times miss construes the points of fundamentalist opening himself up to criticism for use of strawmen. For example his assertion that their only concern for pornography is for youth (vs. also for married people). These quibbles aside, this is a great book for someone looking to get up to speed on a wide range of atheist views particularly if you are looking for very logically structured method (lots of numbered lists of points) versus the conversational style of others like Harris and Hitchens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little History of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By William F. Bynum
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    Overall
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    Science is fantastic. It tells us about the infinite reaches of space, the tiniest living organism, the human body, the history of Earth. People have always been doing science because they have always wanted to make sense of the world and harness its power. From ancient Greek philosophers through Einstein and Watson and Crick to the computer-assisted scientists of today, men and women have wondered, examined, experimented, calculated, and sometimes made discoveries so earthshaking that people understood the world-or themselves-in an entirely new way.

    Captain Morgan says: "A little book on a BIG subject"
    "A little book on a BIG subject"
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    This was a enjoyable run through a few millennial of science. It took me a while to get used to the readers voice but once I did I actually started to like it. It definitely made some concepts for this nonscientific listener more understandable. I definitely recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By E. H. Gombrich
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (127)
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    (130)

    E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties.

    A.B.Oxford says: "an enlightening book; very well read"
    "Truly Enjoyable"
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    What a nicely written and read book. Given the scope of the subject and rather modest ambitions of the author there will inevitably be many topics missed or given limited depth. But a fine balance was struck. It is perhaps the only audio book for which I never had a desire to listen to at a faster rate, rather choosing to linger on the words and savior the narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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