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  • No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (196)
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    (197)

    Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions.

    Kate says: "Informative and Interesting!"
    "This is a very good introduction to Islam"
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    Where does No god but God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a well written book and read by someone who has an understanding of the situations and the history that the writer talks about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories took you right there. You felt like you were right there with Muhammad and followed the believers through the centuries.


    What does Shishir Kurup bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Audio books always bring better understanding because the speaker brings understanding by inflections, pauses and tones. They were all in the right place in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    There is definitely more to learn about Islam but this is a very good starting place.

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  • Confessions of a Mullah Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Masood Farivar
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    At a time when the war in Afghanistan is the focus of renewed attention, and its outcome is more crucial than ever to our own security, Masood Farivar draws on his unique experience as a native Afghan, a former mujahideen fighter, and a longtime U.S. resident to provide unprecedented insight into the ongoing collision between Islam and the West. This is a visceral, clear-eyed, and illuminating memoir from an indispensable new voice on the world stage.

    Hal says: "Still can't understand Afghanistan"
    "I could listen to this story many times"
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    What did you love best about Confessions of a Mullah Warrior?

    Perhaps Masood Farivar knew what parts of his life might be interesting to others. There is a lot of humor in this book - very dry humor which I love. It is a biography of the life of someone who's home land is Afganistan. It was a window to his world and not just what all he did and where he was but about how he felt about things: thoughts and feelings. Mr. Farivar is a very good story teller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Confessions of a Mullah Warrior?

    The author weaves the story like any good storyteller. Like how he talks about his beard at different times throughout the story. He is very respectful of everyone he talks about and his humor is woven into the story like an artist.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never heard Christopher Lane as far as I know but I would look for his name as someone I enjoy listening to. He sounded like he was the author himself. He knew just how to read it and the inflections in the right places.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the world we live in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlantis The Eyewitnesses Part II: The Legacy of Atlantis: Atlantis The Eyewitnesses Series

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Walter Parks
    • Narrated By Lynn Benson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Many have believed that Atlantis was a fiction created by Plato. Well Plato was not the first to write about it. We have found a very much earlier document. It was written in 9619 BC, about 9,250 years before Plato's writing. Further, we have assembled enough evidence in terms of archeological finds and scientific facts to provide convincing proof that Atlantis really did exist. And we have found the remains. We structure the evidence to answers three basic questions: How was Atlantis created? Did it leave evidence or a legacy? How was it destroyed?

    Christine says: "Read out of order: Part II first..."
    "Read out of order: Part II first..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be best for someone who already knows something about Atlantis and enjoys the telling of all the details like how big the city was, where there were waterways and if the land was flat and mountains high and what did the buildings look like. If you can imagine much detail and keep it all in your head at once so that you can almost see the place in your mind, this would be good for you.


    What could Walter Parks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Walter Parks may have a different intended audience. I am sure there are people who would love this book. He is largely quoting Plato about the description of the place in the first part of this book. I don't know if that is the way it is all the way through this book because I did not make it to the end.


    What didn’t you like about Lynn Benson’s performance?

    This is the most monotoned reading I have ever heard. But the Lynn Benson would not have had much to go on. When you are reading descriptions of a place, on and on, how could you sound too excited?


    What character would you cut from Atlantis The Eyewitnesses Part II: The Legacy of Atlantis?

    I didn't get to the part where there were any characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the few books I was unable to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2338)
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    (1953)
    Story
    (1928)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "The ideas presented are mostly counter-intuitive"
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    Where does The Willpower Instinct rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love most audio books but other great books need to move over to let this one in. The reader sounds like the author! You wonder how there can be so much to be said about this subject but it is spot-on. There were many times where I would think: you saw me do that? And it would make me laugh in the way it was presented.


    What other book might you compare The Willpower Instinct to and why?

    I would compare this book to "The Spontaneous Healing of Belief" and the book "The Secret." These books help you understand that you need to focus on what you want out of life and not to focus on what you don't want. They talk about human behavior and beliefs and how thoughts and emotions can manifest your life.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    The pauses and inflections were in all the right places. It sounded like he wrote the book himself and that he had great knowledge on the subject.


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

    There were some funny stories in there. I liked the story about thinking about white bears and how that story kept coming up in other areas of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone. But if anyone is struggling with addiction of any kind, this is a must-read. It does bring understanding about human behavior to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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