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Christopher

Sheung WanHong Kong | Member Since 2007

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  • 140 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (1551)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (451)

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
    "Definitely down load this..."
    Overall

    This has been my favourite audio book. Julia delivers it like a stand up routine, with thoughtful moments that are inspiring. I never knew of her work before I happened upon this, and will now look into everything else she has done. Its really fun, intelligent and humble.
    Fantastic.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Doug Ordunio
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (785)

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

    Doug says: "Compelling pre-history and emergent history"
    "My new favorite book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Guns, Germs and Steel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wow, this is a great book. The understanding of deep time and the authors real experiences splashed in to add colour. There is so much amazing information which has made me the life of dinner party conversation as I spout bits of knowledge from this great book.


    What other book might you compare Guns, Germs and Steel to and why?

    This book is a primer for understanding our world, breaking down racism, western superiority even understanding our natural environment. It covers the whole path of humanity and dispels common myths... just download it.


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

    The performance is good, although the topic is great I didn't quite notice the performance, or maybe that is the mark of a great performance?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are moments of aha! When you a realise that our world, is the way it is, not through design but through circumstance. It’s quite fast paced, and one of the few books that I didn’t tune out for a minute or two.


    Any additional comments?

    This is great it should be required reading in schools, universities, churches even the bus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intellectuals and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (164)

    This is a study of how intellectuals as a class affect modern societies by shaping the climate of opinion in which official policies develop, on issues ranging from economics to law to war and peace. You will hear a withering and clear-eyed critique about (but not for) intellectuals that explores their impact on public opinion, policy, and society at large.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An efficient attack on liberal philosophy."
    "Very Annoying"
    Overall

    There are very few facts here and condradiction after contradiction leaves your mind spinning. The writer uses so many critical points of argument that sometimes only paragraphs later he is doing the exact same thing. Statements like, "Intellectuals never even bother to look into why China and India are successful.." then "Intellectuals make broad statements about catagories of people and what they do."

    Annoying.

    11 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Swimming Pool Library

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

    Aoife says: "Beautifully Written and Read"
    "Interesting but..."
    Overall

    I kind of enjoyed it, I spent most of the time facinated by the lifestyle of the era (1970's) and the research into the days of the time before. I kept expecting their posh bubble to burst but disappointingly it is not the point of the story, then again any point would have been good. Unless the point is that posh lives are pointless.

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Boy Meets Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Levithan
    • Narrated By Nicholas Robideau, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    What if you went to a school where it was actually all right to be who you really are? That's the enchanting place David Levithan has created in his highly acclaimed first novel. But even if the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine, even if it's all right for the quarterback to be a cross dresser named Infinite Darlene and the cheerleaders to ride Harleys into the pep rally, the road to true love is still a strange and winding path, as Paul discovers when he meets the boy of his dreams.

    Brian says: "Kudos to Full Cast Audio"
    "Tame and wonderful."
    Overall

    I fantastic book brilliently performed. I enyoyed this so much. Its so often we get books on gay subject matter which are depressing but this is an uplifting story which gives you a feel of Hollywood happiness that doesn't make you feel like you are being programmed into a Christian life style.
    Chris from Hong Kong, China.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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