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LOS ANGELES, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 252 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann

    Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

    Lawrence D. Clayton says: "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
    "Rock solid case against Oswald"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Reclaiming History to be better than the print version?

    While the audiobook is great, it is horribly abridged. However this is understandable considering the print version is well over 1600 pages not including the CD-Rom that is included. Having said this, if you want to understand HOW we know Oswald acted alone & HOW we know there was no conspiracy. This audiobook is for you. The author does a wonderful job laying out a case against Oswald while also disproving the foundation of any and all conspiracies. After reading this book several years ago & recently re-reading via audiobook, I have a much better understanding of how & why the conspiracy culture grew out of this seemingly complex but ultimately simple case. This book does not address all conspiracy theories out there, that would be impossible. What it does do is knock the legs out from under the bases on which the variety of conspiracy theories are based.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    His case is grounded in both physical evidence & reason.

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

    I have not but I thought Edward did a wonderful job.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I really only do that with fiction

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Personal Journey of Breaking Free & Discovery"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Belief the most enjoyable?

    The author really personalizes her journey. I can feel the sadness, but never wavering promise of hope in her words. It's not a book that will help you understand Scientology as much as others like "Going Clear" will. However it will make the walls (both physical & mental) that surround the mysterious religion seem so overbearing and intimidating that by the end of the book you are literally cheering her on as she breaks free.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Belief?

    I see this book as more of a love story than anything else. I don't want to spoil it.

    What about Sandy Rustin’s performance did you like?

    Sandy's read is filled with such passion, I originally thought the book was read by the author.

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

    Jenna's ultimate escape is truly captivating. You will literally not be able to stop listening during the last third of the book.

    Any additional comments?

    It's so lame to say this... but this would make a great movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Seth Andrews
    • Narrated By Seth Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded.

    Mark says: "A very good primer from one who knows the game."
    "A Wonderful Personal Journey"
    If you could sum up Deconverted in three words, what would they be?

    Heartfelt, genuine & insightful.

    What other book might you compare Deconverted to and why?

    "Letting go of God" by Julia Sweeney.

    What about Seth Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Seth is very personal. His read feels like a one on one conversation & draws you in.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Assume Nothing. Question Everything. Open Your Eyes. Challenge the Opposition & Start Thinking...

    Any additional comments?

    I was really looking forward to this audiobook. It did not disappoint. Seth wrote a wonderful book about his transition from Christian to Atheist. One that many of us can relate to.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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