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Denis

Got nothing better to do than to listen to 2 books a week

Hato Rey, Puerto Rico | Member Since 2012

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  • The Temple Mount Code

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charles Brokaw
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    An old friend summons dashing linguistics professor Thomas Lourds to Jerusalem to examine an ancient text. But Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also wants the same document. Khamenei and many others believe that the book contains a secret that will allow its owner to rule all of Islam and wage a Global Jihad the likes of which has never been seen before.

    Ryan says: "Good book getting ready to start his other ones no"
    "Bullets are flying, many are dying"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaps a little more history in the places visited would make it more interesting


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely - the plot and the locations change constantly


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Davis?

    Probably


    Do you think The Temple Mount Code needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No - the story I complete


    Any additional comments?

    I am always amazed how the bad guys can fire AK-47's, rocket propelled grenades and have swarthy, big men ready to do evil, but the hero/heroine can knock off three guys (like in this story) with a hand held pistol with shots

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: World War l: The Great War and the World It Made

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ramsden
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (152)

    "The Great War", as it was known at the time, was also said to be the "war to end all wars." It seized all of Europe and much of the rest of the world in its grip of death and destruction. The first truly modern war, it changed how war and peace would be conducted throughout the remainder of the 20th century and even to the present.

    IRP says: "Excellent & Interesting Course"
    "World War I - Revisited"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    WW I defined our current world politically, economically, socially and geographically - few aspects of our 21st century lives are not affected by this war. Definitely a read for any historian.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Though no specific character was identified, I would select the average British soldier as someone I sympathized with.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    The narrator made me feel as if I was at dinner with him and he was relating his personal experiences - which made the listen quire enjoyable.


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

    No extreme reactions


    Any additional comments?

    WW I changed our world and gives us insights into some of the same problems we face almost 100 years later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (368)

    Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

    Marc-Andr? says: "Detailed, Interesting and Entertaining"
    "Travel 700 Years Into The Past - First Class!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England the most enjoyable?

    The narrator deftly balanced delicate humor with reflective amazement (to we 21st century dwellers) about this epochal century - plus his English accent made me feel he was talking about his ancestors!


    What other book might you compare The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England to and why?

    The "Time Traveller" concept is unique - but the historical treatments of other Audible.com selections of Constantine and the French Revolution and Isaac Newton's England come close.


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

    No - but I would download any Audible.com selection he reads solely on this recitation.


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

    Time Travel to the 14th Century


    Any additional comments?

    I want more "Time Traveller" books to different centuries!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    In The First Christmas, two of today's top Jesus scholars, Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, join forces to show how history has biased our reading of the nativity story as it appears in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Borg and Crossan help us to see this well-known narrative afresh by answering the question, "What do these stories mean?" in the context of both the first century and the 21st century. They successfully show that the Christmas story, read in its original context, is far richer and more challenging than people imagine.

    Jacobus says: "Christmas... Something interesting for everyone"
    "Insights I never knew about"
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    Where does The First Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    3rd quartile


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having studied the New Testament (in Greek) during six years in the seminary, the Old Testament references outlined by Borg & Crossan were new to me - though not surprising now that I think about it since the authors of the New Testament birth stories only knew of the Old Testament. Fleshes out with scrupulous documentation (that only Crossan can do) new insights about the New Testament stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular favorite - the entire work was fascinating.


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

    No laughs - no cries


    Any additional comments?

    A worthwhile read for the novice and the experienced first century history buffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lois Tverberg
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In this unabridged audio download of Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, Lois Tverberg challenges readers to follow their Rabbi more closely by re-examining his words in the light of their Jewish context. Doing so will provide a richer, deeper understanding of his ministry, compelling us to live differently, to become more Christ-like. We’ll begin to understand why his first Jewish disciples abandoned everything to follow him, to live out his commands. Our modern society, with its individualism and materialism, is very different than the tight-knit, family-oriented setting Jesus lived and taught in.

    David H says: "Insight on 1st Century Rabbinical Practice"
    "Trite recollections with little scholarship"
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    Would you try another book from Lois Tverberg and/or Pam Ward?

    Tververg no, Ward maybe


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A more scholarly treatment from Jewish perspective of the life of Jesus


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too few to recollect; stopped listening 3/4 through book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus?

    Cut out the personal analogies (ie, praying for her cat) and stick it rabbinical interpretations of the life of this Jewish peasant


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Constantine and the Conversion of Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Arnold Jones
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    By the end of Diocletian's reign in the opening years of the fourth century, the pagan world had collapsed into the arms of a multicultural religious movement which had spread from the eastern Mediterranean. These were the "mystery religions" which had been in competition with one another for a century. By the time of Constantine, they had spread everywhere within the empire. But one of these religions, Christianity, was chosen by the young emperor.

    Denis says: "Absolutely Spellbounding"
    "Absolutely Spellbounding"
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    Where does Constantine and the Conversion of Europe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably one of the finest ever downloaded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of this period basically set the stage for the entire rise of Christianity and the western world. The insights I gained gave me a better foundation for understanding the world then and now. The narrator was superb.


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

    No, but I will now - I would download an Audible.com book just for his narration.


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

    No extreme reaction - but the 4th century Christians were damn lucky Constantine was around.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost believed that Griffin's narration were the words of the emperor speaking them.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Human Evolution: Scientific American Special Edition

    • HIGHLIGHTS (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Scientific American
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Reading the cracked brown fragments of fossils and sequences of DNA, scientists have found clues that the story of human origins has more convolutions than previously thought. The account of our shared human heritage now includes more controversial plot twists and mysteries. Was the remarkable seven-million-year-old skull found in July 2002 in Chad really one of our first forebears, or a distant dead-end cousin with precociously evolved features?

    Anderson says: "Excellent, informative, concise"
    "Current Evolutionary Science"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does Human Evolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I appreciate this category and have listened to many Audible.com books on the subject as well as paper books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was told in a non-scientific manner yet still retained scientific principles.


    What aspect of the narrator’s performance would you have changed?

    The individual performances were very good.


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

    No extreme reactions - laughing or crying were not applicable.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (135)

    Fatima, Portugal, 1917: The Virgin Mary appears to three peasant children, sharing with them three secrets, two of which are soon revealed to the world. The third secret is sealed away in the Vatican, read only by popes, and not disclosed until the year 2000. When revealed, its quizzical tone and anticlimactic nature leave many faithful wondering if the Church has truly unveiled all of the Virgin Mary's words, or if a message far more important has been left in the shadows.

    Jim says: "What a waste!!"
    "Believable Vatican Thriller"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would highly recommend this read - the narrator was superb in switching between 15 or so characters


    What other book might you compare The Third Secret to and why?

    I would compare this book to Dan Brown's


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favorite scene was the Vatican intrigue surrounding the conclave for the new pope.


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

    Yes - had to listen to it all day while working,


    Any additional comments?

    With the possible exception of the

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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