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Fahel

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Daniel Yergin
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (214)

    A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change. It is a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. From the jammed streets of Beijing to the shores of the Caspian Sea, from the conflicts in the Mideast to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, Yergin takes us into the decisions that are shaping our future.

    Joshua Kim says: "Best nonfiction book of 2011"
    "Excellent research, inside story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Quest the most enjoyable?

    I learned a lot of new information that put events into a plausible framework.


    If you could give The Quest a new subtitle, what would it be?

    From fossil fuels to renewables


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bryan Sykes
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    WASPs finally get their due in this stimulating history by one of the world's leading geneticists. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts is the most illuminating book yet to be written about the genetic history of Britain and Ireland. Through a systematic, ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, Bryan Sykes has traced the true genetic makeup of British Islanders and their descendants.

    Gary says: "Makes history and myth come alive"
    "Trying to make DNA interesting"
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    Would you try another book from Bryan Sykes and/or Dick Hill?

    They apparently did good research, but the most interesting bits were about their social engineering skills.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Shorten it


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

    Dick did a good job using his voice inflection to keep the dry material conversational


    Do you think Saxons, Vikings, and Celts needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oil!

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (154)

    As he did so masterfully in The Jungle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair interweaves social criticism with human tragedy to create an unforgettable portrait of Southern California's early oil industry. Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

    Gregory says: "an outstanding book"
    "Loved the first half of the book. Very authentic."
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    Would you listen to Oil! again? Why?

    No need to listen again. I will remember it because so many of the stories rang true to my own life experiences with human nature.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bunny's dad was my favorite. Pragmatist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3432)
    Performance
    (3047)
    Story
    (3058)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Nothing to be celebtrated"
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    What did you like best about Ghost in the Wires? What did you like least?

    Remember the days when you could trust your neighbor, leave your doors unlocked, and let your kids play outside? Well, Mitnick is apparently one of the guys that ruined it for everybody else. HIs skill at defrauding people (he calls it "social engineering") left a trail of collateral damage that increased the cost and complexity of life for each of us. Ray Porter does a brilliant job of reading the book, but the story itself is as disturbing as it is tedious.


    Would you recommend Ghost in the Wires to your friends? Why or why not?

    I prefer "The Cuckoo's Egg" by Clifford Stoll.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    His intonation conjured up a Mitnick-type character very vividly.


    Was Ghost in the Wires worth the listening time?

    Would have been better in an abridged version about 1/3 as long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hurlbut's Story of the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jesse Hurlbut
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Hurlbut's Story of the Bible has its roots in the old custom of parents telling their children stories from scripture. One of those parents who kept this custom particularly alive and meaningful was Dr. Jess Lyman Hurlbut. Like many great works of literature, the stories that make up this book were told and retold innumerable times before being set down on paper.

    Victoria says: "Good Rendition"
    "Very easy and pleasing to listen to"
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    Where does Hurlbut's Story of the Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    remind yourself of some Bible stories you've forgotten. Imagine the movie running in your mind as you listen to the stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (134)

    Large numbers of atheists, humanists, and conspiracy theorists are raising one of the most pressing questions in the history of religion: "Did Jesus exist at all?" Was he invented out of whole cloth for nefarious purposes by those seeking to control the masses? Or was Jesus such a shadowy figure - far removed from any credible historical evidence - that he bears no meaningful resemblance to the person described in the Bible? In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts these questions, vigorously defends the historicity of Jesus, and provides a compelling portrait of the man from Nazareth.

    Jacobus says: "Vintage Ehrman"
    "I agree. Jesus Existed."
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    What made the experience of listening to Did Jesus Exist? the most enjoyable?

    Ehrman methodically gives plausible reasons leading to the conclusion that a man named Jesus did exist - and was the basis (somehow) for later stories about him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of God: Conclusive Proof That Every Teaching, Every Command, Every Promise in the Bible is True

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Grant R. Jeffrey
    • Narrated By Grant R. Jeffrey
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    You can believe the Bible. Without any doubt. As American society becomes more secularized, Christians need to know all the facts about the Bible. Dr. Grant R. Jeffrey has spent decades researching history, science, archaeology, medicine, and prophecy - finding that each discipline confirms the truth of Scripture.

    Alan says: "Very good for believers and non believers"
    "Comprehensive apologetic by and for Believers."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The first half of the book sets out the most prevalent rationale adopted by questioning Believers to bolster their faith or assuage their doubts. Jeffrey does a better job than many evangelists of mentioning problems with his arguments that still cause debate among scholars, but he omits a whopper. Particularly weak for a book alleging to offer "proof" is his unspoken premise that the Synoptic Gospels are completely reliable and therefore substantiate prior prophecy - only to loop back using substantiate prophecy as "proof". In a book with this agenda, he must consider whether the Synoptics were specifically written to make it appear that prior prophecy had been fulfilled and respond to those critics. He is silent.The second half of the book deteriorates into the author's personal apocalyptic interpretation of Scriptures and is not very convincing. Notice how the authors mentions that there are thousands of fulfilled prophecies, then mentions that there are hundreds, then says there are many, and finally just explains in detail how a carefully chosen few (might) have been fulfilled if you think about them in just the right way.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus for the Non-Religious

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Shelby Spong
    • Narrated By John Shelby Spong, Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "Religionless Christianity". In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jesus for the non-religious.

    Robert says: "Compelling but ultimately disappointing"
    "Sensible and rational information about The Bible"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Spong expresses the certainty that something amazing happened during and at the end of Jesus's life, yet also explains how the explanations we accept as "Gospel" today may have been plausibly embellished to the extent that we cannot know what to believe (exactly).


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The failure of Spong to articulate a satisfactory substitute that the human mind can grasp in place of the traditional dogma.


    Was Jesus for the Non-Religious worth the listening time?

    Worth the time to hear succinct presentation of an alternative viewpoint delivered directly, rather than as a "straw-man" by a traditional evangelist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eternal Life: A New Vision

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Shelby Spong
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Bishop John Shelby Spong, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Sins of Scripture, and many other books, is known for his controversial ideas and fighting for minority rights. In Eternal Life: A New Vision, a remarkable spiritual journey about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he came to a new conviction about eternal life.

    cynthia says: "Excellent questions... wishy-washy answers"
    "Fuzzy conclusion"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I really liked the first Spong book that I read, "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism". Each chronologically subsequent book got a bit less precise culminating in this one. What exactly does eternal life mean? He doesn't explain it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Divine Inspiration of the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Arthur W. Pink
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Deny that the Bible is, without any qualifications, the very Word of God, and you are left without any ultimate standard of measurement and without any supreme authority. In his book Divine Inspiration of the Bible, Arthur Pink aspires to defend the groundwork of Christianity - the Bible. Pink defines the Word of God, as the foundation of the Christian religion. The Bible claims to be a divine revelation, and as such, it transcends human productivity. Pink's book examines divine inspiration and presents several arguments which aim to prove that God Almighty is the author of the Bible.

    Fahel says: "Not suitable for thinking persons."
    "Not suitable for thinking persons."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If you are not a Believer a priori, then there is no utility from this book.

    This is a three-hour orthodox evangelical sermon delivered in whispery, emotive tones. The author doesn't even bother to set up straw men about why the Bible might not be inspired and knock them down. He assumes we all agree within the first few pages that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, blah blah blah... and even says that the remainder of his book won't make sense unless one agrees that. Isn't that circular reasoning?

    His two repeated assertions to prove divine inspiration are, "There is no other possible explanation for...", and "The only possible explanation is...". In fact, scholars have plenty of alternative explanations that I hoped the author would address. Very frustrating.

    This books is only intended to assure the faithful that they can ignore any creeping doubts that might enter their minds.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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