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J. Clapp

Heavy Listener wtih a mutlitude of interests. Enjoys Sci-Fi, Science/Tech, Fiction, Christian, and Historical books.


  • A Briefer History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen Hawking's worldwide best seller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe.

    David says: "Stick with the original: A brief history of time"
    "Very Interesting"

    This is a very intersting book and really gives a person an insight with Physics and many other harder science subjects. I will listen to this off and on just for refreshing and to really try to understand things I might of missed the first or second or third time. :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black: Book One, The Birth of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont

    Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real.

    Andrew says: "Narrator speaks at double speed without pauses…"
    "Needs a different narrator, but great story!"
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to Green first (Book zero) and was interested in the story and have the entire series in paperback at home and have been meaning to read it. I started Black in paperback at home before I started listening to the series. Then after I got my credits I download Green and listened to it and then started on Black and this Narrator is way to fast and doesn't change their voice at all with the different characters and completely ignores any periods or commas it seems. The narrator really takes away from the story sometimes because you have to figure out who is saying what at times. I tend to listen to these while I am working and it becomes distracting at times because of having to concentrate on listening so you know when there are two different people talking. To me, it seems like he is reading long run-on sentences very fast rather than a conversation between people at times. Unfortunately Black, Red, & White are all read by the same narrator and I'm not really looking forward to listening to the rest of them like this. I am really glad that I can get my credits back because of the narrator. I'll gladly read the rest of them at home in paperback to get the rest of the story. Overall though the story is excellent and very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Canterbury Tales

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Fred Williams

    Chaucer's finest work begins at the Tabard Inn, where 30 travelers of widely varying classes and occupations are gathering to make the annual pilgrimage to Becket's shrine at Canterbury. It is agreed that each traveler will tell four tales to help pass the time during their long journey, and that the host of the inn will reward the best storyteller with a free supper upon their return.

    Scizen says: "chop, hack, stop, stumble"
    "Not the true words"

    The reader translates some of the words! It's not what Chaucer wrote! The prologue shows it right off the bat. Here's an example:
    Original Text:
    Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote
    The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
    And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
    Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

    Modern Translation (what is read):
    When fair April with his showers sweet,
    Has pierced the drought of March to the root's feet
    And bathed each vein in liquid of such power,
    Its strength creates the newly springing flower;

    There was nothing I saw that stated it was the modern translation. I might of missed it, but I was severly disappointed about it. I was looking forward to the original text, since I studied it in school that way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Awakening the Buddha Within

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lama Surya Das
    • Narrated By Lama Surya Das

    This fresh and original work illuminates such key principles as karma (what we do does matter), rebirth (every moment is an opportunity to start afresh), letting go (simplifying our lives by clarifying our hearts and minds), as well as conscious living and dying, and Dzogchen, the ultimate, mystical teaching of Tibet.

    Deborah says: "Wonderful guidance!"
    "May the Buddha watch over you"

    This is an excellent book. No matter your religion this could be used to help many people. It's main goal is to help you become "de-stressed" and live life with a love for all rather than the fast paced, my way or the highway that many people have. It would be totally a pleasure to be able to totally be immersed in Lama Surya Das's world for just a day or two. I loved hearing this book. I've read it already and each time I sat down and would read some I would always step away more relaxed and calmer than when I started.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War [Blackstone Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sun-Tzu, translation by John Minford
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver, Ray Porter

    For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words.

    David says: "Excellent book on tactics and strategy"
    "Poor Translation"

    Why the translation is alright, this person reads it in today's english rather than leaving it in the order of words that Sun Tzu intended. There are other versions that sound alot better and are in the traditional order. If you are wanting something that would be more in the modern then it would be great, but not if you are wanting the traditional wording.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Apocalypse Crucible: Left Behind Military Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mel Odom
    • Narrated By Steve Sever

    Danger and personal crisis on land, sea, and in the air combine with a level of spiritual warfare that is unparalleled in a Christian book. Crucible is a thriller that runs side by side with the phenomenal Left Behind series that has sold in excess of 55 million copies.

    Donald says: "Mediocre follow on"
    "I can't wait!!"

    Excellent continuation of the Apocalypse series. I can't wait for the next part to find out how Goose and his family will fair. It really works great with listening to it right after hearing/reading the Left Behind series. Excellent book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of God: The Bible as Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Walter Wangerin Jr.
    • Narrated By Walter Wangerin Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Walter Wangerin, Jr. makes the Bible come alive in detail with The Book of God. Wangerin reveals the humanity and eternal messages behind the text. The Book of God is a sweeping history that covers thousands of years and hundreds of lives, in a myriad of foreign yet familiar cultures. The award-winning Wangerin has produced his magnum opus, a timeless masterpiece that rekindles the imagination and nurtures the spirit.

    Jane says: "The Book of God: The Bible as Novel (Unabridged)"
    "Excellent Dramatized Bible"

    I love this book. I read it back in High School (10+ years ago) and then listened to it and it's still just as interesting as it was the first time. While this book does dramatize some things that cannot be truely known unless you were there, it does give you the information that anyone would like to hear in order great understand information in the Bible. I would recommend this for anyone that is either a new Christian or someone that would like to greater understand things that happened during the biblicial ages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World of the Ancient Maya: 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John S. Henderson
    • Narrated By Nadia May

    In this comprehensive survey, updated for this new edition, Henderson explores the entire Maya cultural tradition, from the earliest traces of settlement through the period of the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. His wide-ranging account treats diverse aspects of the Maya world, from religion and philosophy to the environments of the various Maya peoples, using deciphered Maya texts to reconstruct the ancient societies.

    Jim says: "Not for the layman"
    "A little boring"

    I was looking for something that talked about the Mayan Culture and explained it in a way that let you understand it. However, this one was mundane and while it was insightful, and gave alot of information, the reader sounded even bored at times with the information.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Damrosch
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One day in 1872, self-taught Assyriologist George Smith was sifting through a pile of clay tablets when he realized he was reading about "a flood, storm, a ship caught on a mountain, and a bird sent out in search of dry land". This is the riveting story of the discovery of the world's first literary epic, the "Epic of Gilgamesh".

    James M says: "interesting- but not for everyone"
    "Archeology rather than the story"

    I was wanting to hear about the book of gilgamesh and hear what was in the book, not how it was found and about a guys life that was searching for it. I would of liked the book if I was looking for the history of how the book was found, but after about 4 hours of the book, I just stopped it and moved on.

    13 of 37 people found this review helpful

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