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James

Philadelphia, PA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3661)
    Performance
    (3264)
    Story
    (3258)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Jesus (with a great many assumptions)"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Reza Aslan again?

    Most likely.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed by "Zealot" and its foundation. The author Reza Aslan opens the story by raising doubts about the historical accuracy of the Gospels. Then, he proceeds to use these texts as a historical source. But, if they're not to be trusted, then why use them? And, if there is no real source available, then why attempt a historical review?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Memnoch the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (832)

    "[ Memnoch] is one of Rice's most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date. . . . Rice ups the ante, taking Lestat where few writers have ventured: into heaven and hell itself. She carries it off in top form."( The Seattle Times)

    Paisley says: "You'll question everything you ever believed!"
    "To heaven, to hell with it...!"
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    Would you listen to Memnoch the Devil again? Why?

    Yes. In another 10 years, when I partially forget the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Memnoch the Devil?

    Memnoch's allure lies in it's tantalizing and strange vision of heaven and hell, God and the devil. Is her view of the cosmos correct? Probably not. But, it sure is detailed.


    Any additional comments?

    Memnoch the Devil is among the most strangley alluring books ever written. Anne Rice gives us a vision of heaven, hell, God and the devil. It's compelling, challenging and so descriptive you almost believe it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Eric H. Cline
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (1357)
    Story
    (1347)

    In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians.

    Emily says: "But it was all going so well....."
    "History lover, giving up..."
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    What disappointed you about 1177 B.C.?

    Let's begin with the story organization. The first hour of the book is the author discussing his writing of the book. Booooooring!

    Reads way too much like a college thesis paper.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149490)
    Performance
    (137945)
    Story
    (137811)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "LOOK BOOBIES"
    "Dissapointed"
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    What did you like best about The Martian? What did you like least?

    The premise of this story is very interesting. I just wish it wasn't told in the first person. (We're meant to think that our astronaut is intelligent and resourceful. So why is his internal voice so simple and plain)


    Did The Martian inspire you to do anything?

    Buy another book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament of Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (734)

    Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

    Taormina60 says: "from a non believer..."
    "Great story, incredible performance"
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    Where does The Testament of Mary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Listened to this book. Then, I listened to it again.
    Cant wait for the movie.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5495)
    Performance
    (3287)
    Story
    (3302)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark B says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Fun, exciting read"
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    If you could sum up Deception Point: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    A wild, ride, dark, exciting... Though it may be a bit too smart/technical for some readers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caesar: Life of a Colossus

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1613)
    Story
    (1612)

    Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Caesar and his times"
    "Arduous and confusing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This so-called Caesar biopic seemed more about a thousand other characters. The author seems desperate to drag it out, talking about numerous other generals, politicians, etc.


    14 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2075)
    Performance
    (1663)
    Story
    (1680)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    M.W. says: "Narrator's voice will not "bore you to death!""
    "Way. Too. Weird."
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    What disappointed you about The End of Eternity?

    This book is extremely hard to get into.
    The premise seems interesting enough. But I feel like I need an instruction manual just to understand what was happening in the first paragraph.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Making the Future presents more than 50 concise and persuasively argued commentaries on U.S. politics and policies, written between 2007 and 2011. Taken together, Chomsky's essays present a powerful counter-narrative to official accounts of the major political events of the past four years: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; the U.S. presidential race; the ascendancy of China; Latin America's leftward turn; the threat of nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea; Israel's invasion of Gaza and more.

    Susie says: "Fifty-Two Reasons to Listen to Chomsky"
    "A dramatically different view of the world..."
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    If you could sum up Making the Future in three words, what would they be?

    If you want to see the world from a "different perspective", then you must read this book. It will challenge your perceptions. Norm Chomsky may be wrong. But he is also very smart and just sees the world differently.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6868)
    Performance
    (5575)
    Story
    (5630)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    Kindle Customer says: "Food for Thought"
    "Never thought a book could be so suspenseful..."
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    Any additional comments?

    Childhood's End was a book that I tore through in a matter of hours. It's incredibly difficult to step away from. The ending was amazing and totally unexpected. Bravo.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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