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  • No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (205)

    Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions.

    Kate says: "Informative and Interesting!"
    "Islam Apologist - Unsound Argumentation"
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    What disappointed you about No god but God?

    Reza writes of Islam the way good people want it to be exercised and applied. No problem there! But he states the aspects of historic Islam - of which radicals use to advance violence - only to arrive at a pathetic attempt to dismiss those historical aspects by means of unsupported and unsound reinterpretation. While the approach is likely welcomed by those who wish to see ONLY good, the approach does absolutely nothing to reduce or weaken the arguments made by violent radicals. Violent radicals get to maintain their credibility by maintaining their historical arguments. Reza is simply expressing a DESIRED interpretation of Islam. He does nothing to weaken the radical arguments, and, therefore, he is simply cloaking the historical Islam as a wholly peaceful religion WHILE providing those violent radicals cover form the open exposure that they deserve.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Reza Aslan again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No comment.


    What character would you cut from No god but God?

    Strawman arguments - which requires deletion of far more than half the content.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wisdom of Karl Marx

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Wisdom Series
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Among modern philosophers, few have had a greater impact on history than Karl Marx. Now this easy-to-use introduction to the 19th-century theorist breaks down his work into definitions of his terms and concepts, including Bourgeois State, Classless Society, and Freedom of the Press. Accompanied by an insightful introductory essay that puts the included excerpts from his works in context, The Wisdom of Marx is essential listening for an understanding of the man whose work incited far-reaching social and economic change.

    John in PA says: "Not prose - Just a glossary"
    "Not prose - Just a glossary"
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    Would you try another book from The Wisdom Series and/or Rick Adamson?

    No


    What was most disappointing about The Wisdom Series’s story?

    The overview states that Marx has had the greatest impact and " whose work incited far-reaching social and economic change." And... "Accompanied by an insightful introductory essay that puts the included excerpts from his works in context," However, this is simply a glossary of terms beginning at the 3 minute and 17 second time stamp. The intro does not put anything into context and worse, it does not express the failures of the theory or any of the contested points of view. Therefore, this work has no relevancy to today. It only has relevancy to a failed theory.


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

    ??


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A written glossary would have been far more valuable! Why record a glossary of terms?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ronald Dworkin
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Politics in America are polarized and trivialized, perhaps as never before. In Congress, the media, and academic debate, opponents from right and left, the Red and the Blue, struggle against one another as if politics were contact sports played to the shouts of cheerleaders. The result, Ronald Dworkin writes, is a deeply depressing political culture, as ill equipped for the perennial challenge of achieving social justice as for the emerging threats of terrorism. Can the hope for change be realized?

    John in PA says: "Circular and ideological"
    "Circular and ideological"
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    Would you try another book from Ronald Dworkin and/or Michael Kramer?

    No!


    What was most disappointing about Ronald Dworkin’s story?

    No clear argument. So ideological that he can't even see that it is ideological. Dworkin takes it for granted that his perspective is correct simply because it is his. He does not seek arguments against his position and therefore makes no sound argument FOR his position. Considering he titled the book with a question, one expects a deliberated, clear and supported argument. I can't find it without extreme efforts toward bypassing his ideology to get to the meat.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

    Mr. Kramer did a good narration EXCEPT for way too much hissing on his "s" sounds. For those who are affected by such white noise the way I am, he just puts you to sleep.


    What character would you cut from Is Democracy Possible Here??

    Mr. Dworkin


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Song of the Sun: The Life, Poetry, and Teachings of Rumi

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Andrew Harvey
    • Narrated By Andrew Harvey
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Who was Rumi, and how does he continue to speak to us today? On Song of the Sun, Andrew Harvey, the Oxford-trained authority on Rumi and author of several modern spiritual classics, takes us inside the extraordinary life and teachings of this prophet and poet. Harvey sifts through the many legends and tales associated with Rumi's life to reveal a rich and inspiring portrait of what a human being in love with and empowered by God can become. He mines the thousands of odes and quatrains composed by Rumi, and shares the most sumptuous and ecstatic works, all with clear relevance to our spiritual lives today. At a time when we are hungry for a divine vision of our world as it can be - and should be - Song of the Sun is an invitation to Rumi's most sacred and glorious feast.

    Iain says: "Beautiful Poetry, Beautiful Reading"
    "Endless and Unstructured"
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    What disappointed you about Song of the Sun?

    No chapter or section breaks. Audio only! No text available to aid in establishing structure or organizing content. No way to interrelate content.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Harvey again?

    Absolutely not!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In defense to the narrator - it is a good effort at being calming and serene. However, the style, while appropriate for the content, is not appropriate for all of the content TOGETHER. A wise person would have designated 2 narrators to establish some change-up and reduce monotony. But again, this is not on the narrator. This is the producer and writer's responsibility to see the work through to a good end product.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NONE - good content is not retrievable. It lacks structure to make what could be otherwise retrievable into useable content. Unredeemable!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carl T. Bogus
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    William F. Buckley, Jr., was the foremost architect of the conservative movement that swept the American political landscape from the 1960s to the early 2000s. When Buckley launched National Review, in 1955, conservatism was a beleaguered, fringe segment of the Republican Party. Three decades later Ronald Reagan - who credited National Review with shaping his beliefs - was in the White House. Buckley and his allies devised a new-model conservatism.

    John in PA says: "Unbalanced panoramic of conservatism - No Buckley"
    "Unbalanced panoramic of conservatism - No Buckley"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only Liberals, Progressives and Leftists that are intellectually dishonest idealogues who demonstrate that they are incapable of tolerating diversity would like this book.


    What could Carl T. Bogus have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Instead of lampooning Buckley with ideological bias he could have stated the case from Buckley's side and then stated the case from his own bias view; and with that he could have showed how he was right. As it stands however, Mr. Bogus is simply advancing unsound ideology against a well respected man who has sadly passed. The content will only aid those on the left who want to follow as mind-numb robots regurgitating unsupported ideologic rhetoric.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Ashby’s performances?

    No comment.


    What character would you cut from Buckley?

    Mr. Bogus


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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