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Joshua

Airdrie, AB, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • The Fourth Apprentice: Warriors: Omen of the Stars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Erin Hunter
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Four warrior Clans have shared the land around the lake as equals for many moons. But a prophecy foretells that three ThunderClan cats will hold the power of the stars in their paws. Jayfeather and Lionblaze know that they are two of the cats in the prophecy. Now the brothers must wait for a sign from StarClan to discover the identity of the third cat.Meanwhile, Dovekit and Ivykitkin of the great leader Firestarare poised to become ThunderClan apprentices.

    Joshua says: "Did not really grab me until near the end."
    "Did not really grab me until near the end."
    Overall

    Do take note that this is from Harper Children's Audio. The narrator lends a cartoonish aspect where even many of the older characters still sound like children--which can be hard to listen to at first. There were also so many names being thrown around, that initially it was hard to follow and to know which of the characters were of actual consequence to the plot. Otherwise the story line was okay, but I probably won't go out of my way to get more books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Listener's Bible: English Standard Version

    • UNABRIDGED (75 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fellowship for the Performing Arts
    • Narrated By Max McLean
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (167)

    Max McLean brings his compelling voice and artistic narrative skills to the ESV Bible. This Gold Medallion-winning new translation combines a word-for-word translation approach with a literary beauty that is perfect for the oral expression of God's Word.

    James says: "Excellent Audiobook, no chapter breaks"
    "Recommended use: for falling asleep."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I will agree with the description that "Max McLean brings his compelling voice and artistic narrative skills to the ESV Bible". It is the narrative sections that he does the best at, although sometimes he will emphasize pretty random words, trying to sound unnecessarily epic or something. The Epistles aren't bad, and Revelation was also pretty good. But the Old Testament prophetic sections seemed to be lacking in the proper emotion.
    The background music was also pretty random, it wasn't there to enhance the mood of any specific scene, but just an occasionally shifting pad throughout. Maybe it was there to work with the soothing tones of McLean's voice to help lull one to sleep. And I do not mean that as a bad thing. I think using it to fall asleep to, is a great use for an audio Bible. When listening to it in the car, I couldn't even hear the music most of the time, but I didn't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1873)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1069)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Decent facts, presented out of proportion."
    Overall

    Ehrman sets things up in the first few chapters in an, "OMG! the New Testament has errors!!!1!!" kind of way. But it is not as big of a deal as he makes it out to be. He uses two major (and well known) changes, as examples of the "thousands of changes" in the manuscripts, as if to say that many of those thousands of changes are of the same major significance, even though they are not.

    He does get into a more reasoned study after that though, and this book could serve as a decent introduction to textual criticism. Although like he himself said, some matters of textual criticism are not straight forward, and many scholars disagree on the original readings--so too here, the reader should not take Ehrman's opinions as the final word on any of the specific passages he examines. Some of the manuscript changes he mentions are not even in modern translations, but he includes them in a way that suggests they are still significant errors in our Bibles (maybe they are for those who still hold to the KJV).

    A very good resource is the NET Bible which includes a wealth of text critical notes where the translators clearly explain why they chose the readings they did (they do deal with many of the passages Ehrman mentions, except for Hebrews 2:9).

    Ehrman concludes that the NT is "not well preserved", but fails to mention that compared to other ancient writings (Homer, Plato, et cetera), the books of the NT are incredibly well preserved.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rob Bell
    • Narrated By Rob Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (314)

    Millions of Christians have struggled with how to reconcile God's love and God's judgment: Has God created billions of people over thousands of years only to select a few to go to heaven and everyone else to suffer forever in hell? Is this acceptable to God? How is this "good news"? Author, pastor, and innovative teacher Rob Bell presents a deeply biblical vision for rediscovering a richer, grander, truer, and more spiritually satisfying way of understanding heaven, hell, God, Jesus, salvation, and repentance.

    Paula says: "Easy reading, straight forward, life changing"
    "Dangerous Theology"
    Overall

    Rob Bell is reacting against his conservative evangelical upbringing. This is all well and good. He has issues with some of the ways the gospel has been presented, and he should, since certain distillations of the gospel are terribly incomplete. In this book he clears up some of the misconceptions that people might have about heaven, and for that I applaud him.
    He is not advocating universalism, since he still says Jesus is the only way. He just does not think that it is game over when you die. As much as I would love to believe that that is true, it cannot be reconciled with what it clearly says in the Bible. Also, saying God's relentless love will win everybody over in the end, makes God sound more like a creepy stalker than a holy God.

    10 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of the Photons: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anton Zeilinger
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Einstein's steadfast refusal to accept certain aspects of quantum theory was rooted in his insistence that physics has to be about reality. Accordingly, he once derided as spooky action at a distance the notion that two elementary particles far removed from each other could nonetheless influence each others propertiesa hypothetical phenomenon his fellow theorist Erwin Schrdinger termed quantum entanglement.

    Michael says: "Brilliant author tries hard, but comes up short..."
    "Not worth eight and a half hours"
    Overall

    Some intriguing ideas, but the somewhat introductory information needed to understand the theory and its history is presented in a narrative format which drags on for four hours. The narrative format detracts from the actual content and I often felt annoyed, wishing I could tell the author to forget about Alice twirling her hair and just get to the point. After five and a half hours, when different experiments and possible applications of the theory were finally discussed the book did get more interesting.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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