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  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4695)
    Performance
    (2066)
    Story
    (2041)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Good book; basic arguments - some good some lame"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    My Atheist friends find this book much more convincing than I, as a believer. A good book, nonetheless, but many arguments presented are not strong enough.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Dawkins? Why or why not?

    I probably would, but would prefer a condensed version of several of his books to this one.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dawkins' performance was excellent, but Ward's came off as condescending and trying too hard to force opinion. Changing the tone of voice to make a statement come off as ridiculous may sway some, but not an intellectual looking for a solid argument.


    Could you see The God Delusion being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    YouTube Mr. Deity (there is an even funnier cartoon series but I cannot remember the name)


    Any additional comments?

    Bottom line - if you're already a non-believer then this book can give you some extra debating points. If you are already a believer this book doesn't have the solid evidence required, unless you are truly looking deep down for a reason to change.This book is the opposite of The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, whose book, although the arguments are much better presented, doesn't contain the evidence required to make one believe. However, just as in Dawkins' book, if you deep down want to believe what the book is trying to sell you already, then the book may be all that is needed to convince you.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Allegory of the Cave

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Plato's Allegory of the Cave is what many believe to be the foundation of Western Philosophy. It addresses what is visible and invisible, seen and observed versus intuited and imagined, and what is public versus private and just versus unjust. It also concerns the meaning and importance of education, the state of the soul, the conflict between truth and beauty, animal urges versus higher aspirations, knowledge versus ignorance, and on and on.

    Yvette Flores says: "Philisophy student"
    "Performance is meh, but the story is still there."
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    If you could sum up Allegory of the Cave in three words, what would they be?

    Great thoughts on reality


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown?

    Lol


    Any additional comments?

    I see a lot of complaints about the narrator so be warned - don't listen for the narration, listen for the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Dick Fredricks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (274)

    Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Lee Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis. Strobel challenges them with questions like. How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence exist for Jesus outside the Bible? Strobel's tough questions make this read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure. What will your verdict be?

    Jeff says: "Interesting Approach to the New Testament"
    "Great book for the mild sceptic, but still lacking"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Case for Christ the most enjoyable?

    Performance


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

    I would have interviewed the opposing scholarly opinions, not just the scholarly who only hold one opinion.


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

    Tonality


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really... Although I was a bit annoyed to see the question towards the end about many other religions producing similar effects somewhat dodged.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are on the edge and truly want to believe Jesus is God deep down inside and just need that little bit of evidence to sway your opinion then this book will do it. But for the more skeptical the arguments in the book can appear incomplete. Christianity is not a logical religion, it is a faith based religion. If you are looking for logical evidence chances are you won't find it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crises

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Rickards
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (467)

    In 1971, President Nixon imposed national price controls and took the United States off the gold standard, an extreme measure intended to end an ongoing currency war that had destroyed faith in the U.S. dollar. Today we are engaged in a new currency war, and this time the consequences will be far worse than those that confronted Nixon. Currency wars are one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics.

    Roddie says: "Must read, listen too!"
    "Great book and performance, a wealth of knowledge!"
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    If you could sum up Currency Wars in three words, what would they be?

    Knowledgeable and academic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/a


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

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Worried if I had to pick an emotion, but with additional knowledge I can be prepared


    Any additional comments?

    It definitely allowed me to understand monetary policy as it relates to the world economic situation especially over the last decade. A very interesting book to say the least! I was reluctant to read it at first because this is tot typically my favorite topic, but I'm glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23179)
    Performance
    (14511)
    Story
    (14662)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Great story, great performance!"
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    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Ender's the man!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great storyline that kept me listening intently. Characters are all developed adequately and story flows and is easy to follow.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at first, but after I got going I would have loved to if time allowed.


    Any additional comments?

    There was one woman performer whose character voices did not deviate much from each other and seemed over dramaticised, but her appearance was rare until especially the end.
    Definitely worth a listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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