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Male Perspective

I'm a son, brother, husband and father. I design software and consider myself a free-thinker.

Dallas Texas | Member Since 2012

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  • Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor's Journey from Belief to Atheism

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jerry DeWitt
    • Narrated By Jerry DeWitt
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    Atheism's leading lights have long been intellectuals raised in the secular and academic worlds: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens. By contrast, Jerry DeWitt was born and bred into the church and was in fact a Pentecostal preacher before arriving at atheism through an extraordinary dialogue with faith that spanned more than a quarter of a century. Hope After Faith is his account of that journey. DeWitt was a pastor in the town of DeRidder, Louisiana, and was a fixture of the community. In private, however, he'd begun to question his faith.

    Gary says: "More much than an autobiography."
    "Seeking the Truth"
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    If you could sum up Hope After Faith in three words, what would they be?

    Seek The Truth


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

    No.


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

    When Jerry was sitting on the couch and was told to leave his wife and son to follow the church and he had the realization of how the bible should be studied. The bible should be studied, its history, its authors, it characters. I get tired of being told, "because the bible says so". So!


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first review. I have listened to several of Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, the Bible and many others on audible seeking to solidify my own journey to finding the truth. I too was raised in the Christian Pentecostal world, as an adult looking back on my childhood, I felt tortured, lied to and rob of peace-of-mind. You're going to burn in hell!

    In today's world with the unlimited access of information there is no reason that the truth about religion and all that goes with it cannot be dismissed. The god of life after death is the only god we haven't dismissed....but we will.

    This is a great book that demonstrates that when you seek the truth that we all will come to the same conclusion. There is no god. Many people, good people, get caught in the god delusion but never question what they believe and therefore will never be free to really understand and enjoy life.

    This is a great book for the believer and non-believer. If you are on the fence about what you believe, if what you reason and what you were taught about a religious beliefs never seem to line up, read this book!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Weiner
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Rosemary and Peter Grant and those assisting them have spend 20 years on Daphne Major, an island in the Galapagos, studying natural selection. They recognize each individual bird on the island, when there are 400 at the time of the author's visit or when there are over a thousand. They have observed about 20 generations of finches - continuously.Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself.

    Philip says: "Fascinating in-depth look at evolution in action"
    "One of my favorite books that I've listened to"
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    This was an extremely interesting book. I listened to it twice. If you want to really understand how evolution works, how the environment molds and shape species then this is the book to get. If you doubt evolution is real...listen to this book. It's probably the best case study of evolution in motion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Manual for Creating Atheists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter Boghossian
    • Narrated By Peter Boghossian
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    For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith - and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, this audiobook offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith - but for talking them out of it.

    Paul says: "The first atheist missionary"
    "Disappointed"
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    I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but I didn't enjoy it very much. The only parts that I found somewhat interesting we his interventions (scenarios of typical Christian reasons for believing and how to respond or intervene). I didn't care for his numbering of everything...Number 1...Number 2...(if you purchase you'll see what I mean). Also, he just seemed to ramble at times and I had no idea what his point was. I give this book two thumbs down.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kolbert
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A major audiobook about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

    ged2phd says: "Be annoyed at what she says, not how she says it"
    "Better than expected! Great Book!"
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    I found out about this book from a public radio station interview with the author. The concept sounded interesting but was unsure from the interview what to expect. This book was superb from start to finish, it was well laid out and extremely interesting to listen to. I was expecting another typical presentation of the global warming and the gloom and doom that usually goes with it. I have always believed that global warming was over hyped as a human cause and more of a just a cycle of the earth and the solar system going through its cycles. This book is more about the disruption that humans cause in the natural cycle of the earth eco systems and how those changes effect the possible future of the earth and it inhabitance. The author takes you on trip around the world to different place and provides evidence to support the title of her book. I think what made this book so good for me was that it written like a story being told by this person that took a journey and came back to share what they experience. There were not a bunch of scientific terms to wade through or uncommon words that authors sometimes used to make themselves seem more intelligent. This author get's her message across and when you finished you go...WOW! I also enjoyed the narrator as well, her voice was very pleasant and allowed you to enjoy the story!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    F. E. Sparrow says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!"
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    This is one of the better books I have listened to on evolution. I've listened to it twice! The book was well organized and the points were well thought out. It was easy to follow and grasp the concepts.

    I have believed in evolution from the first time it was presented to me, but it is nice to have solid information to support that belief. Evolution for me is common sense and you will find yourself nodding in agreement a lot during this book. This book is excellent for those who believe evolution is the truth and those who doubt or would like to have a better understanding of how evolution works.

    I have listened to many books from Audible and the narrator can sometimes interfere with be ability to concentrate or enjoy the book, Victor Bevine delivers the audio superbly. I really enjoyed listening from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rocks Don't Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David R. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Gary Telles
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    In Tibet, geologist David R. Montgomery heard a local story about a great flood that bore a striking similarity to Noah’s Flood. Intrigued, Montgomery began investigating theworld’s flood stories and - drawing from historic works by theologians, natural philosophers, and scientists - discovered the counterintuitive role Noah’s Flood played in the development of both geology and creationism.

    Male Perspective says: "Very Educational"
    "Very Educational"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I have never believed in the Noah's ark fable, I have read of this tale being told in many different cultures throughout history. One would assume that ancient people could have only described floods at a level of their current understanding of the world. A god being the default filler of explanation. One would also assume that stories passed along through the generations would be embellished. I am amazed that modern people continue to believe in fables when our current understanding of world answers many of the questions with rock solid evidence. Facts ignored are still facts.

    This book takes the reader around the world examining ancient floods, provides supporting evidence of how life has evolved, how continents, mountains and land formation have been created...showing that the rocks don't lie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Daniel C. Dennett
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    Overall
    (90)
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    In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet", focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.

    Gary says: "Sky Hooks need not apply."
    "Very difficult to get through"
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    What would have made Darwin's Dangerous Idea better?

    Shorter, more to the point. Most of the time I didn't really follow his analogies or they didn't seem to relate to the idea.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel C. Dennett again?

    This was my first Daniel Dennett book. I only got it because I heard someone mention it was their favorite author of the non-believer genre. I have others in my wish list, but will probably get passed over for other books.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Darwin's Dangerous Idea?

    Cut out all of the referencing, made me wonder if Daniel actually had any of his own ideas. Put them in a PDF...it was very annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to agree with the first review of this book. Boring!!!! It is like a bad movie that you keep waiting to take off, it did for a little while than came crashing down again. The analogies were awful and most of time I had a difficult time figuring out where we were going or what point we were trying to make. The continual interruption of giving references was very disruptive when listen to the book. I also could not finish this book, I got about 3/4 through it and that was probably way too much. I got nothing from this book, waste of a credit.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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