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Mark

Frisco, TX, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Age of Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Orville Vernon Burton
    • Narrated By Richard Mock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Distinguished historian Orville Vernon Burton suggests that, while abolishing slavery was the age's most extraordinary accomplishment, it was the inscribing of personal liberty into the nation's millennial aspirations that was its most profound achievement. He shows how the president's authentic Southerness empowered him to conduct a civil war that redefined freedom as a personal right to be expanded to all Americans.

    Dean Rehberger says: "Exceptional History"
    "One of the Best Civil War Books Available"
    Overall

    This may be one of the best Civil War books I've ever read, simply because it deals with the culture surrounding the time period, not the war itself. Most Civil War books seem preoccupied with the battles and personalities. This book, however, deals with cultural, political and religious trends. By doing so it fleshes out the period much more vividly.

    Late in the book, the author's bias comes into play regarding post Civil War industry. If it weren't for that as a disctraction, this would be a 5-star book. Consider this a 4.5 star, book, though. Well done overall.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalogue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James W. Sire
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (16)

    When The Universe Next Door was first introduced nearly 30 years ago, it set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews. In concise, easily understood prose, James W. Sire explained the basics of theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern monism, and the new consciousness.

    Mark says: "Apologetics Not Broad Overview"
    "Apologetics Not Broad Overview"
    Overall

    I got this book expecting a more general treatment of the worldviews presented. Be warned, this is NOT an even-handed text - it is Christian apologetics. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with apologetic books (the book I had listened to just prior was CS Lewis' "Mere Christianity"), but I was given the impression that this text was a general overview instead. Given that perception going in, I was disappointed.

    The book starts presenting "Theism" - Christianity. The author dismisses other theistic systems such as Judaism or Islam due to his lack of background, so Christianity is the only example of theism presented. The presentation of Christianity does not deal with any of the challenges of Christianity - it presents it as if it were true. That would be fine if the rest of the systems equally, but it does not.

    The rest of the systems presented (Deism, Naturalism, etc.) are first presented as their basic components. Once that's done, the problems of any of those systems are then referred back to how "Theism" (again, Christianity exclusively) addresses that problem.

    For an apologetics book, this book does well. It presents positive arguments for Christianity, and how it answers other systems problems. If you want an easy-to-listen to book on apologetics, this is an excellent book. My rating, however, is based not on this aspect, but on the expectation I was given about this book as a general overview.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (530)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Good History - Okay Presentation"
    Overall

    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln was a very interesting account of Lincoln's dealings with the people and events around him. It is not what I expected, however. I thought it would be as much about the people around Lincoln instead of just him. However, most of the book is centered on Lincoln himself. The subtitle "The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" would have been the better title for the work.

    Also, while the audio presentation was well done, there were no chapter breaks presented in the audio, or the audio file. That makes it difficult to track from session to session.

    Still, it was interesting subject matter for anyone who enjoys this period in history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3994)
    Performance
    (2427)
    Story
    (2462)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Tedious/Slow Starting"
    Overall

    I have heard about this book for years as a great example of "hard" science fiction - that is, science fiction that concentrates on well-grounded technology (not fantastic elements like Star Wars).

    Unfortunately, I didn't take too well to the book. I found the descriptions of the technology to be about as painful as Clancy's overdone battle descriptions in his novels. If that appeals to you, fine - I just found it dull.

    The storyline is also slow to start. I was about halfway in and on the verge of giving up when the plot finally took off. I did enjoy it after that. It was just painful to get to that point.

    I wouldn't recommend this unless you are a serious fan of the genre.



    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Ethics: A History of Moral Thought

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter Kreeft
    • Narrated By Peter Kreeft
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    This course addresses some of the eternal questions that man has grappled with since the beginning of time. What is good? What is bad? Why is justice important? Why is it better to be good and just than it is to be bad and unjust? Most human beings have the faculty to discern between right and wrong, good and bad behavior, and to make judgments over what is just and what is unjust. But why are ethics important to us?

    J. Maxwell says: "Surprisingly Good"
    "Good Overview of Ethical Thought"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Dr. Kreeft's lectures on Ethics. Though the other review found it over-Christian, I did not. He does prefer Socrates over later philosophers, proposing that Socrates overcomes most of the later ethical viewpoints of other figures. While the bias is present, it's not overwhelming of the material. I found this to be an excellent introduction to the different viewpoints of several of the great thinkers of history.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Barbara Bradley Hagerty
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    In Fingerprints of God, award-winning journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty delves into the discoveries science is making about how faith and spirituality affect us physically and emotionally as it attempts to understand whether the ineffable place beyond this world can be rationally - even scientifically - explained. Hagerty interviews some of the world's top scientists to describe what their groundbreaking research reveals about our human spiritual experience.

    Mark says: "Good Overview of "Spiritual Biology""
    "Good Overview of "Spiritual Biology""
    Overall

    A very well done book presenting the science involved in how we have spiritual experiences. She talks about her own spiritual experience and how it drove her to find out more about how the brain works, how other experience a divine presence, etc. She also gives a good overview of the counter-arguments against these things being anything other than our brain firing in a unique way.

    For those of a spiritual inclination, there are many, many stories of people encountering a divine force, and how they became important forces of change for that individual. For those not inclined, it's provides insights into why people feel the way they do, as well as a layman's view of how things happen.

    The audio presentation is also well done. The reader does a good job with the material and is easy to understand.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Madeleine Albright
    • Narrated By Madeleine Albright
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The next president, whether Democrat or Republican, will face the daunting task of repairing America's core relationships and tarnished credibility after the damage caused during the past seven years. In Memo to the President Elect, former secretary of state and best-selling author Madeleine Albright offers provocative ideas about how to confront the striking array of challenges that the next commander-in-chief will face.

    John says: "Disappointing"
    "Political Hit Job"
    Overall

    This book is nothing more than left-leaning propaganda. The opening chapter talks about the high position of the US, and peace around the world when Clinton left office. I guess she has forgotten that we had recently had the USS Cole attack, and were heavily involved in Kosovo. The US reputation in the Middle East was no better - Clinton trusted Arafat and helped legitimize the corrupt Fatah terrorists in Gaza.

    She also chooses to overlook how much the Clinton foreign policy team initially supported the Iraq War - based partially on intelligence their administration gathered. Only when things didn't go perfectly did the Clintonites bail and go on the attack. This self-promoting book continues that policy.

    It's easy to be a Monday-morning quarterback.

    25 of 88 people found this review helpful
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (2967)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1333)

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Noel says: "12% Mutual Funds?"
    "Common Sense and a Kick in the Pants"
    Overall

    The best thing about this book is that it is neither a "get rich quick" nor a "save every penny until you are almost dead" book. It's a combination of common sense financial advice with the understanding that only by getting out of debt can you make money work for you instead of against you. If you can't kick the debt habit, get this book. Better yet, find one of his local-run classes.

    3 of 6 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
    (23208)
    Performance
    (14540)
    Story
    (14692)

    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"
    "So-So"
    Overall

    I got this book because I had heard so much about it over the years. First, let me say the production is top-notch. Is very easy to listen to and all the readers do an excellent job.

    The story, though, just didn't measure up to its reputation. I had most of it figured out halfway through. Even the surprise ending was unsurprising.

    I gambled on later books, though. "Speaker" is excellent. "Xenocide" is very good, but drags. "Children" - I wouldn't go there again, really.

    "Ender's Game" isn't terrible, I just found it more suitable for 12-year olds than 30-somethings.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • 2004 DNC: State Senator Barack Obama (7/27/04)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    On the second night of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama, Illinois State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate, addressed the crowd. The speech took place at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 27, 2004.

    Robert says: "Amazingly, he surpassed high expectations"
    "Uninspiring"
    Overall

    I have heard about this speech for years, but had never seen it nor heard it until now. Maybe it's better seen, but I was underwhelmed. A lot of fluff and platitudes that you can pour yourself into, and otherwise very unsubstantial. I was hoping for more considering his reputation.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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