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Michael H. Wagner

Grandpa

Columbus, OH USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 11 ratings
  • 410 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (307)

    John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

    Mark says: "Good Book - Not Typical Grisham"
    "Wake up people..."
    Overall

    I am stunned by the reviews that find this book uninteresting and/or poorly written. It was difficult to read because it is the story of our wonderful American justice system at its absolute worst. It is also the story of a couple of dozen Americans who allow their prejudices to prosecute and convict two men for murder with absolutely zero evidence. A man in Columbus was recently jailed for eighteen months and tried for the murder of his twin brother with the same 'evidence', none whatsoever. This can happen to anyone. If you aren't interested in this problem then you need to pray that you are never mistaken for a suspect and end up on death row.

    12 of 13 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
    (616)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (246)

    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"
    "Narrator is TERRIBLE"
    Overall

    The content is mildly interesting but this narrator, with his corny voice interpretations, is just plain bad. Be forewarned.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (362)

    In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

    C. J. Hamilton says: "Instant classic"
    "Tilting at windmills"
    Overall

    I am not a professional scientist but I am very curious about brain science. I have read many of the scientists against which Mr. Pinker rails and I have never sensed the tunnel vision that he proposes to refute. I have read extensively about brain plasticity but I have never sensed that its proponents feel that it represents a complete rejection of a genetic component in the development and specialization of the brain and, in turn, human consciousness and intelligence. It is expected that someone who spends his or her life studying some aspect of science will have a bit of a one-track mind but Mr. Pinker seems to assume that focus precludes any common sense about the limitations of one theory or another. The narrator's taunting, sarcastic delivery doesn't make the authors adversarial tone any better. At this point (about a third) I am still hoping there is something of value coming but whether or not I can listen long enough to find remains to be seen.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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