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Michael Kellogg

Los Angeles, CA United States | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 122 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"

    I can't say enough good things about this audiobook. It is easily the best one I have encountered, both in content and in "listenability". The author makes amazingly well thought-out points using words and examples that anyone can understand. Simple but not simplistic. And the narrator really pulls it off. With a light British accent, he sounds just like you would think C.S. Lewis would sound. Easy to understand and pleasant to the ear.

    I've already listened to this book twice, and I'm sure I will listen many more times in the years to come.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Western civilization has given us modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of law, a sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts we take for granted.

    Michael Kellogg says: "Fascinating and informative"
    "Fascinating and informative"

    I am a devout Catholic, but even I used to grimace a little when I would hear complaints about how the Church stifled science, condemned Galileo, held down uneducated people hundreds of years ago, etc. These are topics that are widely accepted as fact in this day and age, and rarely refuted in public, even by Catholic apologists.

    In this book, however, all these topics and many, many more are discussed in great depth, and we learn about all the monumental contributions the Church made to virtually every pillar of western civilization. Science; astronomy; international law; economics; charity; etc. The list of Catholic inventions and research is truly amazing. "Who would have thought that modern economic theory began with a Franciscan friar in the 13th century?"

    From an apologetics standpoint, I'd consider this book less as a Protestant vs. Catholic work. There is very little discussion of this since most of the discussions do not involve theology. Instead, I'd consider it an excellent primer for an atheist or agnostic who is of the opinion that the Catholic church has largely been a force for corruption and regression in the world.

    39 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Mary says: "Terrifying"
    "Starts slow but picks up lots of momentum"

    A great "read" overall. It starts slow thanks to TONS of background on the characters -- far too much, I thought -- but once Jack gets into the meat of the plot it is thrilling. I'd also reiterate what's been said earlier: The sample clip is largely of Michael Crichton himself narrating the foreward to the book - very dry. The actual narrator, George Wilson, picks it up at Chapter 1 and is SUPERB in his reading. He expertly acts all the parts in the book, convincingly giving you men, women, and children characters. His performance really elevated this audiobook a notch.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • CatoAudio, 1-Month Subscription

    • Abridged/Unabridged (1 hr and 14 mins)

    CatoAudio puts you right in the middle of the important policy debates going on in Washington. This 60-minute audio magazine features inspiring discussions from well-known intellectuals, pundits, political leaders and Cato scholars. Previous recordings have included Milton Friedman, Hernando de Soto, Anne Applebaum, Alan Greenspan, P. J. O'Rourke, and Steve Forbes. From a libertarian view of limited government, free markets, and civil society, CatoAudio is your window to the ideas of freedom.

    Tobin says: "Great If You're a Libertarian"
    "Great subscription but needs more content"

    I really look forward to hearing my latest Cato subscription, and the topics and speakers are always top-notch. My only complaint is that the speech clips are too short, at about 10 minutes each. Just when you start getting really into a speech, they cut it off and move on to the next topic. While this is certainly efficient, it is also frustrating. Many of these speeches could easily be consumed in full. For instance, Judge Andrew Napolitano's lecture on the history of the Patriot Act and where it's heading (and why it must be stopped) was riveting, and actually should be of interest to both conservatives and liberals. This was a keynote and was cut after about 20 minutes. Give me an hour of it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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