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Michael

I am an amateur philosopher and a competent theoligian with a heart to learn and inspire others to authentic and meaningful living

Serpentine, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    The Brothers Karamazov tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov: shy, silent, and cruel. The four unite in the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters - their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and best work.

    David says: "A long work and a great work, but boy is it long"
    "Well It is a classic ... really."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is sometimes difficult to tell the characters apart given Russian usuage but this work is considered to be one of the best pieces of literature even penned. It is a sweeping story, in which the main characters become representatives of bigger narratives dealing with religion, morality, ethics, and philosophy, class struggle and Russian history. Some of the most quoted lines about religion and morality comes from this epic novel dealing with the Karamazov family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The exploration of atheistic and ethical themes fleshed out in the lifes of this highly dysfunctional family. It is "Days of our Lives" on philosophical steroids.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of the Inquistor's interogation of Jesus Christ


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

    Not possible - this is a massive owrk


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1428)

    Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

    M. R. says: "Good Business Education"
    "Everything you wanted to know about an MBA but ..."
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    Would you listen to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business again? Why?

    Yes ... it is a very accessible distillation of advanced business thinking. For those of us on the run in our businesses and organisations, this is a great way to get the drift on some advanced thinking about how to succeed in business. It is just not the motivational 'you can do it stuff' but includessome actual hard core qualitative and quantative techniques. Before you make or lose your next fortune, read (listen) to this


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass-Marketed Spirituality

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ravi Zacharias
    • Narrated By Ravi Zacharias
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (156)

    The author believes that over the past forty years movements like New Age spirituality and society's obsession with human potential have combined like a "perfect storm" to redefine for popular culture what has been for centuries the classic biblical definition of the person, work, and teaching of Jesus Christ. Major new age and human potential tenets will be discussed like: the belief that we are all gods and have to discover our divinity; Jesus was only a good teacher; Christianity is but one among many ways to eternal life; reincarnation is real; Jesus was married; truth is relative; there is no sin; and perfection is possible.

    Michael says: "Serious Thinking with Penetrating Cultural Insight"
    "Serious Thinking with Penetrating Cultural Insight"
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    What did you love best about Why Jesus??

    Ravi is a most serious thinker who brings half century of philosphy trainiing and an eastern world view to the task of critiquing the modern fascination in the West of New Age Spirituality with distinctive Eastern overtones. So how can you save yourself from Shirley MacLaine, sundry Gurus, and false messiahs? Does it matter? Are not all ways the same way to God? Who ever or whatever it is?

    Any excursion through a moden bookstore will offer the most bizzarre selection in the religious section. You may be lucky to find a Bible, but it is more likely that the shelf will be full of a smorgasborg of spiritual works that are actually all self anthenticating propositions than contradict the books either side.

    This book gives a historical, cultural, philosophical analysis of the teachings and claims of the new spiritualists and the worldviews paraded on Orphah Winfrey. This work will be hard to beat.



    What other book might you compare Why Jesus? to and why?

    Ravi has a series of books analysing other religious worldviews


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


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

    There are some tender human stories and illustrations


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Paul: In Fresh Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By N. T. Wright
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    N.T. Wright's accessible new volume, built on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004, takes a fresh look at Paul in light of recent understandings of his Jewish roots, his attitude toward the Roman Empire, and his unique reframing of Jewish symbols in relation to his experience of the risen Christ. Then Wright attempts a short systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought and its pertinence for the church today.

    Brenton says: "Like reading a commentary on audio"
    "Acessing Recent Scholarship on Paul"
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    Where does Paul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Audio books are great means of accessing information. This is a technical book on that deals with the search for the historic Paul and attempts to reframe Paul away from the superational deconstruction that led to the idea that Paul was the founder of Christianity and not Jesus. N.T. Wright is a reputable scholar and his material is very accessible and understandable for those wanting an introduction in this NT issue.


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

    n/a


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

    Great voice and pace


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10334)
    Performance
    (4941)
    Story
    (4930)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Sometime the word is misused but this is classic!"
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    If you could sum up How to Win Friends & Influence People in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, inspiring, and helpful


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It is non-fiction so the ending is simply the completion of a great presentation


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

    no


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    awesome

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2702)
    Performance
    (1260)
    Story
    (1273)

    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!"
    "C S Lewis is a considerably bright thinker."
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    What made the experience of listening to Mere Christianity the most enjoyable?

    Lewis provides one of the best apologetics for Christianity and he successully dodges some of the trite and superficial objections. Using some pretty folksy stories and illustrations, he stealthy sneeks up on the the metaphysical and theological implications of the life and subsequent claims of Jesus Christ. Even in this new age of robust defenders for the faith, and the public brawl with the 'new athiets', Lewis is still able to go the intellectual distance with the best of thinkers. Simply loved it ....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


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

    Great voice ... but primarily makes the work of Lewis accessible to me on the move


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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