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PeacefulSeeker

Santa Barbara, CA United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 27 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 434 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2015
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  • Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gregory A. Boyd
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Arguing from Scripture and history, Dr. Boyd makes a compelling case that whenever the church gets too close to any political or national ideology, it is disastrous for the church and harmful to society. Dr. Boyd contends that the American Evangelical Church has allowed itself to be co-opted by the political right (and some by the political left), and exposes how this is harming the church's unique calling to build the kingdom of God.

    Samuel says: "Challenging and full of truth"
    "Recommended by a Prof"
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    My American Church History prof in seminary recommended that I read this after I raised a series of questions after class. I found too many holes in official accounts, including books on his syllabus.

    Here my questions were answered. If you're uncomfortable with how Christianity has overlapped with nationalism, this could be helpful.

    I think it would have been even more powerful if Dr. Boyd would have narrated his book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Eric Dyson
    • Narrated By Michael Eric Dyson
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    drwjbrown says: "Does"
    "Not surprised much"
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    Dyson takes on the gulf between black and white by sampling sensitively the letter of a disgruntled white American.

    It's impressive and needed knowledge. He narrated as though it was someone else's work, however. I never hear him speak like this on TV... so not him, so dispassionate and choppy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joshua Tongol
    • Narrated By Joshua Tongol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Tired of religion? What if almost everything you were taught about Christianity is wrong? Would you give up on faith altogether? Or is it possible to rediscover - with fresh eyes - a richer and more satisfying understanding of God and spirituality? So You Thought You Knew is a refreshing journey written straight from the heart. It's about thinking outside the "institutional walls" of Christianity and asking the hard questions.

    PeacefulSeeker says: "Surprising Scope"
    "Surprising Scope"
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    I really appreciate Tongol's book recommendations after each chapter, showing how he has been helped and influence by others. This is not to discount his own path, because it is clear throughout that he has continued to discover, and it seems that he himself is surprised by the persistence of revelation making its way into his life. He is simply secure enough to not take all the credit, a confidence that is in itself appealing. I'm pretty impressed that someone in his 30s could traverse so much ground, from quasi-fundamentalism to religious freedom, and not be a prisoner of bitterness while chronicling it so superbly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gene Roberts, Hank Klibanoff
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Drawing on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews, veteran journalists Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff go behind the headlines and datelines to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen - first black reporters, then liberal Southern editors, then reporters and photographers from the national press and the broadcast media - revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings and propelled its citizens to act.

    Ron says: "A fascinating inside look at history"
    "Amazing Pace"
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    This account of the civil rights struggle comes across like the evening news. While I never did get used to aspects of the narration (Certain pronunciations like "Ni-gro" for "Negro". because the term comes up every couple of minutes or so, yet other words like "rums" for "rooms" didn'tmake me cringe) I find this both informative and entertaining. I don't doubt that this could improve race relations if it were widely read.

    I will be sharing this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (548)

    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "Amazing recap of American history"
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    I wish, wish, wish I had books like this when I was a child! I think state school education in pretty much any country aims for patriotism in place of understanding. I have spent the past few years looking for history that doesn't bore and this one qualifies.

    The narrator could have taken more pride in his work. He is easy to listen to, but I'm a teacher and cannot stand sloppiness. I require proofreading of my students and certainly expected fewer errors here. Sometimes I had to check the kindle version to ascertain what was actually written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Martin Meredith
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate important recent developments, including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Robert Mugabe’s continued destructive rule in Zimbabwe, controversies over Western aid and exploitation of Africa’s resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the democratic movement roiling the North African countries of Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.

    Jeff says: "Africa: Land of Hope and Horror"
    "The book for which I've been waiting"
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    Here we have decades of important information wonderfully reduced to a brief volume. The narration is good when it's not venturing into character quotes. Then, instead of ever sounding like either North Africans or Subsaharans, it always sounds like Johnny Carson, which does not work well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9635)
    Performance
    (3998)
    Story
    (4039)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "I like Follett"
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    I've read 4 of his books. This is one where it seems the sex/rape scenes are more numerous and gratuitous, threatening to caricaturize the story. The recording had issues, too. Every now and then it will say something like, "This is the end of disk 9." Further, the book ended while there were about 8 chapters to go, as viewable on my device, but I could they were a repeat of earlier chapters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nelson Mandela
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (434)

    Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world.

    History says: "Surprisingly honest autobiography."
    "Couldn't stop"
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    Sometimes I listen to one or two audiobooks alternatively throughout the week but I could not interrupt this one. Mandela's story is as fascinating as any. With this book who needs action movies or dramas?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Executed by the Nazis for his complicity in a plot to assassinate Hitler, Dietrich Bonhoeffer remains with us today through his writings - far-reaching ripples of deep thought, passionate words, and unflinching character. Including biographical insights, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons spans Bonhoeffer's 17 years as a preacher. This collection of vintage sermons and writings searches out the power and mystery of the Christmas season: its joyous riches and its implications for our lives.

    Sara says: "Sermons About Enduring and Waiting"
    "I Love Bonhoeffer, but..."
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    I've never heard a recording of Bonhoeffer's voice but I cannot imagine he'd impact his congregations with a monotone. This would be better if the delivery were more like that of an actual pastor.

    I'd like more Bonhoeffer sermons, but maybe assign a public speaker to do it next time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All the Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ann Tatlock
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Award-winning author of A Room of My Own and A Place Called Morning, Ann Tatlock delivers a soul-searching inspirational story of faith and friendship.

    Don says: "Never wanted to put down my headphones"
    "Tremendous Historical Fiction"
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    This is a fine book that becomes a tour de force with one of the best narrations I've heard, and I listen to audiobooks every day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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