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Thomas

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rob Bell
    • Narrated By Rob Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (393)

    Millions of Christians have struggled with how to reconcile God's love and God's judgment: Has God created billions of people over thousands of years only to select a few to go to heaven and everyone else to suffer forever in hell? Is this acceptable to God? How is this "good news"? Author, pastor, and innovative teacher Rob Bell presents a deeply biblical vision for rediscovering a richer, grander, truer, and more spiritually satisfying way of understanding heaven, hell, God, Jesus, salvation, and repentance.

    Paula says: "Easy reading, straight forward, life changing"
    "Bell's messages are best served spoken"
    Overall

    Rob Bell is foremost a pastor. He speaks to people and for people about the fact that they are loved by God and by others even though it doesn't always seem that way. That is his job, and he does his job extremely well. In my generation, he has been perhaps the foremost master of formulating ways to communicate the most complicated and gnarly theological and historical conundrums in a manner that the average listener will understand with both mind and heart. What distinguishes him from his peers in the circle of extremely rhetorically gifted speakers from the church is his honesty, his candor, and his willingness to address honestly, from scripture, rather than from tradition, the issues that are the stickiest. He has been relentless in both honesty, in faith, and in good works. Like I was saying though: he is a profound thinker but his message is best served 'spoken,' rather than read. Probably because that is the form that he has spent the most time mastering after years of teaching and speaking with his congregation. That's just my opinion. I'm really glad I listened to the audio book before reading the prose version.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Bowie

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Simon Critchley, Eric Hanson
    • Narrated By Simon Critchley
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Simon Critchley first encountered David Bowie in the early '70s, when the singer appeared on Britain's most-watched music show, Top of the Pops. His performance of "Starman" mesmerized Critchley: it was "so sexual, so knowing, so strange". Two days later Critchley's mum bought a copy of the single; she liked both the song and the performer's bright orange hair (she had previously been a hairdresser). The seed of a lifelong love affair was thus planted in the mind of her son, aged 12.

    Thomas says: "the best music culture theory book that exists"
    "the best music culture theory book that exists"
    Overall

    the deepest and riveting piece of music criticism i have ever read. and i sm occasionally in the music press. to come even close we're looking at work like modris eksteins rite of spring or gesualdos death in five voices or david byrnes how does music work. but everything mentioned and critchleys book as well are singularities and have only the faintest similarities insofar as they are narrative meditations about music. this is avery special book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Bodanis
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    David Bodanis demystifies the world's most famous equation, explaining its science and bringing it to life. He makes clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible and its impact on our daily lives. At last, the masses can understand that Einstein did nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe.

    Robert says: "A good introduction"
    "A confectionary blend of science & narrative"
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    Would you listen to E=mc2 again? Why?

    Yes. Because it's a great story and it really managed to get across the extremely difficult concept of relativity to me pretty well--or so I hope. Not being a physicist, my baseline is an incomplete understanding gathered from other pop sources.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of E=mc2?

    The extremely detailed description--literally it goes into a "molecular level detail"--of the atom bomb detonating over Hiroshima.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Definitely one of my favorite parts of the book was the description of relativity's effect on scientific conceptions of reality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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