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  • The Political Pope

  • How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives
  • By: George Neumayr
  • Narrated by: Holden Still
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Pope Francis is the most liberal pope in the history of the Catholic Church. He is not only championing the causes of the global Left but also undermining centuries-old Catholic teaching and practice. In the words of the late radical Tom Hayden, his election was "more miraculous, if you will, than the rise of Barack Obama in 2008". But to Catholics in the pews, his pontificate is a source of alienation. It is a pontificate, at times, beyond parody.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth Speaks!

  • By diane on 07-13-17

Not Reliable

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-17

Reads like a book-length version of "The Wanderer" newspaper. Exaggerates, makes improbable inferences, distorts facts.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Will the Boat Sink the Water

  • The Life of China's Peasants
  • By: Chen Guidi, Wu Chuntao
  • Narrated by: James Chen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

The Chinese Economic miracle is happening despite, not because of, China's 900 million peasants. They are missing from the portraits of booming Shanghai, or Beijing. Many of China's underclass live under a feudalistic system unchanged since the 15th century. Wu Chuntao and Chen Guidi undertook a three-year survey of what had happened to the peasants in one of the poorest provinces, Anhui, asking the question: have the peasants been betrayed by the revolution undertaken in their name by Mao and his successors?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential

  • By Delano on 02-02-10

The Elephant in the Living Room

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-11

The untold story of China's destitute rural peasant majority. The part of China remains the unacknowledged elephant-in-the-living-room in too many discussions of the Chinese economy, which tend to focus exclusively on the urban industrial sector with which the West trades. This book helps to complete the picture of what is happening in China.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Civil War as a Theological Crisis

  • By: Mark A. Noll
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Although Christian believers agreed with one another that the Bible was authoritative and that it should be interpreted through commonsense principles, there was rampant disagreement about what Scripture taught about slavery. Furthermore, most Americans continued to believe that God ruled over the affairs of people and nations, but they were radically divided in their interpretations of what God was doing in and through the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An important work

  • By Timothy on 06-04-11

Comprehensive and Exhaustive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-11

A comprehensive and exhaustive review and analysis of theological views about slavery before and during the Civil War. Noll's findings are often surprising and immensely insightful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Chechen Jihad

  • Al Qaeda's Training Ground and the Next Wave of Terror
  • By: Yossef Bodansky
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

If you think the next terrorist attacks are coming from the Middle East, think again. One of the world's most respected experts on radical Islamism returns to alert Americans to the future course of Islamist extremism: the troubled regions of Chechnya.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • hard to follow

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-15-08

Highly relevant, a bit too detailed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-11

A long and almost too detailed history and review of the background, development and activities of radical Islam in the Caucasus region. While the narrative can be tedious at points, the details have relevance beyond Chechnya or the Russian Federation, as this book shows how they are thoroughly intertwined with Islamist organizations and developments elsewhere. This book shows a largely unrecognized part of the background behind current conflicts and how they are tied to other events.

  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

  • By: Amy Chua
  • Narrated by: Amy Chua
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 782

All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Provocative for all parents

  • By Michael Blumstein on 01-15-12

Entertaining Slice of the American Experience

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-11

This book is much misunderstood, as many have missed the self-parody and self-examination and have taken it to be some sort of child-rearing manual. Viewed in the correct light, it is an entertaining and engaging account of cultural adaptation and self-discovery.

  • China, Inc.

  • By: Ted C. Fishman
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

China today is visible everywhere: In the news, in the economic pressures battering America, in the workplace, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential, this dramatic account of China's growing dominance as an industrial super-power by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the global economic order has occurred, and why it already affects us all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • China status update

  • By Dave Larson on 02-16-06

Interesting, and often astonishing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-11

Many interesting and often surprising details on recent developments in China; including the reasons why ending software piracy in China (even if it were remotely possible to do so) would be a disaster for Microsoft.

  • The Beijing Consensus

  • How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the 21st Century
  • By: Stefan Halper
  • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Beijing presents a clear and gathering threat to Washington, but not for the reasons you think. China's challenge to the West stems from its transformative brand of capitalism and an entirely different conception of the international community.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing

  • By Walter on 10-24-11

Intriguing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-11

This disturbing review of China's growing role around the world explains, among other things, why China's rulers see maintenance of high economic growth as necessary for the survival of their regime and how this influences their relations with other nations (including rogue pariah regimes).

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Time to Betray

  • The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran
  • By: Reza Kahlili
  • Narrated by: Richard Allen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

A true story as exhilarating as a great spy thriller, as turbulent as today's headlines from the Middle East, A Time to Betray reveals what no other previous CIA operative's memoir possibly could: the inner workings of the notorious Revolutionary Guards of Iran, as witnessed by an Iranian man inside their ranks who spied for the American government.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing throughout. Questionable at times.

  • By Walter on 10-24-11

Absorbing throughout. Questionable at times.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-11

An interesting and absorbing account. However, some of his accounts of unverifiable conversations seem a bit too convenient to the image of himself he is trying to present (e.g. confronting his friend about the morality of his role in the regime right before the friend gets killed).

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Treasure in Clay

  • The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen
  • By: Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen
  • Narrated by: Greg Friedman O.F.M.
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104

This autobiography includes childhood and seminary reflections, as well as Sheen's views on media stardom, pastoral work, international travels, conversions, Vatican II, Mary, and more. Listeners can expect to hear many of this saintly and sage communicator's famous phrases and inspiring stories. Treasure in Clay illuminates why Bishop Sheen is now called "Servant of God", a step towards possible canonization in the Catholic Church.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Wonderful Autobiography!

  • By ecae on 01-03-13

Must-Read for Modern Communicators

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-11

The details in this autobiography help explain why Billy Graham called Fulton Sheen the "greatest communicator of the twentieth century."

Modern communicators should be interested in his explanation of the approach and strategy behind the messages in his television shows (primarily in sixth chapter, but also in the fifth).

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Yugo

  • The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History
  • By: Jason Vuic
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's Car Talk declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And for most Americans that's where the story begins and ends. Hardly. The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and it is one of the greatest untold business-cum-morality tales of the 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flim Flam at its Best

  • By Roy on 08-25-10

Auto Wreck

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-11

Fascinating in the much the same way that gawkers find the wreckage of an auto collision fascinating. You can't make this stuff up!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful