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Gerald Schoen

Timbercreek Canyon, Texas
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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This was so boring and it was the abridge version

  • By LexiMuse on 10-28-17

I did not want to put it down

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

What made the experience of listening to Origin the most enjoyable?

The lack of ability to know what would come next

What did you like best about this story?

Learning about the characters and their interaction.

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

The reading was excellent.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

If Dan Brown wrote it, you knew it was well researched and you would learn a lot.

  • American Wolf

  • A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
  • By: Nate Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Nate Blakeslee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Epic American Story

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 10-17-17

I learned of the splendid wolves introduced to YP

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

If you could sum up American Wolf in three words, what would they be?

Educational
Interesting
Exciting

What did you like best about this story?

I worked in Yellowstone in the early 1960s, returned to visit it as often as possible, and was there the summer the wolves were reintroduced to the park.

Which scene was your favorite?

The battle between the Lamars and the new packs.

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

I couldn't but wanted to.

Any additional comments?

Great reading or listening.

  • Forged

  • Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 465

It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Faith shaking

  • By Fletch on 09-05-12

Facts Not Fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Where does Forged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was one of the most informative factually.

What did you like best about this story?

The large number of distortions in the New Testament, about which they never told you in Sunday School.

Which scene was your favorite?

All were interesting and I especially liked the new picture of Paul, not as a male chauvinist, but as a real man who valued women as essentially equal to men.

Any additional comments?

I have long questioned much of what was written in the New Testament. I believe Jesus was one of the greatest people who ever lived; however, I have felt his life was misrepresented by many of the writings of the New Testament. This book confirms much of what I, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and other founding fathers believed of the New Testament.

Any document written over one hundred years after events must be filled with what the writers thought, not what actually occurred,

  • Waging Heavy Peace

  • By: Neil Young
  • Narrated by: Keith Carradine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the ultimate entertainer...

  • By Sabine on 11-05-12

Really Interesting, But Where's the Beef

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Waging Heavy Peace to be better than the print version?

No Idea

Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Young? Why or why not?

Yes, this was very interesting.

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

No idea

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His discussion of drug and alcohol addition, and the ongoing recovery.

Any additional comments?

Listening to the book was like hearing an interesting, rambling conversation with Neal. I enjoyed the stories he told and the history of his life; however, I though the book was going to give details of Pono, Young's new audio format. Instead it discussed how good Pono is but gave no details as to format, equipment needed to play it or any additional data. The same was true about his electric car.

I would recommend the book to any fan of Neil Young for the life story it tells.

  • Letter to a Christian Nation

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Jordan Bridges
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574

"Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the examined life

  • By Stanley on 12-20-06

Factual, Educational and Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12

What did you love best about Letter to a Christian Nation?

The openness of the discussion.

What did you like best about this story?

Mr. Harris's ability to discuss subjects that would be a taboo to most writers

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

Good Clear Commentary

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Mr. Harris addressed tough issues that most would be afraid to discuss.

Any additional comments?

I appreciated the honesty to address what many of us feel but are not comfortable to discuss openly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,019
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,315

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

A strange and interesting view of alian contact

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

Reviewed: 09-05-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the story proved to be exciting and kept my attention throughout. I found the main characters to be well developed and their interactions realistic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The ship's captain who was put in an imposible position seemed to use great logic in finding solutions where none seemed possible

Have you listened to any of L J Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this was the first. I found the reader to be clear and deliberate.

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

The book made me think much about how we would handle a situation of first contact with an alien world. I woul hope we would do better.

Any additional comments?

A long book, but worth the time.

  • The Sigma Protocol

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

Do you think you know what really happened after World War II? You don't. Sigma made sure of that. "Ludlum's trademark skills of intricate plotting, breakneck pacing, and high-wire drama are all on display in this gripping thriller," writes Amazon.com.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story until the far fetched ending

  • By Dan on 05-25-03

A Job Well Done

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

Reviewed: 09-05-12

Where does The Sigma Protocol rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is amoung the top five. I found it to be exciting and action filled. The only negative was the fact that the main characters were able to escape so many close calls with minimal damage.

What other book might you compare The Sigma Protocol to and why?

Tom Clancy's works are similarily exciting.

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

No, this is the first one I have listened to..

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The reappearance of the dead brother.

Any additional comments?

I started reading the book in hardcover while staying ata rench in New Mexico, and had to finish it with Audible.

  • Religion Saves

  • And Nine Other Misconceptions
  • By: Mark Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Mark Driscoll
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

After an introduction devoted to the misconception that religion can save us, Driscoll tackles questions relating to birth control, humor, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle. Because the purpose of this audiobook is to address commonly asked questions, all listeners will find relevant, engaging material, presented in Driscoll's distinctively edgy - yet theologically sound - style.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Raradox of Religions

  • By Gerald Schoen on 03-05-11

The Raradox of Religions

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-11

I have read several books about religions and wanted to hear a Christian minister’s point of view. I was pleased to hear Mark Driscoll’s statement in the opening chapter that a common problem with religions is that each religion thinks theirs is the only way to interpret God’s word.
To my disappointment the remainder of the book discussed why Mr. Driscoll’s point of view is the only way to worship God.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Moral Landscape

  • How Science Can Determine Human Values
  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139

In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it

  • By Paul on 11-23-10

The book says what many feel, but fear to say

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-10

I was expecting an anti-religious dialogue; however, I found myself repeatedly saying, “I feel the same way”.

The author clearly makes the point that religions have so many contradictions in their message that thinking people cannot understand what the message really is; while others pick and choose what they believe from the contradictions. These people often become a part of the religious fringe that drives so many others from the good things that many religions offer.

I enjoyed and learned much about religions that I had not known. I also found the Mr. Harris had done his research well when I checked his statements.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Worst Hard Time

  • The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating History

  • By Sara on 02-02-14

Good story/bad read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-10

I found The Worst Hard Time to be interesting and entertaining. However, the fact that the reader mispronounced most of the names of the towns was quite annoying to someone who lives in the Texas Panhandle and knows the correct pronunciation.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful