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  • Newtown

  • An American Tragedy
  • By: Matthew Lysiak
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

12/14/2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown, Connecticut We remember the numbers: 20 children and 6 adults, murdered in a place of nurture and trust. We remember the names: Teachers like Victoria Soto, who lost her life protecting her students. A shooter named Adam Lanza. And we remember the questions: Outraged conjecture instantly monopolized the worldwide response to the tragedy, while the truth went missing. Here is the definitive journalistic account of Newtown.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but no Columbine

  • By Carisa on 04-30-17

Humanizing the story and the town of Newtown.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

The day really began the decade of death from the Epidemic of Mass shootings really began on December 14, 2012. After that, we now realize that this is no longer just occasional tragedy with political consequences, it's a National Crisis. I urge, no matter what anyone believes is the answer to this crisis, to give this book a read and hear about..... The acts of the first responders, teachers, of the children we have lost and those whose childhoods were stolen from them on the day of darkness. I also urge readers to discover, who was Adam Lanza and what could have been done to stop him. Would it be different if someone had reached out to him, Read Read Read and let us never forget those who were lost.

  • A Dark Night in Aurora

  • Inside James Holmes and the Colorado Theater Shootings
  • By: William H. Reid MD MPH
  • Narrated by: William H. Reid MD MPH
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

On July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, a man in dark body armor and a gas mask entered a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises with a tactical shotgun, a high-capacity assault rifle, and a sidearm. Soon twelve were dead and fifty-eight were wounded.  A Dark Night in Aurora uses the twenty-three hours of unredacted interview transcripts never seen by the public and Reid’s research to bring the listener inside the mind of a mass murderer. The result is chilling, gripping study of abnormal psychology and how a lovely boy named Jimmy became a killer. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Debra Tremoulis on 09-02-18

Insightful, changes what we know about mass shooters.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

James Holmes should not have become a mass shooter. AllHe has a life that was "normal" and had little signs that something was wrong with him. The last person one would ever think would become a mass shooter. While there were bumps on the road, he only began to show what he would become right after graduating college. This will have you consider the true impact of mental illness in the commission of unspeakable acts such as the 2012 Aurora shootings and many before/since.

  • To Light a Fire on the Earth

  • Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age
  • By: Bishop Robert Barron, John L. Allen Jr. - contributor
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

In this compelling new book - drawn from conversations with and narrated by award-winning Vatican journalist John L. Allen Jr. - Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, proclaims in vivid language the goodness and truth of the Catholic tradition. Through Barron's smart, practical, artistic, and theological observations - as well as through personal anecdotes about everything from engaging atheists on YouTube to his days as a young die-hard baseball fan from Chicago - To Light a Fire on the Earth covers prodigious ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, so much packed in this book.

  • By GiaJuly on 11-28-17

A Guide for a New Generation of Catholics.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

In an age of scandals and secularism, it's time to go beyond looking at the church of authority, of rules and regulations. It's time to look again at tradition and the jewels of the faith. Barron makes the case wonderfully for it. We won't forget any of the "hot-button" topics, but it will involve a new approach. It's time for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to look at our faith in a new light. Reading this will help on that journey.

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  • Mere Christianity

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,216

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!

  • By Tim on 05-14-05

Must for all Christians.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

This classic will answer many basics about Christianity in the modern world and will introduce one to the field of apologetics.

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  • Columbine

  • By: Dave Cullen
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253

Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I've been hit by a freight train

  • By Dave on 06-23-09

Essential for Understanding the nature of the tragedy and it's aftermath.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Cullen provides a in-depth and balanced look at the tragedy that changed perceptions of guns and school safety forever in America.

  • Adnan's Story

  • The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial
  • By: Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,759
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,736

In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him. By 2013, contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life. In 2014, Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners. But Serial did not tell the whole story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating. Heartbreaking. Informative.

  • By Angela on 08-11-16

A story for our times

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Most know about the injustices of our criminal justice system. Fewer know that simple cultural biases and xenophobia are a major part of it. The tragic case Adnan Sayyid reveals just how it is. In today's world, it is imperative that one must read this book to see the true impact of our prejudices and our naive belief that the system can impact our individual lives. But it doesn't stop there. The impact of this trial also shows the struggles of how cultural traditions can function in a multicultural society. I greatly appreciate the work Chaudry has done for Adnan and for the rest of our society, so that hopefully it can truly live under the words: EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW.

  • Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?

  • By: Mick Hume
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In this blistering polemic, veteran journalist Mick Hume presents an uncompromising defence of freedom of expression, which he argues is threatened in the West not by jackbooted censorship but by a creeping culture of conformism and you-can't-say-that. The cold-blooded murder of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in January 2015 brought a deadly focus to the issue of free speech. Leaders of the free-thinking world united in condemning the killings, proclaiming ‘Je suis Charlie'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think While It's Still Legal...

  • By Douglas on 12-13-16

Must be read to understood the fragility of Free Speech and the Press is in today's society.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Think that our enlightened and open-minded society has put us past the days of censorship and a golden age of free speech is upon us? Two words: THINK AGAIN. In this revealing work, Mick Hume puts the spotlight on today's issues that effect free speech. Covering the history of free speech and the modern day institutional attacks in the universities, entertainment, sports, and the perceived liberator of ideas known as the World Wide Web, Hume examines how excuses such as "trolling" and "obnoxious sports conduct" are nothing short of similarities to more historical excuses. Furthermore, Hume devotes entire chapters to debunking the overlooked but pathetic and childish blanket excuses for censorship such as the "you can't yell fire in a crowded theater" or even "we cannot be tolerant to intolerance". It is essential that Free Speech must be maximized, if it is to be for all. That means facing the difficult truth, that this fragile freedom is for the idiot and the intellectual alike. Whether you're Ted Nugent or Natalie Maines, Lisa Simpson or Eric Cartman, Glenn Beck or Glenn Greenwald, the marketplace of ideas must be preserved.

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