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  • The Redemption Engine

  • By: James L. Sutter
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

When murdered sinners fail to show up in hell, it's up to Salim Ghadafar, an atheist warrior forced to solve problems for the goddess of death, to track down the missing souls. In order to do so, Salim will need to descend into the anarchic city of Kaer Maga, following a trail that ranges from hell's iron cities to the gates of heaven itself. Along the way he'll be aided by a host of otherworldly creatures, a streetwise teenager, and two warriors of the mysterious Iridian Fold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need more with James Sutter and Ray Porter

  • By Davis Ball on 02-05-16

A clever sequel!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Sutter astounds me here with his ability to refine both his storytelling and his characters. Also, I swear the reader is a sophisticated cyborg from the future that can replicate the voices of different humans.

  • Modern Romance

  • An Investigation
  • By: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Narrated by: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,201

At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and informative

  • By ty on 08-23-15

Absolutely Horrifying

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Aziz is at his best while he lays down statistic after bonechilling statistic of a dying species.

  • Don't Be a Jerk

  • And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master
  • By: Brad Warner
  • Narrated by: Brad Warner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

The Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) is a revered 800-year-old Zen Buddhism classic written by the Japanese monk Eihei Dogen. Despite the timeless wisdom of his teachings, many consider the book difficult to understand. In Don't Be a Jerk, Zen priest and best-selling author Brad Warner, through accessible paraphrasing and incisive commentary, applies Dogen's teachings to modern times.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You don't need to use bad theology

  • By Clint J. Latham Jr. on 03-24-17

Not what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

When I think zen, I typically don't think of college course essays about it, or nitpicking zen quotes that might as well be biblical.
Every now and then, the listener is treated to a pop culture reference or cohesive slice of wisdom. In between these times are analysis after exhausting analysis, over translated words that were already open to interpretation.
I would only recommend this to people interested in a scholarly commentary on some guy named Dogen.

  • Death's Heretic

  • By: James L. Sutter
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 926

Nobody cheats death. A warrior haunted by his past, Salim Ghadafar serves as a problem-solver for a church he hates, bound by the goddess of death to hunt down those who would rob her of her due. Such is the case in the desert nation of Thuvia, where a powerful merchant on the verge of achieving eternal youth via a magical elixir is mysteriously murdered, his soul kidnapped somewhere along its path to the afterlife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Interesting Twist on a Classic Archetype

  • By Brian Zohner on 04-18-16

Not bad, excellent ideas and suspense...

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

But holy moly, the longer the story goes the more you think the author needs to spank one out. The protagonist is also kind of a nazi? Some passages are serious groaners because of these things, but otherwise a its a nice action-mystery stuffed with Pathfinder goodness.