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  • Love Wins

  • A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
  • By: Rob Bell
  • Narrated by: Rob Bell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy reading, straight forward, life changing

  • By Paula on 08-20-11

Important, courageous, and controversial!

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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: 07-11-17

This important, courageous, and controversial book recaptures and preaches the Good News that love wins.

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,846

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Essential Reading!

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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: 03-05-17

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A startlingly thought-provoking book that arguably explains the evolution of how Homo sapiens became what we are. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand what it means to be human.

  • The Economic Singularity

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism
  • By: Calum Chace
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Artificial intelligence (AI) is overtaking our human ability to absorb and process information. Robots are becoming increasingly dexterous, flexible, and safe to be around (except the military ones). AI is our most powerful technology, and you need to understand it. This new book from best-selling author Calum Chace argues that within a few decades, most humans will not be able to work for money. Self-driving cars will probably be the canary in the coal mine, providing a wake-up call for everyone who isn't yet paying attention.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What will happen when humans become obsolete?

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-03-16

Strongly Recommend!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-16

10 years ago, smart phones did not exist. 25 years ago, webpages did not exist. The changes taking place in the upcoming 10 and 25 years will be dramatically more life changing. This book provides an entertaining, thought-provoking, and fairly objective description of what that journey might be like and what roles artificial intelligence may play in it. My personal thoughts are that paradoxically what is described in this book will happen both faster and slower than we expect.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,036

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Read the first 4/5's

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-15

The first 80% of this book is absolutely five stars and the ending is three.

  • @War

  • The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex
  • By: Shane Harris
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

The United States military currently views cyberspace as the "fifth domain" of warfare - alongside land, sea, air, and space - and the Department of Defense, National Security Agency, and CIA all field teams of hackers who can - and do - launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. In fact, as @War shows, US hackers were crucial to our victory in Iraq.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and frightening

  • By S. Yates on 01-13-17

The rise of America's cyber capabilities

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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: 05-31-15

This is an insider's description of the rise of the NSA, U.S. Cyber Cmd, and private security companies/services over the past 5-8 years. I feel it provides a fairly balanced portrayal of the successes and pitfalls that occurred during that time. It includes many insightful stories on the government's interactions with business/industry and on the evolution of business/industry capabilities and perspectives in reaction to the evolving and pervasive cyber security crises.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Future Crimes

  • Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Marc Goodman
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Marc Goodman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346

One of the world's leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes listeners deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you - and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book for all of us to help protect us

  • By Sandeep on 10-12-15

Skates to where the security puck is going to be!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-15

Throughout Future Crimes, I recurringly felt like it was one of the best professional books I have read in a while. When describing his success in hockey, Wayne Gretzky said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” Marc Goodman’s book does this for cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats. About 90% of the book is spent exploring emerging security and privacy vulnerabilities across the spectrum of current and future computing. The last 10% is possible positive future paths, but the author admits that the road ahead is challenging. The thing I like is that after the author projects a possible vulnerability or threat, he then usually cites a couple examples of it already happening. I also think the content is far more up-to-date then most books. The adversary within the book is generally agnostic -- mostly organized crime, but also nation state actors, non nation state actors, legal business practices, and even government.

  • Cybersecurity Leadership

  • Powering the Modern Organization
  • By: Mansur Hasib
  • Narrated by: Mansur Hasib
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Managing cybersecurity requires a multi-disciplinary holistic business approach. Many of the current cybersecurity approaches in organizations and most books are based on an outdated 1991 model of cybersecurity - focused solely on technology solutions. This book provides the 2014 model and shows why leadership engagement of people within an organization is critical for success. Culture development through leadership is essential because culture governs behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CIOs and CISOs should read this book...

  • By Chad L Fulgham on 08-12-15

Some good parts, some challenges

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

This book has some good parts, and the author sounds like a really interesting person/professional. However, I felt that overall it was not well organized nor did it maintain a consistent focus on cyber security. I think the author would have been better off publishing a much more concise but better organized book concentrating entirely on cyber security, and then breaking off significant chucks of his current work to help construct a second book on the modern opportunities, practices, and potential of information technology.

Although I often enjoy hearing an author read her or his work, in this case, I found that I did not appreciate the slower pace of the reading or the occasionally unusual inflections.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pastrix

  • The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint
  • By: Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Narrated by: Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 691

Nadia Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"(pronounced "pas-triks," a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors) in her messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith. Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, Nadia, a former stand-up comic, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material-until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, depressives, and cynics, she realized: These were her people. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WoW wOw WoW

  • By Deborah on 11-26-13

Inspiring, thought-provoking, and edgy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-13

Pastrix is an inspiring, thought-provoking, and edgy description of the Christian spiritual journey of Nadia Bolz-Weber, who is a Lutheran pastor and a nationally recognized figure in the Emerging Church (Liberal Christian) movement. Bolz-Weber clearly has a very fine mind and a remarkable personal spirituality that has survived her previous life as an alcoholic and standup comic, her scarred conservative church upbringing, and several years as a searching, lost soul. Bolz-Weber’s ministry is inherently dedicated to those suffering from addictions, or people with other life experiences such as non-traditional sexual orientations, abuse, poverty, etc. She is noticeably most comfortable with people from these backgrounds, and includes many interesting stories along these lines about both herself and her parishioners. Be ready for lots of swearing -- I can’t decide whether she consistently swears out of habit, to be provocative, to make herself more accessible to the downtrodden, or as a defense measure to prevent herself from becoming too normal. For those with bible-based or evangelical beliefs, be prepared for some controversial positions, but overall, this doesn’t appear to be a major agenda item for Bolz-Weber, who repeatedly attests to her great love of Christian liturgy. Towards the end, Bolz-Weber addresses the challenges, and ultimately the happy results, of her ministry intersecting with what society would refer to as normal people. She candidly describes her experiences (and current initial successes), but the story ends without being able to answer the question of whether the radical and liberal Christianity Bolz-Weber promotes can scale beyond the scope of her personal leadership and advocacy. The answer is probably, “If God wills it.” In conclusion, Jesus stated that the greatest commandments are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Bolz-Weber’s book is the story of an imperfect woman who with God’s grace is trying really hard to (and arguably succeeding at) living these commandments. I wish her God’s blessings and recommend the book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to King Lear (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

  • SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)
  • By: William Shakespeare, Mike Reeves
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker, Terrence Hardiman, Lucy Robinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Here is the multi award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance, with comprehensive commentary and analysis, enabling students to fully understand and appreciate the play. Judge for yourself whether Lear is "a man more sinned against than sinning" in this moral tale that pits wisdom and age against ambition and youth. Experience and examine the power of Shakespeare's most cruel and violent tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes Shakespeare Accessible

  • By Edward on 07-01-12

Makes Shakespeare Accessible

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-12

This is a magnificent and entertaining audio program that truly makes a serious and complicated play accessible to anyone. My family listened to the play with commentary version of this program in preparation for seeing the play performed, and we all felt it made a world of difference in our appreciation of both the performance and the play. Strongly recommend!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Have a Little Faith

  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Mitch Albom
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

What if our beliefs were not what divided us, but what pulled us together? In Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds - two men, two faiths, two communities - that will inspire readers everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written

  • By Christine on 01-07-10

Everyone is a person of God.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-11

"Have a Little Faith" is two inspiring, true stories – one about a rabbi who spends his whole life at one synagogue in New Jersey and the other about a Christian pastor in the poorest part of Detroit who is a reformed NYC drug user and dealer. Central messages include: God is bigger than any single religion; mercy, compassion, and acts of love are universal ways to worship God; addictions are especially difficult to overcome and can cause tremendous damage to one’s life; sing more when talking to people; value positive legacies; be optimistic – have a little faith.

Favorites quotes from the book (possibly paraphrased):
“Everyone is a person of God.”
“You are not your past.”
“Picture the holiest person you know…and now picture them wearing ragged clothes hiding behind some trash cans holding a shotgun and begging God not to send them to Hell.”