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  • The Princess Diarist

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,393

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fireworks at Midnight

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-25-16

A little tedious

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

I get it. Being a rich celebrity is full of pain and embarrassment and suffering. Listening to fans go on and on about how much you've meant to them really tries your patience. But if the Leia hair was such a colossal embarrassing burden, then why did you put it on the book cover? Carrie Fisher's normal brilliance and fantastic wit is layered over here with annoying anecdotes about how much being famous is a burden. I wanted more insights and less bitterness. I know she had so much more to write about than what's here. Editors, where were you?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

Step back to Christianity's first three centuries to see how it transitioned from the religion of Jesus to a religion about Jesus. How did a single group from among many win the struggle for dominance to establish the beliefs central to the faith, rewrite the history of Christianity's internal conflicts, and produce a canon of sacred texts – the New Testament – that supported its own views?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful survey of historical Christianity

  • By Carl D. Smith on 03-29-17

Great information and important history

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

Couldn't put it down. Thanks for this. A good complement to the books by Bart Ehrman that I have enjoyed.

  • The Origin of Satan

  • How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics
  • By: Elaine Pagels
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

Who is Satan in the New Testament, and what is the evil that he represents? In this groundbreaking book, Elaine Pagels, Princeton's distinguished historian of religion, traces the evolution of Satan from its origins in the Hebrew Bible, where Satan is at first merely obstructive, to the New Testament, where Satan becomes the Prince of Darkness, the bitter enemy of God and man, evil incarnate. In The Origin of Satan, Pagels shows that the four Christian gospels tell two very different stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well organized and thorough

  • By Tibber on 07-20-15

Nice, but not what I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

The title of this book is misleading. It should be called "we demonize the other guys." Best chapter was the one on the Pagans. I listened to the end despite realizing it was not what I was expecting. This would be more of interest to you if you want to hear about the early Christian church.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful