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Ms. Gray

Colorado, USA
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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,186

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-24-17

I truly enjoyed listening book. the story is beautifully crafted and the way each character "sees" or experiences light makes the audible version even more enchanting. I definitely recommend this book!

  • 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 17,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,526

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

Large scope yet focused

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-16

This textbook subject material reads like a fireside suspense novel. I felt like I might have been a young merchant quietly entering an enlightenment era salon or coffee house to see what the fuss was all about. Enjoyable and accurate in current data but a bit speculative in what is to come. I'm under the impression that the author placed this speculation in the text to encourage an open mind and to fire the Homo Sapien imagination he clearly admires. I recommend this for long commutes or to listen to while knitting or working with your hands.

  • God - the Failed Hypothesis

  • How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist
  • By: Victor J. Stenger
  • Narrated by: David Smalley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Throughout history, arguments for and against the existence of God have been largely confined to philosophy and theology, while science has sat on the sidelines. Despite the fact that science has revolutionized every aspect of human life and greatly clarified our understanding of the world, somehow the notion has arisen that it has nothing to say about the possibility of a supreme being, which much of humanity worships as the source of all reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enuf scientific facts!

  • By G on 12-28-16

Well written

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Reviewed: 11-25-16

I've heard several of these arguments before but there are still additional hypothesis that add to the scientific response to theism. I also applaud the insistence that science does have something to say about God. I've always found it incredibly foolish (and hypocritical) for theistic elements to stomp on science with their money, politics and dictatorial fear mongering but then insist on seperation from scientific fact when those facts disprove their own authority and do so calmly and with a decorum the religious seem to lack. Stenger insists that the nature of the God Hypothesis means it CAN be disproven with science and he does so beautifully.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • White Trash

  • The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
  • By: Nancy Isenberg
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,761
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,452

In White Trash, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early 19th century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 400 Year Head Start Squandered

  • By Virgil on 10-11-16

Should be a required read in every School

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Reviewed: 11-24-16

The hidden nature of aristocracy in our country's founding, and subsequently the failure of our 1776 Revolution, is exposed, analyzed and detailed to great extent by Nancy Isenberg. She proves that we have never freed ourselves of that old British view of the world and the poor. She highlights each aspect of this paradox with incredible stores of evidence and a deep understanding of history and it's relevance today. I highly recommend this book!

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism

  • By: Aron Ra
  • Narrated by: Aron Ra
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 538
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    5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 492

Religious fundamentalists and biblical literalists present any number of arguments that attempt to disprove evolution. Those with a sympathetic ear often fail to critically examine these creationist claims, leading to an ill-informed public and, perhaps more troubling, ill-advised public policy. As Aron Ra makes clear, however, every single argument deployed by creationists in their attacks on evolution is founded on fundamental scientific, religious, and historical falsehoods - all of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic listen!

  • By Ms. Gray on 11-06-16

A fantastic listen!

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Reviewed: 11-06-16

Many audio books struggle to give the mental layout provided by a visible text, which can mean listening to the audio book 3 or 4 times to organize the information in an everyday situation or in order to reference the material again at a later date. This book does not suffer from this disconnect at all. The information is arranged in a way that can make quick references for friends or those pesky "soul winners" possible and efficient. The material evolves logically in tandem with not only personal understanding, but also the chronology of human knowledge and how it came to be. On a personal level, I too was raised in a religious home. Intelligent Design was our gospel (often at the expense of the bible itself) and every thinker or scientist in history was part of a massive conspiracy that involved bad angels that resembled alien stories, rogue dinosaurs, Nazis and supernatural zapping of good guy angels or true believers. the earth was flat (or a disc) and the flood was recited as a foundational pillar of faith. Oddly enough, it was the bible and the psychologically abusive tracts that led to my deconversion but texts such as these have both confirmed my childhood doubts and have given me new perspectives (other than the political or humanities disciplines arguments) that I have been using in the past. I highly recommend this book!

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,623

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Marvelously Entertaining!

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Reviewed: 06-26-16

This was an amazing story! I usually listen to audio books that I've already read to keep my mind occupied while working or doing childcare tasks. This is the first fiction I've listened to first and I'm so glad I did! The narrator, Martin Jarvis, brought the entire story to life. For those who appreciate sardonic humored and satirical prose tackling theological dilemmas, I highly recommend this fantastic romp!

  • Godless

  • How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists
  • By: Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins - foreword
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

Part 1 of Godless, "Rejecting God", tells the story of how I moved from devout preacher to atheist and beyond. Part 2, "Why I Am an Atheist", presents my philosophical reasons for unbelief. Part 3, "What's Wrong with Christianity", critiques the bible (its reliability as well as its morality) and the historical evidence for Jesus. Part 4, "Life Is Good!", comes back to my personal story, taking a case to the United States Supreme Court, dealing with personal trauma, and experiencing the excitement of Adventures in Atheism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Never Too Late To Embrace Reason

  • By B. Bobberstein on 03-02-16

In-depth yet personal

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-16

This book was very thoughtful and inspires reason as a daily lifestyle. The surprising aspect was that it managed to utilize a method of storytelling and personal history that made the entire book feel like an inspirational biography so indicative of the successful christian narratives infecting the checkout aisles of bookstores today.
I will admit that for about two chapters I was deeply annoyed with the author's voice. It was soothing, deep and should have been very easy to listen to, but something about it almost had me giving up on the book. Then I realized that I was annoyed because it reminded me of the calming and methodical voices used by preachers in the church I went to as a kid. As soon as I recognized that Dan Barker had that quality, I was able to relax and drop how annoyed I was.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of God

  • A Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate)
  • By: Chris Matheson
  • Narrated by: Chris Matheson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

The Bible offers some clues to God's personality - he's alternately been called vindictive and just, bloodthirsty and caring, all-powerful and impotent, capricious and foresighted, and loving and hateful. But no one has ever fully explored why God might be such a figure of contrasts. Nor has anyone ever satisfactorily explained what guides his relationship not just with angels, the devil, and his son, but also with all of creation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ever Wonder What God Was Thinking?

  • By Dave A on 11-20-15

A Wonderful Satire

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Reviewed: 02-24-16

A fantastically fun satire needed in an real of religious stupidity! A great book to listen to or read!

  • Jesus, Interrupted

  • Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Paul on 06-27-10

In depth and unapologetic

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Reviewed: 02-23-16

This book was well compiled and beautifully organized. I don't particularly love audio books and prefer the print copies but this one was intriguing enough and the reader had a good enough speaking voice that I was able to finish this in two days while completing daily tasks. entertaining and insightful!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful