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  • The Dark Is Rising

  • Book 2 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence
  • By: Susan Cooper
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift: he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Fanstasy for Exceptionally Gifted Children!

  • By Rhett on 05-18-04

great overall

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I love this story. The narrorator is good except I don't like how Will is voiced. Not the end of the world.

  • Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed

  • By: Edwin Barnhart, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edwin Barnhart
  • Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931

Centuries ago, Spanish conquistadors searching for gold and new lands encountered a group of independent city-states in Mesoamerica. Sophisticated beyond the Spaniards' wildest imaginings, these people were the Aztecs, the Maya, and related cultures that shared common traditions of religion, government, the arts, engineering, and trade. In many ways more advanced than European nations, these societies equaled the world's greatest civilizations of their time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, Engrossing & Informative

  • By Cat Morgan on 04-20-16

loved it

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Reviewed: 06-02-18

very well presented and arranged. I loved learning about these ancient cultures. I also liked hearing about the professors theories.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,172

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • whoops

  • By A. Bunnell on 04-19-17

More than the original print

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-17

The contents of the audiobook are a bit different from the 2001 print but it is only additions that have been made. It was lovely.

  • Shinto: The Way Home

  • Dimensions of Asian Spirituality
  • By: Thomas P. Kasulis
  • Narrated by: Dean Sluyter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Nine out of ten Japanese claim some affiliation with Shinto, but in the West the religion remains the least studied of the major Asian spiritual traditions. It is so interlaced with Japanese cultural values and practices that scholarly studies usually focus on only one of its dimensions: Shinto as a "nature religion", an "imperial state religion", a "primal religion", or a "folk amalgam of practices and beliefs". Thomas Kasulis' fresh approach to Shinto explains with clarity and economy how these different aspects interrelate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Limited information on actual Shinto practice.

  • By John O'Neill on 05-03-17

Quiet and intriguing

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

The narrators voice is sometimes too quiet, but the overall concept and "story" is very fascinating. The terms and ideas are rather complex, but it was a good refresher for me (a theology major in college). If you have no previous theological/philosophical background you might find this challenging.

  • Between Heaven and Mirth

  • Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life
  • By: James Martin
  • Narrated by: James Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

In Between Heaven and Mirth, James Martin, SJ, assures us that God wants us to experience joy, to cultivate a sense of holy humor, and to laugh at life’s absurdities—not to mention our own humanity. Father Martin invites believers to rediscover the importance of humor and laughter in our daily lives and to embrace an essential truth: faith leads to joy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this audio book.

  • By lisa on 09-10-12

Oh Joy!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-16

A great listen. We all need to keep joy in our mundane and spiritual lives.