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  • Heretics and Heroes

  • How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: Thomas Cahill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history - this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary audiobook. In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roots

  • By Gary Little on 04-07-16

very informative.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Struggled at the beginning but settled in to the rythym and cadence quickly. well delivered.

  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

  • The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: Liam Neeson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves. Read by critically-acclaimed actor Liam Neeson.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Quality So Bad I Can't Listen

  • By CoffeeIV on 12-19-14

Marvelous story, beautifully read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-28-18

Everyone of Irish heritage should listen to this book. It is an exhaustive history but pleasantly told.

  • Speaking Christian

  • Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored
  • By: Marcus J. Borg
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Modern Christians are steeped in a language so distorted that it has become a stumbling block to the religion, says internationally renowned Bible scholar Marcus J. Borg. Borg argues that Christianity';s important words, and the sacred texts and stories in which those words are embedded, have been narrowed by a modern framework for the faith that emphasizes sin, forgiveness, Jesus dying for our sins, and the afterlife. Here, Borg employs the "historical-metaphorical" method for understanding Christian language that can restore for us thesewords of power and transformation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thank God for Marcus Borg. much needed.

  • By Marita Hartmann on 09-15-16

My favorite book from my favorite author.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-16

I have now read this book and listened to it four or five times in the last three years. I Learn something each time. I just listened to it again, it seems especially appropriate in mid 2017

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jesus

  • The Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
  • By: Marcus J. Borg
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 62

Come to know Jesus as you have never known him before: as a revolutionary prophet with an exciting new moral vision. Top biblical scholar Marcus J. Borg, after a lifetime of work and study, presents a historically accurate Jesus unlike any we have previously seen. This Christ is a charismatic sage and healer who courageously and surprisingly confronts the societal crises of his day, a man living in the power of the spirit and dedicated to radical social change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very important book for today

  • By Curt Curtis on 02-28-16

Very important book for today

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Reviewed: 02-28-16

Wonderful book, it will help you to understand the actions of progressive and conservative forms of Christianity today.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

  • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053

In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

  • By Charles on 07-22-15

Good explanation

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-16

A lot of data, well planed. Not a subject I am familiar with but now understand much more.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,841
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,806

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

The New Yorker was right

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-16

I seldom read novels, and this one is why. my reading is normally to learn something. Having lived in the South for many years, I met many people like Atticus, the aunt and the uncle. They always made excuses for ignorance and hate. It was wrong then, and this novel let them win. By allowing this type of behavior to go unchallenged explains why we have made so little progress in fairness and equality.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Disarming Scripture

  • Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did
  • By: Derek Flood
  • Narrated by: Dan McGowan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Moving beyond typical conservative and liberal approaches, which seek to either defend or whitewash over violence in the Bible, Disarming Scripture takes a surprising yet compelling approach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the book to read!

  • By humblethinker on 05-29-15

Great book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-25-15

I stumbled on this book, unaware of the author or his writings. I found it a good read (or listen) and thoroughly enjoyed it. It provided insight in dealing with friends and family members from the fundimentlist side. The book flowed well and it put together very good points.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History

  • By: Craig R. Koester, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Craig R. Koester
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Get an authoritative guide to this extraordinary work in 24 thought-provoking and enlightening lectures, divided into three parts: the historical and intellectual background of the Apocalypse; a close reading of John's text, focusing on the meaning of its images; and the wide-ranging impact of the book on Christian and Western history. Throughout these lectures, Professor Koester focuses on what John actually wrote. what his situation tells us about his meaning, how that meaning can be applied to our own lives, and how contemporary biblical scholars relate Revelation to the modern world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Educational

  • By SAMA on 12-19-13

Great course.

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Reviewed: 09-28-15

This course has brought me closer to understanding the book of Revelation. This course and others on theology as well as history have been excelkant.

  • God Is Disappointed in You

  • By: Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
  • Narrated by: James Urbaniak
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258

God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not disappointed in this book!

  • By Nicolas Paul Dunbar on 05-28-15

Light reading about a heavy subject

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-15

I liked the book, a lot of truth in it. The book did flow well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Celtic Way of Prayer

  • The Recovery of the Religious Imagination
  • By: Esther de Waal
  • Narrated by: Mary Ellen O'Brien
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Esther de Waal introduces listeners to monastic prayer and praise (the foundation stone of Celtic Christianity), early Irish litanies, medieval Welsh praise poems, and the wealth of blessings derived from an oral tradition that made prayer a part of daily life. Through this invigorating book, listeners enter a world in which ritual and rhythm, nature and seasons, images and symbols play an essential role. Celtic prayer is liberating and, like a living spring, forever fresh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a view from ancient Celtic intentional prsyer life

  • By Gael on 09-13-16

Not my favorite.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Not my favorite. Seemed to drag at times. It was difficult to stay focused. I found my mind wandering more than usual.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful