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  • 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 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

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

Pagels is a novice

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Pagels is a novice and bit off way more than she is qualified to chew in this book. Written from a scholarly angle, it is evident she is not versed in opaque spiritual matters.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Courageous Leadership

  • By: Bill Hybels
  • Narrated by: Tom Casaletto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

In this unabridged audio download edition of Courageous Leadership, author Bill Hybels explains that when the spiritual gift of leadership comes alive in churches everywhere, the church will become the hope of the world and a most influential force for good.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bit condescending...

  • By Brooks on 04-24-18

Stay away...

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Hybels comes off as a greedy, money-grabbing huckster. And by their fruits shall ye know them...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • End-Times Super Trends

  • A Political, Economic, and Cultural Forecast of the Prophetic Future
  • By: Ron Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Joe Geoffrey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Pressure is rising. The global atmosphere is morphing as never before. It's time to pay attention to the warnings around us that point to inevitable catastrophes to come. Bible prophecy expert Ron Rhodes surveys 15 current trends that affect us on a worldwide, national, and personal scale - suggesting some inescapable consequences to our safety, rights, and way of life. You will see how the stage is being set for the end times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book !

  • By R. Vasquez on 11-20-17

Intriguing, worth the investment yet beware

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

In a meticulous and well-researched fashion, Mr. Rhodes itemizes all the clear signs, or "trends," that indicate the End of Days is either here, or about to unfold.

Many valid and incontrovertible observations are made, each with a fine case detailing the reason these conditions point to the Apocalypse. However I have this against you, Rhodes, you have left your first love and are no longer humble. You have fallen into the common trap of hard prophetic interpretations, blindly applying names to the actors of biblical prophecy, and nearly swearing on all that is holy that you can pinpoint exact time frames, persons, countries and events.

This is not to be, for a true believer is simpleminded and humble, and the more you profess to know the more your words will be held to account. For, "my brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation," (James 3:1), and "for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid," (Isaiah 29:14).

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Angels

  • Volume II: Messengers from the Metacosm
  • By: Chuck Missler
  • Narrated by: Gordon Russell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Chuck explores the contradictory behavior of UFOs, and other demonic deceptions, characteristic of the end times. Are they real? Why do UFOs enjoy a military classification higher than our most sensitive weapons systems? Why are the events which occurred in Roswell, New Mexico, still classified since 1947? Why is the Vatican openly preparing to receive an alien visitor?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Angels,by Chuck Missler

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-19-18

Missler needs to decide whether he is a Christian

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I think Chuck Missler needs to decide whether he is a Christian, or a Scientist. No Mr. Missler, you cannot both parade as a preacher of God and at the same time idolize science, researchers, new technology and physics the way you do. I am baffled, shocked and awed with the amount of real estate he takes up praising the scientific advance of mankind, even going into UFO conspiracy theories, while neglecting biblical literature. In truth, it is relegated to easily less than 20% of actual content.

I believe, good sir, that you are sadly mistaken if you believe reciting John 3:16 at the Gates of Eternity will fool anyone away from your idolatrous heart. I hope you think twice, I hope you repent. For it is not a man you are fooling, and truly you are dealing in shaky territory with very heavy things. How can you sit on the board of several Defense Contractor companies and claim to follow the Prince of Peace? You are trusted and respected, which is why it is duly important that you faithfully consider your current steps. Time is short.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,486

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.

  • By Charles on 07-22-13

Very creative piece...

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Would you try another book from Reza Aslan and/or Reza Aslan?

Very creative piece of blasphemy. Aside from discrediting the truth and validity of the bible thrugh and through, he seems to have forgotten to talk about Jesus. Nearly three hours in, he has yet to come on the scene. Would not buy another Reza Aslan religion book.

  • Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face

  • And Other Stories of Men in Pain
  • By: Timothy O'Leary
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Kenny, a former sitcom star, is a veteran comedian whose career nosedives after a damaging video goes viral. In these 18 stories we also meet: a distraught husband who experiences heartbreak and salvation after a texting teenager changes his life; a man who returns to his hometown to find his first love stacking jars in Costco; a western sheriff who confronts a pedophile - and his own past; and a successful attorney who abandons his career to play the iPad guitar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Full of twists and turns

  • By Keli on 07-12-18

Another great performance for David Bosco

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

What made the experience of listening to Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face the most enjoyable?

I felt Tim's writing as dry slapstick comedy for the most part. It is very modern and contemporary, unabashedly gunning for the middle-class American man. Listening to it made you feel like "another one of the boys," with regard to that sub-category. At times he would dive into weightier themes that got you thinking about unfortunate characters/events from their unique perspective.

Have you listened to any of David Bosco’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

David is a class act who delivers a polished, upbeat performance. He's very good at making the characters "come to life," thereby aiding the audience in empathizing with the book's characters and ensuing unfortunate events.

Any additional comments?

Main takeaway: this book is great fun, I believe intended for light reading and fun, harmless entertainment. Anyone who listens to it and doesn't live in the US will get a very clear picture of what life is like there for the average, middle class guy. Good stuff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Obliquity

  • Why our goals are best achieved indirectly
  • By: John Kay
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

A leading economist charts the indirect road to happiness and wealth. Using dozens of practical examples from the worlds of business, politics, science, sports, literature, even parenting, esteemed economist John Kay proves a notion that feels at once paradoxical and deeply commonsensical: The best way to achieve any complex or broadly defined goal-from happiness to wealth to profit to preventing forest fires-is the indirect way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great material. Terrible narrator

  • By Thirdwaver on 12-19-14

Brilliant and Underestimated

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

What did you like best about this story?

This is a brilliant piece of writing... John Kay is an underrated genius. This book effectively throws a monkey wrench into the gears of 99% of business / self-improvement / management philosophies out there. If you truly study the material, observe it and put it to use in your own life, you will be amazed by the results. However be forewarned; the material and subject matter is extremely intellectual and advanced... not for the lazy reader simply awaiting "the next joke." Agree with comments on the narrator, the book would have been better served if he was a bit more natural in his delivery. BUT DON'T LET THAT GET IN THE WAY OF BUYING THIS BOOK!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Forget what you THINK you know...

  • The Rise of Superman

  • Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
  • By: Steven Kotler
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532

In this groundbreaking audiobook, New York Times best-selling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow”, an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Still unclear

  • By Justin & Lindsay on 05-12-15

Selling "flow" as a highly addictive super drug

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Any additional comments?

It feels like Kotler is selling "flow" as a type of healthy, highly addictive drug. The best part? You can only access this drug by (justifiably) risking your life within inches of death to get there. And if you die? Well, at least you had one last hell of a ride. He says this over the course of a 9 hour and 23 minute audiobook production. Got the feeling that since I'm not currently throwing myself off skyscrapers, I am not a good candidate for this magical super drug called "flow."

  • Creative Power

  • Imagination Rules the World
  • By: Luis Herrera
  • Narrated by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

This book aims to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that superpowers do exist, and are available to us all if only we will apply our minds to discover them, and tap into their limitless potential - making them a reality. This book will explore the reality that is creative power. Tap into the creative power you have to change the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read, wonderful message!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-05-16

Beautifully read, wonderful message!

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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: 06-05-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is an excellent book to "gather 'round and listen to with the whole family." Its message is uplifting, universal and absolutely beneficial to everyone who listens to it. It is a manual that helps the reader/listener discover their dormant power to create change in the world, and all the satisfaction, financial and otherwise, such creativity offers. This book is an instant, timeless classic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Creative Power

  • By: Luis Herrera
  • Narrated by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

As young children, we were all brought up to admire super heroes. Whether you looked up to the beautiful, magical princesses of the Disney movies, or the action-packed variety that boys tend to emulate from the comic books, we've been raised with one initial fantasy: Magic is possible, miracles happen, and super powers do exist, at least in theory. This book aims to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that super powers do exist, and are available to us all if only we will apply our minds to discover them, and tap into their limitless potential - making them a reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A soon-to-be classic, don't pass up the opportunit

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-05-16

A soon-to-be classic, don't pass up the opportunit

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-16

What did you love best about Creative Power?

Excellent read. Written in simple, relatable terms, the author guides reader on the journey of discovering their inner "creative power," a super power he claims everyone possesses. It's inspirational, honest and very much inspired me to pursue dreams I had buried in the past. The narration by Sharon O. Blumberg is upbeat, warm and lively. She does a stellar job a capturing the tone, mood and message of the book. Don't pass up the opportunity to read/listen to this soon-to-be classic.