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  • Sharia Law

  • The History and Legacy of the Religious Laws That Governed Islamic Societies
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

This audiobook explores the basics of Sharia law in Islam and how it is rooted in the important foundations set by the prophet Muhammad during his lifetime, as well as the traditions developed after his passing by the Caliphs. Topics are chosen to provide a broad analysis of various issues surrounding Sharia law so that a newcomer may understand law in Islam beyond the headlines and, rather, see into the lives of Muslims affected by these laws and processes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Whistling "S"

  • By Ray on 08-24-18

Whistling "S"

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Narrator is pretty bad. He whistles his S's which is intensely annoying. Don't use headphones!

  • The Cossacks

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

The colorful Cossack way of life is made alive and real in this historical novel.

Tolstoy's first novel and acknowledged as one of his best, it is based on his own forays into the Caucasus, abandoning his aristocrat life of gambling and carousing in Moscow and volunteering to be attached to the regular army.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tolstoy masterpiece is wounded by terrible audio

  • By Darwin8u on 07-24-13

Sounded very English.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

.... not at all Russian, Cossack, or whatever. Ending was in consequential, left me hanging.

  • The Years of Rice and Salt

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 494

It is the 14th century, and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur - the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe's population was destroyed. But what if the plague had killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been - a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By dm on 09-07-15

Description is quite misleading

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

There is very little in the story that alludes to the Plague or decimated population, and none of that really has any bearing on the story. It is more an alternative history were the East became dominant instead of the West, and the assumption that reincarnation is real.

  • The One-Straw Revolution

  • An Introduction to Natural Farming
  • By: Masanobu Fukuoka, Larry Korn
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Call it "Zen and the Art of Farming" or a "Little Green Book", Masanobu Fukuoka's manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book "is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fukuoka Hits a Home-Run.

  • By philip d henderson on 06-23-18

Partly good<br />

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

..partly mumbo-jumbo. The first part is the most useful. Later, the author gets off into the weeds of make-believe philosophy.

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  • Democracy in Chains

  • The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
  • By: Nancy MacLean
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 578

Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read if you believe in democracy

  • By H. L. Nelson on 10-11-17

Extremely good!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

A must read for every Progressive American who mourns the death of Democracy in America.

  • Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

  • By: Richard Hofstadter
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

This book throws light on many features of the American character. Its concern is not merely to portray the scorners of intellect in American life, but to say something about what the intellectual is, and can be, as a force in a democratic society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still Current, Without Opening Recent Wounds

  • By wbiro on 11-09-17

Wanders a bit

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Not as good as the title would suggest. I was impatient towards the end. Did not care for narrator.

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  • Trekonomics

  • The Economics of Star Trek
  • By: Manu Saadia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 583

What would the world look like if everybody had everything they wanted or needed? Trekonomics, the premier book in financial journalist Felix Salmon's imprint PiperText, approaches scarcity economics by coming at it backward - through thinking about a universe where scarcity does not exist. Delving deep into the details and intricacies of 24th-century society, Trekonomics explores post-scarcity and whether we, as humans, are equipped for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amusing & Practical Analysis of Fictional Ideas

  • By Lost In The Wash on 09-19-16

Can we achieve Utopia?

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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: 09-04-17

The economic system of StarTrek is one of Participatory Economics and Governance [Society] (not mentioned in this book) as implemented in an environ of near Zero Cost Production & Distribution. We are currently on the beginning of the path towards Zero Cost Production & Distribution economy ourselves. The thing that every economist I have ever read seems to ignore is that there will be a long transitional phase that may be very "painful", and may well derail the whole thing. A Utopia is possible, but can we jetitson our antiquated innate behaviors that would stymie us from achieving it? The author here seems a bit more optimistic than I am.

  • God

  • The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction
  • By: Dan Barker
  • Narrated by: Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins, Buzz Kemper
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and best-selling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction. Barker combs through both the Old and New Testaments (as well as 13 different editions of the "Good Book"), presenting powerful evidence for why Scripture shouldn't govern our everyday lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, we hear what is not cherry-picked.

  • By Abraham R. on 09-13-16

A laundry list

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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: 09-02-17

Barely more interesting than a laundry list of how bad God is. It got monotonous.

  • The Good Earth

  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,295

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Ryan on 05-08-10

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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: 08-25-17

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  • Drums Along the Mohawk

  • By: Walter D. Edmonds
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918

Drums along the Mohawk, Walter D. Edmonds' masterpiece, is not only the best historical novel about upstate New York since James Fenimore Cooper, it was also number one on the bestseller list for two years, only yielding to the epic Gone with the Wind. This is the story of the forgotten pioneers of the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War. Here Gilbert Martin and his young wife struggled and lived and hoped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Robert on 09-06-15

Better than the movie!<br />

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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: 07-27-17

Way, way better than the movie! Much more detail. More sub-stories.Better character development. The movie is pathetic in comparison.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful