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  • God

  • A Human History
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as one long and remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions. According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, "Whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless if we are believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best work yet

  • By Jeff M on 11-15-17

God: A Human History

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-18-18

I always enjoy Reza Aslan’s unique perspective on religion and theology. This book did not disappoint, I feel like I have a lot to think about after listening. I also enjoyed his narration and pace.

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,928

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Levar Burton channelling Captain Kirk

  • By DM on 09-11-17

Not what I expected, there was good and bad

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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: 02-10-18

The good:
The contemporary scientific information in this book is described in a way that anyone can understand, and is fascinating to read. When I got to these parts of the book it was difficult to stop listening. I also like the authors perspective on certain social aspects like war and the funding of scientific inquiry.

The bad:
The narrator is difficult to listen to at first, as other reviewers have described, but I eventually got used to him. I was hoping that there would be more contemporary information on planetary science or astronomy contained in this book. The emphasis seemed to be historical and, to my disappointment, the history was very Eurocentric. This eurocentrism might be a reflection of the time that the book was written, however, it does not help the appeal for a more globalized society that the author makes at the end of the book. Lastly, I agree with some of the other commenters that the negativity towards religion is too much for a book that is supposed to be scientific. I would have preferred more of Carl Sagan’s vivid explanations of the discoveries in his own field.

  • The Anger Trap

  • Free Yourself from the Frustrations that Sabotage Your Life
  • By: Frank Minirth, Les Carter
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heybourne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

It's easy to identify rage in people who lose their temper at traffic jams, unruly children, unresponsive coworkers, and unrealistic bosses. But we may not recognize more subtle manifestations of anger, such as being uncomfortable with loose ends, acting impatiently, or being overly critical. That is anger, too. And, as is so often the case, angry folks don't seem to realize that the behavior causing them problems at home or at work actually stems from unrecognized and unresolved pain and emotional injuries from the past. Is all this negative emotion inevitable, or are there choices about how to respond.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok, But No Actual Tools to Help

  • By Stephanie G on 07-14-14

Helpful to Understanding the Source of Anger

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Reviewed: 11-13-17

This book really helped me to pinpoint the reasons for my anger and how to deal with it healthily and effectively. My efforts to make the changes suggested by this book have made a significant impact on my life. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to take a deep look at themselves and search for ways to improve.

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  • What I Believe

  • By: Tariq Ramadan
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

In What I Believe, Ramadan attempts to set the record straight, laying out the basic ideas he stands for in clear and accessible prose. He describes the book as a work of clarification, directed at ordinary citizens, politicians, journalists, and others who are curious (or skeptical) about his positions. Aware that that he is dealing with emotional issues, Ramadan tries to get past the barriers of prejudice and misunderstanding to speak directly, from the heart, to his Muslim and non-Muslim readers alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By Zaheer on 08-23-17

Interesting Philosophical and Practical Approach to Societal Integration

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Tariq Ramadan offers both a philosophical and a practical approach to integrating, and accepting the integration of, Islam in western societies. He does an excellent job of articulating the cultural, economic, and religious issues that are faced, and offers intellectual long term solutions to these problems.

The narration was done well. However, I needed to listen to some of the heavier concepts more than once as the narration tended to be very fast-paced.

  • Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

  • By: Eamonn Gearon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Gearon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997

The Middle East is a critically important area of our world. And, with its current prominence in international affairs, media images of the Middle East reach us on a daily basis. Much media coverage, however, is incomplete at best, failing to take account of either the complexities or the historical background of this pivotal region. For most of us, the real story of the Middle East remains untold. What made this crucial geopolitical area what it is today?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an Israeli, I knew so little about my region.

  • By Daniel M. on 09-15-17

Fascinating History with a Fantastic Narator

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-17

This series of lectures really opens up the mind and puts into context the socio-political situation of the modern Middle East. I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about Islam, the evolution of Middle Eastern societies, and a fascinating part of world history.