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Mark I. Agee

Dallas, TX USA
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  • Fatal Discord

  • Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind
  • By: Michael Massing
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 34 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 73

This deeply textured dual biography and fascinating intellectual history examines two of the greatest minds of European history - Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther - whose heated rivalry gave rise to two enduring, fundamental, and often colliding traditions of philosophical and religious thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sustained Magnificence

  • By Donald Paul Gates, Jr. on 04-17-18

Read the last two chapters first

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Excellent books about interesting men in interesting times. I would suggest reading the two afterwards first, however. They explain why Luther and Erasmus still matter.

  • The Sparrow

  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,074

Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly Written and Thought-provoking

  • By Jim N on 08-15-12

Good but Flawed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-16

The concepts considered in the book are brilliant and thought provoking. But I think the author waits far too long for the "reveal." And much of the dialogue is drawn out and trite. This book should have been combined with the sequel, where the concepts are better explained, brought together, and concluded.

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