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  • Single, Dating, Engaged, Married

  • Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age
  • By: Ben Stuart
  • Narrated by: Michael Lenz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

For the first time in history, the average age for an American woman having her first child, 26, is younger than the average age of her first marriage, 27. More children than ever are growing up in fatherless homes, despite the overwhelming evidence that in every measurable way this is bad for the child. The Center for Disease Control also recently reported a dramatic rise in sexually transmitted disease nationwide. In Rhode Island alone, since the onset of online dating, reported cases of Syphilis has risen 79%, and HIV has increased by 33%.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I highly recommend listening to this book

  • By Anonymous User on 10-04-17

Good Scripture-based book, light on social science

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

What was most disappointing about Ben Stuart’s story?

Ben relies heavily on his own experiences for anecdotes and as support for his positions, but they make me question his experiences with relationships. I have found the best counselors on relationships are those who have counseled others for years and have seen a variety of issues and how diverse the problems and solutions can be, not those that use their own experiences as a guide (we're all biased when we self-evaluate). It's a little unfair, but also just the facts - Ben is a little young and inexperienced.

Any additional comments?

This book was fine, but probably better focused on young adults. Also, while I appreciated it's heavy citation to the Bible (authority for positions is important!), I wish the categorization and advertising for this book would have been more clear it is based largely on Scripture. Even as a person of faith, I found it a little heavy in Scriptural basis and would have liked to have seen more scientific/social-science integrated with the Faith.

If you're a non-believer, this book will be very tough to work through, although the author tries to give sufficient context for the Scripture citations.

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  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,019
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,035

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever.

  • By Magikarp Salad on 06-02-13

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 01-27-13

What made the experience of listening to A Memory of Light the most enjoyable?

It was the culmination of 20 years of the best story ever recorded and it ends in an exceptionally satifying way.

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, this one is equally exceptional - although I think they forgot some of their own previous pronunciations....

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

Duty is as heavy as a mountain - death, as light as a feather.

Any additional comments?

I cannot tell you how satisfying this final book is. The waiting and then angst getting here was more than it should have been - but it was well worth it. In truth, I'm not ready for this series to be over. It was such as large part of my childhood - and now, in my adult life, I cannot wait to pass this series on to my children. It reminds us that it’s ok to believe that there is a right and a wrong, that Good will triumph over evil and that all men have the ability to chose Good. I cannot thank Robert Jordan enough for creating such an unbelievable world or Brandon Sanderson for finishing it. Its worth every minute and every dollar.

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