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  • The Chalk Man

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,732

In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Losing One’s Head

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-18

A ripping read

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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: 03-22-18

The best bit of fiction I've read in the last few years. Loved every minute of it.

  • The Swerve

  • How the World Became Modern
  • By: Stephen Greenblatt
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,076

Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many swerves

  • By A reader on 05-20-12

Not Earth Shaking, but interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-18-13

Before I read this book I read "On The Nature Of Things" first. I hate reading books about a book before reading the actual subject-book first. That way I can have better appreciation of what the subject the author is talking about. This book 'The Swerve" is more about the era of rediscovery in the early 15th century, than about Lucretius. If you are intent to know about Epicureanism or Lucretius this could be one book, but the study is a broad one and you will need to find other authors that specifically focus on that material. To be sure the rediscovery of books like the work of Lucretius, did not help the theocracy of that time. The author does a good job humanising the long dead book hunters of the late middle ages. That is the best aspect of this book. Its the story of book hunters and the beginning of the end of Christian theocracy in Europe, not the story of Lucretius.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blank Slate

  • The Modern Denial of Human Nature
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483

In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as expected

  • By Carolyn on 05-30-14

Another great book by Pinker

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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: 06-04-13

We live in an age of affirmation, not to be confused with information. Its easy for us to spend time only consuming news or data that affirms what we already believe. Good science does not suffer that. Good science uncovers truth and it does not care if it steps on the toes of any dogma, religion, or philosophy. This book is about such science.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,069

We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd kill for another book this good

  • By Eric Nicolas Morgan on 11-11-11

Guaranteed to keep a conversation going

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

Much of the information of this book is readily available via other sources. People who seriously study historical trends will probably not be shocked by Pinker's conclusions. That being said he has done a great job in gathering the information together in a single volume and presented it in original and dramatic style.

Our view of the world is based on the information we are given. If we are told, over and over again, that we live in a violent and terrible world, then we tend to believe it at face value. But to try and objectively determine how violent our world is, as shown in this book, is a big problem, but not an impossible one.

The decline of violence is one of the long historical trends in the history of man. But since humans live such pitifully short lives they are condemned not to see it or fully appreciate it.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,845

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Overall a TOTAL waste of time

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-20-11

Laughing out loud while wearing headphones

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

Reviewed: 03-13-12

I listen to audio books while at work and usually this is a good thing. However Fey's book got me some strange looks. I would burst out laughing in an other wise quite room.

I am sure her publicist said, "write a book" and so she did. Her style, wit, and the way she tells that story, is simply superb.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Night

  • By: Elie Wiesel
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,679

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting reminder...

  • By Ryan on 01-20-15

An old book that still terrifies

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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: 03-09-12

My daughter had to write a paper on this. I got the audio book so I could reaquaint myself with the book too, For such a slight volume it packs a brass knuckeld punch to human self deception. It destroys the fiction that hard times bring out the best in people instead of the worst, that god can save you from the hands of mere human cruelty, and that a sons love for a father is unassailable. Yet in the end there is a type of redemption for the living. If for no other reason that to be the one to tell the story.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

  • By: Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (interviewer), Caroline Kennedy (foreword), and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 601

In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Listen

  • By Tim on 01-03-12

WOW.

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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: 03-08-12

One of the most private "public" people in US history gets a voice, and what a voice. So often we have to listen to the past through the filter of the opinion of someone else. It is incredibly revealing and refreshing to hear a perspective of the Kennedy White House from one to the two people most intimately connected with it, and not somebody who was not even born when the events took place. She pulls no punches either. There are no sacred cows of 20th century American or world politics that Jackie is afraid to discuss and giver her or her late husbands opinion on. I think in the spring of 1964 Jacqueline Kennedy felt she did not need to blunt her words about anyone for any reason. Thanks to her daughter and family for letting us listen in.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Mind's Eye

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Oliver Sacks, Richard Davidson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

An exploration of vision through the case histories of six individuals - including a renowned pianist who continues to give concerts despite losing the ability to read the score, and a neurobiologist born with crossed eyes who, late in life, suddenly acquires binocular vision, and how her brain adapts to that new skill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blindness

  • By Lynn on 05-02-11

A interesting and compassionate look at vision

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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: 09-16-11

I found the book, as most writings by Sacks, to be uplifting, profoundly humane, and deeply revealing of the utter strangeness of the human mind. Whenever I read Sacks I am always shocked at how little we know about how our minds work. How amazing the human brain is, even in cases of dysfunction. The stories of how people transcend, and thrive, with the various impairments of the visual system, show the resilience and tenacity of the human species and its ability to adapt.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,158

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

One of the great 20th century works of journalism

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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: 09-14-11

I remember reading bits of this when I was younger. The book was so dense that I found the idea of reading the whole thing too daunting. However I kept coming back to it for historical research and began to view it as nice roadmap to that tragic era. I just finished listening to the totality of it and I am still impressed. The work has a point of view. That the nazi regime was murderous, criminal, and a low point for humanity. The works of the nazi themselves go a long way to bolstering Shirer's point of view. However he keeps his temper in check while recounting the events that led up to WWII and the catastrophic end of the 3rd Reich. As time goes by this work will only get more important since its author was there, in Berlin, during the rise of that regime. This not an opinion piece. In many ways the story is told through the captured Nazi documents that are oft quoted and printed in their entirety. The most damning condemnations of the 3rd Reich are in the actual words of its adherents.

  • Misquoting Jesus

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,615
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,740

When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding

  • By P. J. Benyei on 01-11-12

Insightful and very revealing

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

Reviewed: 09-14-11

As a person who, like the author, grew up with the bible and then began to want to know more, I found the book splendid. Ehrman does not have a religious axe to grind. He neither admonishes his Christian friends , or trys to refute those who are skeptical. In the best tradition of scholarship he simply reveals how we have come to know what we know about the New Testament, and how and why it was put together over the centuries. As Christians we should welcome this insight into the beginnings of our faith. For those who are skeptical of Christianity this work provides an excellent primer on how the New Testament was assembled and why it changed over time.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful