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  • Fields of Blood

  • Religion and the History of Violence
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11 perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness - something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rethinking Violence and Religion

  • By Milton Big Elk on 11-05-14

incredibly dense, but extremely eye-opening.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is the second book I have read by Karen Armstrong. Both books did an unbelievable job of documenting the history that has lead to our current state of affairs in terms of religion. I found both books to also be so dense that they are at times very difficult to get through. There is simply so much information to try to get across in a short amount of time that Karen is forced to make each chapter packed to the brim with examples and context so that the reader can understand the message that she's trying to get across in each section. I walked away with this book with a newfound appreciation for history, and what it can teach us. I wish we learned stuff like this in School. It not only helps us understand so much about the past, but why the present is the way it is. As I was growing up, my history teachers always used to tell me that the reason we learned history was to prevent the mistakes of the past, but I never got even a fraction of the value out of those classes as I get out of a book like this. thank you so much for your work Karen, it's incredibly valuable. my only suggestion would be to try and make it a little more accessible. this book is a serious commitment, as was the other book I read by Karen. It takes a tremendous amount of time thought and energy to get through one of these books because there are no easy ideas and each historical example is so nuanced and complex that it requires a tremendous amount of concentration. in the introduction of Karen's other book that I read, the case for God, she addresses this concern directly, saying that this is not an easy book and religion is not an easy topic to discuss. I appreciate that, but I think one of the reasons we find ourselves in the state we are today is because we are having trouble communicating these complex ideas in a way that is accessible to the masses, and as a result we get an over simplified picture of the world and it's events. End of religion, for that matter so that would be my only request. that being said, you're up for the of reading this book, you will come out the other side as a better person.

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 52 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,304

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book, funny echo in the audio

  • By Rob on 02-16-09

good ideas, okay plot, maybe for a different time?

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I enjoyed this book, overall. I started reading it in hopes of learning why it's considered a cornerstone in conservative thought. But I was kind of disappointed, since the world described in the book doesn't really mirror the real world very well. The antagonists are clearly extremely misguided/evil, which isn't the case in real life. As the "looters" (antagonists) of the book would say: "nothing is black and white." But for Ayn Rand, apparently it is. I think it's written this way because it's similar to The Fountainhead, which Ayn Rand said was not an attempt to describe society, but to describe what she viewed as the "perfect man." That would make senese, given how Atlas Shrugged is a natural extension to The Fountainhead, even though their storylines do not intersect. It's a good read, and has a good deal of throught provoking ideas. But just be careful about using this book as a guide to being a good person, or letting it guide you when it comes to politics/policy, since the world in this book is not our own.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,342

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

only Stephen King to give me as nightmare

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

excellent. one of my new favorites. great characters, interesting villain. first book to ever give m ed a nightmare. I woke up, realized what happened, and couldn't help but smile. I didn't think it was possible for a book to be scary.

  • Needful Things

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,224

Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little "deed", usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control, and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn suspects that Gaunt is behind the population's increasingly violent behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine production

  • By Christopher Bishop on 06-09-17

great book, but I wish King would stop narrating

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. But I just wish King would stop trying to narrate his own books. Maybe he thinks his Maine accent makes it more authentic?

  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024

Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier until he's barely sleeping at all. During his late-night walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people's heads, two strange little men wandering around town after dark, and more. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and read this one.

  • By NanaReads on 08-30-17

excellent

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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: 07-20-18

really enjoyed it. outstanding narration and riveting story. only bad thing was the music volume was often so loud you couldn't hear the narration while the scene was changing.

  • The Greatest Salesman in the World

  • By: Og Mandino
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,480

What you are today is not important, for in this runaway best seller you will learn how to change your life by applying the secrets you are about to discover in the ancient scrolls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to revisit and listen to

  • By Terry on 11-02-16

Great, and fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I was kind of bummed how some of the scrolls put so much emphasis on God. But I guess that wouldn't be a turn-off to everyone. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book. I listened to each scroll each day (up to 3x per day) for 1 month per scroll. It's very difficult to memorize them - they're extremely long. But it's still motivating to listen to them each day.

  • Moral Politics

  • How Liberals and Conservatives Think, 3rd Edition
  • By: George Lakoff
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When Moral Politics was first published two decades ago, it redefined how Americans think and talk about politics through the lens of cognitive political psychology. Today, George Lakoff's classic text has become all the more relevant, as liberals and conservatives have come to hold even more vigorously opposed views of the world, with the underlying assumptions of their respective worldviews at the level of basic morality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • extremely insightful. awful to get through.

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-09-18

extremely insightful. awful to get through.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

After listning to this audiobook, I feel like I finally "get it." For the first time, I actually have a framework to understand why liberals and conservatives think the way they do, and why they support such a (previously) strange bunch of (seemingly) unrelated positions. I highly recommend this book, and I wish its message were more widely known.

The only down-side is that the text itself is extrmely inaccessible, and written by someone who obviously doesn't do anything but write extremely high-minded intellectual academic papers all day. I can't imagine anyone trying to actually read this book in hard copy - I think I only got through parts of it by simply letting the narrator talk and waiting until it started to get less abstract. That being said, I still think it's an extremely important book, and I can definitely say it lines up with all that I've leaned recently about human psychology and development (and I've been learning a lot, since I'm a new parent and have been absorbing developmental psychology like a sponge).

If you go for it... keep at it. I know, it's awful to slog through, but it starts coming together and gets much better around chapter 8 or 9.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sea of Silver Light

  • Otherland, Book 4
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 37 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

A group of adventurers searching for a cure for comatose children find themselves trapped in a sequence of virtual worlds, the only opponents of a conspiracy of the rich to live forever in a dream. Now, they are forced to make an uneasy alliance with their only surviving former enemy against his treacherous sidekick Johnny Wulgaru, a serial killer with a chance to play God forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect end for an Incredible Series.

  • By Katherine Sherffius on 01-04-18

best narration of fiction I've ever heard

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-18

This story was outstanding, but what really stood out to me was the quality of the narrator. I have listened to over 50 audio books. None of them were read with this level of skill. Well done sir.

  • Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)

  • How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
  • By: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400

In Brain Rules for Baby, Dr. John Medina shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control. Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Only Baby Book I'd Recommend

  • By Erik on 08-14-15

this should be required reading for parents

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

no matter what your parenting style or philosophy is this stuff is critical to know. GET THIS BOOK. you owe it to yourself and your kid.

  • The Power of Now

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,201

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consciousness Altering

  • By Darius on 02-13-04

life changing

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I've read this book about 4x and I intend on reading it even more. Every time I read it, I get new insights and I gain better understanding. I wish everyone in the world would read this book. I've never said that about any other book.