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  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,610
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,569

Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth ( The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Late to the Party...

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

A poignant exploration of love, grief, faith, time

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

“Can you explain away love too, I asked? Oh yes, he said. The desire to possess in some, like avarice. In others, the desire to surrender, to lose the sense of responsibility. The wish to be admired. Sometimes just the wish to be able to talk, to unburden yourself to someone who won’t be bored. The desire to find again a father or mother. And of course under it all the biological motive.”

This is a beautifully written book. Poignant and moving, it explores love from many frames and is heaped in human longing and experience. It is both subtle and harsh and speaks with an authority that sweeps you up in its wake. The interlace of love with time brings a fulfilling depth to the story as shown in this passage: “The moment, only, mattered. Eternity is said not to be an extension of time but an absence of time. And sometimes it seemed to me that her abandonment touched that strange mathematical point of endlessness. A point with no width, occupying no space.”

The grappling of belief in God and the exhaustive journey through the stages of grief and rational thought left me reeling, and thinking:
“Saint Augustine asked where time came from. He said ‘it came out of the future, which didn’t exist yet. Into the present, that has no duration. And went into the past, which had ceased to exist’. I don’t know that we can understand time any better than a child.”

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great writing and wants to experience love and grief through a unique lens in all of it’s glory and pain.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,778

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Profound and wondrous

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

This book is profound and wondrous. It is one of those rare books with the power to shift your perspective of human existence through its exploration of the universe beyond and within. It explores the immensity of both the macro universe and quantum realms with implications both existential and metaphysical. A highly recommended read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hot Start

  • The Cordell Logan Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758

A notorious, international big-game hunter and his beautiful, former dental hygienist wife are gunned down at long range late one sweltering summer night, while swimming naked on their seaside estate in opulent Rancho Bonita, California. Police investigators are convinced that the killer is a strident, outspoken animal-rights activist, with both military experience and a criminal record. The evidence against him would appear overwhelming - until rumors begin to surface that others may have had their own reasons for committing murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a new fantastic of David Freed!

  • By shelley on 09-20-16

A fun 1st person mystery thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

If you like the escape and pace of mystery thrillers but wish that most weren’t so trite and disengaged, then try David Freed. The Cordell Logan series is intelligent, solid storytelling. The first person narrative strikes the right balance between the lead character’s superheroism and his humble struggle to become a better man. Fun references to Buddhist and other philosophers are scattered throughout giving the story charm and a deeper human context. Narrator Ray Porter is excellent as always making this a solid, entertaining read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,484

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

The Slave Who Would Rule The World

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

What struck me most about Genghis Khan was not that he murdered his oldest brother, or that he was an escaped slave, or that he conquered more peoples and lands in 25 years than the Romans did in 400, or that he broke the grip of aristocracies, dissolved feudalism, triggered the renaissance, and created a universal alphabet. It wasn’t that he established intercontinental trade, and vast communications networks, and postal services, and public education, and religious freedom based on secular government. It wasn’t that he did all of this despite being uneducated and illiterate himself. What struck me most was his overarching view of the power of a unified people. He demanded fierce loyalty and accepted any peoples that pledged it to him. Conversely, he brutalized and enslaved those who defied him. Even so, he never sought the trappings of materialism, kingship, aristocracy, or personal legacy, all of which he utterly abhorred. His motives appear astonishingly different from other conquerors in human history and this makes Genghis Khan’s story unique. As brutal and ruthless as any military conqueror in history, he also openly welcomed and assimilated amazingly diverse peoples, religions, and cultures together as one massive empire that greatly influenced our modern civilization.

This book is a carefully researched and well written account of Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire he founded, including its motives, reach, and influences on the world. It’s an important read for anyone interested in world history and the origins of secular government, freedom of thought and religion, paper currency, modern law, military strategy, and public education.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Guilty Minds

  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 556

The chief justice of the Supreme Court is about to be defamed by a powerful gossip website called Slander Sheet, which specializes in dirt on celebs and politicians. Their top reporter has written an exposé claiming that the chief justice had liaisons with an escort, a young woman willing to appear on video and tell the world her salacious yet convincing tale. But the chief justice is not without formidable allies, and his greatest supporter is determined to stop the story in its tracks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond stupid!

  • By FRITZ STOOP on 07-24-16

An Unmemorable Page Turner

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

Another fun page turner by Finder. This book is a typical thriller with shallow, unmemorable, and unbelievable characters. The action scenes are fun to read but suffer from unrealistic logistical problems (UPS trucks available from nowhere, magical escapes, cops that let you leave multiple violent scenes without asking obvious questions...why is there a dead woman in your tub? What was your role in her kidnapping? Why didn't you call the police? How'd you get the dynamite?, Why is your partner on the no fly list?, and on, and on, etc). I always read Joseph Finder books because they are a fun escape, but they are usually not memorable. I don't expect to learn anything new or experience any new angles of human experience

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Justice Redeemed

  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,351

Two years ago, Darren Street made a name for himself as the man who rooted out corruption in the district attorney's office. Now the hotheaded young lawyer is in the public eye yet again - this time, accused of murder. Jalen Jordan retained Street for what seemed to be a minor traffic violation, but when evidence turned up linking Jordan to the death of two boys, Street wanted out of the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power In The Hands of Dishonest Prosecutors

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-01-16

Roll your eyes and turn the page

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

This book is a ridiculous page turner with shallow, black and white characters leading to a forced, predictable catharsis.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sphere

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,043
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,040

A classic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Crichton, Sphere is a bravura demonstration of what he does better than anyone: riveting storytelling that combines frighteningly plausible, cutting-edge science and technology with pulse-pounding action and serious chills. The gripping story of a group of American scientists sent to the ocean floor to investigate an alien ship, only to confront a terrifying discovery that defies imagination,.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sphere

  • By BookReader on 06-01-16

More than a pop thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

"The desire to understand is a delaying tactic...Do you want to understand how to swim or do you want to jump in and start swimming?" Those who intellectually seek to understand swimming are really just afraid of the water. You need to dive in to learn how to swim. This insight made me laugh out loud after recently reading and reviewing Finley's intellectual book on Ekhart.

Human imagination is the is at the core of human intellect. "You have just one thing inside you, the ability to imagine". This and other insights make Sphere more than a pop thriller. Leaving the plot and logistical issues aside, Sphere brings out stimulating and universal concepts on the power of our thoughts and ideas and on the perils of ignoring or suppressing our irrational, "shadow selves".

Sphere is an entertaining book that gives more than it asks of the reader

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  • Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom

  • Indestructible Joy and the Path of Letting Go
  • By: James Finley PhD
  • Narrated by: James Finley PhD
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart was the most brilliant Christian scholar of his day, but he was also legendary for the way that he opened listeners to the direct experience of God during his public talks. Today, his written wisdom remains alive as ever, ready to illuminate us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but dry!

  • By joseph s. hill on 08-21-14

A thoughtful and contemplative book on Ekhart

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

What Ekhart is saying is that all we've been given is God. We've been given God to give God to others. This "reciprocity of love" is the "birth of the Word in the soul". It is perceiving that all things have God as their ontological core.

This is a thoughtful and contemplative book that ascends toward God intellectually, leaving the work of the heart to the reader. That is to say It leads with intellect and asks the heart to follow. It's a treatise on detachment as a way to empty ones self to an infinite God. The author makes fine use of metaphor to describe ineffable spiritual experiences such as detachment, surrender, and abiding with God

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,400
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,103

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

A crude burdensome read

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

A crude, burdensome read with unappealing characters, a weak story, and thin dialog. This book held no redeeming value for me and offered little insight into legends and gods

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Kingdom

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,804
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,407

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cornwell is becoming my current best favorite author

  • By Eyal on 10-20-15

Historical fiction at its best

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

Fine storytelling and a fascinating period of English history. The narration is first rate and the pacing is excellent. The dialog is often LOL funny though I would have liked more wit and more emphasis on political and military strategy. When it offered these this book was very engaging