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Jack Maus (jamaus@airmail.net)

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  • Schism

  • By: Catherine Asaro
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Weintraub
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Schism is how it all began, harkening back to the early years of the Skolian Empire, back to the beginning of the war between Skolia and the Euban Traders. Twenty-three years have passed since the fateful vote in the Skolian Assembly that Roca missed in Skyfall. It created the first open hostility between Eube and Skolia, which has only deepened in the ensuing years. Now Eube senses an opportunity, for strife has riven the first family of the Skolian Empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it except...

  • By Jack Maus (jamaus@airmail.net) on 07-01-17

Loved it except...

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

"Psion" has a silent "P" !!!

Another great story in a wonderful universe, but I cringed every time I heard the "puh-sion", and in this universe that makes for a lot of cringes. Still, very worth the listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fighting God

  • An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World
  • By: David Silverman
  • Narrated by: David Silverman, Cara Santa Maria
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569

Fighting God is a firebrand manifesto from one of the most recognizable faces of atheism. In his audiobook, Silverman - a walking, talking atheist billboard known for his appearances on Fox News - discusses the effectiveness, ethics, and impact of the in-your-face-atheist who refuses to be silent. Silverman argues that religion is more than just wrong: it is malevolent and does not deserve our respect. It is our duty to be outspoken and do what we can to bring religion down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • He is not shy

  • By S. Nielsen on 06-21-16

Passionate and fascinating

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

I'm not usually a fan of author-as-narrator, but I don't think anyone else could have done justice to this text - Silverman's drive and passion for his work come through clearly. I couldn't do what he's out there doing, but he's convinced me to be grateful that he's doing it.

  • God - the Failed Hypothesis

  • How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist
  • By: Victor J. Stenger
  • Narrated by: David Smalley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Throughout history, arguments for and against the existence of God have been largely confined to philosophy and theology, while science has sat on the sidelines. Despite the fact that science has revolutionized every aspect of human life and greatly clarified our understanding of the world, somehow the notion has arisen that it has nothing to say about the possibility of a supreme being, which much of humanity worships as the source of all reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enuf scientific facts!

  • By G on 12-28-16

Scientific method for the win!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

A great narration by David Smalley of an excellent book! Stenger's methodical approach brings a fresh perspective and intellectual honesty to a sensitive subject. Scientists have proven boundlessly creative in finding ways to test and blind the seemingly untestable, and it is pleasure to see these techniques applied to the attributes of God-hood.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Burglars Can't Be Choosers audiobook cover art
  • Burglars Can't Be Choosers

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Gee
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Bernie Rhodenbarr tends to work alone. He finds the risks lower and the company better. Some call him a sleuth...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, bad recording

  • By Jack Maus (jamaus@airmail.net) on 05-14-03

Good book, bad recording

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-03

The content of "Burglers Can't Be Choosers" is typical Lawrence Block fare -- easy to get into and hard to put down. The book itself gets a 4-5 star rating, but unfortunately this recording does not do it justice. With muddy audio and an echo, this book is very hard to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful