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Joseph Arechiga

North Hollywood, CA USA
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  • The Beatitudes & the Sermon on the Mount

  • By: Nigel Simmons
  • Narrated by: Nigel Simmons
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

The Beatitudes are eight blessings in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, and "cryptic, precise, and full of meaning". Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme. Four of the blessings also appear in the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke, and these are followed by four woes which mirror the blessings.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Whole Sermon on the Mount

  • By Joseph Arechiga on 07-13-17

Not the Whole Sermon on the Mount

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

mathew 5,7 is the sermon on the mount. It takes about 20 minutes to read. This recording is 8 minutes and just covers chapter 5 I think.

  • No Is Not Enough

  • Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
  • By: Naomi Klein
  • Narrated by: Brit Marling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 478

The election of Donald Trump is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises. Trump's vision - a radical deregulation of the US economy in the interest of corporations, an all-out war on "radical Islamic terrorism", and sweeping aside climate science to unleash a domestic fossil fuel frenzy - will generate wave after wave of crises and shocks to the economy, to national security, to the environment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, TERRIBLE narrator

  • By Audio Engineer on 11-09-17

Excellent Strategies for Making America Humane

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Would you listen to No Is Not Enough again? Why?

Yes - very important concepts in book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of No Is Not Enough?

The fact that just defeating trump isn't enough - because then we'll be back where we were before he got elected. We need a vision of how things should be and promote that - and then defeat trump.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,719

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We'll see, but .... why is this not common knowledge.

  • By PSBoyte on 04-30-17

Excellent Information -- but will it work?

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Obesity Code to be better than the print version?

Im the guy that's tried every diet on earth and loves to exercise and is still fat. Every couple of years try a new book and give it a try. I began applying the principles in this book -- will check in in a few months.

What did you like best about this story?

Every is evidence based on human studies and it all resonates.

What about Brian Nishii’s performance did you like?

Excellent and fun to listen to. Educational and entertaining.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I've made every mistake in the books list of mistakes.

Any additional comments?

Will check in after a few months and see if it worked.

  • The Authoritarians

  • By: Bob Altemeyer
  • Narrated by: Bob Altemeyer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer, whose professional career has focused on the study of the Authoritarian Personality, and development of the Right-Wing Authoritarian (RWA) personality and ideological variable widely studied in political, social, and personality psychology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Settle Down Authoritarian Readers.

  • By Andrew M. on 08-15-10

I saw this book referenced on many Trump comments

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

Would you try another book from Bob Altemeyer and/or Bob Altemeyer?

no

Would you be willing to try another book from Bob Altemeyer? Why or why not?

no. he explains fanatical religion as the root of many evils (which it is) but then he goes into how evolution is the mark of the enlightened mind even though there's no fossil support. He should have stuck to statistics and science and left out his bias towards evolution as science.

Which character – as performed by Bob Altemeyer – was your favorite?

no characters.

Do you think The Authoritarians needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no

Any additional comments?

good buck on fanatical religion but should have left out evolution as the mark of the enlightened scientific mind. I'm an engineer and studied evolution IN DEPTH and there's no fossil evidence supporting small changes over large time. And if Darwin knew about DNA he'd probably change his theory.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • White Like Me

  • Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
  • By: Tim Wise
  • Narrated by: Tim Wise
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are "white like him". He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!

  • By Hope on 04-19-17

Finally someone who explains equality elegantly!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

I normally piss people off when I say that minorities still face racism today.

Mr. Wise cover's the problem front and back elegantly in a way that you can't that's bullet proof.

Thank god for a merciful lucid approach to equality.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of God Is Mercy

  • By: Pope Francis, Oonagh Stransky - translator
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, Fred Sanders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

In his first official book published as Pope, in celebration of his Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here addresses all humanity in an intimate and personal dialogue. At the center of this book is the subject closest to his heart - mercy, which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy. These words resonate with a desire to reach all those souls who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This message is for everyone

  • By elinor logan on 02-08-16

First Pope Book I've read...

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

If you could sum up The Name of God Is Mercy in three words, what would they be?

God is Love and Mercy

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the story of how the Pope approaches confession.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes -- I didn't know how important mercy and confession were. The Sacraments are very important. Especially when he says that sometimes God is probably happy when we commit a Grave sin because it keeps us humble and reminds us how important God's love is and his forgiveness (I know it's tongue in cheek).

Any additional comments?

Excellent book on what being a Christian is really all about. Mercy and helping those who are hurting.

  • Design Revolution

  • Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design
  • By: William Dembski
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Is it science? Is it religion? What exactly is the Design Revolution? This book answers the toughest questions about Intelligent Design. As the Intelligent Design movement has gained momentum over recent years, questions have naturally arisen to challenge its provocative claims. With clarity and concision, William Dembski responds to the most vexing questions and objections raised by experts and non-experts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the fresh air...

  • By Charles on 03-12-15

I thought I had a good grasp of Darwinian Flaws --

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Would you listen to Design Revolution again? Why?

yes -- excellent book with excellent, easy to grasp, scientific arguments. Shows the difference between science and ideology.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Design Revolution?

Says that back in Darwin's day people thought fly's were just made of slime. Now we know about DNA.

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Easy to listen to so I finished it. Reading such a long book is a project.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Quantifying "design" via specified complexity to mathematically infer design instead of subjective means.

Any additional comments?

Instead of being a religious zealot -- approach creation scientifically. The truth is the truth.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Destruction of Jerusalem

  • By: Josephus
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

The writings of Josephus contain one of the few historical accounts of the wars of the Jews and the destruction of Jerusalem during the Roman occupation of Palestine in 70 A.D. Born in Jerusalem in 37 A.D. and raised in both the Hellenic and Jewish traditions, Josephus spent his life trying to accommodate his admiration for the Romans with his loyalty to his Jewish heritage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jerusalem falls. The Temple is destroyed.

  • By Eric Chevlen on 11-13-03

You need to behave or else!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

What made the experience of listening to The Destruction of Jerusalem the most enjoyable?

If you think God is all lovey dovey and forgives everything no matter what -- listen to this. What happened in Jerusalem is a good reminder that if God will do this to Jerusalem and the Israelites -- he won't spare anyone who spurns the blood of His Son Jesus. It will put a new spin on why you should fear God. Very sobering what happens in this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Destruction of Jerusalem?

When the woman cooks her baby in a stew and offers it to the Roman Centurion who couldn't believe what was happening.

What about Norman Dietz’s performance did you like?

Excellent converstational style -- very engaging.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

Don't spurn the blood of Jesus - within one generation of Jesus' death (30ad to 70 ad = 40 years) look what Happened to Jerusalem. Serious business!

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Buffettology

  • By: Mary Buffett, David Clark
  • Narrated by: Mary Buffett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

For twelve years, Mary Buffett had the privilege to gain personal and professional access from her father-in-law, Warren Buffett. Now, she shares his investing philosophy, revealing informal discussions she had with this private genius. Buffettology is a detailed analysis of how Buffett commits capital to an investment only from a business perspective, the strategy that gives him the discipline to exploit the stock market's folly, and how he selects companies that will generate results.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Buffetology

  • By Cory Armand on 09-23-03

I wish I would have applied this 20 years ago...

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

If you could sum up Buffettology in three words, what would they be?

In college I learned all about Present Value and Asset Valuation but it seemed to simple to make me rich.
doyyyyyy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Buffettology?

How simple the concept is of treating every investment like an investment instead of speculation.

Which scene was your favorite?

About why Warren drives a used crappy car... Smart guy!

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

My cars not sexy but my bank account is!

Any additional comments?

Loved it -- after reading it I sand the Queen song -- "And bad mistakes -- I've made a few" when I thought of how much money I've wasted in my life.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Father Who Keeps His Promises

  • God's Covenant Love in Scripture
  • By: Scott Hahn
  • Narrated by: Paul Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 207

In A Father Who Keeps His Promises, the popular Catholic apologist Scott Hahn focuses on the “big picture” of Scripture: God’s plan in making and keeping covenants with us throughout salvation history—despite our faults and shortcomings—so that we might live as the family of God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! Explains God's Love and Mercy.

  • By Rosanna on 02-11-13

Excellent content

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

Would you listen to A Father Who Keeps His Promises again? Why?

Excellent content but the reading is a bit monotonous and not converstational. So at times I dozed off.

What did you like best about this story?

how the crucifixion was the 4th cup and consummation of the Passover Seder.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Read the book like he was talking to someone. Not just reading it to himself aloud. Monotonous at times.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

Any additional comments?

Very good solid Christian teaching that will motiviate you to live in a more Christ Like way.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful