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  • The Wisdom of Solomon and Ecclesiasticus

  • Re-Presented by Robert Bagley III
  • By: Robert Bagley III
  • Narrated by: Steve Cook
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Both The Wisdom of Solomon and Ecclesiasticus are excerpt books from the Apocrypha. Here’s a quick introduction to each.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Antiquated Perspective

  • By James on 01-17-19

Antiquated Perspective

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Though I enjoyed the personification of Wisdom that the author puts forth, I struggled with the self-righteous perspective of the author. I especially struggled with the author's justification of his forefathers' genocide of people who did not agree with or value the virtues of his god. It is not hard to see why many Christian traditions removed this book from their cannon. The general mood of the book is a thinly-veiled nationalism and hatred of those with alternative perspectives. if I were to teach this book, I would teach it in the context of comparative religion and emphasize monotheisms being generally less tolerant than polytheisms.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • New Family Values

  • By: Andrew Solomon
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,483

Drawing on dozens of intimate audio interviews with families from all across the country, award-winning psychologist and writer Andrew Solomon redefines what it means to be an “ideal family” in America today. Solomon observes that America, led in large part by the women’s, civil rights, and gay rights movements, has undergone a radical social shift in the last few decades. Although the structure of family has changed, economic and legal structures lag behind and need to adapt to accommodate this explosive new reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult subject handled well.

  • By Michael on 12-21-18

Unique and Engaging

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Reviewed: 01-15-19

I love this audio series. I someone in a multiracial relationship, I am sensitive to other people's experiences and different ways of doing life. Many types of relationships were covered here which I had never even thought about or considered. A consideration of all of these different types of relationships as well as the paths that love can take will lead our society to be a more tolerant and empathetic society.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Fascists

  • The Christian Right and the War on America
  • By: Chris Hedges, Eunice Wong
  • Narrated by: Chris Hedges, Eunice Wong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other televangelists first spoke of the United States being a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedoms and our way of life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still rings frighteningly true 10 years later.

  • By Adrian on 07-19-17

Eye-Opening

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Reviewed: 12-05-18

The specific details of the movement traced throughout this narrative are indispensable for those of us who remain vigilant in order to defend the open society and thoughtfully confront it's adversaries. I recommend this book to anyone interested in educating themselves about the modern options for confronting the enemies of a truly free society - one where we might not agree with everyone, but one in which we respect the dignity and human rights of all.

  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,155

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of (Unconventional) War

  • By Cynthia on 10-04-13

A fantastically unique thesis!

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Reviewed: 11-14-18

Using a wide range of historical precedents and research, Gladwell convincingly argues that the "powerful" are never as powerful as they think they are and the "weak" are never as weak as they think they are. He unpacks his material to show that what we traditionally think of as advantages and disadvantages are often not what they seem to be.

  • The Varieties of Religious Experience

  • By: William James
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

First published in 1905, The Varieties of Religious Experience is a collection of lectures given at the University of Edinburgh in 1901 and 1902. William James was a psychologist and, as such, his interest in religion was not that of a theologian but of a scientist. In these 20 lectures, he discusses the nature and origin of religious belief. The average believer is one who has inherited his religion, but this will not do for James's inquiry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dense & Insightful

  • By Chris R on 10-20-16

A Unique, Empathetic Inquiry

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Reviewed: 09-26-18

This is a book I will undoubtedly come back to over and over throughout my life. I loved his scientific treatment of the subject and loved his willingness to admit what we just don't know.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Main Street

  • By: Sinclair Lewis
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Widely hailed as a milestone in American literature, Sinclair Lewis' Main Street vividly describes a country on the verge of massive change, with traditional values being threatened by progress. The novel's heroine, Carol Milford, is a highly educated, ambitious woman who plans to join a newly enlightened society. But after marrying a small-town doctor, she finds herself trapped in the role of a dutiful wife. Carol's desires for social change conflict with the security of her comfortable married life, as she struggles to understand the cost of conformity...and rebellion. As relevant today as it was upon its 1920 publication, Main Street is both a masterful piece of writing and a fascinating microcosm of America's social evolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful reading of an excellent book

  • By Steve Bird on 06-14-05

On Point

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Reviewed: 09-18-18

I loved the character development and subtle critique of small town America! Lewis did an amazing job embodying the tension between progressive thought and conservative thought in America...and showing how, given their proper space, both can exist in the same house.

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,732

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take the Negative Reviews w/ a Grain of Salt

  • By Gabriel on 08-29-18

Eye-Opening

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Reviewed: 09-04-18

A great overview that encompasses both the best and worst aspects of our species. I specifically enjoyed Harari's treatment of the industrial revolution and our shared beliefs in what we call corporations.

  • Status Anxiety

  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

This is a book about an almost universal anxiety that is rarely mentioned: an anxiety about what others think of us, about whether we're judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. This is a book about status anxiety. Best-selling author Alain de Botton asks, with lucidity and charm, where our worries about status come from and what, if anything, we can do to surmount them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book about one of society's worst diseases

  • By Jesse on 02-02-10

A succinct overview of a common obsession

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Reviewed: 08-17-18

In the US as nowhere else, social climbing and social anxiety about about status and "getting ahead" is prominent. Even the dominant religion of Christianity has morphed into the Prosperity Gospel, seeing success and status as rewards for good moral character. The more reminders we have that this hierarchy is arbitrary and not all it's cracked up to be psychologically and emotionally, the better. Botton does us a great service with this nice little book which gives us several alternatives to the current obsession with status.

  • The Sin of Certainty

  • Why God Desires Our Trust More than Our "Correct" Beliefs
  • By: Peter Enns
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

With compelling and often humorous stories from his own life, Bible scholar Peter Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, answering questions that cannot be addressed by the idealized traditional doctrine of "once for all delivered to the saints".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Title may mislead the actual content

  • By Adam Shields on 05-26-16

A Breath of Fresh Air

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Reviewed: 04-13-18

Mr. Enns delivers an insighful reflection on valuable and often overlooked passages in biblical literature, passages that call into question the easy certainty of early faith. He builds a compelling case for trust being far more important in our relationship with God than any Creed or system or specific knowledge we may project on to God. He convincingly demonstrates that the dark times in our lives may actually be far more important in our individual faith journey than anything else because they force us to trust God rather than rely on our own limited ego and intelligence.

  • God Is Not One

  • The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World - and Why Their Differences Matter
  • By: Stephen Prothero
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

At the dawn of the 21st century, dizzying scientific and technological advancements, interconnected globalized economies, and even the so-called New Atheists have done nothing to change one thing: our world remains furiously religious. For good and for evil, religion is the single greatest influence in the world. In God Is Not One, Prothero provides listeners with much-needed content about each of the eight great world religions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Useful, but doesn't live up to its introduction

  • By Nassir on 11-03-10

A long-winded but helpful overview!

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Reviewed: 04-03-18

Before reading this book, I had been tossed between the two extreme perspectives on religion in general - that either all religions are essentially the same in their exploration of the divine OR that all religions are poisonous and anti-intellectual. The type of secular perspective on religious literacy that Prothero advocates is an enlightening middle path similar to the concept of cultural mining advocated by Alain de Botton. I will be following up on several of the new perspectives I encountered here!