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Scott A. Gaines

Corona, CA USA
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  • 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 143
  • 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

Stenger makes a solid case, but narration is weak.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This is the first Audible book I've had to stop listening to due to ear fatigue. It seems to have been recorded with too much emphasis in the low-mid frequencies. I do all my listening on earbuds, and have never had this problem. But it sounds muffled and bottom heavy. Couple that with a lackluster narration, and I just had to stop. Good book though.

  • Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism

  • By: Aron Ra
  • Narrated by: Aron Ra
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 503

Religious fundamentalists and biblical literalists present any number of arguments that attempt to disprove evolution. Those with a sympathetic ear often fail to critically examine these creationist claims, leading to an ill-informed public and, perhaps more troubling, ill-advised public policy. As Aron Ra makes clear, however, every single argument deployed by creationists in their attacks on evolution is founded on fundamental scientific, religious, and historical falsehoods - all of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic listen!

  • By Ms. Gray on 11-06-16

Humor, Anger, Frustration, Truth...

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Gets to the heart of the matter, and pummels creationism with hard facts. Publicly shames those who peddle creationism as fact, yet somehow manages not to be terribly offensive to those who may believe. A tall order, to be sure.

  • The Word of Promise Audio Bible - New King James Version, NKJV: Complete Bible

  • By: Thomas Nelson Inc.
  • Narrated by: Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
  • Length: 98 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,378
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,381

This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely...needs a section guide. I made one

  • By A. Lee on 08-29-16

Great tool for reference! A few errors though.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

The voices are GREAT!
Discovered a problem today though. Mark's account of Jesus' Triumphal Entry only has one donkey, but Matthew's account has two.
Here, both have two. Boo! Now I feel like I need to pour over the rest of the gospels to see how much of this was a copy/paste job.
*edit* The same applies to Peter denying Jesus. in Matthew, he denies Jesus three times before the rooster crows, but in Mark it's before the rooster crows twice.
Argh, I don't feel like I'm getting an accurate reading at all!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Empire's End: Aftermath

  • Star Wars
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,984

Following Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Times best-selling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • meh

  • By RC on 03-09-17

Still so many questions, but Wow Marc is so great!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Marc makes these characters come alive. I've never cared so much about a B1 battle droid!

  • The Beatles

  • The Biography
  • By: Bob Spitz
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Put Away Your, Hunter Davies

  • By James on 12-05-05

A great bio with very few errors

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Spitz tells a fabulous story, and Molina narrated it beautifully.
Lewisohn's Tune In corrects a few factual errors, but this story moves a lot faster.

  • How Jesus Became God

  • The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

In a book that took eight years to research and write, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman explores how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty Creator of all things. Ehrman sketches Jesus's transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection. Only when some of Jesus's followers had visions of him after his death - alive again - did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How Jesus changed from the 1st the 4th Century A.D

  • By Jacobus on 06-05-16

Bummer! No Jason Culp.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-16

I'm having a lot of trouble getting into this book.

I enjoyed Jason Culp's narration of "Jesus, Interrupted" so much. He pulled you in, and told the stories with the conviction of an author. The humorous lines were spoken with a chuckle. The sarcastic bits were delivered with a snarky tone.

This guy sounds like automated text-to-speech by comparison.
Sorry, Bart. I just hope I can power through it.

  • Jesus, Interrupted

  • Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Paul on 06-27-10

A Revelation! (npi)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-16

Fantastic book, and brilliant analysis. Jason narrates it beautifully and enthusiastically, as if he'd written it himself.