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LDKennedy

Aurora, CO United States
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  • God

  • A Human History
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as one long and remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions. According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, "Whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless if we are believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best work yet

  • By Jeff M on 11-15-17

Fascinating Take on Human History

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

A fascinating chronicle of human history in relation to our perception of God, focusing on the need to humanize god (and deify man), leading up to a very insightful conclusion. Quite a concise history, considering all the ground this covers, with lots of interesting tidbits.

  • What She Left Behind

  • By: Ellen Marie Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,899
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,594

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh.

  • By Rebecca C. Schwarz on 04-11-15

Not What I Expected

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

Reviewed: 07-16-16

What would have made What She Left Behind better?

Not entirely sure now what it was that led me to this book -- I think a review somewhere. I liked the idea of the story -- I tend to enjoy stories that link different characters across time, piecing together some mystery -- and it had potential of that, but it didn't really come together for me (until, somewhat, at the very end). I ultimately found it tough to keep going on it, sometimes fast forwarding through sections that were tedious and/or painful to read because of the tortuous conditions and bullying portrayed -- which just dragged on too much for me. It's not often I give up without finishing a book, but I almost did multiple times. I also did not expect this to be such a teen novel -- not that I'm opposed to such, as I've read a number of books considered teen lit and enjoyed them, but this one just made me roll my eyes too many times. Ultimately, could not really care about the characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ellen Marie Wiseman again?

Probably not

  • The Map

  • To Our Responsive Universe, Where Dreams Really Do Come True!
  • By: Boni Lonnsburry
  • Narrated by: Boni Lonnsburry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

We live in a universe that actually wants you to "have it all".... But if you've been frustrated in your attempts to apply the law of attraction...then here at last is the missing key. The Map doesn't just tell you what is possible in this life - it shows you, step-by-simple-step, exactly how to get from Point A (where you are) to Point B (where your greatest heartfelt dreams are found). Jam-packed with plenty of delicious detail, this "GPS to your dreams" can help you pinpoint an exact path to creating the life you were born to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Inspiring and Practical Guide

  • By LDKennedy on 02-14-15

An Inspiring and Practical Guide

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

Reviewed: 02-14-15

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

It inspired me to take action! I am following many of the techniques and ideas, and moving forward. This has really given me some practical advice for pursuing the kind of change I've long been working at.

Any additional comments?

There are many books like this out there, and while I can't say that absolutely everything in it resonated for me, most of it did. The basic components are the same across the genre of law of attraction/creating a life you love, but it's how it's presented that either works or doesn't for individuals, and I love the way Boni "mapped" out her ideas and techniques, weaving in stories of how she has learned. Sometimes it's about finding the right message at the right time. I see some of the particularly negative reviews, and wonder what space they're in that they could have such a reaction. This is an encouraging, lovingly offered self-help book, that could, at the very least, offer some useful tips and food for thought, but at most, could help change your life. It is definitely now a part of my journey.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,800

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What does it mean to be human?

  • By Janice on 08-05-13

What a Wonderful Story!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-13

Any additional comments?

A fascinating concept, wonderfully executed. This beautifully written novel tells the story of two non-human characters who join their human counterparts, immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York City, as they all attempt to find their way in a strange new world. They are surrounded by an impressive cast of supporting characters, and the city itself comes alive with such detail. I loved everything about this story!!! It was completely engaging, from beginning to end. Hope to see more from this author.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful