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Gary Little

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  • The Return of Tarzan

  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

The second in Burroughs' famous series, Tarzan returns to his home in Africa to discover a lost city deep in the heart of the jungle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as Good as the Original

  • By Robert on 02-22-09

A Tired Tarzan

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

It took sixty years but I finally got around to reading the first two books in the Tarzan series. Maybe it's because I have read the science fiction of Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Norton, and Le Guinn, as well as Burroughs Barsoom series decades ago, but Tarzan proved to be a mighty chore I was glad to be done with. The books entire story arc revolves around a beach somewhere on the west coast of southern Africa. I opted to purchase the stories because I simply could not believe that the Tarzan movies imbecilic depiction of Tarzan (Weissmuller) was accurate. It wasn't, making the movies inaccurate, stupid, and no longer watchable. I pray the celluloid decays beyond all viewing.

As to the books, after an interminable childhood and young adulthood, with too many mighty muscles, Tarzan literally meets Jane. The only good thing I can say about that is that nowhere does he say, "Me Tarzan, you Jane." They leave the little hut on the coast, travel their separate ways and then guess what? They wind up back in the little hut on the coast again. That stupid little hut is like a black hole around which the entire universe circles. Leave, fall back into the hut. Mighty muscles carry them away but they come back to the hut. If I NEVER hear the phrase "mighty muscles" again it will be far too soon.

  • A Little History of Religion

  • By: Richard Holloway
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion - from the dawn of religious belief to the 21st century - with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young listeners, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, and I'm an atheist.

  • By Derek on 08-30-16

Worth rewinding

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I found it a fascinating listen. I was aware of the commonality of many religions ... the ten commandments were practiced, minus the silliness about god and the sabboth, long before Moses struck them in stone.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heretics and Heroes

  • How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: Thomas Cahill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history - this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary audiobook. In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roots

  • By Gary Little on 04-07-16

Roots

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Amazing study on the roots of what we believe today as gospel, came from the depths of the reformation and the Renaissance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death by Black Hole

  • And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for an introduction to space and astronomy

  • By Charles on 10-01-08

Great listen.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

Humorous and informative. Loved this one: the only ones that call hurricanes acts of god are insurance companies.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Origins

  • Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donald Goldsmith
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance!

  • By Max on 06-21-15

Humorous, intelligent, and informative, a trifecta!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

Goldsmith and Tyson do an excellent job of presenting that fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forward the Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax - the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!

  • By Christine on 03-14-12

Enjoyable but ...

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

Great pre-story to the Foundation series. But ... Asimov is terrible in writing dialog and developing character that depends on narrative. His dialogue is straight out of the 1930s starring Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper.