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Mike Bowers

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  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,678

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • If you enjoy bitching

  • By John on 11-01-17

Mature: Constant F bombs and sex scenes.

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

If you love constant bad language and vulgar sex scenes, this book is for you.

  • After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

These 24 lectures introduce what is considered the most important collection of post-New Testament writings. Although largely unknown and unread, these writings provide a treasure trove of insights into Christianity, and they are crucial to understanding the development of a religion that was shaped largely outside the pages of the New Testament itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing and engaging

  • By Brandon on 11-11-15

I can't wait to listen to it a second time.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

Professor Ehrman makes a complex subject easy and fun! It is engaging and relevant.

  • The Lost Gate

  • Mithermages, Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,814

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Card doing what he does best.

  • By joshua on 01-05-11

A little swearing and sexuality mar a good story

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-16

Fun story...like most of the author's stories it starts slowly, and is easy to lose interest. But by the second half, it becomes very hard to put down!

The book contains everything you expect from the author: (1) a new and interesting fantasy world, (2) a heroic character who is truly a good person and who feels ordinary in spite of being extraordinary, and (3) a fun, light hearted romp through situations that test the cleverness of the hero.

My biggest complaints are that the author (1) does a poor job painting an immersive picture of the location, mood, and character of each scene; (2) spends too much time painstakingly enumerating all the possible outcomes of most decisions; (3) rarely challenges the reader's perceptions, morals, philosophies, and core assumptions; (4) poorly leverages suspense, drama, mystery, and cliff hangers to drive the story forward; (5) fails to realistically explore the genuine challenges of life and the hard work and sacrifices required to conquer those challenges; and (6) includes a little bit of swearing and sexuality, which are unnecessary and inappropriate for the children and teens that will especially like the book.

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