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Rev. David B. Smith

Dulwich Hill, New South Wales Australia
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  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,424

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

This book certainly gives an entirely fresh perspective on the 'Mongol hordes' that supposedly raped the world. Genghis Khan is presented here as the greatest of world conquerors - far more civilised than any of his European rivals!

  • Trump Revealed

  • An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power
  • By: Michael Kranish, Marc Fisher
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

Trump Revealed offers the most thorough and wide-ranging examination of Donald Trump's public and private lives to date, from his upbringing in Queens and formative years at the New York Military Academy to his turbulent careers in real estate and entertainment to his astonishing rise as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. The book is based on the investigative reporting of more than two dozen Washington Post reporters and researchers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trump Truth

  • By Mark on 09-03-16

Enthralling and Disturbing!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Having read this biography of Trump shortly after completing Mein Kampf, I must say that the parallels are deeply disturbing!

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  • Pakistan

  • A Personal History
  • By: Imran Khan
  • Narrated by: Amerjit Deu
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Born only five years after Pakistan was created in 1947, Imran Khan has lived his country’s history. Undermined by a ruling elite hungry for money and power, Pakistan now stands alone as the only Islamic country with a nuclear bomb, yet it is unable to protect its people from the carnage of regular bombings from terrorists and its own ally, America. Now with the revelation that Pakistan has been the hiding place of Osama bin Laden for several years, that relationship can only grow more strained.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imran Khan's life in Pakistan

  • By ok on 05-29-17

A must-read!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

A powerful analysis from a great man. This is a must-read for any interested in Pakistan and global security.

  • The Lives of Great Christians

  • By: William R. Cook, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: William R. Cook
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Meet some of Christianity's luminary figures-the followers of Jesus who have practiced and preached their beliefs for centuries. Whether well known or obscure or even nameless, their actions and achievements, their abilities and energies have changed the course of history and the nature of belief. These 24 inspirational lectures will inspire you by the many ways these figures found to live lives of faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cherish able information

  • By Pamela Rafdal on 01-06-15

Truly outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

This series is outstanding amongst the Great Courses and finds the perfect balance between comprehensiveness (breadth) and detail (depth). Moreover, it is delivered with a passion and sincerity that greatly enhances its impact.

  • Six Days of War

  • June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • By: Michael B. Oren
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really 2 Books in One . . .

  • By Tim on 04-05-06

Informative but not objective

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Full of fascinating details and well written. Even so, the pro-Israel bias is only thinly veiled throughout. The author seems to believe that Israel's only desire is for peace. If only that were true.

  • The Impeachment of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for High Crimes in Syria and Libya

  • By: James Ostrowski, Michael Ostrowski
  • Narrated by: Joe Nagle
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

This book proposes the impeachment of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for high crimes in Libya and Syria. Michael Ostrowski and James Ostrowski, who heard their father condemn the Vietnam War in a speech in 1970, have teamed up to write a profoundly antiwar book. When you hear the title, you may be tempted to think it's a partisan book. But it's not. It's mainly an antiwar and anti-state book that is really four books in one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing!

  • By Rev. David B. Smith on 02-20-17

Refreshing!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-17

It is good to hear that not everybody has been fooled by Obama and Clinton. Their legacy of endless war indeed needs to be taken serious

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  • Paul Behaving Badly

  • Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?
  • By: E. Randolph Richards, Brandon J. O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The Apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he? Randolph Richards and Brandon O'Brien explore the complicated persona and teachings of the Apostle Paul. Unpacking his personal history and cultural context, they show how Paul both offended Roman perspectives and scandalized Jewish sensibilities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good read

  • By Eric on 07-31-17

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-17

I had high hopes after reading the first book by these authors - Misreading Scripture through Western Eyes - but this was a real disappointment. The authors' loyalty to St Paul doesn't allow them to follow their arguments to their natural conclusions.

  • Francis of Assisi

  • By: The Great Courses, Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Narrated by: Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

These 12 lectures by Professors Cook and Herzman will give you a rounded, fully informed introduction to the luminous Francis of Assisi and will tell the intellectually and spiritually rewarding story of how his influence has glowed across the centuries.Just who was Assisi? Despite his continuing influence and the fairly ample writings about him that date from his own time, Francis remains somewhat elusive in history. Yet these lectures expertly unlock two sources that are the most revealing and plentiful-written narratives of Francis's life and the images created for Franciscan churches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Jonathan Homrighausen on 08-15-13

First class!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-17

As someone who knew nothing about St Francis, I found these lectures highly educational and enjoyable. First class!

  • Who Was Jesus?

  • By: N. T. Wright
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Did the historical person Jesus really regard himself as the Son of God? What did Jesus actually stand for? And what are we to make of the early Christian conviction that Jesus physically rose from the dead? In this book, N. T. Wright considers these and many other questions raised by three controversial books about Jesus: Barbara Thiering's Jesus the Man, A. N. Wilson's Jesus: A Life, and John Shelby Spong's Born of a Woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent scholarship and very readable

  • By Rev. David B. Smith on 12-14-16

Excellent scholarship and very readable

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Wright has a gift for combining simplicity and profundity in his writings and this short book does not disappoint. And apart from the reader's consistent mispronunciation of one of the key scholars under review, the book is read very well.

  • St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate

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  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

St. Paul is known throughout the world as the first Christian writer, authoring fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament. But as Karen Armstrong demonstrates in St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate, he also exerted a more significant influence on the spread of Christianity throughout the world than any other figure in history.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Devoid of fresh insight

  • By Rev. David B. Smith on 11-26-16

Devoid of fresh insight

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-16

I was hoping for some fresh insights on Paul. Nothing. The title was enticing but the content very disappointing

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