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SKY LIGHT

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  • The Man Who Folded Himself

  • By: David Gerrold
  • Narrated by: Charles Bice
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

The Man Who Folded Himself, written in 1973 (and reissued by BenBella in 2003) is a classic science fiction novel by award-winning author David Gerrold. This work was nominated for both Hugo and Nebula awards and is considered by some critics to be the finest time travel novel ever written.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good idea - ruined

  • By Mogster on 11-02-16

Pivotal book!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

What made the experience of listening to The Man Who Folded Himself the most enjoyable?

Revisiting the question of whether or not we have freewill.

What other book might you compare The Man Who Folded Himself to, and why?

The Time Machine, by HG Wells.
What would you do (or not do) if you could travel in time?

Which character – as performed by Charles Bice – was your favourite?

All.

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

I read this book as a teenager and am now revisiting it some 40 years later, in my 50's. Without giving away too much, I will just say that I made a connection with my younger self.

Any additional comments?

When I first read this book I was embarking on the discovery of life and the possibilities that lay ahead. It was one of the most important books that I read back then, although the hard copy seems to have disappeared from the bookshelf on my current timeline. It was great to hear it on Audible. Well read, and fresh for the current age. It touches on many of the questions that all thinkers will be familiar with. Enjoy!

  • Proving History

  • Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus
  • By: Richard Carrier
  • Narrated by: Richard Carrier
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

This in-depth discussion of New Testament scholarship and the challenges of history as a whole proposes Bayes's Theorem, which deals with probabilities under conditions of uncertainty, as a solution to the problem of establishing reliable historical criteria. The author demonstrates that valid historical methods - not only in the study of Christian origins but in any historical study - can be described by, and reduced to, the logic of Bayes's Theorem. Conversely, he argues that any method that cannot be reduced to this theorem is invalid and should be abandoned.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is Mostly Technical. Read his other books!

  • By SKY LIGHT on 10-10-15

This is Mostly Technical. Read his other books!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-15

What would have made Proving History better?

It's difficult to see how this could be improved as it is certainly a detailed piece of work, but much more suited to those who need to understand the technicalities of Bayes's Theorem.

Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Carrier again?

Yes, I've already listened to all his other Audio books, and they are excellent.

What does Richard Carrier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Richard's tone and enthusiasm for his work is clearly evident.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

My lack of interest in this particular book is no way a criticism of Richard or the quality of his work. Indeed, it is clear that all his work is of the highest quality, but this book is just too technical for me. All his other books are excellent, and, for anyone interested in the field, 'On the Historicity of Jesus' is essential reading!

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  • The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

  • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
  • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Shakyamuni Gautama was a historical figure who lived in India from approximately 563 to 483 B.C. After his death, Buddhism spread over Asia, and almost 2,500 years later Buddhism has come to the West, where it is more relevant than ever. These four classic talks by John Daido Loori, abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, offer a clear, comprehensive version of the Buddha's life and teachings, including Buddha's life as a householder, spiritual seeker, and ultimately a teacher.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A positive message, but poorly delivered

  • By Mike C 1967 on 30-01-19

Old Tape Recording - Interesting Lecturers

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

Reviewed: 15-05-15

Would you try another book written by John Daido Loori Roshi or narrated by the narrator?

Yes

Was The Life and Teachings of the Buddha worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

This is an old recording made on tape, and there is a constant tape hiss in the background.
The content is worth listening to, if you can transcend the hiss!

  • Dialogues of Plato

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Pat Bottino
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

The Dialogues of Plato rank with the writings of Aristotle as the most important and influential philosophical works in Western thought. In them Plato cast his teacher Socrates as the central disputant in colloquies that brilliantly probe a vast spectrum of philosophical ideas and issues.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very Dull Narration

  • By SKY LIGHT on 31-01-15

Very Dull Narration

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

Reviewed: 31-01-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better reader.

What will your next listen be?

'Symposium' - Plato

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Pat Bottino?

James Langton or Jonathan Cowley

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

The narrator reading the name of the speaker prior to each word or phrase was very distracting. Better readers are able to use different voices to clearly identify the speakers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • God Is Not Great

  • The Case Against Religion
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

With robust clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which Hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. God Is Not Great marvels at the possibility of society without religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unstoppable

  • By Lesley on 06-06-09

Study this in Schools!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

Any additional comments?

This is an essential text for everyone interested in religion, whether a believer or non-believer.