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  • In the Shadow of the Sword

  • The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World
  • By: Tom Holland
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two venerable empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on and one had vanished forever, while the other seemed almost finished. Ruling in their place were the Arabs: an upheaval so profound that it spelt, in effect, the end of the ancient world. In The Shadow of the Sword, Tom Holland explores how this came about.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enlightening!

  • By julien on 13-04-13

More evidence for the theory needed but well told

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

More evidence for the theory needed but well written and well read. Holland needs to produce more evidence to show that the traditional account is politically motivated and that the hadith methodology is flawed.

  • An Officer and a Spy

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413

January 1895: On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of 20,000 spectators baying ‘Death to the Jew!’ The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army’s youngest colonel and put in command of ‘the Statistical Section’ - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Julian Summer on 12-10-13

Beautifully read, fascinating piece of history

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-18

I was in awe of how such painstakingly detailed research could be so wonderfully crafted into a gripping historical novel.

  • No God but One: Allah or Jesus?

  • A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity
  • By: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Narrated by: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 128
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    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 119

On account of the superficial points of agreement between Islam and Christianity, many don't see how tremendously deep the divides between them really are, and fewer still have considered the evidence for each faith. How is jihad different from the Crusades? Can we know the life of Jesus as well as the life of Muhammad? What reason is there to believe in one faith over the other, and what difference can the Gospel really make?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I think every Muslim should read this.

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-10-16

Helpful, thorough, clear and respectful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-18

I'm intrigued to know what my Muslim friends will think of it. So important to discuss these things openly in countries where there is freedom to do so. Ironic that

  • True Worshipers

  • Seeking What Matters to God
  • By: Bob Kauflin
  • Narrated by: Bob Kauflin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In True Worshipers, a seasoned pastor and musician guides listeners toward a more engaging, transformative, and biblically faithful understanding of the worship God is seeking. True worship is an activity rooted in the grace of the Gospel that affects every area of our lives. And while worship is more than just singing, God's people gathering in his presence to lift their voices in song is an activity that is biblically based, historically rooted, and potentially life changing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • author's narration is smooth

  • By MK Squared on 05-09-18

Great overview of the whole theme

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-16

Very good and insightful although I wish he'd used his experience to speak more fully and practically about the specific applications to the corporate gathering of the church.