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  • The Darkening Age

  • The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
  • By: Catherine Nixey
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

In The Darkening Age, Catherine Nixey tells the little-known - and deeply shocking - story of how a militant religion deliberately tried to extinguish the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in unquestioning adherence to the 'one true faith'. The Roman Empire had been generous in embracing and absorbing new creeds. But with the coming of Christianity, everything changed. This new faith, despite preaching peace, was violent, ruthless and intolerant. And once it became the religion of empire, its zealous adherents set about the destruction of the old gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing perspective but full of misinformation.

  • By joshua hodson on 16-01-19

Refreshing perspective but full of misinformation.

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

This book does give a redreshing look at the history of the era, however I couldn't relax into as there were a multitude of factual errors made and information left out, seemingly designed to fit a particular narrative, the accuracy of the information seems to have suffered.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen

  • Opening Your Eyes to Wonder
  • By: Lisa Gungor
  • Narrated by: Lisa Gungor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Lisa Gungor thought she knew her own story: small-town girl meets boy in college and they blissfully walk down the aisle into happily ever after. Their Christian faith was their lens and foundation for everything - their marriage, their music, their dreams for the future. But as their dreams began to come true, she began to wonder if her religion was really representative of the "good news" she had been taught. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most beautiful things I have read.

  • By joshua hodson on 27-06-18

One of the most beautiful things I have read.

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

This book is beautiful, raw, painful and a must for anyone who has experienced a faith change or know what it is like a raise a disabled child. I can't recommend it enough.

  • Fire and Fury

  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,601

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, best-selling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive audiobook, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Whirl of Staff and Ideas

  • By Ricci on 22-03-18

Biased, untrustworthy, yet insightful.

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

Reviewed: 18-01-18

If you are looking to this book as an acurate history of the first year of the trump white house you maybe disappointed if you fact check it all, however it does give an insight into the turmoil that is 45's administration and the problems it has.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • What Is the Bible?

  • How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything
  • By: Rob Bell
  • Narrated by: Rob Bell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Best-selling author Rob Bell, using his inspired and inquisitive approach, focuses on the most widely read book of all time. He provides surprising insights and answers about how the Bible actually works as a source of faith and guidance, showing a brand-new way of interpreting this sacred text. Rob Bell, the beloved author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So interesting and educational and enlightening and ...

  • By Mitzi on 15-01-18

Rob bell does his thing.

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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: 22-05-17

If you have ever found the bible inexplicable, incomprehencable or just barbaric, this book will give you an insight into it's value and it will give you good tools in engaging with it.

There will be, no doubt, hundreds of individuals denouncing it as heresy, but Rob is not saying anything that is not well within the christian tradition, and uses methods that some of the great bible scholars used.

I fully endorse this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent but listen like a true sceptic

  • By Peter on 22-03-16

Steven Novella always nails it.

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

Reviewed: 28-11-16

(this review should be read with a 1940's/50's news announcers voice)

Tired of being taken for a fool by simple and clichéd marketing tactics? Tired of holding cherished but ultimately wrong beliefs? Tired of loosing Facebook debates on the merit of being wrong?...then look no further. Prof. Steven Novella will take you through all the essential steps of being a skeptic.

You will learn how to only trust real science, and then how to be skeptical of said science.

You will chart some of the most hilarious mistakes in scientific history and then have all of your cognitive biases laid bare as your world crumbles around you.

lose your mind in most sane way possible.

Pick up a copy today!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,867
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,123

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

An irritated fan

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

I am a fan of Yuval Noah Harari however I do find this book a lot less well researched as 'Sapiens' and there are a lot of conclusions he jumps to that I kept finding myself thinking "that's not entirely true" and "that's not very likely". This irritated me, especially as my experience of his previous work was entirely the opposite. However his style that blends philosophy, science and history is always thought provoking and he is a very accomplished writer so it is still a worth while read/listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Magicians, Book 1

  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price.... Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton, he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a path very different from any he'd ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narnia and Harry Potter combination for adults

  • By Tuke on 05-03-16

The love child of Lewis and Salinger

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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: 03-04-16

Careful...spoilers...ish

This post modern flurry into fantasy is an enjoyable, if not a cynical look at what would happen if Narnia was invaded by this current depraved generation. Of course they never use the name, for legal reasons I expect, however anyone who is even remotely familiar with Lewis' fantasy saga will see the parallels. The protagonist, Quentin Coldwater, owes more than a little to Holden Caufield and it has the same dry, broken view of this world that Salinger so vividly created.

There are some truly wonderful sequences. The reader spends almost 1 full chapter as a goose and it is delicious. I also had some in the narnia like world that feels like the far more grotesque and gritty version most of us have imagined at some point in our lives.

I enjoyed this book however I never truly connected emotionally to the characters. I guess that is because I am not as cynical as they are and even though lots of exciting things happen it never felt epic. I just didn't care enough about the outcomes. Not that it is a fault with the book per se as I believe this is exactly what the author wanted to achieve. It will never be my favourite book but worth a read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,931
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,724

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

One of my favourites

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

Reviewed: 28-02-16

For anyone who is looking for some compelling fantasy look no further. It is dark but not heavy, exciting but not shallow, and artistic but not pretentious. The world building is beautiful and feels real, the themes of stories within stories is carefully and cleverly handled, and the characters are extremely relatable. I can't recommend this book enough. As far as fantasy goes Rothfuss really should be talked about in the same breath as Lewis, Tolkien, Martin, and Rowling.

  • The Rage Against God

  • How Atheism Led Me to Faith
  • By: Peter Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Peter Hitchens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Here, for the first time, in his new book The Rage Against God, Peter Hitchens, brother of prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, chronicles his personal journey through disbelief into a committed Christian faith. With unflinching openness and intellectual honesty, Hitchens describes the personal loss and philosophical curiosity that led him to burn his Bible at prep school and embrace atheism in its place. From there, he traces his experience as a journalist in Soviet Moscow and the critical observations that left him with more questions than answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good to hear theistic intelligence

  • By joshua hodson on 27-02-16

Good to hear theistic intelligence

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

Reviewed: 27-02-16

Although the recording leaves a lot to be desired it is nice to listen to a pin sharp intellect pierce some holes in what have always seemed to me the simplest and most dogmatic of the 'new wave aethist' argument's. This book is a welcome break if you want a different point of view to what the cult of atheism declaring, although it is not brave enough to tackle anything particularly new or hard.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful