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Mark

Enfield, United Kingdom
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history is another planet

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-19

this was a fascinating journey from start to finish. Hindsight is such a bland place but these stories remind us how easy it is not to see what is staring us in the face. well written, very good to listen to, great narration.

deep stuff

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

Reviewed: 10-10-19

I must admit I was given this book as a gift. I have a theology degree and a history of once being a priest, like the author. I found it fascinating as it covered so much about biblical exegesis that I had never touched on within my training.
The whole idea of original participation really made me think and helped me understand how ancient faiths were sustained and how often they still are. A desire to sink yourself into an all immersing belief system is still alive...think football matches, extinction rebellion, Daesh. Humans sometimes desire a solid and all consuming system to devour them and make decisions for them.....many do not. I am one of the latter. I think this book is not for the faint hearted, it needs a certain understanding of the Christian faith to get the most out of it. I also realised that as a man of no faith belief in a transcendent deity that whilst I understood the concept and the excellent scholarship I was not moved towards belief again, it just confirmed by absence of religious belief. However I really enjoyed the academic journey. It reminded me to become more aware of the faith of others, rather than ignoring it.

this book was just plain boring

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

Reviewed: 30-07-19

I craved more but never got it. Halfway through I didn't care about philosophy anymore

16 of 30 people found this review helpful

I should have known

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

Reviewed: 30-07-19

I enjoyed this book but it also annoyed me. Who am I to criticize, I am just a boring old school teacher. I read around the subject a little and was surprised, despite Mr Hitchins openness about his triumphs and mistakes, that he left so much out. He manages to apologise for his stupidity on occasions but still sound like he is boasting and turning his regrets into achievements that made it all right in the end. Despite professing one allegiance he plays for both teams. He is so brilliant in many ways but still an elitist through and through. Once I realised this it made it easier to listen too. He is however, the biggest name dropper in the world, something I feel he should have grown out of but never did.

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go to stuff

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-06-19

if I need my faith restoring in humanity I listen to these Botswana books. They make me feel good and smile more.

got a bit too much in the end

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-19

after a while the story went round and around and got a bit to grim and grimy. Once I heard 2 hours I had had enough.

epic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-19

Julian is my fave narrator. The book is beautiful even if one does not believe in heaven and hell, its a great story of redemption which could apply to the living rather than the dead. Listen to this when you are sad.

I thought I would love it.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-19

This is a book of aphorisms that does not translate into an audio book. Far better to have it in the loo to amuse waiting readers. I love ST but this is just annoying. I will return it as soon, if I can.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

fascinating but....

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-19

I am half way through this book. Full of great stuff BUT Zeb reads it like a continuity announcer, his sentences rising and falling as if to bring forward the next instalment. I may not get to the end because of it. If it wasnt so interesting I would have jacked it after chapter 1.

like a not very good history lesson

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-19

I train teachers, and this book is read like a not very entertaining history lecture by someone who spends too much time on their own.. Templers could be so exciting, but its just a list of events recounted, with little excitement or mystery

0 of 1 people found this review helpful