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  • A Little History of Religion

  • By: Richard Holloway
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion - from the dawn of religious belief to the 21st century - with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young listeners, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book

  • By Mr. Paul M. Quirk on 05-01-17

Essentially biased

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-18

at first I thought I'd enjoy it but half the book is about Christianity and focused on the negatives of it. Islam is only painted as bad and for such a major religion mentioned very little. It's a little more forgiving towards some other religions but essentially the book's aim is to show that religions are silly and bad. As a student of religions and a religious person I found this book unbalanced. Author's bias and dislike of religion, and one in particular, showed clearly. I learned very little and got very annoyed as the book went on.

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  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost for words

  • By Binka on 11-04-18

awesome as usual

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

I read reviews how they didn't like the cliff hanger and expected to be frustrated by the end. I wasn't I wouldn't expect it to end any other way. I am not happy about waiting at least a year for the next one but I guess I could listen to the other ones again.

  • Mornings in Jenin

  • By: Susan Abulhawa
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. We follow the Abulhejo family as they live through a half century of violent history. Amid the loss and fear, hatred and pain, as their tents are replaced by more forebodingly permanent cinderblock huts, there is always the waiting, waiting to return to a lost home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • narration let's it down so much

  • By Neira on 28-03-18

narration let's it down so much

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

I nearly stopped listening in the first hour or so because of the narrator. She absolutely butchered every Arabic word in the book. The phrases made me cringe and cry out many times in disbelief at such horrible pronunciation. I'm not an Arabic speaker although Muslim so I do know when common islamic words are not said correctly. It would not have taken much work to learn how to say the names and titles she had to use over and over again. It really marred the book for me and I wish I could have read it in print instead but circumstances at the moment don't allow that. It showed to me that the narrator and Audible didn't care enough about this poignant story to give it a decent narration.
The book itself is both lovely and so difficult. I am quite aware of the Palestinian struggle and what those poor people endure, yet at times I had to pause to compose myself and not break down sobbing. The writing at times reminds of Khaled Hoessini which is a massive plus.

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  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Ben Miles, Jonathan Bailey, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 335

Time travel meets history in this new drama adaptation by Marty Ross. When Max, a recent ancient history graduate, is offered a mysterious job at St Mary's Historical Research Institute, she quickly comes to realise this isn't any old stuffy research library. At St Mary's the historians don't just study the past - they revisit it. What begins as an academic exploration of events, such as the Peterloo Massacre, takes a dark and dangerous turn, and the historians of St Mary's soon learn that it's not just history they're fighting....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly slow start but my god does it get going!!

  • By mr on 23-05-17

not like the book at all

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

Reviewed: 28-05-17

Please don't let this be the first experience of the Chronicles of st Mary's. It's like a bad movie adaptation of a great book. I've listened to all the books and short stories in the series and loved them all. This one though left me cringing throughout and I couldn't wait for it to end. it just didn't work. If you haven't read/listened to these books steer clear of this at least until you read the actual first book.

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