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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 920
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834

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

Really enjoyable!

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Reviewed: 01-01-17

I loved this book. An excellent summary of world religion throughout the ages. Also a thought-provoking snapshot into understanding our own human mind! The tone of the book was perfectly pitched as well. A very entertaining listen!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Conquistadors

  • By: Michael Wood
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The Spanish conquest of the Americas in the sixteenth century was one of the most important and cataclysmic events in history. Spanish expeditions endured incredible hardships in order to open up the lands of the 'New World', and few stories in history can match these for drama and endurance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A sad history of human nature

  • By Andy Allison on 22-06-15

Brilliant submersion into the New World

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Reviewed: 21-06-16

Absolutely loved this book. Quotes from primary texts brilliant woven into the narrative with breathtaking effect. Really took you back to the time and place of both the Spanish and Native cultures. The end becomes slower paced but the change in tone is very poignant.

  • God Is Disappointed in You

  • By: Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
  • Narrated by: James Urbaniak
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings about this audio book

  • By J. Farmer on 10-03-16

Found Russell's writing very funny.

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Reviewed: 26-05-15

Obviously the narrative can become dry in places (it is the Bible after all) but on a whole Russell manages to keep even the dullest passages entertaining and witty. An enjoyable listen!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of India

  • By: Michael Wood
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story of India

  • By Andrew on 23-02-10

Challenging but well worth it

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 19-01-15

Not an easy listen in places. It demands your full attention and plenty of concentration during certain sections. However I feel it was well worth the effort as I had much satisfaction from the beautiful insight and description of an author who knows his subject very well.