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Benjamin

STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
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  • Hope After Faith

  • An Ex-Pastor's Journey from Belief to Atheism
  • By: Jerry DeWitt
  • Narrated by: Jerry DeWitt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Atheism's leading lights have long been intellectuals raised in the secular and academic worlds: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens. By contrast, Jerry DeWitt was born and bred into the church and was in fact a Pentecostal preacher before arriving at atheism through an extraordinary dialogue with faith that spanned more than a quarter of a century. Hope After Faith is his account of that journey. DeWitt was a pastor in the town of DeRidder, Louisiana, and was a fixture of the community. In private, however, he'd begun to question his faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super interesting account of 1 mans journey

  • By Benjamin on 11-11-18

Super interesting account of 1 mans journey

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

People who consider themselves to be bible believing Christians will find this really interesting and for those who do not it is an honest and compassionate view of US Christianity. The writing style is engaging and the journey the author describes fascinating. It would also work as a text for a study in faith and development of beliefs. A solid effort and most enjoyable.

  • Atheism for Dummies

  • By: Dale McGowan PhD
  • Narrated by: Paul Mantell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Atheism For Dummies offers a brief history of atheist philosophy and its evolution, explores it as a historical and cultural movement, covers important historical writings on the subject, and discusses the nature of ethics and morality in the absence of religion. A simple, yet intelligent exploration of an often misunderstood philosophy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad at all

  • By Benjamin on 11-11-18

Not bad at all

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Rather enjoyed it. Easy listening. Would probably have been better as a physical book. Written very much from a US perspective.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,333

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok

  • By Kts on 11-03-17

It started well but ...

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

A great start and a fresh writing style that is inspiring.
However, it soon limped into the author explaining his world view and setting it out like a poorly though through philosophical stance. It isnt without merit but after a while I was rather tired of it and never got past 1/2 way.

  • A Little History of Philosophy

  • By: Nigel Warburton
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philosophy Bites

  • By dave on 01-03-15

Really very enjoyable and well written

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Tonnes of ideas and relatively easy listening.
A great book and a wonderful though provoking scamper through some well known names in philosophy.
It is not Bertrand Russell's History of Modern Philosophy but the similarities are undeniable. The depth isnt there but it doesnt pretend to be a weighty text.

  • Seven Types of Atheism

  • By: John Gray
  • Narrated by: Guy Mott
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

A meditation on the importance of atheism in the modern world - and its inadequacies and contradictions - by one of Britain's leading philosophers. 'When you explore older atheisms, you will find some of your firmest convictions - secular or religious - are highly questionable. If this prospect disturbs you, what you are looking for may be freedom from thought.' For a generation now, public debate has been corroded by a narrow derision of religion in the name of an often very vaguely understood 'science'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not what I expected

  • By Benjamin on 30-10-18

Good but not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Fantastic and challenging representation of key thinkers in Atheism. I greatly enjoyed it and I the narrator brought clarity and seriousness to the subject matter.
However, if you are expecting a clear text which sets out 7 types of Atheism you will be disappointed. I found it to be rambling - although not in a bad sense and understandable given the breadth and depth of the issues the author is discussing. But it is not a text book outlining these main ideas of Atheism.
Be prepared to listen to the author viciously criticise many well known philosophers for flaws in their arguments, selfish behavior and hypocrisy as their lives do not match their stated views. There is plenty of criticism also of the standard church which many readers of the book will approve of and long sections of the book devoted to areas (although interesting) are not as relevant as others to the subject of atheism.
The book seems a little lost in that it tries to be so many things: 1. Thoughts about atheism 2. Brief history of certain philosophical views, 3. brief history of key atheist philosophers.
You can tell by my grammar in this review that I am no literary genius, however, I really feel the book could do with some more structure.
Having said all that, I did enjoy it hugely. I will listen to it again and see it I can discern the reason for it's currently layout.

Edit 1. I have listened to it again and I enjoyed it again (which is rare for me as I normally never listen to anything more than once). It does need more structure but it is absolutely packed with interesting concepts and I believe some original ideas.

  • The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,145

Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough going... But persevere through to book 2...

  • By Andrew on 28-10-16

Now THIS is a good book by a good author

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

Really enjoyable - King is a master of his craft and he takes you on a dance through the emotions with this book. Not perfect but certainly worth listening to.

  • Legend

  • Drenai, Book 1
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777

Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds. There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy, death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Legends and Sagas!

  • By Simon on 26-06-17

Really very good

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

Loved it all the way to the last hour or so. Great characters and narrative. Good character development. Interesting and imaginative. Almost 5 stars!

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun "D&D" style adventure.

  • By Joe on 05-08-17

I thought it was terrible

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

really boring narrative. Aimed at teenagers. I listened to the first hour and a half and turned it off. Sorry - seemed like drivel to me

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  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,391

Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Neil Gaiman!

  • By Bookworm. on 23-12-12

Not original but well written and performance Ed

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

The story was shallow and childish but the book didn't seem to be aimed at kids. It may be suitable for 16 year olds. Beautifully written and narrated

  • Ubik

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Mr. J. Forsyth on 19-12-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

Great narration. Original story bursting with clever ideas and a great ending. Way ahead of its time