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  • Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

  • By: Jaron Lanier
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

 In Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, Jaron Lanier draws on his insider's expertise to explain precisely how social media works - by deploying constant surveillance and subconscious manipulation of its users - and why its cruel and dangerous effects are at the heart of its current business model and design. As well as offering 10 simple arguments for liberating yourself from its addictive hold, his witty and urgent manifesto outlines a vision for an alternative that provides all the benefits of social media without the harm. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did quit facebook on the basis of this book.

  • By Phoebe Thomasson on 04-07-18

Insight into the dynamics behind social media.

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Reviewed: 20-08-18

I always felt/thought there was something slightly bizarre about the recent phenomenon of social media and it's almost whole sale use and acceptance. This book has helped me understanding the, almost hiddern, economic and psychological mechanism which has propelled social media to the center stage of society. We give our data (both factual and behavioural) and attention to social media platforms for free. They sell this data. For example Facebook has a yearly revenue of around 7billion. Our data and attention is there for used for financial or political gains by social media platforms, political lobiests and business that use your data for targeted advertising. Is there however a net gain for the individual and society who 'use/used by' these 'free' platforms?

  • The Lord

  • By: Romano Guardini
  • Narrated by: Gordon Greenhill
  • Length: 26 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
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The only true and unedited telling of the life of Christ - his life and times,in historical context, but not lacking the psychology behind his physical being and spirit. Unlike other books seeking to strip Jesus' story to reveal only the human being, Romano Guardini's The Lord gives the complete story of Jesus Christ - as man, Holy Ghost, and Creator. Pope Benedict XVI lauds Guardini's work as providing a full understanding of the Son of God away from the prejudice that rationality engenders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful insights

  • By John on 09-08-18

Helpful insights

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Reviewed: 09-08-18

Although rather long I enjoyed hearing Guardini's thoughts. I felt like I was taking a wonder through the gospels with someone who knew them well. I was enthused by his passion for sharing the Good News, which has nourished, informed and directed his life.

  • Many Are Called

  • Rediscovering the Glory of the Priesthood
  • By: Scott Hahn
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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In Many Are Called, Dr. Scott Hahn, one of the most celebrated scholars and influential Catholic writers living today, enthusiastically encourages Catholics around the world to renew their focus on the sacred role of the Catholic priest. Using his unique ability to present deep spiritual and theological ideas in the language of everyday life, Dr. Hahn examines the biblical and historical roots of the priesthood to explain the centrality of the priest in the life of the church.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, encouraging and scriptural

  • By John on 20-04-18

Insightful, encouraging and scriptural

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Reviewed: 20-04-18

As a seminarian I found this both challenging and encouraging. Being dyslexic I am also greatful that much of Dr Hahn's work is in audio format.

  • Wholly Mary

  • Mother of God
  • By: Chris Padgett
  • Narrated by: Chris Padgett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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There's a little bit about Mary in Scripture. We can glean a bit more from the tradition of the Church. Some of the approved apparitions add a little insight, too. But where can we go to get the complete picture, to find out about the whole Mary? In an engaging style, Chris Padgett walks us through what the Bible has to say about the Mother of God. What has she meant to the Church throughout the centuries? What do the apparitions add? What have the saints told us about her? And most importantly, what can we learn from her ourselves?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary out most valuable aid and Mother

  • By John on 21-10-17

Mary out most valuable aid and Mother

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Reviewed: 21-10-17

I am looking to increase my devotion to Mary to deepen my relationship with Christ so that I may become a more effective instruments of Grace, for the Glory of God and the good of myself and neighborhood. I found this book helpful in this endeavour.

  • The Case for Jesus

  • The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ
  • By: Brant Pitre, Robert Barron - afterword
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    5 out of 5 stars 18
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Over the past hundred years, scholars have attacked the historical truth of the Gospels and argued that they were originally anonymous and filled with contradictions. In The Case for Jesus, Brant Pitre taps in to the wells of Christian scripture, history, and tradition to ask and answer a number of different questions, including: If we don't know who wrote the Gospels, how can we trust them? How are the four Gospels different from other Gospels, such as the lost Gospel of "Q" and the Gospel of Thomas?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional Book for anyone who is interested in Jesus Robert has a great mind and is a brilliant communicator

  • By Kevin on 23-05-16

A refreshing look at the best story ever told.

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Reviewed: 18-07-17

Dr Pitre illustrates how being familiar with the thoughts and customs of a 1st century Jew's we are able to explore with greater depth and awe the beautiful and transformative messages of Jesus Christ.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Island

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.

Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past, but Sofia has never spoken of it. She only admits to growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book

  • By Ragen Nelson on 02-02-08

Didn't want it to end

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Reviewed: 03-06-17

The book managed to be a great story, with engaging characters while at the same time giving a social and historic insight to leprosy.

  • A Father Who Keeps His Promises

  • God's Covenant Love in Scripture
  • By: Scott Hahn
  • Narrated by: Paul Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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In A Father Who Keeps His Promises, the popular Catholic apologist Scott Hahn focuses on the “big picture” of Scripture: God’s plan in making and keeping covenants with us throughout salvation history—despite our faults and shortcomings—so that we might live as the family of God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good book giving an insight to the divine

  • By John on 11-11-16

Another good book giving an insight to the divine

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Reviewed: 11-11-16

Scott Hahn has again reminded me of the inexcusable riches, beauty and wisdom of Gods love. Which he eloquently and effectively tells us can be found in the bible narrative (Gods love for his people and his desire to call them home) and the sacraments - most profoundly in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. If you pray please say a pray for me in my training to be a Catholic priest - the call is great but I am weak, thank yoy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Very Good, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
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    5 out of 5 stars 111
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    5 out of 5 stars 110

Jeeves, not only a tireless servant to the feckless Bertie Wooster, is the saviour of a good many other individuals as well. The list is long: Bingo Little has cause to be grateful to Jeeves in the affair of the marooned cabinet minister; Sippy Sipperley, when he is persecuted by his former headmaster; Tuppy Glossop, in his foolhardy pursuit of Cora Bellinger the opera singer; not to mention Miss Dalgeish the dog-girl; Bertie's fat Uncle George when he brushes with the lower classes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Variable quality

  • By Ian1956 on 23-02-08

Entertaining

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Reviewed: 07-09-16

First Jeeves book I have read. I didn’t find it a laugh a minute but it was entertaining. I listed to the majority of it as I drove up to Scotland and like Jeeve himself the book made a pleasant companion.

  • Evangelical Catholicism

  • Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church
  • By: George Weigel
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
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The Catholic Church is on the threshold of a bold new era in its two-thousand-year history. As the curtain comes down on the church defined by the 16th century Counter-Reformation, the curtain is rising on the Evangelical Catholicism of the third millennium: a way of being Catholic that comes from over a century of Catholic reform; a mission-centered renewal honed by the Second Vatican Council and given compelling expression by Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Over-bearing and biased

  • By Peter Thomas McNeely on 09-01-17

Great insight well presented

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Reviewed: 18-08-16

Think this book was helpful in getting me to think about my faith and put things into prospective.

  • Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues

  • By: Michael Sugrue, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Sugrue
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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These 16 lectures bring the Socratic quest for truth alive and explore ideas that are as vital today as they were 25 centuries ago. Ideas about truth, justice, love, beauty, courage, and wisdom that can change lives and reveal the world in new ways. Here, you'll delve into the inner structure, action, and meaning of 17 of Plato's greatest dialogues, making these lectures an indispensable companion for anyone interested in philosophy in general or Platonic thought in particular.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro the Plato's Socratic style

  • By Street Rebels on 20-01-17

Engaging and entertaining.

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Reviewed: 21-07-16

Great topic taught by a gifted teacher. I now have a much better understanding of Plato and his over all theme and approach.