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A condescending pile of strawmen

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-2020

This is a book which panders to doubting Christians, reassuring them that there’s no need to worry about anything because the evidence perfectly fits the worldview they already have, and all atheists are morons. It does this by repeatedly and intentionally misrepresents the views of atheists. Rather than engaging with the best scientific arguments, the author constantly sets up strawman arguments that he can bravely knock down to demonstrate the superiority of his beliefs. He mocks scientists for their humility in admitting that their knowledge has limits, and then confidently asserts his own beliefs with minimal supporting evidence. If you already believe in Christianity and want to continue believing in Christianity, then this book is very much for you. If you are genuinely interested in pursuing the truth, I recommend finding a book about evolution written by a biologist, or a book about Jesus written by a bible scholar. The Greatest Show on Earth or Jesus Interrupted are both excellent.

Fascinating read

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

Reviewed: 04-09-2020

I love seeing the hidden side of things, and understanding where success really comes from involved a lot of back story that I didn't expect. The narration was good.

Lots to think about

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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: 26-07-2020

Lots of good food for thought. I tended to only listen to one or two at a time, as the ideas Singer introduced were often quite hefty and needed some processing time.

Absurdly fantastic sci fi

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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: 18-02-2020

I devoured this book in less than a week, regularly expounding upon it to my patient and completely lost partner. The ideas are novel and uplifting in their way. A story so similar and yet so very different to humanity's own. I can't recommend it enough. If you enjoyed Ender's Game or A Fire Upon the Deep, this one is for you.

Fantastic story, let down by the narration

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

Reviewed: 25-01-2020

Such an epic tale deserves a narrator able to capture the many characters and do justice to them. Dotrice regularly mispronounces names and his voices nearly all sound like older British men. Every time he says "Jeffrey", "Tragarian" or "Sansha" it jars you from the story and makes you wonder why a second take wasn't done. Great stories deserve great actors. Audiobooks are no different.

Just too slow

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

Reviewed: 06-12-2019

I can't really recommend this book. It moved too slowly and in the end barely moved the series forward from the conclusion of the first book. If it had been half as long I would have enjoyed it more. The narrator didn't help either. The low voice conveys little enthusiasm and despite enjoying other books by the same author and narrator, this one I struggled to finish. I'm afraid this will be the last book I listen to by this author/narrator.

Another fantastic installment

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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: 28-05-2019

I don't think I've ever read or watched the 8th episode of anything and found it to be still worthy of the originals, but Tiamat's Wrath is easily worthy. The story is well-written, the characters are intelligent and relateable, and the science is wonderfully accurate. Can't wait for the next one.

Great story, beautifully narrated

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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: 01-03-2019

The narrator is a perfect match to this excellent story. His tone is so warm and engaging that I never wanted to stop listening.

Gripping and perfectly acted.

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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: 19-01-2019

Probably the best audio production I've heard. The music and sound effects were perfect. The script was written so that you could get a clear idea of the situation without it feeling forced or needing a narrator. I loved it.

A fantastic sci-fi

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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: 18-07-2018

This series just keeps getting better. I loved seeing the story from the other main characters perspectives for the first time. I can't wait to get onto the last book!