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  • How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor

  • By: James K. A. Smith
  • Narrated by: Trevor Thompson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

How (Not) to Be Secular is what Jamie Smith calls "your hitchhiker's guide to the present" - it is both a reading guide to Charles Taylor's monumental work, A Secular Age, and philosophical guidance on how we might learn to live in our times. Taylor's landmark book, A Secular Age (2007), provides a monumental, incisive analysis of what it means to live in the post-Christian present - a pluralist world of competing beliefs and growing unbelief. Jamie Smith's book is a compact field guide to Taylor's insightful study of the secular.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich analysis

  • By Daniel on 11-03-2019

Rich analysis

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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: 11-03-2019

For what is essentially the spark notes version of another book, it's worth the time.

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  • Any Ordinary Day

  • Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
  • By: Leigh Sales
  • Narrated by: Leigh Sales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next? In this wise and layered audiobook, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different Perspective

  • By Anonymous User on 04-10-2018
  • Any Ordinary Day
  • Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
  • By: Leigh Sales
  • Narrated by: Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales is a total pro

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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: 05-12-2018

This was simultaneously a deeply sad and heart warming listen. Audiobooks read by the author are often especially compelling, and Sales' Journo-trained narration is exemplary as could be expected. Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Forest Mage

  • The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Barlow
  • Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

The second book in the brand-new trilogy from the author of the Tawny Man trilogy, following on from the best-selling Shaman’s Crossing. The King's Cavalla Academy has been ravaged by the Speck plague. The disease has decimated the ranks of both cadets and instructors, and even the survivors remain sickly. Many have been forced to relinquish their military ambitions and return to their families to face lives of dependency and disappointment. As the Academy infirmary empties, Cadet Nevare Burvelle also prepares to journey home, to attend his brother Rosse's wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tragic

  • By Lori on 06-03-2015

Astonishing

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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: 12-11-2018

If Franz Kafka were a modern fantasy author, this is the horror he might write.

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  • Shaman's Crossing

  • The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Barlow
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Young Nevare Burvelle is the second son of a second son. Traditionally in Gernia, the firstborn son is heir to the family fortunes, the second son bears a sword and the third son is consecrated to the priesthood. Nevare will follow his father – newly made a lord by the King – into the cavalry; to the frontier and thence to an advantageous marriage, to carry on the Burvelle name. It is a golden future, and Nevare looks forward to it with relish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love this book

  • By donnelle on 04-04-2019

Immersive

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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: 26-10-2018

A gently narrated and well crafted world with many interesting themes woven in. Hobb is a delight and Barlow brings out her strengths. An immersive and easy listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, violent, dark..... And hilarious. Enjoy

  • By Marc on 15-11-2015

GrimACE

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-2016

grimACE (v): a contorted facial spasm following Pacey's second-syllable emphasis. A sudden preference for chalkboard-nails.