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12 word salads with specious dressings

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

Reviewed: 25-02-2018

I decided to give JBP the benefit of the doubt, since I believe he had been correct with _some_ of his claims that I'd seen and heard in long-form conversation and interviews. I thought hearing him talk and make his points uninterrupted might change my generally poor rating of his assertions for the better, but it was quite the opposite. Uninterrupted, he sailed on with specious claims, overgeneralisations, outright untruths, and pseudo-profound and effectively hollow aphorisms, without anyone there to call him out on his nonsense. The author provided no new or insightful information in the very few parts of the book I heard that weren't outright nonsense. I only managed to get through half of this title, as, apart from the above, it was jam packed with unabashed, and almost militant Christian proselytising. If you're after anything insightful, new ways or actionable strategies to approach issues you may have in your life, or just some entertainment, I think you'd be very unlikely to find anything of value in this book.

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Great story nearly ruined by disastrous 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: 04-12-2017

This is a great story, but, after already having read all of The Saga of Pliocene Exile series, Intervention, and the Galactic Milieu Trilogy, collectively my favourite fiction series and complete story, the narration of this title was so awful it was barely worth listening in its entirety.

Wouldn't be surprising if the narration of this title alone single handedly ruined audiobook sales expectations and consequently resulted in the rest of the series not making it to the audiobook format.

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A sobering reminder of superstitions' violent ends

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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: 25-02-2017

In this sobering reminder of dark days in Western culture's past, Sam Harris need not point out the obvious parallels that have crept back into the Western culture of today, the continued barbarity in many countries and cultures still ruled by religious dogma and superstition, and their violent consequences.

abridged score

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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: 10-01-2017

It's not really abridged, one quickly realises, when following very carefully measured instructions in an as nonchalantly as exemplary demonstration of mastery