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Robert Nichols

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  • The Right Side of History

  • How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great
  • By: Ben Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Ben Shapiro
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues New York Times best-selling author Ben Shapiro, and we shouldn't fill it with politics and hate.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Generally solid

  • By Robert Nichols on 09-05-2019

Generally solid

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

Reviewed: 09-05-2019

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Having the author narrate his own work is always more personal of course.

Generally speaking the history and recounting of western ideas is pretty solid. Perhaps the main place I saw this was when it came to his understanding of Christianity. This is not surprising given that he’s an Orthodox Jew. The impact of Christianity I think is much greater than he tells.

Otherwise when it comes to his history of socialism and naturalism especially in modern history and current society, it’s a fascinating and insightful listen.

I would easily recommend this book, with those small caveats that I’ve already mentioned. And it’s not a very long book to listen to. The author is concise in his thinking and open about his generalisations. He also references many other authors and thinkers which is helpful for a balanced account. And it’s also a demonstration of the very thing that he’s trying to promote, rational critical engagement with those outside our ‘echo chamber’.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Liam Edwards on 12-08-2017

Loved it, except for some scenes

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

Reviewed: 26-01-2019

For the most part, I loved it. but I'm not a fan of sexual content. and so I couldn't keep listening to this book. it was too much for me. there were only a few scenes in the 5 hours I listened to. But for me, that was too much for my conscience. otherwise, I wish I could keep listening. I did absolutely love it aside for that.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Church History in Plain Language

  • Fourth EditionFourth Edition
  • By: Bruce L. Shelley
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

With more than 315,000 print copies sold, this is the story of the church for today’s listeners. Dr. Bruce Shelley makes church history come alive in this classic audiobook that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many college classrooms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really well laid out and solid narrator

  • By Hermand on 29-08-2017

engaging and concise.

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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: 31-12-2018

a great listen. gives you a sweep of the history which is for the most part all the important bits. the last part of the book is about american history partculary which is fine cause they have alot to contribute, but it does feel like the final chapters are tailored to an american audience, which i am not. that woul dbe my only quibble. others its dope.

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  • The Last Unicorn

  • By: Peter S. Beagle
  • Narrated by: Peter S. Beagle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

A unicorn, a haphazard wizard, and a spunky scullery woman journey to the dreaded kingdom of Haggaard, an evil ruler who, with the help of a bull-shaped demon, imprisons all the unicorns of the world. This is one of the great fantasy novels of the 20th century. Since its publication in 1968 it has never been out of print, with six million-plus copies sold around the world, and it has been translated into more than 20 languages.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre

  • By Robert Nichols on 31-12-2018

Mediocre

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-2018

It is just that, mediocre. a very poetic book. but that's about all. there are moments of humour. there are some memorable characters. which is why its not a waste.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration of a wonderful novel

  • By Sian Greening on 06-07-2016

Pretty decent time

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

Reviewed: 31-12-2018

a good book indeed. loved listening to it. the story is ok, but whats the highline for this book is its atmosphere. which i think matches the books theme of the circus.