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Rev. David B. Smith

Dulwich Hill, New South Wales Australia
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  • The Professor in the Cage

  • Why Men Fight and Why We like to Watch
  • By: Jonathan Gottschall
  • Narrated by: Quincy Dunn-Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

When a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym moves in across the street from his office, Jonathan Gottschall sees a challenge and an opportunity. Pushing 40, out of shape, and disenchanted with his job as an adjunct English professor, part of him yearns to cross the street and join up. The other part is terrified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profound and beautifully written

  • By Rev. David B. Smith on 05-12-2018

Profound and beautifully written

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Reviewed: 05-12-2018

As a professional fighter, I found this book full of insight. As a professional wordsmith, I was equally impressed with the delivery of that insight. We’ll done, brother. It’s time to make the transition to boxing so that the saga might continue. 🥊

  • Father Bob

  • The Larrikin Priest
  • By: Sue Williams
  • Narrated by: Francis Greenslade
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

This is the life story of Father Bob Maguire - a rare behind-the-scenes look at the much-loved 'people's priest'. The enigmatic champion of the down-and-out was shaped by a lonely childhood in poor circumstances, an early priesthood that collided with the upheaval of Vatican II and working with the army during the Vietnam War. This is a lively portrait of the man behind the resilient social activist and popular media performer who refuses to be defeated by enforced retirement from the parish over which he presided for nearly 40 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Rev. David B. Smith on 01-11-2018

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 01-11-2018

Love Bob. Love the book. Only sorry that it doesn’t include an anthology of Bob’s sermons

  • The Doomsday Machine

  • By: Daniel Ellsberg
  • Narrated by: Steven Cooper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising insider's account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, whose legacy - and renewal under the Obama administration - threatens the very survival of humanity. It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high-level access to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Necessary reading

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-11-2018

A must read

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Reviewed: 21-10-2018

Everyone should read this book. And if everyone did read this book, humanity might have a hope for the future.

  • Undisputed Truth

  • By: Mike Tyson, Larry Sloman
  • Narrated by: Joshua Henry
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon - Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time - and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Dave on 30-09-2018

Raw and powerful

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Reviewed: 13-02-2018

I almost quit this book numerous times as the main character is not a likeable guy and I got sick of hearing about him. Even so, I’m glad I stuck it out to the end. Gut-wrenching!

  • The Complete Guide to Fasting

  • Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
  • By: Jimmy Moore, Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Moore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven't thought about - yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read, Game changer,

  • By Dan Jury on 08-10-2017

Convincing!

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Reviewed: 01-01-2018

This really is a complete and comprehensive guide, and makes a lot of sense. Well written and read too.

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  • Beyond Training

  • Mastering Endurance, Health, & Life
  • By: Ben Greenfield
  • Narrated by: Ben Greenfield
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Beyond Training is for men and women who have made it out of couch potato mode and are ready to take things to the next level, whether that means shedding those last few extra pounds, finishing a 5K, or even crossing the finish line of an Ironman triathlon. Everyone from the casual exerciser to the weightlifter, CrossFitter, obstacle racer, marathoner, mountaineer, triathlete, swimmer, cyclist, runner, and biohacker will glean tons of knowledge and life-changing advice from this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The one book every serious crossfitter, triathlon or sporting enthusiast must read!

  • By DP on 11-11-2015

Comprehensive but over the top

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-2017

This guy knows a lot but he thinks he has the answer to everything (or that he is the answer)

  • Sex at Dawn

  • How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • By: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan (Preface)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and good, but flawed

  • By Brendan on 01-06-2018

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 28-11-2017

A brilliant book on so many levels - not just in the questions it raises about contemporary sexual mores, but in the questioning of the scientific objectivity of previous studies on the subject.

  • Primal Endurance

  • Escape Chronic Cardio and Carbohydrate Dependency, and Become a Fat-Burning Beast!
  • By: Mark Sisson, Brad Kearns
  • Narrated by: Brad Kearns
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Primal Endurance shakes up the status quo and challenges the overly stressful, ineffective conventional approach to endurance training. While marathons and triathlons are wildly popular and bring much gratification and camaraderie to the participants, the majority of athletes are too slow, continually tired, and carry too much body fat respective to the time they devote to training. The prevailing "chronic cardio" approach promotes carbohydrate dependency, overly stressful lifestyle patterns, and ultimately burnout.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read with enthusiasm

  • By Rev. David B. Smith on 22-10-2017

Read with enthusiasm

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Reviewed: 22-10-2017

Having the author read the book with such commitment and enthusiasm added enormously to the value of the information

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  • What Doesn't Kill Us

  • How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength
  • By: Scott Carney
  • Narrated by: Scott Carney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our forbears? Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hyperventilating? Or cellular hypoxia

  • By Antony on 18-04-2017

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 07-10-2017

Finally, someone who can articulate the breakthroughs achieved by Wim Hof better than the man himself.

  • Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
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    5 out of 5 stars 4

What did the "other" Scriptures early Christians followed say? Do they exist today? How could such outlandish ideas ever be considered Christian? If such beliefs were once common, why do they no longer exist? These are just a few of the many provocative questions that arise from these 24 thrilling lectures. Join the dramatic search for lost Christianities and learn why it's considered such an appealing subject to study.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly informative, but ...

  • By Rev. David B. Smith on 25-07-2017

Highly informative, but ...

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Reviewed: 25-07-2017

A well-crafted and comprehensive series of lectures that are full of insights. Even so, the professor doesn't appear to be a friend of the church. He is less than generous towards conservative Christian scholarship