This was my first audible selection, and it took me almost 3 months to listen to both parts -- but it was worth it! It's a great listen, and in terms of content and entertainment value it ranks right up there with From Dawn to Decadence (which I read, but haven't listened to). I especially enjoyed the discussions of the very early days of philosophy, which I didn't know much about before this book. It's the kind of book that causes you to "rewind" in places, so you don't miss even a single sentence. (That's why it took me so long to get through.) But definitely worth the number of hours required to get through both parts.
This volume in my opinion, spent too much portion (3/4) with ancient greco-roman philosophy, the first few chapters were repetitive and slow in pace, but it got better. The language has a judgmental undertone and therefore, fun to listen to.
I write on economics, history and politics. I read/listen to feed my pen. I enjoy great narration more than music,, movies or tv.
This book made me laugh out loud on the subway. The author's gift of irony plus the narrators understanding thereof made this a truly entertaining listen. Quite an achievement for a book on philosophy.
The subject could have beem covered in 8 CDs not 16. The narrator lectured instead of inspired. Occasional she hit a area of insight, but they were too few and far between. I couldn't imagine trying to read this book.
If you enjoy the art of thinking along with, (OR SLIGHTLY BEHIND).. the best of history's western thinkers,.. THINK SMART, and read, then re-read, and..once again re-re-read this wonderful and epic undertaking!! (starting) Today!
If, on the other hand,.. your brain is lazy, and you like being, or at least remaining a mental so-so-O-so, instead of risking that ever so small chance of become a little more of a gray-matter extreeeem Virtuoso...go ahead,..skip this book at your own loss!
The material may have been good, but the narrator's tone was so arrogant and ridiculously over articulated that it was impossible to listen to for longer than a half hour. Good luck to those of you with more patience than I.
Dad, Dentist, Adventurer. Well... at least 2 of those.
The readers voice is great and author doesn't go into to much detail about all the little nuances that separate the different philosophers. Just the right amount of depth.
Beautiful tone, very easy on the ears.
No laughing or crying, but I have never paused a book so much to sit and think about what I just heard.