I'm not an intellectual lightweight, but I found this book to be tough going. It is potentially fascinating material; perhaps the audio format or the narrator is giving me trouble. I want to enjoy it; I've enjoyed similar material in print; nevertheless I find this audio-content tough to get through.
Be prepared for a struggle, as this audiobook is a "challenging" listen. From the narration, which failed to draw me in, to the content itself, full of details I just didn't care about after hearing them, I find myself unable to recommend this title. While I'm still interested in the subject matter, I'll be looking elsewhere for my enlightenment.
The text was hard to follow, at times skipping around without clear linkages between the ideas being discussed. There were many places where their was tedious repition. I agee with the customer review which stated that this was the worst book in my experience. The discription did not correlate to the text.
I have now listened to around 10 to 15 audiobooks on Audible and this is the first one I have not enjoyed. This material is just too dry. It may have been too much to hope for, however I was really expecting a more entertaining listen. I have listened to other historical books, but they always seemed to add a theatrical element to their lesson. This book did not and so I do not recommend it for anyone seeking anything beyond mere facts in written form.
Thanks for the refresher course on Greek philosophy... I was hoping for more than a cursory glance of the non-greek world. The roman, arab, and other european middle-age philosophers are literally only mentioned by name and affiliation with greek thought (if they are mentioned at all)! The author also reveals his shallow and literal, personal approach to the concepts addressed by his historical focal points at all turns, which only serves to petrify the already dry regurgitation of rudimentary greek thought. I love philosophy and I love thinking while I read/listen to a book! It is a great disappointment that this book brought me close to neither of these!
Between snippets of interesting facts, I find myself tuning out for long patches in this one. It's not overly dense, or even difficult to understand. It's just that it's not grabbing me.
I've gotten through Middlemarch with this narrator. I thought we could do this. Nope, it's easy to tune out and slightly annoying.
I thought it was tough wading through Robinson Crusoe, but this one made me think good old Robinson was an action hero.
Touching on too many names and not enough insight into them, it is more like a laundry list of bibliography than a book. It probably impressed his old professors, but not me. I fell asleep four times before giving up on it.
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.
This first hand account of the mental struggle in a WWII concentration camp is priceless. It moved me to hear the storyteller's tale. His post analogy was beyond my capacity to understand but none-the-less interesting. I truly enjoyed this book. Additionally there are some very coin-able phrases.