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Donald

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  • The Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Alan Charles Kors
    Overall
    (7)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    Revolutions in thought (as opposed to those in politics or science) are in many ways the most far-reaching of all. They affect how we grant legitimacy to authority, define what is possible, create standards of right and wrong, and even view the potential of human life. Between 1600 and 1800, such a revolution of the intellect seized Europe, shaking the minds of the continent as few things before or since. What we now know as the Enlightenment challenged previously accepted ways of understanding reality, bringing about modern science, representative democracy, and a wave of wars, sparking what Professor Kors calls "perhaps the most profound transformation of European, if not human, life." In this series of 24 insightful lectures, you'll explore the astonishing conceptual and cultural revolution of the Enlightenment. You'll witness in its tumultuous history the birth of modern thought in the dilemmas, debates, and extraordinary works of the 17th- and 18th-century mind, as wielded by the likes of thinkers like Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Pascal, Newton, Locke, Hume, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau.And you'll understand why educated Europeans came to believe that they had a new understanding-of thought and the human mind, of method, of nature, and of the uses of knowledge-with which they could come to know the world correctly for the first time in human history, and with which they could rewrite the possibilities of human life.

    Donald says: "Good material, annoying voice"
    "Good material, annoying voice"
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    A physics student would normally be enraptured to watch Einstein write out the equations of Relativity on a chalkboard, because it would be a display of genius and mastery. But, if Einstein put down the chalk, and instead proceeded to write out the equations with his fingernail on the chalkboard, the screeching sound would erase most of the pleasure from the experience.

    I have mixed feeling in criticizing the speaker for his annoying voice, becuase this is not an audiobook with a professional reader....but rather a lecture given by a professor. At the same time, the "Great Courses" series is supposed to represent the best lecturers that our universities have to offer. In the same way that some people couldn't stand G.W. Bush pronouncing "nuclear" as "nucular"; I can't stand hearing "human" pronounced "yooomun".

    If you want to learn about the topic, I would recommend the audiobook. If you want to enjoy the 12 hours, I would advise listening to the preview first.

    P.S. Some of this same material was covered in "The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition", and the speaker in that series was a delight to listen to.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the US government for over a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy's best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist. There are no better warriors on Earth.

    Carlos says: "I hated the darn Bleeping!"
    "DO NOT PURCHASE!!!!!!!"
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    There is a loud beeping sound inserted into the audio so often that it is unbearable! There might be a half dozen beeps in a single paragraph. They pretend that the beep is to cover up classified information, but it is a gimmick! In the introduction, it states that these beeps prove how much more information the author knows than what he was able to publish. It is so frequent, and breaks up the flow so severly, that I would highly recommend that you NOT purchase this audiobook!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1667)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (919)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "The worst performance I have heard on an audiobook"
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    I purchased the first two audiobooks in the Belgariad series, and have discontinued listening without finishing them. I read these books years ago, and loved them, but the performance is so unbearable that I cannot continue. He attempted to give every character in the story (and there are dozens of them) a completely different accent, but he did it in such an outrageous and unbelievable way that I spent more time aware of his voice than I did of the story. He resorted to absurd stereotypes of almost every language you can imagine: Barak has the voice of the Saturday Night Live skit of Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Were going to POMP YOU OP”). Belgarath's voice mutated through the course of the book, and ended up as Sean Connery's James Bond. Durnik is Scottish. Unimportant characters often have a Hackney accent. Silk is a British aristocrat. There is more than one French accent, and Middle Eastern moments mixed in for good measure. The greatest narrators disappear behind the story; the listener forgets who is speaking and becomes absorbed in the novel. These books suffer from a performance so distracting and garish, that the story is lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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