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James Bath

James H. Bath

Charleston, SC USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 425 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Immanuel Kant, Thomas Kingsmill Abbott (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Immanuel Kant's Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals, first published in 1785, lays out Kant's essential philosophy and defines the concepts and arguments that would shape his later work. Central to Kant's doctrine is the categorical imperative, which he defines as a mandate that human actions should always conform to a universal, unchanging standard of rational morality.

    James Bath says: "A Pivotal Thinker in the History of Mind"
    "A Pivotal Thinker in the History of Mind"

    Ever since my first read of Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason" I smile quietly inside myself with appreciation of the man's incredible genius. I feel the same way about this book, "Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals." Anybody with a serious interest in philosophy should read and/or listen to works by Immanuel Kant. But don't expect kid gloves. His thinking is difficult until you start catching his drift -- then it is wonderfully fulfilling. I think most people's problem with Kant is that they don't have enough confidence in their own abilities to meet the challenge.

    John Lee does an impeccable job in helping us to meet the challenge via his intelligent and wise narration of this book. (Please, John, add "Critique of Pure Reason" to your list of books to narrate).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "Magnificent, Grand, and Deeply Moving"
    What did you love best about Earth Abides?

    Thought-provoking, entertaining, profoundly sensitive, and yet easily readable, this story grabs you at the very beginning and does not let go of you until the very last word. It should be ranked among the top three or five of all the world's timeless classics. I cannot believe it took me 62 years of life to stumble upon this wonderful literary master-work but better late than never. And the narration is very good, too. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Fabulous little story! And wonderful ending!"
    Where does The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole thing. It was very tightly written, laconic, no waste of words, and easily visual. I got hooked on it from the beginning, during the studying of the hat and the inferring of the person who wore it from that observation. As the short story progressed, the narrator's skill in expressing the various characters, individually, became obvious. The ending brought the whole story home as a surprising and delightful Christmas gift to the listener.

    Have you listened to any of Alan Cumming’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The was the first time I listened to Alan Cumming's performance. But it won't be the last time. He is very skillful at narration.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and worked hard to suppress tears of good-feeling at the end (my wife was close by and I didn't want to embarrass myself by getting misty).

    Any additional comments?

    Thanks a bunch, Audible, for this great little Christmas gift to us members.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Conductor's Guide to Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 & Piano Concerto No. 4

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Gerard Schwarz
    • Narrated By Gerard Schwarz

    The work of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) has been called the culmination of the Classical era or the wellspring of the Romantic era in European music. Historians today see him as the heir of Haydn and Mozart, carrying their musical discoveries to a new level of complexity and integration. But the generations of composers that followed Beethoven saw him more as the headstrong radical, breaking the shackles of classicism and showing new possibilities for music.

    proton says: "Excellent"
    "This is simply GREAT!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have loved Beethoven's music for many decades. But Mr. Schwartz's lesson here has raised my appreciation for this genius and his multidimensional talents to heights of which I have never dreamed. This little book is wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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