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