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Paul

Love my Kindle and my audiobooks.

Columbia, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 110 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (274)

    In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association....

    Amazon Customer says: "Good premise, but reads like a text book"
    "Intellectually Stimulating"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was quite a challenge as it got quite technical at times. But I learned a lot about languages and grammar, and how the brain influences each. While I was not convinced that language is an instinct or that there is a grammar gene, there is ample evidence that there is a significant relationship between neuorlogical processes in the brain and grammar and language.

    When I read other books now, I look more at structure and how authors express ideas, what makes things clear or confusing, and notice the difference between writing in different periods.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (79)

    The Aeneid represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy.

    James says: "An epic in every sense of the word"
    "Doesn't Compare to Homer"
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    Would you try another book from Virgil and/or Charlton Griffin?

    Maybe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Virgil again?

    Maybe


    What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His performance was admirable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure


    Any additional comments?

    While providing some interesting fill-ins to some historical events (the sacking of Troy, the relationship between Dido and Aeneas, the founding of Rome), the overall story is pretty boring. Aeneas pretty much does what the gods tell him to do, without much personal flare. His apparent heroism doesn't add up to much.

    After listening to Homer's The Illiad and The Odyssey, this book is no where near in stature and greatness.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Homer, W. H. D. Rouse (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.

    Ganesh says: "Best Iliad experience on Audible"
    "Magnificent"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey again? Why?

    Probably not. Too many other things to listen too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action, drama, and heroism.


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

    No.


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

    5 Stars is not enough for these fantastic stories and wonderful performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Adam Shields says: "The movie was definitely an adaptation"
    "Excellent Performance"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was nice to be able to listen to a story in about 3 hours time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hathaway's performance was excellent. Vividly reminded me of the events of the movie I've seen so many times in my younger days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1013)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "A true classic"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A wonderful story of how censorship creeps into society and then becomes normal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked they way the issue of censorship in society was essentialized and very starkly presented.


    What about Christopher Hurt’s performance did you like?

    His performance was excellent. He captured Montag's emotions and conflicts.


    If you could rename Fahrenheit 451, what would you call it?

    Never would think of renaming an author's book. Isn't that what this book is about?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Frederick Douglass
    • Narrated By Charles Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Willie says: "Excellent Read...Highly Recommended!"
    "Outstandingly Inspirational"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass again? Why?

    This story was an amazing inspiration to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass?

    The pride that Douglass described after his escape and worked the first day of his first job where his earnings belonged totally to himself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Douglass realized the importance of reading and being educated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sterling Biographies: Frederick Douglass

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Frances E. Ruffin
    • Narrated By Cornelius Jones
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (153)

    From slave to freedom fighter: that was the long and hard journey taken by Frederick Douglass. Douglass was America's first great civil rights leader, and he threw off the physical, mental, and legal chains of slavery to become one of Americaï¿¿ï¿¿s greatest champions for human rights. It was said that his life was proof that once black people could read and write about their injustices, they would have the power to end slavery.

    Marsha says: "Great if you're 9 years old"
    "Fred Douglass is my hero"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Wonderful introduction to a courageous person.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fred Douglass. Because of his bravery.


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by his courage to return to the US even at the risk of being arrested again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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