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  • Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (279)

    William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

    Charles L. Burkins says: "Too Little, Too Short"
    "Only Bryson book I gave up on"
    Overall

    The very long prelude is persuasive that there's not much known for sure about Shakespeare... and then goes into absurdly tiny detail about the supposed life he led.

    I couldn't force myself to continue... but based on my prior enjoyment of Bryson's OTHER work, I would still try another of his books without concern.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (424)

    In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

    gerald says: "The book says what many feel, but fear to say"
    "A new way to look at religion's claim on morality"
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    Very thoughtful book, with very compelling ideas presented in calm but strong crystalline prose.

    I wish others wrote as clearly or tackled hard ideas so well.

    This is a most utilitarian response to the sometime-mean-spririted atheism of other essays. The gist is that we need to foster and embrace a scientific approach to morality and values.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Ellsberg
    • Narrated By Daniel Ellsberg, Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Infused with the political passion and turmoil of the Vietnam era, Secrets is the memoir of a daring man, a story about what it takes to make a dramatic life-change in the context of moral challenge, an expose of Washington power politics, and a searing portrait of America at a perilous modern crossroads.

    David says: "5 stars for an account of a 5-star fiasco"
    "There was an awful lot here that I didn't know"
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    Where does Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I lived through this era (young, but present & alert) and didn't know lots of what the Pentagon Papers were about, and what their attempted suppression led to. Very impressive narrative of an individual's self-endangerment for an intentional & noble purpose.


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  • Justice Antonin Scalia Speech on Constitutional Interpretation (03/14/05)

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By Antonin Scalia
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia makes remarks on the topic of "Constitutional Interpretation." He speaks at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

    Jeff says: "Supreme Court for Dummies"
    "More ideas and less smug than expected"
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    Where does Justice Antonin Scalia Speech on Constitutional Interpretation (03/14/05) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Free book, so interesting to experiment with


    What was most disappointing about Antonin Scalia’s story?

    When you have a lifetime appointment to one of the most powerful offices in the country, it's easy to feel, well, pretty darn cock-sure (especially when your point-of-view is in the majority).

    Despite that, his speech was much less from a bully than the quotes we find in the media (re: Bush v Gore: “Get over it


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

    Sure, esp for free!


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