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Joanna

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  • The Trial and the Death of Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Bruce Alexander, Jamie Glover, David Timson
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    The Trial and the Death of Socrates remains a powerful document not least because it gives a first-hand account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history.

    In Apology, Socrates defends himself before the Athenian court against charges of corrupting youth. Phaedo is the account by a young man of the actual last words and moments of Socrates.

    Gabriel says: "Even better than I expected"
    "Outstanding Performance!"
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    The performance makes the trial come to life!
    I have been assigned to read Plato's "Apology" for my Philosophy 101 class, and got this audiobook to make it easier. Definitely recommend!

    The way the work is read makes it seem as if you were actually a member of the jury at the time and place of Socrates' trial. They even put some echo in there to make it seem more real- a really neat touch.

    A good amount of context is given at the beginning and end of each section, making it much easier to understand what is going on and why is it being executed the way it is.

    There are several sections to this audiobook- context information, "The Apology", and other works that go with it including the account of Socrates' actual death.

    This work of literature is a classic. Thought provocative, supremely rhetorical, definitely something to reflect and learn from.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Religions of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Wenborn
    • Narrated By Adrian Grove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    Religion is central to the lives of millions of people around the globe. But how did the great religions begin, and what do their followers believe? Religions of the World tells the remarkable story of some of the faiths which have helped to shape the way we live today. Aimed at younger listeners, it introduces the history and scriptures, beliefs and customs of some of humanity’s most enduring religious traditions, and looks at their place in the lives of men, women and children across the world.

    Gregory says: "Good, Concise- Should be mandatory reading for all"
    "Good Intro Info!"
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    This is a great listen for people who are interested in the broad topic - types of religions and some background. Each "major" religion is presented with some data- how many people follow it, dates, origin, distribution, etc. Then a little context is given- practices are mentioned, some excerpts from the religion's scripture, their main holidays, fun facts.

    The book is neatly organized into sections, information is presented in an objective manner- pure information, no opinions, minimal bias.

    Overall the information is kept at an introductory level which makes this a really easy listen- that is why it is described as "for younger listeners" but it is definitely NOT "dumbed down" and anybody looking for an overview of the major religions of the world should find this listen helpful :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23006)
    Performance
    (14352)
    Story
    (14501)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Hard to put down :)"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely for people who like hero-development type of books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    Really liked the switches to different characters. One favorite moment was when the narrative switched to what was happening back on Earth to Valentine and Peter- the author did an awesome job at making Peter appear rather...scary.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance by these guys is marvelous! They really bring this story to life. They put a lot of emotion into the reading. Especially like when they read the teachers' lines- they sound very authentic.
    A woman reads the parts where the point of view shifts into the mind of the girl, Valentine, and that is a really neat experience.
    They put out a really unique performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Great book to marathon through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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