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Catfish

CLAYTON, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Douglas A. Blackmon
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (140)

    In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history - an Age of Neoslavery that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

    Roy says: "Will Take Your Breath Away"
    "Fantastic historical record"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The research effort behind it and the fairly impartial way it was presented


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

    Many terrible accounts of slaves being greatly abused both physically and mentally. But balanced with some accounts of the circumstances that lead to these events.
    Biggest impact for me was a greater appreciation for the value of conservative as opposed to radical change. Anybody who thinks that large problems can ever be solved with an overnight revolution or such should read this book and see what the emancipation of Negroes after the Civil war did to many in the African population.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Greg Thornton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (278)

    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

    Darwin8u says: "A Masterpiece of Science Writing"
    "A cure for populist delusions about life"
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    What did you love best about The Moral Animal?

    The irony of using Charles Darwin as a specimen in a scientific study on the theory of evolution. The humor, the charm, the humanity and the cold blooded analysis


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time and detail put in to quite simple but profound topics


    What about Greg Thornton’s performance did you like?

    His style suited the content of the book perfectly


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't be afraid to look inside.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (1008)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    William says: "What more can be said?"
    "Generally great and occasionally brilliant..."
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    Any additional comments?

    Here is an example of the brilliance..
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    Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves.
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    Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: “if you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?”
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    This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say Napoleonic times. Many novelties have come from America. The most startling of these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor. They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steppenwolf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Peter Weller
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (340)

    Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine.

    Darwin8u says: "Save this Hesse novel for your midlife crisis."
    "Very interesting book for its time"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Steppenwolf to be better than the print version?

    Probably, it seemed a bit disjointed and expect is easier to follow as an audio book than a text.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steppenwolf?

    Some very nice language in parts. Very elegant description of how unsatisfied the SteppenWolf is with day to day consumerism. Never heard anybody express the idea that "this is all largely crap" in such learned and literary terms.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The lesbian scene with his 2 girlfriends. Probably one of the original porno stories of all time but still an oldy but a goody.


    Any additional comments?

    Can see why the rock band Steppenwolf took this as their name. Sex and Drugs was all there and they just put it together with Rock and Roll.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    What are things made of? What is the sun? Why is there night and day, winter and summer? Why do bad things happen? Are we alone? Throughout history people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions such as these. Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu’s egg? Or what about the great catfish that carries the world on its back? Has anyone ever told you that earthquakes are caused by a sneezing giant?

    Sivashankaran says: "Splendid and good for the brain"
    "Fun listen"
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    What did you love best about The Magic of Reality?

    Was a great laugh listening to Dawkins dryly explaining why fairy tales like "a pumpkin turning into a stage coach" cannot actually happen. But still had me thinking about some of these topics a bit more than I had to date.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (693)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Learned a lot from this book"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Gave me a greater sense of sympathy for people in general because although the book was about fairly extreme clinical cases I think it is fair to say we all suffer some form of mental impairment in some areas. Personally have been trying to learn to play guitar for several years and probably made the same progress that most people will make in 2 years so although I am not a Lost Mariner my own brain is obviously not quite the perfect mechanism either.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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