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New Orleans, LA, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 330 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Irwin (Editor), Henry Jacoby (Editor)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs

    George R. R. Martin's New York Times best-selling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals?

    Tommy says: "Open your eyes and read this please"
    "A fun exploration of philosophy"
    What did you love best about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

    I love applying philosophy to pop culture. It really helps me understand the philosophical concepts-- or makes be believe that I understand them better.

    I read a lot of science usually. The philosophy is a mental palate cleanser.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith

    If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire. This volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones.

    Daniel says: "Calm Down, Fanboys"
    "A good primer for a song of ice and fire"

    A the ice and fire series is ponderous and begins suddenly. I had to read the series twice before I felt I had a handle on what was going on, and I'm still not sure.

    If I was going to begin it today, I would read this for background information first. Skip the afterward, which has three spoilers for those who have neither read the books nor watched the show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "A delightful romp through Rome's art"
    If you could sum up Angels and Demons in three words, what would they be?

    Art History Fiction

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The science v religion stuff was so heavy handed it was silly at times.

    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    He has a very commanding tone.

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


    Any additional comments?

    I read this in preparation of a trip to Rome and the Vatican. If you treat it as a travel guide, it's great. As a story... it's ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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