Audio edition is excellent
Neil Barofsky. He exemplifies not a hero or an ideal, but the kind of person needed in government: someone honest who thinks of the people the government is supposed to serve.
Yes, I was disgusted by the Treasury's attitude
A valuable addition to the literature around 2008 and an important testimony.
I listened to vol.2 immediately after vol.1, so I cannot separate the two. I'm impatient to hear volume 3.
He spoke clearly and at a good speed, without getting bogged down.
When the black troops honoured Lincoln in the ceremony after the war.
I am always struck by how uncertain war is, and what a horror. People have always clamoured for it, until they really got what they wanted and it turned out to be the last thing anybody could want.
Yes. It is a good book to have solidly present in one's head at all times.
I (for complex reasons — I suppose they are always complex) had a penchant for being gullible which got worn down through education, but after a crisis in my mid-thrities, I decided to become "open" (thereby casting away deliberately many mental restraints). I decided it was simply better strategy, even if that meant being gullible. However, in time I shifted back to a more critical, intellectually rigorous position. For someone like myself, Schermer's book is just the thing to steady a sometimes vacillating mind.
Probably. To retain some of the details.
Made me think, which is no doubt more important.
The subject is an extremely important one that touches us all.
The detailed account of the historical context. The much deeper understanding I acquired of the Civil War and its role in history, of Lincoln, of American culture and society.
Much too long for that! But I did not want to stop listening.
The first two volumes are long but well worth it. I'm waiting for Volume 3
Discovering things that put much into perspective: China's situation in the 20th century and its evolution, Japan's invasion of China and China's war of resistance, the relationship between the Kuomingtang and the communists (Russian and Chinese), the relationship between western countries and Asia a few decades ago, the character of the much maligned Chiang Kai-shek and the enormous difficulties he faced, how American views of China were formed.
Yes, he is generally quite good. His pronunciation of Chinese words is mostly OK (recognizable, which is already better than what I've heard from certain professors specializing in Asia or even China).
Yes....not much of the former though I'm afraid.
A must for anyone who wants to understand 20th century history.
Julian "the Apostate", because he had (I believe) a deeper love and understanding of culture than most other emperors, and was also intelligent and capable.
Contrary to certain others, I thought he read the text mechanically. But the text was not boring, so it was OK.
A good complement might be Kenneth Harl's 24 lectures in the Great Courses "The World of Byzantium", whose account is considerably richer and deeper but does not provide as lively or vivid an impression of some of the personages. Harl does not read but extemporizes, and his diction is interspersed with 'has" and 'ers' and corrections, but I find this much more appealing than a text that is read. If I had to choose, Harl wins hands down. But be aware that Harl's lectures exist in video form with helpful maps and captions that are not available in the audiobook version. This said, Brownworth's audiobook also do not offer such aids.
Yes. Bobby Fischer's peculiar combination of genius and psychopathology is well worth knowing about, and the book is excellent.
Fischer forces us to reflect more deeply on the question of reality and perception, and on how the brain works. Chess requires uncompromising logic and the capacity to see relationships correctly, yet its supreme genius could persistently err in seeing things logically and correctly in life.
By clarifying how exercise affects the brain, this book has made me look at exercising in a different and far more motivated way.
Would especially recommend to anybody who has children or is engaged in education.
A lucid and lively explanation of the atheist position that will help clarify one's thought whether one is theistically or atheistically inclined.
Richard Dawkins, whose acuity and humanity shine through his words and his voice.
They both have a pleasant voice and excellent elocution, and their collaboration is outstanding. A pleasure.
Despite the richness of the book which I recommend with enthusiasm to all, I nonetheless do not think that it satisfactorily covers every aspect of the question: in particular, the discussions of "consolation" and "inspiration" do not go far enough — a deeper look at these might make us hesitate after all to change someone else's faith.
This books put many things into a new perspective; it is one of the rare books that have transformed the way I see myself, my life (both external and internal), society, and life in general.
The insights kept coming, chapter after chapter...
Pinched, tight, not very pleasant. But the book is so great that this can be overlooked.
I have seldom experienced such sustained excitement in listening to an audiobook.
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