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Sycamore, IL, USA

  • 5 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 37 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2018

  • The Modern Scholar: Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    • Narrated By Professor Michael D. C. Drout

    Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.

    Jade says: "A Very Unique Read...(J/K)"
    "One of the best out of hundreds . . ."

    One of the best out of hundreds that I have listened, this book contains not only the general principles but also many brilliant examples on motivating the audience and becoming compelling communicators.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Good Book and Good Narrating . . ."

    One of best of dozens of "self-improvement" books I have ever purchased from A little repetitive, but which one isn't?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ayn Rand and the World She Made

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anne C. Heller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ayn Rand is the author of two phenomenally best-selling ideological novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which have sold over 12 million copies in the United States alone. Through them, she built a right-wing cult following in the late 1950s and became the guiding light of Libertarianism and of White House economic policy in the 1960s and '70s. Her defenses of radical individualism and of selfishness as a "capitalist virtue" have permanently altered the American cultural landscape.

    Patrick King says: "Good Premises with Contradictions"
    "Revealing and Inspiring . . ."

    This biography will be best appreciated by listeners who have read or listened to Ayn Rand's works as referred. Ayn Rand's tough love for humanity is juxtaposed with some of the flaws of her personality and her philosophy, which are seemingly more of a dreamer and a revolutionary than of a thinker and a philosopher. The listeners would say, that Ayn Rand's objectivism is not so objective after all, as she often failed in her life to recognize that humans other than herself and their needs, feelings, thoughts, and rights, are also part the objective world, and that no wonder why Ayn Rand had and still has posthumously followers of more young students than of older and intellectually more sophisticated university professors. Potentially damaging to the idealistic passions of the young and Ayn Rand's beautiful and heroic ideals which are very much needed for the progress of humanity, this book does, nevertheless, help the objective understanding of Ayn Rand as a humanistic and historical phenomenon.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne

    In this beautifully written and brilliantly reasoned collection of essays, Ayn Rand throws new light on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. Once again, she demonstrates her bold originality and her refusal to let conventional ideas define her sense of the truth. Rand eloquently asserts that one cannot create art without infusing it with one's own value judgments and personal philosophy - even an attempt to withhold moral overtones only results in a deterministic or naturalistic message.

    Mica says: "Essential AYN"
    "Good book . . ."

    The part on literature is the best, which is about 3/5 of the book by length. The part on music and dance is the worst, which is about 1/5 of the book by length. The rest part of the book is on paintings which is OK. You will need to have read "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" both by Ayn Rand to better appreciate this "Romantic Manifesto" which uses the former two as examples on many occasions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Emily says: "A long listen but worth the effort and patience"
    "Not as good as The Fountainhead . . ."

    I have read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand three times and found it intellectually, morally, and emotionally motivating. That's why I bought Atlas Shrugged by the same author. To my disappointment, the characters and the plot in Atlas Shrugged are too simple not to give the impression that Any Rand was writing for preschool children, while the underlining philosophy is obviously for adult audiences who need to be both social and political minorities to appreciate the book.

    Atlas Shrugged appears to me as an undercover non-fiction poorly disguised as a fiction, the author's zealous philosophical beliefs far outweighed her patience and efforts in creating a novel that could have been as good as The Fountainhead, which in my view, has manifested her great writership and her heroic ideals for being independent, creative, and objective in seeking the truth and appreciating the beauty.

    So, if you love Ayn Rand, buy The Fountainhead before you buy Atlas Shrugged.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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