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SAUNDERSTOWN, RI, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 50 purchased in 2014

  • SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton

    The multi award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Universally accepted as Shakespeare's finest play, we peel back the layers of Hamlet to discover how and why it deserves such a place of honour in world literature.

    Jane says: "Great introduction to Hamlet"
    Where does SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio I've listened to. The option to hear the audio with or without the commentary is brilliant. The commentary is perfect, almost section at a time commentary layered over the performance, which is outstanding. In fact, I like this so much that I wrote to the company and begged them to produce more Shakespeare SmartPass audios! I've since purchased all the Shakespeare SmartPass audiobook just based on the strength of this one. Highly recommended

    What did you like best about this story?

    It's Shakespeare! Full disclosure: I am a Shakespeare fanatic so I love this story.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Narrator was excellent. Full of passion and genuinely "gets" what Shakespeare is up to in this play.

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

    Hamlet is no comedy! The acting is tremendously good.

    Any additional comments?

    Dear Audible: PLEASE contact the maker of this series and ask them to produce one for every shakespeare play possible! These are that good!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Islamic Philosophy: Bolinda Beginner Guides

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Majid Fakhry
    • Narrated By Raad Rawi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A comprehensive examination of the struggle to reconcile philosophy and Islam. From the introduction of Greek Philosophy into the Muslim world in the eighth century, right through to modern times, Majid Fakhry charts the evolution and interaction of philosophy, theology, and mysticism in the Islamic context. Highlighting key individuals, movements, concepts, and writings, Fakhry also explores the conflicts and controversies between anti- and pro-philosophical parties.

    Cressida says: "Beautifully written, nicely narrated, dense"
    "Beautifully written, nicely narrated, dense"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this audiobook. It's intelligent, well organized, relatively easy to follow, although some passages are very complex and require serious concentration or following along with the actual book. This audiobook is written by Majid Fakhry who is an internationally recognized scholar in Islamic philosophy. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Nature of Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lucretius
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    This famous work by Lucretius is a masterpiece of didactic poetry, and it still stands today as the finest exposition of Epicurean philosophy ever written. The poem was produced in the middle of first century B.C., a period that was to witness a flowering of Latin literature unequaled for beauty and intellectual power in subsequent ages. The Latin title, De Rerum Natura, translates literally to On the Nature of Things and is meant to impress the reader with the breadth and depth of Epicurean philosophy.

    Lawrence says: "A Masterpiece"
    "A must "read" Great Translation and Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to On the Nature of Things the most enjoyable?

    First of all, this translation is based on Rolfe Humphries, in case you wish to read along or follow the audio with the book. It is very readable and clear.

    What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Griffin is a great narrator; he makes it very easy to follow, especially if you do not have a copy of the book with you.

    Any additional comments?

    There's nothing to report that has not been stated by previous reviewers. This is a great production of a very important classic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The March of the Ten Thousand

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Xenophon
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.

    Benedict says: "An intelligent leader"
    "Great Book, excellent audio"

    There is a reason why Machiavelli and other modern political philosophers love Xenophon; he is the most modern of the ancients: Xenophon examines the nature of politics and war from the perspective of a man of action rather than from a Platonic idealistic view. That is not to say that the book lacks a philosophical perspective -- it is deeply philosophic -- just not idealistic. Rather than arguing for abstract theories of morality, Xenophon shows you war from the perspectives of those involved in it. He also examines the motives for war, retreat, peace, and the nature of loyality, justice, and the role of the Gods in war. He can be read for pure pleasure, and read for insights into politics and the nature of man, conflict, war, peace, and the nature of the philosopher's relationship to politics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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