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P K

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  • 12 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 54 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    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"
    "Full of interesting information"
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    I agree very much with the previous reviewers. Quite enlightening. I'm going to buy Macbeth next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valis

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat, the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity, and reality as revealed through a pink laser. Valis is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime.

    Devon says: "Bizarro, Sacrilegous"
    "Weird, sometimes dense but original and rewarding"
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    This is a strange combination of a modern novel, detective story, mystical revelation, gnostic theology and science fiction. It can be tough going sometimes - when there are lots of dense theology - but it also has lots of cynical black humor and it is very original. You have never read something like that before!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cosmopolis

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end, those booming times of market optimism when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments.

    Alnia Perpoz says: "My favorite book"
    "Not the best DeLillo but still worth the money"
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    Story

    Compared with Libra or White Noise this story is more constructed and less realistic.
    But it is not as polished as Point Omega.
    It is comparable in quality with The Names or Running Dog.
    Still worth the money and it is an interesting critique of modern Wall Street life. But also a bit "over the top".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terrorism and Communism (Revolutions Series): Slavoj Zizek presents Trotsky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Leon Trotsky, Slavoj Zizek
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Soon after the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky led the Red Army against the counter-revolutionary White armies. Written in the white heat of the Civil War, "Terrorism and Communism" is one of the most potent defences of revolutionary dictatorship of the twentieth century. In his provocative commentary in this new edition, the coruscating critic Slavoj Zizek argues that Trotsky's attack on the illusions of democracy has a vital relevance to today.

    Amazon Customer says: "From the Cauldron of the Russian Revolution"
    "A strange audiobook - but no waste of money"
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    For me this was my first exploration of leftist literature. I felt a bit like Alice in Wonderland because I had nothing to compare it with. I now have discovered a part of history that I never knew about. It's a weird but intriguing text.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael D. C. Drout
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (483)

    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)"
    "A very inspired lecturer"
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    The second book I bought from this lecturer and again I'm very satisfied. Enthusiastic and insighful. Very nice to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Three in Economics: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    The Big Three in Economics reveals the battle of ideas among the three most influential economists in world history: Adam Smith, representing laissez faire; Karl Marx, reflecting the radical socialist model; and John Maynard Keynes, symbolizing big government and the welfare state. History comes alive in this fascinating story of opposing views that continue to play a fundamental role in today's politics and economics.

    Jan says: "Cut and paste"
    "Another Ayn Rand disciple?"
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    This would have been much better if it had been a more balanced book. It is definitely in the free market + religion + tea party ballpark. If that's your inclination then you'll like it. But if you want an objective and balanced view of economics ... definitely pick another book than this.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Finch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Mysterious underground inhabitants known as the gray caps have reconquered the failed fantasy state Ambergris and put it under martial law. They are controlling the human inhabitants with strange addictive drugs, internment in camps, and random acts of terror. The rebel resistance is scattered, and the gray caps are using human labor to build two strange towers. John Finch must solve an impossible double murder for his gray cap masters while trying to make contact with the rebels.

    Pie says: "Awesome."
    "Could not finish it - but a very good book"
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    This one was a bit too grim for me and I was afraid all would end in disaster. But it is a well written book and it is very original - so if you can stand the dark suspense you should go ahead an buy it. It is a bit like Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Randy O. Frost, Gail Stekeete
    • Narrated By Joe Caron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (378)

    What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper thats ever come into his home? What compulsions drive a woman like Irene, whose hoarding cost her her marriage? Or Ralph, whose imagined uses for castoff items like leaky old buckets almost lost him his house?

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "Gripping"
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    I was gripped by the dramatic life stories of people who suffer from this handicap. Grim but well written and very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Comrade J: Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America after the End of the Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Spymaster, defector, double agent....Here is the remarkable true story of the man who ran Russia's post-cold-war spy program in America. The revelations are stunning. Many spies have told their stories. None has the astonishing immediacy, relevance, and cautionary warnings of Comrade J.

    Richard says: "Some Inaccuracies, but still good"
    "Interesting story - well told"
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    Overall this is an interesting and well written tale. Sometimes I had the feeling that it was almost too good to be true. The KGB was portrayed as precisely the corrupt organization that would suit American propaganda. So sometimes I wondered if someone had sneaked some convenient disinformation into the story. Still it is money well spent on a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: A Way With Words, Part II: Approaches to Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael D.C. Drout
    • Narrated By Michael D.C. Drout
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    In A Way with Words II: Approaches to Literature, Michael D.C. Drout leads a series of lectures that focus on the big questions of literature. Throughout, he introduces the major schools of literary and critical thought and employs illuminating examples from the world's most important literary works. This course proves a wonderful exploration of one of humankind's most cherished pursuits.

    Edward Martinez says: "Drout is great"
    "Made things much clearer for me"
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    Recently I have listened to a lot of lectures about literary theory and this is the best one to date. It makes it much easier to understand the other lectures. Even Derrida gets an interesting treatment! Highly recommended. (note: I'm just an amateur in this field of study.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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