This book is boring - just a bunch of random silliness with no plot-connection, just some talk about "coincidences". By halfway, I just couldn't make myself listen to any more. Won't someone please record Gravity's Rainbow so we can enjoy Pynchon?
I appreciate that advanced physics is being presented in an audio format. I give the book five stars for content and organization of complex material.
Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar
The writing is very good - the delivery is sounds like someone on way too much coffee. I guess he was trying to sound enthusiastic about the material, but I often felt like he was yelling at me! With material of this caliber, we don't need a sell-job. Just slow down, read the material, and trust us to engage with it.
No - it's a good book to listen one or two chapters at a time (30-minute chapters).
Outstanding content - makes advanced physics accessible. However, Great Courses should coach its readers a bit more - tell them (A) calm down and cut back on the caffeine, and (B) don't try to "sell" the material with fake enthusiasm. Just read it.
What a wonderful gift - biographies, the Little Flowers, lives of early followers - an unexpected treasure. Unfortunately, the publisher scrimped on the recording. It sounds like they're using some sort of editing program that deletes tiny bits of silence - making the recording sound like a patchwork quilt.I'll listen anyway - the Little Flowers are irresistible. But really, we deserve a quality recording!
Her reading voice is fine. The problem is with the editing and splicing of tiny segments. Just turn on the mic and let her read!
The book is a classic - very dense and painful, but a masterpiece of reporting.
This book is read in a monotone with no variance for material or situation. Mr. Davidson sounds like he has a foul taste in his mouth that he is trying to get rid of as he reads. A particularly poor choice for an already difficult work.
I am listening slowly, due both to the difficult material and the terrible narration.
Nothing personal, but Mr. Davidson should retire, or to stick to light fiction. His sour voice is a terrible choice for history, philosophy, or classic literature - anything someone might want to linger over. I can't imagine who would enjoy listening to this voice.
This cannot be what Nietzsche sounded like! This chirpy reading captures none of the grit and anger of Nietzsche. I've tried to stick with it by pretending it's an underpaid graduate student reading N's notes, but it's painful. Will someone else please record this book?
I know Bonhoeffer via the Ethics, a densely-reasoned discussion of situational ethics which speaks to non-Christians as well as believers. I hoped the Cost of Discipleship might be more of the same, but I've been disappointed. This feels like pastoral homilies, tame sermonettes to help us through the day. Unchallenging stuff from a writer who did better work.
I loved this audiobook from the start. No, it's not easy to follow every detail. But listening to Freud talk about his dreams and what he makes of them is a great way to spend an hour or an evening. Let go of the details and enjoy listening to a great mind at work.
After loving the audio versions of Plato's Socratic dialogs, I wanted to try listening to Aristotle. This recording was disappointing both for its selections and the narration.
The selections lean toward colorful but unchallenging tidbits such as zoological observations. I'd have liked more of the Ethics, Logic, and other work that I might spend some time contemplating.
The narrator doesn't help matters, sounding as pedantic as a small-college Philosophy professor serving out his time until retirement.
But still, it's Aristotle. There isn't much of his work available so far in Audio format, but I'd say try Nichomachean Ethics first. Come back to this collection if you want more.
I wonder if Hardy wrote this poem, and the narrator changed a few words (such as adding "Reggae")? It's pretty funny, either way.
Well-read recording of a great adventure book. Scott digresses a lot into social and cultural history, and much of this is outdated. But the tournament, the battle scenes, the meeting of Richard and the friar -- these are great listening. This has been one of my favorite audiobooks.
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