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Josiah

emlenton, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael S. Gazzaniga
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (166)

    The father of cognitive neuroscience and author of Human offers a provocative argument against the common belief that our lives are wholly determined by physical processes and we are therefore not responsible for our actions.

    Dan says: "Use Your Credit On "Who's In Charge""
    "Good... if a bit dry"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The book is good. The author does an ok job of explaining in layman's terms some the more difficult ideas. The book also delves into some of the more philosophical implications of the authors research.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (568)

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "A classic David Kushner"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from David Kushner? Why or why not?

    No.... not because it is bad. Kushner has a habit of writing with a sensationalist flare. I'm sure the facts are correct but he focuses on only the most dramatic parts of the story. It kinda makes everything feel like a soap opera. It can be exhausting if you have read his other works as well.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Its Will Wheaton.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have enjoyed any of Kushners other books this is more of the same. If you have any fond memories of doom and you want to hear the story behind it this is the book for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (673)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "acceptable"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is good but has the flavor of a feaver dream. It is an acquired taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grief Observed

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments", A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period.

    Sam says: "A Grief Observed (Unabridged)"
    "Raw C.S. Lewis"
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    Would you listen to A Grief Observed again? Why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing the human that was C.S. Lewis.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm an unabashed C.S. Lewis fan. I love his philosophy, the way he looks at the world, and I love the way his words seem to echo what I think. If you are not a C.S. Lewis fan I'm not sure how much you will get out of this book. However for people who want a more intimate look inside this wonderful authors head, and for people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, I would highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Infernal City: Elder Scrolls Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Keyes
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Four decades after the Oblivion Crisis, Tamriel is threatened anew by an ancient and all-consuming evil. It is Umbriel, a floating city that casts a terrifying shadow-for wherever it falls, people die and rise again. And it is in Umbriel's shadow that a great adventure begins and a group of unlikely heroes meet. A legendary prince with a secret. A spy on the trail of a vast conspiracy. A mage obsessed with his desire for revenge. And Annaïg, a young girl in whose hands the fate of Tamriel may rest.

    Christian says: "A good read for Elder Scrolls and ESO Fans"
    "The elder scrolls book you didn't know about."
    Overall
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Greg Keyes? Why or why not?

    Yes .... The book was nothing special but neither was it bad. It's an Elder Scrolls book, which there are a surprising lack of in the day and age of expanded video game universes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an easy read. There is nothing special here and the authors only slightly catch the feel of the Elder Scrolls world, however if you are a fan of the games it will give you more of what you like.... Elder Scrolls.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark D. White, Robert Arp
    • Narrated By Mark D. White
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (100)

    Combing through 70 years of comic books, television shows, and movies, Batman and Philosophy explores how the Dark Knight grapples with ethical conundrums, moral responsibility, his identity crisis, the moral weight he carries to avenge his murdered parents, and much more. How does this caped crusader measure up against the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?

    Josiah says: "Its interesting but stretches a bit."
    "Its interesting but stretches a bit."
    Overall
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    Where does Batman and Philosophy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The use of comic book characters to help the reader understand philosophical theory.


    Any additional comments?

    This an interesting book to read if you like comic books and have a philosophical bent in your thinking. If one or the other of these do not interest you this is not the book for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2720)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1197)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    David says: "Good, but be careful"
    "A fascinating new way of looking at the world"
    Overall
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Mostly..... The section about how names go in and out of fashion is a little slow


    Any additional comments?

    The first time I heard about the premise of this book I got offended. How can a man claim that the legalization of abortion led to a drop in the crime rate. I immediately dismissed the premise as intentionally inflammatory. After continuing to hear good things about the book I decided to check it out for myself. I found that, yes, some of what the book puts forth is disturbing and perhaps cold, but the authors realize this and try to present their data and conclusions in as non inflammatory a way as possible. It turned out to be a compelling read, and a most interesting look at how the world might actually work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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