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Anna

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  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kantor
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    These days, English professors prefer to teach anything and everything but classic English literature. They indoctrinate their students in Marxism and radical feminism, show them Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and teach them the "post-colonial literature" of South Asia. When they do teach a genuine work of English or American literature, they use it to propagandize against our "oppressive" Western culture.

    Anna says: "Tremendous disappointment"
    "Tremendous disappointment"
    Overall

    Having made the regrettable mistake of not studying Literature in college, I am trying to make up for lost time by purchasing lectures on the topic and reading classics. So when I saw this book, that promised to teach Western Literature "in all its politically incorrect glory," I was really excited. I want to study Literature, not politics! I hoped that finally, I'd have an unbiased, unpoliticized view of Literature from someone passionate about it.

    Sadly, this book is very much about politics, of the most bitter variety. Kantor has a bone to pick with all those Marxist English professors. And having fled the USSR as a refugee, I am no Marxist. But gees, I want to hear about Literature, not about how flawed the modern leftist movement is. And the vitriol! Even the narrator, in an effort to capture the smugness of the author, sounds like he has a stick up his bottom.

    It was just stressful to listen to this book. It was so mean-spirited against an enemy I've never encountered (I majored in a science -- not many Marxists there), filled with irrelevant digressions into current events. It turned out to be the very thing for which it claimed to be an antidote -- an injection of unnecessary politics into classic Literature.

    I kept giving it second and third chances, but had to stop, at last, when Kantor suggested that the best way for today's society to prevent date rape is to teach its women not to drink. The irrelevance of this when discussing Chaucer was only half the trouble.

    If you're in the same predicament as me, I highly recommend Professor Michael Drout's lectures (from the Modern Scholar series). He is someone passionate about English Literature and actually speaks ancient English dialects -- something even that curmudgeon, Elizabeth Kantor, would commend.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • A Little History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By E. H. Gombrich
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties.

    A.B.Oxford says: "an enlightening book; very well read"
    "A treat"
    Overall

    Such a sweet book. The kindly, grandfatherly voice of the narrator really made you feel like you were being read to before bed. It gives a broad account of world history, though the focus is very much on Europe. Still, a great history refresher and a total pleasure to listen to.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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