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G. D. Hodge

Dr. G. Derrick Hodge

New York

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  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Tao of Pooh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Benjamin Hoff
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (554)

    Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

    Gavin says: "Simply Pooh"
    "Lovely book, performance OK too"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Tao of Pooh to be better than the print version?

    no


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    the rapid change of voice could have been handled better...


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

    The ideas are good.


    Any additional comments?

    The author uses Eeyore as a straw man, as it were, but does not do justice to Eeyore's original character; he makes the character into something that fits his schema, but does not represent the original genius.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of the Occult

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Arthur Machen, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Robert Chambers
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    If you have an appetite for the occult, consider this a feast. All of the authors in this collection have penned tales that deal with the supernatural and the supernormal. These include two novellas, "The Great God Pan" by Arthur Machen and "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood and 10 short stories.

    Jas says: "Great Selection"
    "Please God, make it stop!!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories were great.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The performance was beyond dreadful. There actually were several different narrators, and it would not be fait to diss them all. One of them had several stories assigned to him and his voice was like nails on a chalk board. The rhythm of his voice was bizarre -- he cant possibly actually speak like that, nor surely does he think that the authors intended their work to sound like that. It was AWFUL.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was beyond dreadful. There actually were several different narrators, and it would not be fait to diss them all. One of them had several stories assigned to him and his voice was like nails on a chalk board. The rhythm of his voice was bizarre -- he cant possibly actually speak like that, nor surely does he think that the authors intended their work to sound like that. It was AWFUL.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (2564)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1141)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul"
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    Would you try another book from C.S. Lewis and/or Geoffrey Howard?

    A classic for its time, this book is maddening to anyone who wants to think seriously about the message of Jesus. Instead, the theology is extremely Pauline, and thus ignores most everything Jesus said. The book is a typical apologetic for standard fundamentalism, albeit it in a much more logical and sophisticated way than one gets from the right-wing extremists today.


    What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

    The performance was good, right down to the overarticulation that was typical of Lewis' time.


    Could you see Mere Christianity being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no way!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1041)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Very Typical"
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    What would have made The Happiness Hypothesis better?

    It would have been much better if it had not been written by a psychologist.


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Haidt’s story?

    Characteristically, with the exception of a few chapters, he reduces everything to individual-level dysfunction. Everything is interpreted superficially, the way that psychologists tend to do (I am an anthropologist). He misrepresents evolutionary science to fit his obsession with individualism. This is surely not intentional; psychology is not a well regarded social science precisely because its myopia causes its practioners and theorists to really think that they are thinking expansively. Occasionally, the author does have good ideas, but to get there we have to muddle through hours and hours of a cataloguing of psychological research.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Like most producers of audiobooks, the producers of this one seem completely disinterested in whether or not the reader knows how to pronounce foreign words and names.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, as mentioned above. But there are far, far better sources that say the same thing, in a much better way. Ultimately, the author wants to make a contribution and his ideas may even be correct, but they are trapped in the logical mire and theoretical simplicity of his discipline.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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