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Steve

Eclectic and mindful. Enjoy literary forensics with an eye on how the effects of postmodern deconstruction shapes our worldview.

Medina, NY USA | Member Since 2014

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  • The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Epictetus (translated by Sharon Lebell)
    • Narrated By Richard Bolles
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (56)

    reggie p says: "Wonderful advice"
    "A fine work but poorly narrated"
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    What didn’t you like about Richard Bolles’s performance?

    Bolles's rate of speech is choppy and lacks the knowledge of how Language flows. For example, when speaking in Classical Greek or Roman Latin emphasis and rate of speech is just as important as reading English to convey the moral point of the lesson. For example, compare the Tao Te Ching translated and narrated by Stephen Mitchell to Bolles's and one will hear the importance of understanding the original language in order to correctly place emphasis to convey the moral point of the lesson.


    Any additional comments?

    Get someone more skilled to redo a narration of this work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3851)
    Performance
    (2859)
    Story
    (2870)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "An essential starting point"
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    What did you love best about The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    What I find draws me into this historical work takes place in the introduction when I learned that original personal diaries were used as source material prior to returning those captured diaries to back to Germany (huh?). In addition, Shirer's painstaking and detail description of how an entire society was turned using propaganda, talking points, spin, class envy, fear and the ultimate silencing of the voices of dissent is a chilling backdrop to tactics of social engineering used today in various forms dubbed "asymmetrical warfare." What I appreciate most is how relevant Shirer's work is to understanding how an entire society develops into one that is desensitized to brutality as a means to an end.


    Any additional comments?

    This work stands out as must read for any WWII scholar, military professional, or political scientist and offers insights that are beyond battlefield narratives so the reader gains a focus on how state sponsored intolerance, in this case, began with a blend of party politics and personality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1809)
    Performance
    (1526)
    Story
    (1533)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Wonderful performance"
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    Would you listen to Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh again? Why?

    Yes, the story is riveting. Especially if one has spent time in remote areas of the world and experienced the lens of Conrad. Branagh's brings the story to life while keeping the connection while Conrad's Victorian cultural worldview.


    What other book might you compare Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh to and why?

    Stephen Mitchell's performance of the Tao Te Ching.


    What about Kenneth Branagh’s performance did you like?

    He is a professional storyteller.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The indifference Conrad highlights that 'first-world' travelers have on other cultures and role of the expat that endures to this day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1825)
    Performance
    (1272)
    Story
    (1297)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "A very important biography"
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    Would you listen to Bonhoeffer again? Why?

    Yes, I would listened this work again because it provides insight into how 20th century socialist governments suppress Christianity. The treatment of Bonhoeffer and subsequent persecution is an example of courage similar to the Dalai Lama's resistance to Maoists. In addition, listening to Bonhoeffer's story helps better understand post-war shifts in Christianity as evidenced by Willem Barth's work. Finally, understanding Bonhoeffer's work in Harlem provides depth and insights into the growth of a sort of non-Catholic liberation theology that underpinned the religious foundation of the African-American civil rights movement from the late 1940's though the 1960's.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about Bonhoeffer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Bonhoeffer's decision to return to Germany.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11368)
    Performance
    (10230)
    Story
    (10323)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "Wonderful intrigue"
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    What did you love best about Inferno?

    Brown's ability to tie western philosophy and art together with crime and intrigue is superb. What is best about Inferno is the introduction because it provides the canvas upon which Brown paints his picture.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael's narrations are consistent and excellent -- great storyteller!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storm of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernst Jünger
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    This classic war memoir, first published in 1920, is based on the author's extensive diaries describing hard combat experienced on the Western Front during World War I. It has been greatly admired by people as diverse as Bertolt Brecht and Andre Gide, and from every part of the political spectrum. Hypnotic, thrilling, and magnificent, The Storm of Steel is perhaps the most fascinating description of modern warfare ever written.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "World War I from a German Viewpoint"
    "A helmet view of trench warfare"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storm of Steel to be better than the print version?

    Like Sledge's "The Old Breed" this is one soldier's account that describes his experience and humanity in war. With a bit of Victorian reticence the author omits detailed descriptions of death and defragmentation that now is expected in 21st century writing. For those of us who have been there we know that some things are best left unsaid. If you are looking for a modern gory personal account of what war is like then read Restropo. This book nests nicely with Tuchman's Gun of August."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Author


    Have you listened to any of Charlton Griffin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    My reaction was one of mindful reflection and respect for the individual soldier regardless of side trying to survive. It also demonstrates the expectation of humanity and brutality in an individual way that balances one's moral sense in order to faces chaos.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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