Medina, NY USA | Member Since 2014
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.
Get someone more skilled to redo a narration of this work.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Mitchell's performance of the Tao Te Ching.
He is a professional storyteller.
The indifference Conrad highlights that 'first-world' travelers have on other cultures and role of the expat that endures to this day.
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.
Learning about Bonhoeffer.
Bonhoeffer's decision to return to Germany.
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.
Michael's narrations are consistent and excellent -- great storyteller!
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."
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.
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