I have read various criticisms of this book, but I found it a concise, cogent summary of many issues relating to recent acts of terrorism. I heard nothing that seemed markedly out of step with basic historical fact, whether or not you agree with the author's interpretation. In addition, this title is well-read by the author, the recording is pretty clean and loud enough at 3, at the length is about right.
I agree with the others that the music on this recording makes it unlistenable. That's the sole basis for my 1-star rating.
However, the KJV is hopelessly outdated and based on some of the worst manuscripts now known to modern scholars. I bought this (my 2nd or 3rd audio version of the KJV; I have 4) because there was no NRSV available at the time and I was on a quest for a listenable New Testament in any translation.
There is now a highly listenable version of the NRSV New Testament available by Oasis Audio and I highly recommend that.
My one complaint about this book is that the reader for Peirce sounds consistently angry. Knowing a little about Peirce's personality, that may not be inaccurate, but it could easily obscure the message of his words. In fact, Peirce's language is often refreshingly clear while ocassionally and paradoxically bordering on the poetic. That said, this little book gives plenty of space to Peirce who, while little known to most laymen, is considered by many professionals as the most original and influential of American philosophers. This is an entertaining and illuminating introduction and likely to lead to a desire to know more.
This is quite simply one of the best popular-science books I've ever read. In the tradition of Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins, Brian Greene is one of those rare scientists who is both a key contributer to his field and can speak in a lucid and entertaining way to the layman. Moreover, this is the first book I've read that actually clarified for me how and why time-dilation occurs according to the theory of relativity. Highly recommended.
You can easily find more up-to-date histories of Rome that will include recent archaeological findings and exclude the racial stereotypes, but this is a fascinating story well-told by an engaging reader.
I listened to it twice almost back-to-back and am eager to hear Part II.
This is a solid, straight, history of the Middle East that is well worth reading for a general background on the region. I would recommend it for those of an intellectual bent who are not put off by reading textbooks and the like in exchange for a more scholarly treatment than you'll generally get from the best-seller lists. Would have gotten 5 stars if it were more of a classic and a Great Read like Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
This guy should write a book about "Getting rich quick by writing get-rich-quick books for suckers." Contains nothing but tired platitudes, vague suggestions, and poor advice.
Like "Undaunted Courage," this is a very entertaining an interesting book which if very well-read for audio. Ambrose deserves great credit for making history entertaining. A must for anyone interested in 19th-Century American history.
Muller's reading does full justice to one of the greatest literary works of all time.
I just wish they would break more of these recordings into chapters! Each of the three parts is one 6- to 7-hour section making finding a particular chapter very difficult.
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