This was my first exposure to Hitchens' writing and I was blown away. I have never come across another author whose skill with the English language left me shaking my head in wonder. His knowledge of literature is astounding and the ability to pull apart books and essays in reviews and then combine the contents with information from various sources and his personal experience is breathtaking.
Some of the content is heavy, reviewing authors from the 1920s and 30s while other essays focus on contemporary issues. You will likely need ready access to a dictionary and wikipedia to thoroughly understand some of the topics but several essays inspired me to go back and pick up some of the classic books of literature.
Some people may argue with his conclusions or disagree with his political views but I don't think anyone could argue with the incredible wordsmith power.
Simon Prebble, the narrator deserved extra credit as well. Phenomenal job. You'd think it was Hitchens reading his own book. Prebble delivers the difficult text with emotion and confidence - a pleasure to listen to.
It was definetly worth the credit and I've already picked up another Hitchens' tilte on Audible.
When you look forward to your commute each day, you know you've picked up a great audiobook. I listened to this trilogy over the span of two weeks and found the characters interesting and the story engaging.
The writing is a bit simplistic at times but the narration by Victor Bevine is great.
Thoroughly enjoyable and I've moved on to the next series of Drizzt books.
Very well written - engaging and interesting. It's a stats class that woudl have been fun to take in school. Covers basic stats from mean and median up to regression analysis and things to watch for when interpreting these statistics.
Due to the content, it's sometimes difficult to follow in the audio version and a visual would have been helpful but otherwise, a useful and worthwhile discussion of important understandings of the use of statistics in the real world.
Gladwell is a gifted writer and an exceptional narrator. He brings these talents to bear on his newest book and deliveres a great performance as usual. Unfortunately, the content isn't as strong as a couple of his previous books. The connections between the stories and his overall premise is a bit stretched at times and occasionally difficult to see how they relate.
Still a good buy however with some solid takeaways and as usual, a new perspective on the world.
Well written and read by one of Harvard's most engaging professors, this book is a great introduction to ethical ideas and their application to everyday questions. Sandel is well known for his Harvard lecture series 'Justice' which is freely available on the web. He has a knack for using examples, both common and obscure, to illustrate ethical principles and decision-making processes that help learners better understand how ethical decisions can be reached.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and it made me stop and think about ideas that had never occured to me in relation to commercialism, insurance, advertising and inequality.
I've been a member of Audible for several years, listening to a small library of books and this is one of the best by far. An inspiring and mesmerizing true story, the author recounts his time as a humanitarian volunteer in many of the worst spots on earth and his eight years with the US Navy SEALS. Greitens makes his philosophy of humanitarian compasion, backed up with force to ensure protection of those who need it, clear and relevant.
This book is a great example of what America could be if it didn't spend so much time wrapped up in partisan infighting.
The author has done a wonderful job of outlining the development and evolution of corporate strategy firms and how they influenced the businesses they worked with. The book is engaging and very well written, moving quickly through 50 years of history.
In addition, Robertson Dean does a wonderful job of narrating the book.
Very well written by a journalist embedded with a battalion of US soldiers participating in the Surge in Iraq.
There is very little analysis in the book - it is primarily a third-person perspective of what the soldiers went through during their tour.
The effects of the war on the soldiers is heart-breakingly difficult to listen to at times. It's a wonder how anyone could go through these experiences without long-term mental stress.
A solid book for those both in favour of and against the war in Iraq.
This book, unlike the God Delusion, his last book, focuses exclusively on Dawkins's passion, evolution. There are no tirades here against religion although his does make his beliefs clear on this subject.
Dawkins covers all aspects of evolutionary questions, such as the evidence for the age of the Earth, the fossil record, modern demonstrations of evolution, molecular genetics, embryology as well an several aspects of unintelligent design in human as well as other animals.
With the sheer weight of the evidence and the clear and rationale manner in which it is presented, it is hard to understand how anyone can cling to the flat-earth idea that evolution is a myth. However, as Dawkins points out, 44% of Americans don't believe in evolution.
It is unfortunate that these are the people who are most likely to take them time to listen to this book.
The world would be a more rationale place.
Dan Gardner is a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper with a different take on analyzing the risks that we face in the world today.
He does a phenomenal job of breaking down various risks from toxic chemicals, terrorism, disease, kidnapping, ect.
Mr. Gardner also does a great job outlining why we don't response to risk rationally and how this, in combination with media, politicians and other interest groups, makes people focus on the little obscure risks instead of the important ones that kill and injure people every day. This book is useful for anyone living in the Western world but should be required living for anyone who spends their time listening to American media.
The narrator, Scott Peterson also delivers an excellent reading of the story.
All-in-all a great use of my credits.
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