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nosbtr1

Chandler, AZ United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Eating Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (278)

    Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

    Natalie says: "Surprisingly Even-Handed"
    "Excellent book on the subject"
    Overall

    If you are curious at all about what goes on behind the scenes in the production of meat or if you want to understand the ethical, environmental, and epidemiological concerns of the meat industry then read "Eating Animals". I've read a few books on this subject already (Peter Singer, Gary Francione) and would recommend this book to anyone, particularly to those who are apprehensive about reading about such dark matters. Foer's style is engaging and highly readable. Though it's a book of investigative journalism it can also be enjoyed for its autobiographical digressions, philosophical speculation and Foer's fair treatment to the different actors in this drama.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Essays of Sir Francis Bacon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sir Francis Bacon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Francis Bacon, the great English philosopher, lawyer, scientist, and statesman, is also remembered as a formidable writer of prose. These 58 essays are his greatest literary legacy. Rather than merely summarizing popular philosophy, Bacon attempted to change the shape of other men's minds, and there is little doubt that many minds have been persuaded by these eloquent essays.

    Doug says: "Great possibilities"
    "Inaudible"
    Overall

    This is collection of essays, written in a Shakspearean-like English,
    recorded in format 2, and read by a a man with a fairly thick English
    accent who sounded like is lips are slightly to large to speak clearly. I
    could barley make out any of the sentences. It is very unfortunate
    because I was able to detect, behind the muffled sounds of the narrator's
    voice, something good

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Enlightenment: Reason, Tolerance, and Humanity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Schmidt
    • Narrated By James Schmidt
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The Modern Scholar series offers you college-level courses taught by the world's most respected professors. As these expert teachers guide you through the course material, you become more knowledgeable and better versed in the subject. Learning has never been easier or more enjoyable!

    nosbtr1 says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is a truly great listen. The lecture format provides a more lucid and interesting account of history than normal audio books seem to be able to provide. And the fact that this is about the Age of Enlightenment just makes it that much better. The lecturer clearly understands the subject matter and has a clear, unabrasive voice (something not often available) which engages the listener. I am looking forward to listening to the other Modern Scholar offerings.

    43 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    nosbtr1 says: "An excellent presidential biography."
    "An excellent presidential biography."
    Overall

    This is the best presidential biography of a modern presindent I have read yet. In excellent prose, it portrays the story of a naturaly born leader who had tremendous strengths and weeknesses. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the generation gap that divided the nation during the 60's as well as a professional and impressive psychoanalysis of Johnson's characters. The narration could not have been better.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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