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W. Pringle

Saginaw, Michigan United States | Member Since 2010

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  • How Do You Kill Eleven Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
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    If the truth is what sets us free, what does it mean to live in a society where truth is absent? How do truth and lies in the past shape our destiny today? Through the lens of the Holocaust, best-selling author Andy Andrews examines the critical need for truth in our relationships, our communities, and our government.

    Ella says: "Quick and Powerful"
    "An important read for our time"
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    Where does How Do You Kill Eleven Million People? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's very difficult to fully grasp the importance of this work...Andrews has outdone himself again, and this work is critical, not only for understand a dark period in world history, but more important for understanding how this could actually happen in our own time and place.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John E. Smith
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (26)
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    (8)
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    Friedrich Hegel developed a profound and influential synthesis of all prior knowledge. He aimed to make philosophy an all-comprehensive science that would restate, in rational language, the truth of Christianity. In Hegel's vast speculative and idealistic philosophy, truth is found not in the part but in the whole. Nature is an organic whole shot through with rationality akin to the reason in ourselves.

    Smelly Ian says: "A great introduction to Hegel"
    "Where would we be without Hegel?"
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    George Hegel...what a treat. If you have even a remote interest in one of the great philosophical leaders, you owe it to yourself to procure this particular work. Just a fine introduction to Hegel's works and philosophy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Hume: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Capaldi
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (41)
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    (17)
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    David Hume (1711-1776) represented the culmination of the British philosophy of sense-experience. Although he lived in the age of reason, Hume had profound doubts about our ability to know anything in the world with certainty. This skepticism colored his view of science and gave rise to his devastating attack on proofs of the existence of God.

    Daniel says: "Heston delivers"
    "Hume for almost everyone"
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    David Hume is one of the most important philosophers and this work does him justice. A good introduction to Hume's writings and his life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meditations on First Philosophy: With Selections from the Objections and Repiles

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rene Descartes
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    (13)
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    (5)
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    (6)

    A landmark in the history of thought, Rene Descartes' Meditations helped bring critical thinking and skepticism to the Western world. Modern philosophers are still captivated by Descartes' radical and controversial departure from his previous beliefs, which has both inspired reverence and provoked anger.

    W. Pringle says: "Important, though not well read."
    "Important, though not well read."
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    Descartes' Meditations are probably one of the more important philosophical reads a student should work through. Though this book takes the listener through them (all six)...unless you're really into learning, or being exposed to this work...Paul Hecht just doesn't do it justice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William James, Charles Peirce, and American Pragmatism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By James Campbell
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
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    (24)
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    (5)
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    C.S. Peirce was an authentic American genius who developed a tough minded pragmatism and a sweeping philosophy of evolutionary love. William James, a trained physician, carefully studied human experience, including the highest reaches of consciousness. Peirce and James established a rich, sensible, and pragmatic American approach to philosophy's traditional problems.

    Dennis says: "A nice little introduction"
    "Good introduction"
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    American Pragmatism is one of the greatly misunderstood philosophical ideas. This particular introduction does a fine job of explaining both the historical and intellectual background. Some very important areas of pragmatism are cleared up in this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immanuel Kant: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By A. J. Mandt
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (55)
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    (18)
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    Immanuel Kant's "transcendental" philosophy transcends the question of "what" we know to ask "how" we know it. Before Kant, philosophers had debated for centuries whether knowledge is derived from experience or reason. Kant says that both views are partly right and partly wrong, that they share the same error; both believe that the mind and the world, reason and nature, are separated from one another.

    Smelly Ian says: "Well worth the download!"
    "A most excellent introduction to Kant"
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    Kant is difficult and this book is a nice introduction to his life/work for the general audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (636)
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    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
    "Great Read"
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    Would you listen to Drive again? Why?

    I have a tendency to only go through a book once...but this is one of those that ought to be gone through at least once.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of the Liberal Class

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Hedges
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (118)
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    (89)
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    Chris Hedges examines the failure of the liberal class to confront the rise of the corporate state and the consequences of a liberalism that has become profoundly bankrupted. Hedges argues that there are five pillars of the liberal establishment and that each of these institutions has sold out the constituents it represented. In doing so, the liberal class has become irrelevant to society at large and ultimately the corporate power elite they once served.

    M. Levine says: "Devastating analysis....."
    "A very important book for our time."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Death of the Liberal Class to be better than the print version?

    Hedges has outdone himself again...this is an important work in the contemporary intellectual scene.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
    Overall
    (653)
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    (383)
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    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    JB says: "Very poorly read"
    "A Most Excellent Book"
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    If you could sum up A People's History of the United States in three words, what would they be?

    As a history/philosophy instructor, I can honestly share this is one of the more critical books everyone owes themself to work their way through. Just a very important book on the underbelly of American History.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (32631)
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    (23949)
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    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "NIce story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    I wanted to see what the excitement was about for these books...I'm glad I did...it was a good book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Story is a nice rewrite of historical legend, set in relative modern times...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't really have a favorite scene...I just enjoyed the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an important contemporary read, and Collins does a nice job...it's different than Harry Potter, but you'll discover some of the same themes. Good Read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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