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Travis

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • Who Stole Feminism?

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christina Hoff Sommers
    • Narrated By Kristen Underwood
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Philosophy professor Christina Sommers has exposed a disturbing development: how a group of zealots, claiming to speak for all women, are promoting a dangerous new agenda that threatens our most cherished ideals and sets women against men in all spheres of life. In case after case, Sommers shows how these extremists have propped up their arguments with highly questionable but well-funded research, presenting inflammatory and often inaccurate information and stifling any semblance of free and open scrutiny.

    Kaeli says: "Long for an updated edition"
    "An excellent and well supported argument"
    Overall

    Christina Hoff Sommers does an excellent job of presenting her point - that the modern, North American view of "feminism" is being swayed by people that are more interested in political agendas than equality between the genders. By citing specific cases where statistics have been interpreted with bias, where feminist groups promoting a "better way of interacting" have failed to successfully work together, and where the media has been more interested in sensational stories than proper fact verification, "Who Stole Feminism?" is successful at showing the reader that there may be more behind the current feminist movement than the surface suggests.

    While presenting a strong argument for the "equity feminist" view point, I feel the novel still suggests that the reader make their own decision and come to their own conclusion. Christina Hoff Sommers strongly encourages people to review claims made by any feminist group, and to verify results of studies before coming to a conclusion.

    The book makes it clear that, while there is still perhaps a great deal of work left to achieving equality between the genders, headway has already been made and the future is not as dismal as others may make it appear to be.

    As a male that supports equality, this was one of the first books I have read on the subject that has not made me feel like my gender was being stereotyped and attacked for the transgressions of people I have never met.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4150)
    Performance
    (2466)
    Story
    (2505)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "One of the few books I would truly NOT recommend"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better vocals would have bumped this to at least a 3. It is difficult to appreciate the story when the reading is so horrible.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter F. Hamilton again?

    I was excited about the premise of this book, but so much of the book is spent describing completely irrelevant things. It was like the author got a listen of descriptive words and used a computer program with the function of using as many adjectives as possible to describe everything.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    I would never listen to John Lee again - he reads like William Shatner with a British Accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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