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Bethesda, MD, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Ragtime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By E. L. Doctorow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (323)

    The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears.

    Catherine says: "Ragtime and Doctorow are compelling"
    "Why couldn't it all be as good as its best?"
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    If you could sum up Ragtime in three words, what would they be?

    Moments of greatness


    Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. Doctorow? Why or why not?

    Yes. He's a suburb writer and can spin a great story. Parts of Ragtime were so good I couldn't get them out of my mind for days. But seeing his best then makes the less successful chapters seem a little lazy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The early chapter walking through the horrors of industrial America on the working class was as good as Leaves of Grass -- powerful, lyrical, and fast paced.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Origins of the Human Mind

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    This 24-lecture series is your guide to the latest information and viewpoints on what scientists know about this fascinating subject. Taught by an award-winning teacher whose training as a clinical psychologist straddles both the science of the mind and its impact on individual lives, their comprehensive approach reveals how that science applies to the life of our species - and to your own life as well. The lectures explore theories about how the mind works on both an evolutionary and individual scale.

    Douglas says: "Very enlightening..."
    "Great material, great prof, scope too wide"
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    Where does Origins of the Human Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top half


    What other book might you compare Origins of the Human Mind to and why?

    It's a course, so this isn't applicable


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The professor is engaging and his use of his personal experience with a family mental disorder illustrated a subset of his lessons in a compelling way. Three stars is in comparison to professional narrators.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great topic. But it is necessarily complex. I finished each lesson wanting more depth. The professor gamely tried to provide real insight but this required him to move too fast so he could hit all the points he wanted to make. Even as a survey, the scope should be smaller. That said, I very much enjoyed this and would recommend it. It provides a great 10,000 foot view and does so in a way that drew me in.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (514)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    A User says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "Very good if you've read the book before"
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    Would you listen to Ulysses again? Why?

    Maybe in the distant future. It's too long for a lark.


    What other book might you compare Ulysses to and why?

    Maybe Pynchon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wandering Rocks, Cyclops, and Oxen cane through particularly well read aloud.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not likely.


    Any additional comments?

    This recording reminded me of just what a feat Joyce pulled off with the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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