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Longinus

Bronx, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steven Strogatz
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

    Ryan says: "Engaging, but maybe better suited for non-audio"
    "Stretching the topic"
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    If you could sum up Sync in three words, what would they be?

    The subject of this book is synchronicity in nature, and perhaps the author stretches the meaning of the word to fit chaos theory and other sectors of physics. He is contrary to the Jungian thoughts of synchornicity and of scientists who favor Jung.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trachinian Tragedy: Women of Trachis

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Sophocles
    • Narrated By Jack Nolan
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In The Trachinian Tragedy, better known as the Women of Trachis, the wife of Herakles, Deianeira, finds she has a rival in the house for her husband's affection. The consequences of her counteraction are incredible. In this faithful translation, F. L. Light attempts to write as good a play in English as the original in Greek. F. L. Light has also translated Antigone of Sophocles.

    Longinus says: "Sophoclean Rhythm"
    "Sophoclean Rhythm"
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    Where does The Trachinian Tragedy: Women of Trachis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Have not heard many dramas from Audible


    What did you like best about this story?

    The speeches by Herakles when he is struggling for his life. The translation is ennobling here, of Miltonic impetus.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description how Lichas was killed or when Deianeira realizes her mistake.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excerpt from a book about Sophoclean language, that it is not artless or unstylized or unpoetically easy, as transpositions are the rule in him:

    “It would be absurd to represent Sophocles as an eccentric writer.
    But he made subtle use of a material full of subtlety, which was
    plastic to his touch, and the resulting lines are more difficult to trace
    than those which have been impressed by some generally accepted
    mould.’ ‘Sophocles is distinguished in point of syntax from other
    contemporary writers chiefly by his noble sense of harmony and by
    the combination of extreme refinement with moderation and sim-
    plicity/ With passages like the ones quoted here from the Introductory'
    Essay 'On the language of Sophocles’ to his edition of Sophocles, Lewis Campbell set the tone for all subsequent work
    on the syntax of Sophocles. Although the language in which they
    are put is less high-flown than that of Campbell, the judgments of
    e.g. Moorhousc (1982} and Lloyd-Jones & Wilson are basically sim-
    ilar. Thus, Moorhouse writes in the preface to his Syntax of Sophocles
    (p. xiii): The end result (viz. of the ways in which Sophocles com-
    bines ‘old-fashioned’ constructions with innovations) is an unusually
    rich and varied collection of uses.' And Lioydjones & Wilson remark,
    while discussing the difficulties one encounters in editing Sophocles’
    text: There are many passages where it is
    scarcely possible to know what the author wrote, since he took plea-
    sure in experimenting with the syntactical resources of Attic Greek...’.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oedipus the King: A Translation by F.L. Light

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sophocles, F. L. Light
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (5)

    Aristotle's assertion that in Greek tragedy there is no loftier work than Oedipus the King cannot be lightly contradicted. This drama is endued fearfully with nature, as she works against the conscientiousness of measure found in man. Heretofore no translation of this play has been a poem of Sophoclean worthiness and work. The rhythmic stature of this translation runs with the Greek in heat and light.

    Longinus says: "Listen to it many times"
    "Listen to it many times"
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    What made the experience of listening to Oedipus the King the most enjoyable?

    The more I heard it the more I understood it. The first time was difficult. The third tiem, a few days later, was very moving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tiresia. He tells the truth to Oedipus and is abused for it.


    What does Alex Hyde-White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    In the second half he is truly an actor for Greek tragedy and the horror of it allo.


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

    It may be too overwhelming for one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Karen Dawisha
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    The raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha’s brilliant Putin’s Kleptocracy provides an answer, describing how Putin got to power, the cabal he brought with him, the billions they have looted, and his plan to restore the Greater Russia.

    Steven says: "A Cautionary Tale, to how Democracy Gets Hijacked"
    "Who owns Russia"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, few Americans understand what Putin is.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The revelation of Putin's pervicacious thievery.


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would not have time to read the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Description of Putin's maneuvering in 1998-9 for the highest office.


    Any additional comments?

    Russia may never recover from kleptocracy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Intellectuals

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Since the time of Voltaire and Rousseau, the secular intellectual has increasingly filled the vacuum left by the decline of the cleric and assumed the functions of moral mentor and critic of mankind. This fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world examines the moral credentials of those whose thoughts have influenced humanity.

    Security says: "Great book"
    "Who are these famous sophists?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, to disabuse him of the fulsome celebrity that these characters have won.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author, for he outgrew his adolescent sentiments and knew a number of these characters who held on to their opinionated adolescence.


    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    Davidson is one of my favorite narrators. He did Paradise Lost for Blackstone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of Rousseau was memorable. Also Shelley.


    Any additional comments?

    A number of chapters I should like to hear again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings, and the Biology of Boom and Bust

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Coates
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    A successful Wall Street trader turned Cambridge neuroscientist reveals the biology of boom and bust and how risk taking transforms our body chemistry, driving us to extremes of euphoria and risky behavior or stress and depression. The laws of financial boom and bust, it turns out, have more than a little to do with male hormones. In a series of groundbreaking experiments, Dr. John Coates identified a feedback loop between testosterone and success that dramatically lowers the fear of risk.

    Gary C says: "Amazing!"
    "pro and contra"
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    Where does The Hour Between Dog and Wolf rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It could have been more satisfactory.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of trading US bonds and the different styles of traders.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The final chapter was incongruous and ill considered. He implies that castrated men would make better traders than those with the usual testosterone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dan Senor, Saul Singer
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (325)

    Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel - a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources - produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK?

    Nili says: "Interesting and worth the time"
    "An Education"
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    Where does Start-Up Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Israelis may have the sharpest culture in the world, which I did not know before I heard this book.


    If you could give Start-Up Nation a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A Country of Clever Resolution


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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