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Jason Rinka

Wilmington, NC | Listener Since 2003

  • 6 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 51 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Word Smart, Genius Edition: Building a Phenomenal Vocabulary

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julian Fleisher, Michael Freedman
    • Narrated By Julian Fleisher, Michael Freedman

    Do you have a proclivity for using sesquipedalian words? Has your prose become ossified because you haven't augmented your vocabulary lately? Here's the perfect, pedagogical solution. Word Smart, Genius Edition teaches more than 150 of the most captivating and challenging words in the English language.

    Diana says: "Great way to increase vocabulary"
    "Entertaining way to build your vocabulary."

    The system they've got for stamping the words on your brain is effective- I learned more than a couple five dollar words that I'm sure I'll never forget. The banter between the hosts is funny, albeit sometimes a bit tiring. One glaring problem, I think, is that they never spell the words they're imparting. On some of the words, it's unclear exactly what the words looks like- "be" or "de", for example- and just a quick spelling would have been extremely helpful. Overall, though, a fun way to learn a thing or two.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Thucydides (translated by Richard Crawley)
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino

    Jason Rinka says: "Mammoth and epic"
    "Mammoth and epic"

    One of the greatest histories ever written, the conflict of the Peloponnesian war is illustrated here in painstaking detail with a suprising degree of impartiality- one can certainly draw strong parellels between this conflict and other pre-emptive wars of late. It's incredibly long, and requires some effort on the part of the listener to follow the many different characters and events, especially when Thucydidies gets into long descriptions involving lists of place names. The reading is admirable- anyone who's read or flipped through the written text can attest to its difficulty.
    Don't let the length scare you away- any fan of ancient history will find this work indispensible in understanding the ancient and modern arts of war. Great stuff.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Gottlieb
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this landmark new study of Western thought, Anthony Gottlieb looks afresh at the writings of the great thinkers, questions much of conventional wisdom, and explains his findings with unbridled brilliance and clarity. After finishing The Dream of Reason, listeners will be graced with a fresh appreciation of the philosophical quest, its entertaining and bizarre byways, and its influence on every aspect of life.

    Amazon Customer says: "An in depth read."
    "Wry and Dry"

    A great companion to any Western Philosophy study. Gottleib has a very wry sense of humor, and adds a human element to what have often been deemed unapproachable minds. He excells at bridging the gaps between prominent schools of thought, tying the philiospher with their theory and their successors (and detractors). For example, he gives an especially lucid portrait of Aristotle, and follows it up with a timeline of influence, from his slavishly devoted followers to men like Franics Bacon that wished to see him purged from thought. Best listened to when total focus is an option- the reading is slightly dry, and he can go on and on at great lengths from time to time. Other than that, it's very enjoyable and extremely informative.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Mark Bowden

    Killing Pablo is the inside story of the brutal rise and violent fall of Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar. Also from Bowden: the best selling Black Hawk Down.

    Bob says: "Relevant Accessible History"
    "Worth a read"

    The story is inherently interesting- the rise and fall of one of the most successful, vicious criminals in world history. Bowden's a decent reader, though I would have liked to have gotten this story unabridged. Overall, a brisk, satisfying tale, though one you could get just as well through CNN or the History Channels adaptations.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Counter Coulter"

    Absolutely hilarious. An arsenal of facts spearhead an assault on the hypocritical, hysterical rantings the right wing. From the 2000 election to Fox News, Franken's book is bitingly mordant and funny as hell. He's a great reader, and the time flies by. Any liberal worth his or her salt would do well to pick this up.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Rome, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    A History of Rome is the story of a tiny market town on the Tiber, its rise to world domination, and then its slow, terrible plunge to utter ruin. It is the single greatest event in all human history.

    Mark Grannis says: "A superb survey of Ancient Roman History"
    "Excellent work!"

    I went into this audiobook with barely more than a rudimentary knowledge of Roman history. I had a basic grasp of certain emperors, various conflicts, and the like, but certainly nothing on a remotely academic scale.

    This recording is excellent. It's beginnings are rather dry- lots of names, rivers, mountain ranges, tribes, and the like- but once everything is in place, it picks up dramatically. The telling of the Punic Wars will honestly keep you on the edge of your seat. Thanks to these tapes, I have a new interest in the General Hannibal. The tales of politics and intrigue is sure to fascinate any student of history.

    The narration is eloquent and well-done. The chapters are organized in good fashion, though you will most likely need to rewind at certain places to get all the names and events in order.

    All in all, excellent work. Ten hours of engaging history- and definetly relevant to current events. Check it out.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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