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Who would have thought a long commute to work could yield so much fun?

Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
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  • 168 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014

  • Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Michael Sugrue

    These 16 lectures bring the Socratic quest for truth alive and explore ideas that are as vital today as they were 25 centuries ago. Ideas about truth, justice, love, beauty, courage, and wisdom that can change lives and reveal the world in new ways. Here, you'll delve into the inner structure, action, and meaning of 17 of Plato's greatest dialogues, making these lectures an indispensable companion for anyone interested in philosophy in general or Platonic thought in particular.

    daniel hoffelder says: "This is a long summary with few actual quotes"
    "Exceptional interpretation and delivery."
    What did you love best about Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues?

    I found myself truly anticipating each lecture. These interpretations and explanations reflect so much more thought and consideration than I ever would have had time to experience on my own. This series has made me want to investigate the Greeks further. More, I strongly believe that my writing and thinking will be positively influenced by these insights which are new, to me at least.

    What other book might you compare Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues to and why?

    If I had to compare this to another book, it would have to be Dante's Inferno. And only, possibly, because there is this concentric, continuing thought process that goes deeper and deeper into the combination of the psyche and social commentary.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book definitely made me laugh at points. I would say that it made me excited to learn more in the progression of Western Philosophy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "The first book of MaddAdam can stand on its own."
    If you could sum up Oryx and Crake in three words, what would they be?

    Psychology of change

    What other book might you compare Oryx and Crake to and why?

    The Giver... in the sense that the end seems to leave you hanging, but not so much in the same way.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The best and worst aspects of humanity might not be what you think they are.

    Any additional comments?

    Atwood, as usual, leaves nothing left unsaid. Growth, change, and survival are the primary themes but in the context of humanity's own self-destructive tendencies. Atwood captures possibly the most revealing aspect to being human - how tragedies endured lead to well-intended sacrifice, wisdom lost, strength, and a new myth. Atwood imbues in her three characters a very recognizable three-part person, in which the title character ends up dealing with the difference between reality, the past, and the memory that ultimately overlaps allowing for a means to joy, agony, curiosity, perplexity, and survival, although not in an anticipated way. Of course. The more closely one listens, the more one sees the conclusion unfold in each chapter, a story pre-destined and yet pregnant with 'what if' or 'what might have been', but inexorably leading to the unconditional surrender to 'what is'.

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  • How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Bloom
    • Narrated By Jeremy Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Yale psychologist Paul Bloom presents a striking new vision of the pleasures of everyday life. The thought of sex with a virgin is intensely arousing for many men. The average American spends over four hours a day watching television. Abstract art can sell for millions of dollars. Young children enjoy playing with imaginary friends and can be comforted by security blankets. People slow their cars to look at gory accidents, and go to movies that make them cry.

    Robert says: "Easy to understand, well read."
    Would you try another book from Paul Bloom and/or Jeremy Johnson?

    Paul Bloom, No
    Jeremy Johnson, Perhaps

    What could Paul Bloom have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Bloom would have had to eliminate many assumptions and significantly dropped continuous Bible references for me to consider this an informative article.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was entertained by this book for the first two hours. Although it was not what I had hoped, it touched on a variety of topics that could have been thoroughly examined objectively.

    Any additional comments?

    I call this book "disappointing" because I expected objectivity based on the credentials of the author. I did not expect each example to lead into a persuasive argument substantiated by Bible verses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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