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  • The Modern Scholar: Ethics: A History of Moral Thought

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter Kreeft
    • Narrated By Peter Kreeft

    This course addresses some of the eternal questions that man has grappled with since the beginning of time. What is good? What is bad? Why is justice important? Why is it better to be good and just than it is to be bad and unjust? Most human beings have the faculty to discern between right and wrong, good and bad behavior, and to make judgments over what is just and what is unjust. But why are ethics important to us?

    J. Maxwell says: "Surprisingly Good"
    "What lifes all about"

    I really benefited from this program. It took about three listens before the material really sank it but each listen was enjoyable. When my daughter asked for a bedtime story I told her about Socrates' piety for the oracle Kant's Categorical emperatives. Good stuff I tell ya!!! Thank you Peter Kreeft.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "This one hurt"

    Who is the audience for this book? It is not an academic work yet not a book a general audience would enjoy. It felt like I was listening to Pollan's journal as he investigated various subjects for a research paper. I found it astonishing he could turn a short trip to an Iowa corn farm, a weeklong trip to Polyface farm, and a couple of hunting trips into such a long book. The flowery language, particularly through the hunting expeditions just went on and on and on. I pride myself in getting through all my book selections and did get through this book, however finishing it was a supreme test of stamina; it definitely hurt more than most - a textbook on nutrition would be more engaging. No answers given here and the insights seemed specific only to Pollan.
    The narrator is also used for too many of Audible's books and is characterless.

    6 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Five Skies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ron Carlson
    • Narrated By Ron Carlson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Five Skies is the story of three men gathered high in the Rocky Mountains for a construction project. Having participated in a spectacular betrayal in Los Angeles, the giant, silent Arthur Key drifts into work as a carpenter in southern Idaho. There he is hired, along with the shiftless and charming Ronnie Panelli, to build a stunt ramp beside a cavernous void. The two will be led by Darwin Gallegos, the foreman of the local ranch, who is filled with a primeval rage at God, at man, at life.

    Andrew says: "A first-rate audio experience."
    "Really enjoyed this"

    It's a simple book and has that sort of "Cowboy Way" type of feel - little said with so much more implied, but I really enjoyed how this book flowed and how you felt like you really knew these men by the end of the story. It was eight hours well spent. I ended up finishing it in one day because it kept me so intrigued.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pauline W. Chen
    • Narrated By Pauline W. Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Pauline Chen began medical school 20 years ago, she dreamed of saving lives. What she did not count on was how much death would be a part of her work. Almost immediately, Chen found herself wrestling with medicine's most profound paradox: that a profession premised on caring for the ill also systematically depersonalizes dying. Final Exam follows Chen over the course of her education, training, and practice as she grapples at strikingly close range with the problem of mortality.

    Phillip Sabbagh says: "Brilliant and Moving"
    "Are you sure you want to be a surgeon?"

    I don't think the author knew what to call this book; it sort of dealt with end of life issues but was really a travelogue of experiences she had while becoming a surgeon. I was left wondering why she wrote the book rather than thinking about the subject matter itself. It seemed she was unsure if the twelve plus year focus it took to become a transplant surgeon to the exclusion of most everything else in her life was the right choice for her.
    It's hard to say who this book is for; it would probably be a good listen for young adults interested in a medical career who also liked sad stories. Her stories did keep me interested (although I wish the book had more of them) and I found myself staying up late one night to finish the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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