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Douglas

College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Auburn, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Awakenings

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
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    Awakenings - which inspired the major motion picture - is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and their extraordinary transformations.

    Douglas says: "Absolute classic!"
    "Absolute classic!"
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    Sachs does a marvelous job of taking one through the science of "sleepy sickness" and then immersing one in the lives of the poor souls affected by it. We see their "rebirth" into life and how some came to chose the return to total immobility once more. Like so much of Sachs' work, this is a strange and wondrous portrayal of neurology and this bizarre and glorious experience we call human life. (If you saw the movie years ago... be prepared for a rather long--but necessary primer on the science of the illness in the beginning of the book. It is not a novelization. It is first and foremost a science book.)

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Everyone's a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By R. C. Sproul
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Many people react negatively to the word theology, believing that it involves dry, fruitless arguments about minute points of doctrine. Yet as Dr. R.C. Sproul argues, everyone is a theologian. Any time we think about a teaching of the Bible and strive to understand it, we are engaging in theology. Therefore, it is important that we put the Bible's varied teachings together in a systematic fashion, using proper, time-tested methods of interpretation so as to arrive at a theology that is founded on truth.

    Alexandre says: "Essential book"
    "A Great Follow Up"
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    to my reading of Karl Barth's Evangelical Theology, in which he puts forth the very same proposition as this book: everyone must face the big questions and is, by default, a theologian of one degree or another. Sproul obviously takes the theist stance here and makes good defense of it. Such books are very important now, given the easy, breezy (and overly simplistic and just plain biased) attacks on theism that come through the channels of the "new atheism" (think Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens). It is time for theists to start thinking again, open a book, and learn why the new wave atheists are wrong in their facile and one-sided approach to the deeper questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evangelical Theology: An Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Karl Barth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
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    In this concise presentation of evangelical theology - the theology that first received expression in the New Testament writings and was later rediscovered by the Reformation - Barth discusses the place of theology, theological existence, the threat to theology, and theological work.

    Douglas says: "One Of The Great Theistic Thinkers..."
    "One Of The Great Theistic Thinkers..."
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    It is too bad that Christian thought has, for the most part, descended to the likes of Joel Osteen and the other "positive attitude" self-helpers that turn out followers who not only have trouble reciting the most rudiimentary Biblical stories but also have grave difffitulty formulating more than the most abcendarian argument for why they supposedly hold the beliefs they do. Bonhoeffer, Barth and Tillach are three of the great modern theologians, and their work is more important than ever, for its depth and breadth of understanding of the Christian faith and the navigation of its deeper waters and swifter currents. Indeed, the new atheism of Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens would have more difficulty taking out religious people one by one if there were more who had actually read their scriptures, supplimented by brilliant texts as this one by Barth. A must have for the real theological thinker.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Men Are the Way They Are

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Warren Farrell
    • Narrated By Dr. Warren Farrell
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    Why Men Are the Way they Are is what women don't know about men - and men don't know about themselves. Dr. Warren Farrell is a pioneer of both the women's and men's movements. He started more than 300 men's and women's groups - joined by men from John Lennon to John Gray.

    Douglas says: "A Book For Its Time..."
    "A Book For Its Time..."
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    If you are a man tired of the feminizing demands put on you and wonder why men abused and humilated by their wives on TV shows and commercials is funny rather than being considered what it is--spousal abuse--or if you are a woman, puzzled by the fact that your relationships never seem to work out because you have been programmed to say you want one thing from a man but actually, instinctually, want something else--or if you are just plain finished with the radical feminists who continue to claim victimization in every realm (they are actually ahead in most realms, like control of resources and preference in job acquisition) in order to gain ever more political power--than this is the book for you. The truth--hard and unvarnished...not PC, but the truth nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Feminist Fantasies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Phyllis Schlafly
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
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    No ideological assault has been more ferocious than radical feminism's 40-year war against women. And no battlefield leader has been more courageous than Phyllis Schlafly. In these dispatches from the battlefront, feminism's most potent foe exposes the delusions and hypocrisy behind a movement that has cheated millions of women out of their happiness, health, and security.

    Douglas says: "This is one of those books..."
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    that inevitably will receive many knee-jerk reactions from politically frenzied people who have never read the thing...but the points Schlaffy makes are clear and precise. Yes, equal rights are important, but modern radical feminism is not about equal rights: it is about hating men and "the patriarchy." It is also about women having to work harder than ever, getting the blunt end of the "sexual revolution" that feminism encouraged, and having a much harder time in relationships that they are trained to despise when things just really aren't that bad most of the time. Look, read the book or don't, but don't judge it until you have turned the last page. (Also see the videos and writings of Dr. Janice Fiamengo and Karen Straughen to see the mindless hate and unfairness that often comes with modern radical feminism. Also Steven Pinker is a good source when he writes or discusses gender: he deems himself an "equality feminist" but eschews the harmful radical stuff.)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
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    Can God be revived in a skeptical age? What would it take to give people a spiritual life more powerful than anything in the past? Deepak Chopra tackles these issues with eloquence and insight in this book. He proposes that God lies at the source of human awareness. Therefore, any person can find the God within that transforms everyday life.

    elan says: "God's new makeover"
    "Chopra wrote this in response...."
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    to Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, a virulent bit of atheist grandstanding that has gained attention more from cranks than serious thinkers. It also came in the wake of Dawkins ambushing Chopra in a tabloid-show style in what he wanted to pass for an "interview." (Chopra claimed he talked with Dawkins, despite the ambush, for three hours, only to have Dawkins chop it up into three minutes of the latter sneering and jeering, and then Dawkins slapped the title "Enemy of the Truth" on the thing and posted it on youtube. Chopra defended himself on television, and then, despite being perfectly justified and not nearly as aggressive as Dawkins, showed himself the bigger man and posted an apology video himself...) I say all that to say this: Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens (one cannot say "rest his soul," I suppose), and Harris have gone from being legitimate critics of certain aspects of religion to mocking atheist fundamentalists which blind themselves entirely to the deeper aspects of spirituality and metaphysics of any kind and poke fun at anyone who does not agree like bullies in a schoolyard they now consider to be solely their territory... I must say that Deepok Chopra is not my first choice as a defender of things spiritual (try reading some Dietrich Bonhoffer, Luther or Karl Barth, or even Emerson or James), but The Future of God (perhaps a play on Freud's Future Of An Illusion) is a book that had to be written for its time. I give this book five stars for its message and because it pushes back at the current tide--not because I think Chopra can never be a bit flaky or too ethereal or vague (although he makes some definite points in regard to consciousness and the spiritual in relation to science and physics. Having had my time with Buddhism, I think the idea that the entire universe and everything in it is conscious, and that we are just certain manifestations of that consciousness makes perfect intuitive sense, even if you can't put it in a test tube.) I guess at last I will say this book can perhaps save us a bit from becoming too jaded, too cynical, too one-eyed in our approach to the world--and perhaps even the enlightened Christian can keep from throwing the baby Jesus out with the bath water.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reflections in a Golden Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
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    Set on a Southern army base in the 1930s, Reflections in a Golden Eye tells the story of Captain Penderton, a bisexual whose life is upset by the arrival of Major Langdon, a charming womanizer who has an affair with Penderton's tempestuous and flirtatious wife, Leonora. Upon the novel's publication in 1941, reviewers were unsure of what to make of its relatively scandalous subject matter.

    Douglas says: "Enthralling..."
    "Enthralling..."
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    Carson McCullers was one of the southern masters. She learned from the rich, ornate prose of Thomas Wolfe, the razor sharp accuracy and poetics of Capote, and the bitter irony of Flannery O'Connor. With writing to rival that of her masterpiece, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Reflections In A Golden Eye comes forward as a classic southern novella. Potentially scandalous for its time, Golden Eye maintains a steady, objective dignity that allows one to see beyond the sexual entanglements and the violence to the depths of the human condition. The ability to show us ourselves, even in our most extreme moments of good and evil, was McCullers wonderful gift.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jean M. Twenge, W. Keith Campbell
    • Narrated By Randye Kaye
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    Dr. Jean M. Twenge focuses on the pernicious spread of narcissism in today's culture, which has repercussions for every age group and class. Dr. Twenge joins forces with Dr. W. Keith Campbell, a nationally recognized expert on narcissism, to explore this new plague. Together, they provide an eye-opening exposition of the alarming rise of narcissism and its catastrophic effects at every level of society.

    Die Falknerin says: "Feeling "special?" Snap out of it!"
    "Much Better Book..."
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    than Eleanor Payson's grammatically clunky, repetitive, Alice Miller worshippiing, simplistic metaphor sodden The Wizard Of Oz and Other Narcissists. The Narcissism Epidemic does what few books on the subject do: includes the scientific research on the subject, avoiding the easy, breezy Milleresque platitudes directed at so-called victims (which often enough only teach THEM to be self-indulgent and self-focused). Read this book instead of the pulp self-help books on the narcissist.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Eleanor Payson
    • Narrated By Cathryn Bond Doyle
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    This ground-breaking book offers hope and help to those who have been drawn into these devastating relationships. She includes illuminating case studies that identify the problems that occur in the different types of relationships, from co-workers, to friends, to parents, to lovers. Listeners employing these insights and skills will find new abilities to identify and protect against the narcissist's manipulations and take back control of their lives.

    Die Falknerin says: "Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road"
    "Simplistic but informative..."
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    Very basic book on the subject, but it does have useful information. More of a self-help book than science. It even has chapter summaries like an eighth grade text. But it is a good book for what it is. She does push the "Wizard Of Oz" metaphor--which doesn't work completely, as Dorothy never really comes to any deep realization, other than that she likes being home. (She doesn't learn how to deal with narcissists like the Wizard.) At any rate, it's a pretty good book if you don't expect anything too in depth. Read some Robert Hare if you want something a bit better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Science of the obvious..."
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    Exercise makes you feel better and perform better. Exercise is the best treatment for depression and can replace many meds with harmful side effects. About all that can be said about this is...it's about time!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Emerson: The Mind on Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert D. Richardson
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most important figures in the history of American thought, religion, and literature. The vitality of his writings and the unsettling power of his example continue to influence us more than a hundred years after his death. Now Robert D. Richardson Jr. brings to life an Emerson very different from the old stereotype of the passionless Sage of Concord.

    John says: "Entertaining, erudite, engaging"
    "Finally!"
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    A comprehensive study of Emerson! How long have we been waiting for that! Back in the 90's, I read everything by Emerson, the essays, the poetry, the travel books, absolute every delicious metaphor and trope. I have read bios of the man before, but none so in-depth and comprehensive as this marvelous volume. If Emerson had written a formal autobiography, I suspect it would have been much like this book. An absolute must read for the Emerson fan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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