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Adam

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  • Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant Hardy
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    Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution-and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as . the existence of God; . the meaning of life; and. the nature of truth and reality.This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers-from a much-honored teacher and scholar-offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi-responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

    Michael says: "Great Lectures among the best of the Great Courses"
    "The Longest But Best Course"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition to be better than the print version?

    Were there to be a print edition, it would be its own textbook.


    What other book might you compare Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition to and why?

    It references an entire library of books.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Grant Hardy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This course prompted me to pick up his other Great Courses series.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Zen master Hakuin Ekaku's story is not only fascinating but very relatable to every listener.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend this course enough. I've listened to it four times. There is so much information, you will come to the same realization quickly. It's like putting a cup under a waterfall. There's just too much to hold in a single listen. Best credit ever spent on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Great World Religions: Islam

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John L. Esposito
    • Narrated By Professor John L. Esposito
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    (25)
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    (24)
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    How familiar are you with the world's second-largest and fastest-growing religion? In these 12 lectures, Professor Esposito guides you through the facts and myths surrounding Islam and its more than 1.2 billion adherents. Many in the West know little about the faith and are familiar only with the actions of a minority of radical extremists, but this lecture series will help you better understand Islam's role as both a religion and a way of life, and its deep impact on world affairs both historically and today.

    Saud says: "As a Muslim, this is fairly accurate"
    "Beginning to Understand"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Great World Religions: Islam to be better than the print version?

    Not applicable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters. It's a lecture series.


    Have you listened to any of Professor John L. Esposito’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but he was engaging.


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

    Not possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a Christian background and didn't understand this third member of the Abrahamic tradition. There is a lot of information and you will begin to understand not only the divergence from Judaism and Christianity but the split between Sunni and Shia. I recommend it with caution because you will know that you understand more but also that a mountain of information is still out there.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evil Exists

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Charles Mathewes
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Whether we view it in theological, philosophical, or psychological terms, evil remains both a deeply intriguing question and a crucially relevant global issue. Now, Professor Mathewes offers you a richly provocative and revealing encounter with the question of human evil - a dynamic inquiry into Western civilization's greatest thinking and insight on this critical subject.

    Adam says: "Slightly Misleading but Still Good"
    "Slightly Misleading but Still Good"
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    What did you love best about Why Evil Exists?

    It is thoroughly researched with many approaches to the understanding of evil throughout the ages.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Evil Exists?

    The approach to Eichmann's trial stands out. Sometimes the most horrific of evil is enacted as if it's another boring day at the office.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Charles Mathewes – was your favorite?

    He didn't perform characters but his speaking voice keeps you involved. Imagine what a great teacher who actually enjoys his job sounds like.


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

    Not possible but the title needs clarification. It isn't 'Why Evil Exists' but is more 'A History of Evil.'


    Any additional comments?

    If you were looking for a deep analysis of evil as a force in this world, you may be disappointed. That said, this is as close as it will get through the Great Courses series. I enjoyed each lecture and feel I got my full credit's worth with this title.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joel Osteen
    • Narrated By Joel Osteen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Broken into 31 segments, this audiobook defines the most powerful blessings in Scripture and encourages readers to declare one each day for a month. The declarations will affirm God's blessings in the area of health, family legacy, decisions, finances, thoughts, outlook, and overcoming obstacles.

    Amazon Customer says: "Inspiring and Uplifting"
    "Short but Good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it as life and circumstances can be overwhelming. The author is the rare cheerleader that comes along to urge you forward without being smarmy or promising unreachable things.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are a lot of little stories throughout to illustrate his daily life declarations. I often forget what the declarations are but the stories have stuck with me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was a young man trying to get into a prestigious college, which he would only be able to afford with at least a partial scholarship. He didn't get it and enrolled at a local junior college. Four weeks before school started, he was called by the scholarship office to say an opening had become available for a four year total scholarship. Don't let the first no discourage you.


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

    My atypical reaction to this audiobook versus others has been repeatedly playing it. I find myself listening to it while walking, driving to work or playing video games. It's a boost akin to an extra shot of espresso.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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