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Janine

I am a retired RN who has a interest in many different ideas, places, people, aand times. I do like books with some kind of action in them.

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  • The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dean Kowalski (Editor), William Irwin (Editor)
    • Narrated By Andrew Eiden
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
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    (19)

    Ever wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs"? And - most importantly - whether Wil Wheaton is truly evil? Of course you have. Bazinga!

    This book mines the deep thinking of some of history's most potent philosophical minds to explore your most pressing questions about The Big Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters.

    Janine says: "The talking heads"
    "The talking heads"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an amazing and humorous piece of work. I enjoyed it immensely. Not only did it bring to mind some of my favorite moments from the series but It was spot on in its assessment of the action and interaction or lack thereof from the characters. Having grown up with a "genius" for a brother, I also related to many of the situations. Sheldonnnn reminds me so much of my brother in some aspects such as him having rto be interpreted for those not in his immediate circle, and sometimes even then. Thank you for such an enoyable time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy?

    Then memorable moments started with the beginning and never stopped.


    Have you listened to any of Andrew Eiden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and then again and again. I'm keeping on my MP3 player to listen to when I need a humor break.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I want to listen to some more of the philosophy discussions by the authors.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth J. Hammond
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.You'll learn about the powerful dynasties that ruled China for centuries; the philosophical and religious foundations-particularly Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism-that have influenced every iteration of Chinese thought, and the larger-than-life personalities, from both inside and outside its borders, of those who have shaped China's history. As you listen to these lectures, you'll see how China's politics, economics, and art reflect the forces of its past.From the "Mandate of Heaven," a theory of social contract in place by 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years before Western philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the development of agriculture and writing independent of outside influence to the technologically-advanced Han Dynasty during the time of the Roman Empire, this course takes you on a journey across ground that has been largely unexplored in the history courses most of us in the West have taken.In guiding you through the five millennia of China's history, Professor Hammond tells a fascinating story with an immense scope, a welcome reminder that China is no stranger to that stage and, indeed, has more often than not been the most extraordinary player on it.

    Travis Greene says: "A good listen"
    "Extremely interesting!"
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    An amazing sweep of Chinese History told in a user friendly format made interesting by all the personal touches applied to the characters by the Professor. So much information I wanted to listen to it over again to catch it all. Now I have a much better appreciation for the Chinese people and their culture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Ryan Gesell
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday - or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday - William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte.

    Ellen says: "Interesting era"
    "Truly wonderful, thoughtful and well researched"
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    Where does Songs of Willow Frost rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite fiction books. I kept going back over and over to listen so I would not miss anything


    What did you like best about this story?

    The heartfelt human story that was so well researched and presented from the mother's view as well as the young boy's view, I was captive to the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    If I told you I would ruin the story for everyone.


    If you could take any character from Songs of Willow Frost out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    William. I would want to find out what happens to him. How he matured. What he is doing as an adult.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it at your leisure. Savor it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Share of the Task: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By General Stanley McChrystal
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (123)

    In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate.

    Jfadams says: "Incomplete ending"
    "A memoir not to be missed"
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    What did you love best about My Share of the Task?

    General McChrytal's unabashed honesty.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His description of the training and heavy responsibilities of those in leadership in the armed forces and the intelligence and dedication it takes to lead.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he and his wife went out for his retirement formation. It was a quiet and greatly significant event that shows that our great leaders do so much for us for so little appreciation from us. It demonstrates that only those who have been in similar situations can really appreciate what one does. It was real, heartfelt and full of honor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This is a book to be savored and thought over. Do not rush it.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this book a chance. You just might learn something.
    Thank you, General McChrystal and your wife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Grossman
    • Narrated By Dave Grossman
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (296)

    The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating.

    g says: "Adam G"
    "A must read to understand our killing society"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of On Killing to be better than the print version?

    I can't read because of my eyes. So audio is the way I go.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It doesn't have characters. It traces the history of how our armed services are prepared for war from our Civil War on. It explains why our armed forces and our society has the problems is has whether it be with depression, PTSD or children killing children in schools.


    Did Dave Grossman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Again there are no characters. There are very tangible reasons why "we" are the way "we" are.


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

    It made me very alarmed and conflicted. I know we need people to fight our wars. We need to do more to help them when they come back....and their families. We need to rethink violent video games. I would outlaw them myself if I could.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest every parent, every service spouse, all the politicians and all the game makers read this. Then act as your conscience demands.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4564)
    Performance
    (2034)
    Story
    (2022)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "ROOM"
    Overall

    This was a unique tack to take by writing from the view of a 5 year old for most of the book. I was gratified that Emma included the inevitable tantrums of an emotionally delayed child. Being able to look beyond the ROOM, and see what trials awaited the mother and son, helped bring about a somewhat realisitc conclusion to the book. Of course, we do not really know how much time was between the escape and the ending,it must have been less than a year. These people would probably have been more crippled in those first few months. I doubt they would have been able to come to this conclusion within a year. But then again, who knows. I really enjoyed being pulled along by the narrative, waiting to find out what would happen next. Amazed at the resourcefulness of the mother made it interesting. Thank you. Emma

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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