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Tom

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  • Clarence Thomas: In Conversation at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Clarence Thomas
    Overall
    (19)
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    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks with Jan Crawford Greenberg on his career in the court system, his shift in ideology from radical to conservative, and his opinions on affirmative action and the limits of the power of the court. Clarence Thomas is a graduate of Yale University Law School and the author of My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir.

    Paul says: "Wow!!"
    "Clarence Thomas - 5 stars, Jan Greenberg - 0 stars"
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    Any additional comments?

    Clarence Thomas gave a brilliant and moving interview to a progressive blockhead, Jan Greenberg. Jan is a liberal ideologue of the first water, and was unable to process most of what Justice Thomas was saying. In spite of that, the interview is well worth hearing. No doubt, Justice Thomas had plenty of experience with this kind of thing and navigated it with grace and charm. It's frustrating because Jan misses most of Justice Thomas' points and her follow-up questions come from the echo chamber in her head rather than the person sitting across from her. After hearing this, I went out and bought "My Grandfather's Son" immediately. I just wish there was an Audible version of that, read by Clarence Thomas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Letting Go: Living the Wisdom of Saint Francis

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (76)

    We often think of saints as rare individuals whose gifts far exceed our own, and St. Francis is no exception. But for Fr. Richard Rohr, a prolific author and renowned speaker, the life and teachings of this beloved figure offer an authentic spirituality we can all embody.

    Michael says: "A spiritual retreat of sorts"
    "Appallingly bad"
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    Story
    What would have made The Art of Letting Go better?

    I was hoping for a book on letting go of material things and instead I got a retread of Jimmy Carter's 1970s "Malaise" speech. Richard motivates Letting Go through either easily disproved assertions or foundational principles that are temporary. We're too materialistic these days, so we need to let go of things. So if we lived in, say, the Great Depression, it would be OK to party on? Franciscan attitudes should be preached independent of political leanings and current events, but Richard cannot let go of these. The book is dragged down by them to the point where I tried each chapter, looking for something free of Richard's personal ax-grinding, but never found it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Rohr again?

    Probably not. His political world view permeated what I hoped would be a spiritual book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Richard may well be a gifted theologian, but he's no voice actor.


    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter Kreeft
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    An enthusiastic admirer of the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, professor and philosopher Peter Kreeft details the rational thought and precise literary talent that established Aquinas as the foremost thinker of his time - and as the most important philosopher for the almost 200 years between Aristotle and Descartes.

    criticaltom says: "Just what an introduction to Aquinas should be."
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    What a fabulous overview of Thomism! It's going to take me a few times through, but this series of lectures presents the brilliant work of St. Thomas Aquinas in a very understandable way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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