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London, ON, Canada | Member Since 2009

  • 2 reviews
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  • 237 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Tye
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America’s most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author of Satchel, has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

    Eddie says: "A Great Book for Any Superman Fan"
    "An insightful look at the greatest superheroes"
    If you could sum up Superman in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful Superman history

    What other book might you compare Superman to and why?

    The Ten Cent Plague as a parallel history about the comic book medium with this book about a major franchise that propelled it to prominence.

    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A fan's enthusiasm at the character while conveying the tragedy of how the character's creators were treated.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The life of Jerry Siegal as a writer with a special kind of imagination but burdened with a business naivety that sabotaged his chance at the full material success that should been his due.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Francis J DiBona says: "Violence is decreasing everywhere. Who knew?"
    "A convincing look at humanity's social evolution"
    Where does The Better Angels of Our Nature rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This a powerfully fascinating book where Pinker shows, with very thorough evidence, that human nature has changed for the better over the centuries. In short, Pinker will prove to you how we have, if still incompletely depending on culture and region, become more peaceful, just and civilization after a fashion. In that, the author gives a detailed look at the history of violence in society that will make you blanch at the bloody antics done by our ancestors and the psychological research trying to explain it. Just hear the reader read out how medieval people found

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

    I was heartened for at least one element of the human race, even while I wanted to give those sadists in the past a taste of their own medicine.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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