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Robert J. Bowlin

Charlton, MA | Member Since 2005

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  • 4 reviews
  • 154 ratings
  • 406 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • The Greatest American Poetry

    • NONE (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and others
    • Narrated By Bill Pullman, Meryl Streep, Elliott Gould, and others
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Elliott Gould, Burt Reynolds, Meryl Streep, and a host of other celebrities read over 100 poems by four of America's greatest poets. Walt Whitman celebrates the brash and rugged individualism of his country in exuberant language. The spare, precise language of Emily Dickinson conveys her penetrating vision of the natural world and an acute understanding of the most profound human truths.

    Carol says: "A good gift, but poorly wrapped"
    "Painful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It is like someone found a beautiful and ancient persian rug, and, feeling that it wasn't quite enough on its own, decided to paint racing stripes on it. Narration - great. Quality - terrific Poems - wonderful (of coarse). All spoiled by that obnoxious music playing in the background. Seriously, who in their right minds, takes a lyrical art, an art that is demanding enough on the listener, and says lets put some loud complex violin music in the background!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jennifer Michael Hecht
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (51)

    Hecht champions doubt and questioning as one of the great and noble, if unheralded, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind. From Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking, this is an account of the world's greatest intellectual virtuosos - who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers - and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning.

    Dwight D Panozzo says: "The classical education in Secularism I needed"
    "Important"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a history book. And though more entertaining than a typical history book, it is still a history book. That being said, it should be on every humanists digital bookcase. While Dawkins and Hitchens have provided you a reason to question your faith, Doubt: Gives you the history of brilliant people who have sought the answers before you. I find myself reliably returning to this book, and most certainly will for a long time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2742)
    Performance
    (973)
    Story
    (956)

    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    Buddhism in a Christian Candy shell.
    If you've read/listened to any eastern philosophy books then there will not be a lot of different material here. For the mainliners who have not, this book is a good start into a new philosophy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5116)
    Performance
    (1620)
    Story
    (1641)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Excellent & well crafted story."
    Overall

    This trilogy is exceptional. A finely woven tale about a girl, and perhaps humanity itself, growing up. The characters are complex but well defined and the story is refreshingly different. Witches,clergy, Polar bears, & harpies all make appearances and all are presented with depth. An excellent & well crafted story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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