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Arno

Armenia | Member Since 2016

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  • 13 reviews
  • 165 ratings
  • 187 titles in library
  • 42 purchased in 2018
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  • On the Social Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    • Narrated By Erik Sandval
    Overall
    (97)
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    (70)
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    (69)

    On the Social Contract's appeal and influence has been wide-ranging and continuous. It has been called an encomium to democracy and, at the same time, a blueprint for totalitarianism. Individualists, collectivists, anarchists, and socialists have all taken courage from Rousseau's controversial masterpiece.

    Todd says: "Flawed concepts"
    "Thank you sir!"
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    Sounds naive in 21st century, but if you factor in when it was written! It's a monumental work form the first letter to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ethics

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Benedict de Spinoza
    • Narrated By Alastair Cameron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    From the mind of one of the world's paramount philosophers comes a profound insight into the universe and man's place in the world. Widely considered to be Benedict de Spinoza's greatest work, Ethics paints an intriguing portrait of reality, the ethical life, and the path to sustainable happiness. Decades ahead of its time, Ethics provides a step-by-step guide to an ethical life. Spinoza provides insights into the human mind, God, emotions, and man's bondage to emotion.

    Arno says: "I am sorry"
    "I am sorry"
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    I am sorry Spinoza, you are not my author and thinker, got tired of your QEDs, colloralies, eternal reference jungle, hopping from one Lemma to another, such a bad style and construct. Next time, another time, could be, may be. Bye

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Kevin Theis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    When Zarathustra was 30 years old, he left his home and the lake of his home, and went into the mountains. There he enjoyed his spirit and solitude, and for 10 years did not weary of it.

    Amazon Customer says: "EXCELLENT NARRATION!"
    "I did it!"
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    A treasure trove, right time to read. Apes to man, man to uberman, uberman to god.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Antichrist

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Alastair Cameron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
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    (28)

    Written over 100 years ago, The Antichrist by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is a thought-provoking piece of literature in which Nietzsche urges the listener to be honest and critical in regards to previously accepted thoughts of modern Christianity. He suggests that the current basis for what is right and wrong, happiness and sadness, and other essential concepts is completely backward. Instead, every end result can be measured based on what Nietzsche calls the "will to power".

    erik says: "Nietzche at his best"
    "If you had 10 stars I would have rated it 10"
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    Consumed in one breath! Such an opus. All those remarks about this book and low ratings in Audible, Amazon and Goodreads coming from deeply religious people are just pathetic. Rock solid arguments of Friedrich drill ill ring fenced paradigms of those. There is nothing anti Semitic, fascistic in this book as they claim, rather just nicely designed thought provoking construct of thinking. I loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What I Believe: 3 Complete Essays on Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (152)

    Remarkably relevant, beautifully written, and filled with wit and wisdom, these three essays by Bertrand Russell allow the listener to test the concepts of the good life, morality, the existence of God, Christianity, and human nature. "What I Believe" was used prominently in the 1940 New York court proceedings in which Russell was judicially declared "unfit" to teach philosophy at City College of New York. "Why I Am Not a Christian" concludes that churches throughout history have retarded progress and states that we should instead "look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in." Finally, "A Free Man's Worship", perhaps the most famous single essay written by Russell, considers whether humans operate from free will.

    Charles says: "Excellent Logic"
    "I adore Russell"
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge! Love without knowledge or knowledge without love are harmfull to humanity"... and history proved that.

    "I say quite deliberately that Christian religion as organized in its churches has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world".

    "Science can help us to overcome this craven fear imposed by religion".

    Isn't he nice, isn't he smart! have always adored Russell, he was/is/ and will be my lighthouse in the ocean of knowledge and perfection pursuit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Carl Sagan
    • Narrated By LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
    Overall
    (3007)
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    (2743)
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    (2733)

    Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

    Seph says: "Over-acting voice actors"
    "Not enough stars to rate"
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    Dear Audible please allow to rate 10 stars, please! Wish every human on our dear planet earth reads this book. Wish...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, United States, and the World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Graham Allison, Robert D. Blackwill, Ali Wyne
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie, Francis Chau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (287)
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    (287)

    Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990, has honed his wisdom during more than fifty years on the world stage. Almost single-handedly responsible for transforming Singapore into a Western-style economic success, he offers a unique perspective on the geopolitics of East and West. American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama have welcomed him to the White House.

    Jean says: "Thought-provoking"
    "Who was he, was he from planet Earth?"
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    To anyone in politics: Charters 8 and 9 to be learned by hearth. Will check!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3300)
    Performance
    (2915)
    Story
    (2908)

    The authors of the best-selling Bold and The Rise of Superman explore altered states of consciousness and how they can ignite passion, fuel creativity, and accelerate problem solving, in this groundbreaking book in the vein of Daniel Pink's Drive and Charles Duhigg's Smarter Faster Better.

    R8r says: "Very disappointing. Not what it promises to be."
    "A stew of interesting and boring"
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    Book is a kind of ode to Burningman festival. I want to hope that all this wasn't a successful product placement, otherwise it will turn out that I have paid for smth which I could read free of charge in inet. Overall liked the concept of altered state economy, arguments are well taken and noted. STER is understood as well.
    The construct was a bit messy, aftertaste was more like patchwork.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meditations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Duncan Steen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3451)
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    (3033)
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    (3000)

    One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

    John J. says: "SO BRILLIANT, I BOUGHT THE HARD COPY...!!"
    "Impressive"
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    This was a true revelation for me! Always heard about Marcus Aurelius as a man of wisdom, but haven't had a chance to read his opus. I am impressed, such a wisdom and all coming from a person with high power.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1864)
    Performance
    (1577)
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    (1578)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Joshua Kim says: "Pros and Cons of "Why Nations Fail""
    "Reaffirmed what I concluded during the years of studying and learning"
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    Although the book is built on two pivotal concepts the construct is intelligent and substantiated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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