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Marcus

Brasília, Brazil | Member Since 2010

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  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thomas S. Kuhn
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
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    A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were - and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book.

    Mirek says: "Important - not only for science"
    "The Idea of Progress"
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    This is a very insightful book. Thomas Kuhn delivered an intelligent account about how the sciences develop. More precisely, development by disruption and not by acumulation. Listening to this essay, one can reflect about the idea of progress. It seems that the sciences advance with rejection of old paradigms and creation of new ones, the last don't necessarily linked with the formers. Can we say the same thing about the development of humanities? The narration is fair and the audiobook is from a book edition that have a foreword by the author, in which he answers some criticism the original version received.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Ethics: A History of Moral Thought

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter Kreeft
    • Narrated By Peter Kreeft
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    This course addresses some of the eternal questions that man has grappled with since the beginning of time. What is good? What is bad? Why is justice important? Why is it better to be good and just than it is to be bad and unjust? Most human beings have the faculty to discern between right and wrong, good and bad behavior, and to make judgments over what is just and what is unjust. But why are ethics important to us?

    J. Maxwell says: "Surprisingly Good"
    "The Idea of the Good"
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    This course provides an overview of moral philosophy, with emphasis in greek philosophy (Socrates, Plato and Aristotle). The lectures are organized in order to develop an dialogue between the various philosophers in a way that gives to the listener a better understanding of the diversity of thought. Particularly good is the lecture about Maquiavel. Particularly bad is the omission of pragmatism thought (Pierce, Dewey and James) and its idea of moral philosophy. One has in this course a good introduction in the matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wealth of Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Adam Smith
    • Narrated By Michael Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This classic statement of economic liberalism or the policy of laissez-faire was first published in 1776. It is an engrossing analysis of the economic facts of life. Several fundamental principles, many of which are now referred to as axioms, were introduced in this work, the division of labor, supply-and-demand, and free market capitalism being among the most obvious.

    Peter says: "Worth the effort"
    "History and Economy"
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    This is a review of the audiobook. Adam Smith’s work is a reflection about the history and the economy of the europeans states in the XVIII century. The author laid his principles on economic analysis throughout an exposition of historical facts carefully chosen in order to demonstrate his main thesis: public and private wealth flourish in an environment of liberty. One must not be a specialist in economy to understand the book, though some knowledge of history helps to follow the author’s line of thought. The section of the book in which Adam Smith examines the role played by the americans colonies in the economic development of the europeans states is quite interesting and reminds me of Eduardo Galeano’s book, The Open Veins of Latin American. Despite the poor quality of the recording, the audiobook is worth listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
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    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Short Stories that Inspire"
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    This book contains three short stories by O. Henry. The narration is good and the stories inspire the listener. O. Henry writes about human sentiments with delicacy. The stories were selected for the holiday season but are timeless classics. Great and well crafted audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Faith, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    The fourth volume in Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, The Age of Faith surveys the medieval achievements and modern significance of Christian, Islamic, and Judaic life and culture. Like the other volumes in the Story of Civilization series, this is a self-contained work, which at the same time fits into a comprehensive history of mankind. It includes the dramatic stories of St. Augustine, Hypatia, Justinian, Mohammed, Harun al-Rashid, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, and many more.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Illumination on the dark ages"
    "The Middle Age and the West Civilization in the Making"
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    The fourth volume of Will Durant's Story of Civilization covers the Middle Age, with special attention to the Catholic Church and the development of the European States. The narrative flows well except for some war passages. Durant succeeds in pointing the main facts and moments of the Age, a formative period in West Civilization (I'm glad to see that the Author doesn't share the idea that this was a "dark period"). A book worth reading (listening)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Prof. Peter Kreeft
    • Narrated By Peter Kreeft
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    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."
    "Philosophy and Common Sense"
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    The exposition of Thomas Aquinas's philosophy and the description of his systematic approach are two features of this enlightening course. The lectures are clear and the subjects are presented in an order that facilitates the understanding of Aquinas thought. Professor Peter Kreeft argues that Aquinas, when discussed philosophy's questions, often assumes the default position, the common sense answer. Because he had a deep understanding of his predecessors, he could articulate their thought pointing to what he considered their achievements and faults. In such a careful study, the extreme positions are often avoided. The course succeeds in presenting Aquinas thought and it relevance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Terry Eagleton
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
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    The phrase "the meaning of life" for many seems a quaint notion fit for satirical mauling by Monty Python or Douglas Adams. But in this spirited Very Short Introduction, famed critic Terry Eagleton takes a serious if often amusing look at the question and offers his own surprising answer.

    A. Yerkes says: "Philosophizing beyond Nihilism or Fundamentalism"
    "Meaning and Skepticism"
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    This short and well written book achieves it's goal. Terry Eagleton produced a clear and well balanced essay about the meaning of life, familiarizing the reader with the different concepts, even with the ones that reject the question. The philosophy's and theology's insights are considered and related with the main question. The reader can grasp the most important facets of the problem, considering the challenges posed by this enterprise. This short introduction makes it happen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief - all of them - right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious, and do they stand up to scrutiny? Can there be a clear, full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate? Equally important: what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality?

    Eric Walton says: "Cogently stated arguments for Humanism"
    "Religion and It's Flaws"
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    Exposing the so called contradictions (flaws) of religion, A. C. Grayling argues for the superiority of humanism, whose central notions, he believes, can establish an ethics system based in human will, potentiality and contingencies. An ethics system based on religion's notions is inferior, because it ignores human potentialities and produces violence. The book is well written. The author expresses his ideas in a simple and understandable language. The matter is fascinating and controversial. One wonders if the author succeeded in making his case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    Jonnie says: "Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes"
    "A Description of Nazi Germany"
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    This work of William Shirer has two great qualities: It is heavily based in primary sources and extremely well written. The history is based in the documents obtained after the war, when the nazi files were captured by the allies. Hitler's My Kampf and his speeches during the period of Nazi Germany were examined and contextualized. The facts and protagonists of the period are presented in a readable and fluent text. Sometimes one feels that is reading a tale. This book can be paired with Richard Evans's work in the Third Reich (The Trilogy) in order to give the reader an enlightened presentation of Nazi Germany.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caesar and Christ: The Story of Civilization, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The third volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Caesar and Christ chronicles the history of Roman civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to A.D. 325.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Superb."
    "Early Steps of European Civilization"
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    The formation of Roman Empire and it's evolution are exposed in a clear and fluent narrative by Will Durant. His easy prose and irony provides the reader/listener a well informed testimony about ancient time. The book examines a pivotal moment of European and west civilization: the formation and early development of Roman Empire (II century BC to III century AD) and the advent and beginnings of Christianity (till it's adoption by Constantine).
    The ideas and the main events of the period, besides some gossips and debates, are examined in a way that enables the reader to grasp the historical background of the period. The part of the book reserved to Christianity, though, could be more complete. This is a book worth reading (or listening). It enhances our knowing of European history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert C. Bartlett
    • Narrated By Professor Robert C. Bartlett Ph.D. Boston College
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    For more than two millennia, philosophers have grappled with life's most profound and "eternal" questions. It is easy to forget, however, that these questions about fundamental issues like justice, injustice, virtue, vice, or happiness were not always eternal. They once had to be asked for the first time. This was a step that could place the inquirer beyond the boundaries of the law. And the Athenian citizen and philosopher who took that courageous step in the 5th century B.C. was Socrates.

    Amazon Customer says: "Worthwhile"
    "Philosophy and Human Affairs"
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    The course examined the thought of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, with special emphasis in moral philosophy. The evolution of the socratic philosophy, through the works of Plato, is exposed, without any tentative to distinguish the ideas of both thinkers (In Plato's dialogues, what are Socrates's concepts and what are Plato's ideas?). The life and judgment of Socrates, his way of living and his thought about education and piety are well examined. Plato works and ideas are explained, with emphasis in the Republic. Aristotle is presented by the exposition of the Ethics and Politics. The author discuss the concept of virtue and good life in greek thought. This is an excellent course in Greek moral philosophy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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