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Marcus

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Brasília, Brazil | Member Since 2010

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  • How to Read a Book

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren
    • Narrated By Edward Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (189)
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    (115)
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    How to Read a Book, first published in 1940, is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. Now it has been completely rewritten and updated.

    Lulu says: "If You Read Books, You Must Read This"
    "Instructive Insights"
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    The book is a classic. The narrative in the audio version is clear and understandable, even for foreign like me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Simon Blackburn
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this clear introduction to ethics, Simon Blackburn tackles the major moral questions surrounding birth, death, happiness, desire, and freedom, showing us how we should think about the meaning of life, and how we should mistrust the soundbite-sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates.

    marisawedd says: "Awakes your willing to read more Philosophy"
    "Ethics and Its Challenges"
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    This is a well written overview of the subject. Its poses the questions one faces when study ethics and gives ways to treat the difficulties. Because it is a short work, the treatment of the matter is not profound. The book is intelligible for beginners and illustrative for a philosophy student. The audio is very good and the narrator's performance allow an enjoyable hearing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Buckley, Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt
    • Narrated By Cira Larkin, Wayne Edwards
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    The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism offers an extensive survey of the history, doctrine, practices, and global circumstances of Roman Catholicism, written by a range of distinguished and experienced Catholic writers. Engages its readers in an informed and informative conversation about Roman Catholic life and thought.

    Marcus says: "Great Overview"
    "Great Overview"
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    One grasp an informed overview of the Catholic Church in this book. Its gives relevant informations of the development of the Catholic Church and its doctrines. Its also examines the presence and organization of the Church around the globe (specific countries and continents). The performance is very good. Both narrators did an excellent job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Socrates: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christopher Taylor
    • Narrated By Dave Calabrese
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    In this book, Christopher Taylor explores the relationship between the historical Socrates and the engaging and infuriating figure who appears in Plato's dialogues, and examines the enduring image of Socrates as the ideal exemplar of the philosophic life - a thinker whose moral and intellectual integrity permeated every detail of his life, even in the face of betrayal and execution by his fellow Athenians.

    marisawedd says: "Fantastic Introduction"
    "The Problems of Philosophy"
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    The book gives usefull insights about Socrates's life and ideas. The fundamental themes in Socrates's philosophy are exposed with clarity, allowing the listener to be educated in the matter. In the words of Plato and other greek thinkers, Socrates's reflections are discussed. Definitely an usefull listening and a great introduction in the problems of philosophy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs)
    • By Robert Middlekauff
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.

    John says: "Strong History Rich With Behind The Scenes Details"
    "The Road to Freedom"
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    The american revolution has a peculiar history. The events that conduced to the independency are explained and related with one another by the author. This book gave great emphasis on the battles between America and the Mother Country and noticed the important role played by France on it. The birth of the United States in a hostile environment demanded great acuity and perseverance by his people. Robert Middlekauff suceded in telling this enterprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas S. Kuhn
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
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    Named one of "The Hundred Most Influential Books Since the Second World War" by the Times Literary Supplement, and one of the "100 Best Nonfiction" books by the Modern Library, Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a landmark of scientific thought. Written in 1962, Kuhn's book took an entirely different view of how scientists perceived and achieved changes in basic theoretical assumptions - what he termed "paradigm shifts".

    Matthew says: "Better than prior reviews led me to believe"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Edward Craig
    • Narrated By Maurice West
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    (59)
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    (18)
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    This lively and engaging book is the ideal introduction for anyone who has ever been puzzled by what philosophy is or what it is for. Edward Craig argues that philosophy is not an activity born from another planet; learning about it is just a matter of broadening and deepening what most of us do already. He shows that philosophy is no mere intellectual pastime.

    reggie p says: "good intro"
    "Philosophy for Newbies"
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    The book offers an overview of Philosophy. Some importants subjects are exposed (How do we know? What is philosophy?). Some philosophers receive special atention (e.g., Descartes). The vocabulary of philosophy is explained and importants concepts are examined. The text is well written, but lacks a more systematic approach. The performance is clear and in British pronunciation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
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    In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life - in politics, society, economy, and culture.

    Joseph says: "Excellent historical writing"
    "An Account of a Decisive Period of America History"
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    The book refers to the firsts decades of America Republic. The story relates to the presidencies of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison. The challenges and the struggles of the early Republic are exposed with clarity and enable the listeners to understand the development of America's political institutions. The performance is fair, providing a good listening experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "An Inspiring History of a Great Man"
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    Eric Metaxas wrote a carefull biography of a man intended to live accordingly with the Bible. His narratives about the events that composed Bonhoofer life allowed the reader to understood the dilemas faced by this man of God. By listened to it, one will have a good account about Bonhoofer's life, family and dificulties. Bonhoofer's life inspired every cristian who desires to live in a significative manner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pettit, Robert E Goodin
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
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    Political philosophy has become an increasingly active area of research over the past four decades. In response to the growing interest in the field, this new edition of A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy has been extended significantly to include fifty–five chapters across two volumes written by some of today’s most distinguished scholars. Straddling analytic and continental philosophy, the first part of the Companion considers the contributions of economics, history, law, political science, international relations...

    Jason G. Cons says: "Great read, idiotic narration"
    "Great Course In Contemporary Political Theory"
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    The book covers a broad range of political ideas. The chapters give useful information about relevants questions in political theory in order to enable the reader (listener) to make further studies. The narration is clear and understandable. Great academic work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Western Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey.

    Gary says: "Works on all levels"
    "An Insightful Work"
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    The book traces the history of philosophy's tought from the presocratics to John Dewey. Bertrand Russell presents the ideas of majors thinkers of the period and the social enviroment in which they live and work. The author discuss the diverse concepts and gives his reasons of agreement and/or disagreement. The narration of Jonathan Keeble is good and has distinct emphasis that help the listener/reader understanding of the work. Definitely an insightful reading in philosophy's field.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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