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Marcus

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Brasília, Brazil | Member Since 2010

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  • 20 reviews
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  • 200 titles in library
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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
    Overall
    (238)
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    (154)
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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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Toobin
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
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    (206)
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    Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Supreme Court through personalities, from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas' well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd 19th-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.

    Stephen says: "Fascinating"
    "The U S Supreme Court at Work"
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    Jeffrey Toobin account of the U S Supreme Court gives the reader a clear perception about its works and its role in the american political system. The composition of the Court, especially in recent time, and the way its works are exposed with reference to particular events in the Justices lifes. The process of nomination and confirmation of the Justices is explained, in order to show how the Constitution wisdom is perceived by the three branchs of government. The author makes a case for the argument that the ideology of each Justice ultimately determines the outcome of the cases they see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction 

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Linda Greenhouse
    • Narrated By Lucinda Gainey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this Very Short Introduction, Linda Greenhouse draws on her deep knowledge of the court's history and of its written and unwritten rules to show readers how the Supreme Court really works. She offers a fascinating institutional biography of a place and its people--men and women who exercise great power but whose names and faces are unrecognized by many Americans and whose work often appears cloaked in mystery.

    Marcus says: "The Making of Judicial Branch"
    "The Making of Judicial Branch"
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    The judicial branch of government in the United States had a remarkable development. Linda Greenhouse introduces the reader to the Supreme Court, its formation, development and the role it performs in the public square. The Supreme Court's decisions shaped importants aspects of american life and gave to the Judiciary a crucial position, one of protagonism in the social arena. The book made insightful remarks about the composition of the Court, the way its members are choosed and the rules that governed its works. In this short work one has a valuable resource about the rule of the law in american democracy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy: Oxford University Press: Pivotal Moments in US History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James T. Patterson
    • Narrated By Steve Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Most Americans still see Brown v. Board of Education as a triumph - but was it? James T. Patterson shrewdly explores the provocative questions that still swirl around the case. A wide range of characters animates the story, from the little-known African-Americans who dared to challenge Jim Crow with lawsuits; to Thurgood Marshall, who later became a Justice himself; to Earl Warren, who shepherded a fractured Court to a unanimous decision.

    Marcus says: "The Fight Against Inequality"
    "The Fight Against Inequality"
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    The context of Brown vs Board of Education and its legacy are well explained by James Patterson. The deep roots of racism in society cannot be simply overcame by a judicial decision, even by a Supreme Court one. The importance of the American Supreme Court decision though, most not be underestimated. The Court, overcoming an older precedent, opened the way for a more just society, one in with prejudices played a lesser role and new ways of social arrangements can be imagined. James Patterson told the history of Brown vs Board of Education, pointing the challenges faced by men and women that fought against racism and inequality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Souls of Black Folk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Du Bois
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line,” writes Du Bois, in one of the most prophetic works in all of American literature. First published in 1903, this collection of 15 essays dared to describe the racism that prevailed at that time in America—and to demand an end to it. Du Bois’ writing draws on his early experiences, from teaching in the hills of Tennessee, to the death of his infant son, to his historic break with the conciliatory position of Booker T. Washington.

    ESK says: "Essays of 'life and love and strife and failure'"
    "Prejudices and Understanding"
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    The collection of essays by W E B Du Bois shows the injustices and misunderstandings that our prejudices develop. The negro bondage and the ideas it spread in american society are explained. The way black folk react and adjust to this human inequality is the main subject of this valuable work. The chapters about the black faith and church are written in a beautiful style. The book sucedes in demonstrate that our prejudices are often the cause of our problems and miseries.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jerry Brotton
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
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    In this wide-ranging exploration of the Renaissance, Jerry Brotton shows the period as a time of unprecedented intellectual excitement, cultural experimentation, and interaction on a global scale, alongside a darker side of religion, intolerance, slavery, and massive inequality of wealth and status. Brotton skillfully guides us through the key issues that defined the Renaissance period, from its art, architecture, and literature, to advancements in the fields of science, trade, and travel.

    Grantley says: "Wonderful!"
    "Valuable Book"
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    The book is well written and examine importants aspects of Renaissance. An introduction that gives the reader (or the listener) a glimpse into the historical facts of the time and the literary and artistics works produced. Short book with valuable informations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Michael says: "Wonderful"
    "Readable and Enlightened Text"
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    The first volume of The History of Civilization gives to the listener a good bunch of informations about regions and people most of us (westerners) ignore. The text is readable and enlightened. The author gives his thoughts about the facts examined. The first and the last chapters discuss the idea of civilization. The others chapters examine the easterns regions and peoples, its beginings, development and achievements. One will profit a lot with this listening.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (22)
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    (14)
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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
    Overall
    (5)
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    (4)
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Socrates: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christopher Taylor
    • Narrated By Dave Calabrese
    Overall
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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
    Overall
    (335)
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    (244)
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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

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