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Dave

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  • The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jay L. Garfield
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    What is the meaning of life?It's a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all-at once profound and universal, but also deeply personal.We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we're living, but that we're doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

    Lampshade123 says: "Thoughtful, Evenhanded, Precise, and Well Spoken"
    "Really enjoyed it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was presented in a enthusiastic manner and well structured. This is my first philosophy audio course and it seemed like great place to start.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The subject matter is the most compelling aspect.


    What about Professor Jay L. Garfield’s performance did you like?

    His ability to compare and contrast the various philosophies and present them relative to each other. Also, his ability to bring attention to the why certain ideas are important for each philosopher, and how those ideas fit into history.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many of the lectures were moving (it is about the meaning of life afer all). The lecture on Tolstoy made me purchase and listen to the Death of Ivan Illyich, so I guess you could say that one had an impact on me.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (445)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "Excellent"
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    What made the experience of listening to On the Road the most enjoyable?

    It's a great story and was narrated well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On the Road?

    The descriptions and writing style were really brought out by the narrator.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, many.


    Any additional comments?

    My girlfriend tried to get me to read this many times, but I never got around to it. The story sounded kind of interesting, but not enough to motivate me to actually sit down and read it So, I started this not expecting much. In fact, I was a bit bored in the beginning and was unsure of the narrator's voice and style. But boy was I wrong. This is a great story and I can now see why it is an American Classic. I highly recommend it. I think the narrator helped me appreciate the story and the writing style in a way that I might not have, if I had read it myself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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