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Erwin Blonk

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  • The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (429)

    Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

    Arthur says: "Beginners start here! This is the one you want!"
    "Before you start on western philosophy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Story of Philosophy to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Like Russell's History of Western Philosophy it helps to put the philosophers in place and time. Listening to it is a great way to absorb it. Listen to both, twice or more, before you start delving deeper into philosophy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Icons of the Iron Age: The Celts in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan A. Johnston
    • Narrated By Susan A. Johnston
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Among the most famous peoples in ancient times were the Celts, who lived in Europe during the Iron Age, from about 600 BCE into the early centuries CE. They left behind an intriguing record of physical remains that have been recovered by archaeologists, and they have continued to hold our attention as modern populations claim a Celtic identity.

    Greg says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "Celtic history put in a proper perspective."
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    If you could sum up Icons of the Iron Age in three words, what would they be?

    Celtic history, who they were and who they weren't is put in a correct perspective. You also get a good idea of the challenges of writing and indeed reading history.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened several times.


    Any additional comments?

    Aspiring history students, even those with no interest in the Celts, should listen because you'll learn a lot about what goes into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3977)
    Performance
    (3423)
    Story
    (3400)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Why it takes the quiet and the boisterous"
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    If you could sum up Quiet in three words, what would they be?

    It explains the how and why of the quiet, unassuming people and their contribution to society.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It doesn't simply side with the quiet but gives a balanced picture of both sides.
    The way it looks at the dominance of personality and teamwork and how it pervades and damages society is excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    The part on comparing Asian and Western students, while having some good points, felt very contrived and not based on good evidence. Too much stereotyping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic: A Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Karen Oslund, William Cronon (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cynthia Wallace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
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    (8)

    Iceland, Greenland, Northern Norway, and the Faroe Islands lie on the edges of Western Europe, in an area long portrayed by travelers as remote and exotic - its nature harsh, its people reclusive. Since the middle of the 18th century, however, this marginalized region has gradually become part of modern Europe, a transformation that is narrated in Karen Oslund's Iceland Imagined. This cultural and environmental history sweeps across the dramatic North Atlantic landscape, exploring its unusual geography, saga narratives, language, culture, and politics, and analyzing its emergence as a distinctive and symbolic part of Europe.

    Erwin Blonk says: "A book you need before you go to Iceland"
    "A book you need before you go to Iceland"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It gives a good background of Iceland and the North Atlantic, dispelling some myths and misconceptions along the way.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight and Content

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mark Levy
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (302)

    When it comes to creating ideas, we hold ourselves back. Thats because inside each of us is an internal editor whose job is to forever polish our thoughts, so we sound smart and in control, and so that we fit into society. But what happens when we encounter problems for which such conventional thinking fails us? How do we get unstuck? For Mark Levy, the answer is freewriting....

    Sherry says: "Writing to right your way"
    "A couple of good ideas"
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    Would you listen to Accidental Genius again? Why?

    These are the kind of ideas you have to remind yourself of once in a while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had aha-moments for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Examples of free-writing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it lends itself to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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