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San Tan Valley, AZ, United States

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  • Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Leonard Peikoff
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward

    This brilliantly conceived book is based on a lecture course given by Dr. Leonard Peikoff in 1976 entitled, "The Philosophy of Objectivism". The lectures were attended by Ayn Rand, who helped prepare them and who also joined Peikoff in answering questions.

    L. Hattery says: "The very best overview of Objectivism"
    "Great work of philosophy could be presented better"

    As some have already noted this book can be heavy to listen to, especially on the first go. I find it works best in conjunction with a physical book. The book for deep study & margin-scribbling, & this audio form is great for me as a refresher after a few years. I think it works best if you approach the audio like a series of lectures & don't try to get every detail or nuance the first time. Peikoff's clear writing/presentation lends itself well to that format.

    As always Ayn Rand's philosophy is honest in its terms, thorough in its reasoning, and profound in its implications.

    The only downside is that the narrator speaks with a very smug tone, especially when reading sections referring to the works of other philosophers or philosophical fallacies. It's disconcerting to hear Ayn Rand's ideas in Peikoff's sincere words with such a sneering voice.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Background Noises"

    I'm about halfway thru and it's incredibly griping. As many have already said, Butcher writes an engaging plot with full-bodied interesting characters. He combines the fantasy and PI elements well, even for me, who is wary of trite fantasy and actively dislikes PI novels in general.

    And some reviewers have noted that the narration isn't like many other audio books. It doesn't really sound studio-professional. You can hear Marsters breathe all the time, but, whether it was intentional or not, I really like it! Not the breathing as such, of course, I like that Marsters makes it sound like it's Dresden telling the story to you, probably hunched over a bourbon in a booth at his pub. When Harry Dresden is supposed to sigh, he sighs. He grunts disapprovingly, he stutters nervously, he murmurs appreciatively. I think I once even heard him shuffle papers on his desk! Or that might have been my own imagination, because Marsters' reading makes it so easy get absorbed in the first person narrative. The point is that Harry Dresden is a cantankerous huffy cynical man, and Marsters does an excellent cantankerous huffy cynical voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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