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Barry L. Wolfe

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  • 180 titles in library
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  • The Iliad & The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (281)

    Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity.

    Sam says: "Worth the price, worth the time"
    "You'll Be Surprised"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Emphatically: YES.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You already know the story, so why listen to it?


    Which character – as performed by John Lescault – was your favorite?

    Odysseus


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Pure joy.


    Any additional comments?

    We've all been forced to read it, and after reading, most of us wondered why we bothered. I've read five translations and was disappointed every time.

    The whole point is that these books were composed to be heard, not read. The experience of hearing them is a new world. I've listened to three different translations, and found that which translation is not important. What is important is that this was meant to be an aural experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Origin of Species

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    This scientific writing, which was considered to be the groundwork of evolutionary biology, presented the theory that species developed over a line of originations through a method of natural selection. It imparted evidence that the variety of life resulted from a common descent via a branching model of evolution.

    Barry L. Wolfe says: "This is the 1859 British edition."
    "This is the 1859 British edition."
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    This is the 1859 British edition, and as such it is the second best edition. The 1860 British edition is slightly better in that it contains some insignificant, but non-substantive, corrections. However, the 1860 British edition is probably not available as an audio book. The editions of 1861, 1866, 1869, and 1872 are all inferior. In them Darwin made changes and expansions in an effort to meet the objections that arose during those times. The modifications expanded the book and clouded the argument. Since most of the objections that were raised would be regarded as silly today, Darwin's arguments against them are of interest for social history, but not for Darwin's theory.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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