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Benito de Goya

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  • The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Mamet
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (171)

    For the past 30 years, David Mamet has been a controversial and defining force in theater and film, championing the most cherished liberal values along the way. In some of the great movies and plays of our time, his characters have explored the ethics of the business world, embodied the struggles of the oppressed, and faced the flaws of the capitalist system. But in recent years Mamet has had a change of heart.

    Kirk says: "Mamet's Rubicon"
    "Enjoyable listen, take with a grain of salt"
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    Would you listen to The Secret Knowledge again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because I particularly enjoyed Mamet's lexicon.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    A central theme of this book is differentiating justice in regards to codified law and justice in regards to personal sentiment and compassion. Mamet seems to argue for the merits of the former. The analogy in Chapter 30 between the rules of sports and the policies of government provides a compelling discussion of this theme.


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

    I have not listened to a Johnny Heller performance prior to this book. I did not enjoy Mr. Heller's narration style initially, I found it a bit raspy; however, I began to appreciate it as the book unfolded.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Also being a Chicago native myself, I enjoyed Mamet's commentary on his experiences within and near this locale.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe I will appreciate this book more on the second listen.

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  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge M.D. - foreword
    • Narrated By Jordan B. Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11269)
    Performance
    (10232)
    Story
    (10140)

    What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

    Bobby n. says: "This is my favorite self-help book I have ever read!"
    "An Overview of Peterson's Interviews and Ideas"
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    What made the experience of listening to 12 Rules for Life the most enjoyable?

    Being narrated by Peterson himself.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    In my opinion, Peterson explains his ideas clearly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rule 8: Tell the Truth, or at least Don’t Lie


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Rule 8: Tell the Truth, or at least Don’t Lie


    Any additional comments?

    Having listened to a fair amount of Peterson's interviews, podcasts, and lectures prior to listening to this book, I was not introduced to many new ideas. At some points I felt the ideas in adjacent sentences were somewhat disjointed; perhaps the book could have been organized more fluidly. However, this is his first book for a general audience.

    Overall, I enjoy listening to his rhetoric. Perhaps the next step is to more closely examine the works of those he references throughout, namely Derrida, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.

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