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Brandon

MINERAL, VIRGINIA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (816)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "Dumas loves to keep characters in the greyscale."
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    I love Dumas, because in his stories, almost all of his characters, even "the good guys", are generally not very nice people. They all tread in that grey area between good and evil.

    The the main protagonist d'Artangnan. You instantly fall in love with him when you witness his first encounter with the musketeers in which he shows true bravery, willing to risk his life against three opponents, each of which he knew could dispatch him individually. But it doesn't take long to realize that he is not truly a hero, but holds many qualities that could almost be considered villainous. In fact he is a liar, a classist, sexist, murdering, thieving, adulterer. Needless to say he is a deep and complicated character, and is the entire story which is a much read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer
    • Narrated By Theresa McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (389)

    A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys.

    John B. Hayes says: "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"
    "Terrible. I couldn't even finish it."
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    This book tries so hard to be funny but falls far short of it's goal, and instead just comes off as annoyingly snarky. It isn't even really about critical thinking, more of a list of common sense, anecdotal tips such as, don't talk back to your boss, don't be rude to people that are grieving, and your boyfriend is a jerk. I got this title as a free promotion and tried to finish many times, but at 60% got so annoyed that I finally came to grips with the fact that the book contained no useful information and gave it up for good. Don't bother with this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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