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Daniel

New York, NY, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • David Hume: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Capaldi
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    David Hume (1711-1776) represented the culmination of the British philosophy of sense-experience. Although he lived in the age of reason, Hume had profound doubts about our ability to know anything in the world with certainty. This skepticism colored his view of science and gave rise to his devastating attack on proofs of the existence of God.

    Daniel says: "Heston delivers"
    "Heston delivers"
    Overall

    Charlton Heston does a great job of narrating. Quotes are delivered by great voice actors using the accent of the historical figure being quoted.

    This book delivers exactly what it promises.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More, Argue Less, and Communicate Better as Your Family Grows

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O'Neill, Julia Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Burns, Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Addressing both the male and female perspective, Babyproofing Your Marriage explores the impact of parenthood on marriage. It attacks the complicated subject by detailing the insights of and lessons learned by both men and women. Quotes from real people, bolstered by the author's own experiences as young mothers and wives, give the work a balanced and honest voice, fuelled by first-hand knowledge.

    S.S. says: "I recommend for Men to purchase for themselves."
    "Entertaining, useless original research"
    Overall

    My wife read this book while I listened to this (abridged) version. Though I think that the compromises proposed in this book could be very useful to certain marriages, the book takes a comically anti-dude stance, mainly offering wives advice on how to train their lazy husband.

    In its defense, the book is up-front about its unscientific and speculative nature. Also, the narration excellent, with quotes performed by other narrators to mix it up; it's consistently enjoyable to listen to.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Living Biographies of Great Philosophers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Henry Thomas, Dana Lee Thomas
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    From the Introduction: "Every biography is a story of adventure. The energetic personalities of the world represent an adventure in living. The philosophical personalities, on the other hand, represent an adventure in thinking. And when we examine the lives of the philosophers we find that the procession of a man's thoughts can be as exciting a spectacle as the pageantry of a man's deeds."

    Daniel says: "Good, but all metaphysics"
    "Good, but all metaphysics"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book very much. It gives short biographies of many Western philosophers, and comments concisely about how they were perceived in their time and at the time of the book's writing (1941). I was hoping it would illustrate more about the subjects' philosophies, but unfortunately it focuses mainly on religion. The philosophic methods employed by the subjects are barely mentioned.

    Still, along with heavy work in Wikipedia, I found this to be a great, if biased, historical review of Western philosophy.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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