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Daniel

De Pere, WI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Self Reliance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Alana Munro
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    The most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson's most famous quotations, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This essay is a considered a watershed moment in which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. An American classic.

    Daniel says: "Difficult to Follow Due To Poor Narration"
    "Difficult to Follow Due To Poor Narration"
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    I love reading Emerson, and Self Reliance has a great thought-provoking message written with elegance. However, this narrator not only delivers it with a lifeless monotonous voice, but also adds unnatural pauses between every few words. The pauses are out of sync with the sentence structure and make it real difficult to understand the context of the text. I got the sense that the narrator was just reading words like a computer would and did not understand what he was reading.
    This text does require some brain power to comprehend fully as there is much packed into a concise package. This narration adds to the challenge.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2374)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (457)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "An Engaging Summary of the History of Science"
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    This book provided a great summary of the history of human understanding of the universe around us. The author explains complex concepts while making them easy to understand without talking down to the reader (listener). I listened to the entire book in one sitting despite my plan to do otherwise. I found it that engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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