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E. Kahn

North Carolina | Member Since 2003

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  • Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joshua Greene
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    A pathbreaking neuroscientist reveals how our social instincts turn Me into Us, but turn Us against Them - and what we can do about it. The great dilemma of our shrinking world is simple: never before have those we disagree with been so present in our lives. The more globalization dissolves national borders, the more clearly we see that human beings are deeply divided on moral lines - about everything from tax codes to sexual practices to energy consumption - and that, when we really disagree, our emotions turn positively tribal.

    Douglas says: "An Exceedingly Interesting..."
    "Not a good book for listening"
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    What disappointed you about Moral Tribes?

    The systematic analytical style may be fine for in depth reading but is extremely tedious to listen to. There's no way to skip the repetition either by skimming.


    What three words best describe Mel Foster’s voice?

    Pompous narrator.


    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Leningrad: Siege and Symphony: The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brian Moynahan
    • Narrated By George Backman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony was first played in the city of its birth on August 9, 1942. There has never been a first performance to match it. Pray God, there never will be again. Almost a year earlier, the Germans had begun their blockade of the city. Almost a year earlier, the Germans had begun their blockade of the city. Already many thousands had died of their wounds, the cold, and most of all, starvation.

    E. Kahn says: "Important take on history and music"
    "Important take on history and music"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Leningrad: Siege and Symphony to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely not! Too many Russian names and historical details. Seriously flawed narration.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Backman’s performances?

    No.. I usually complain about poor pronunciation of foreign words and names in audiobooks. This one had the reverse problem. The narrator seemed so eager to show off his flawless Russian that the performance was annoyingly affected and pretentious. He also read every sentence as if it were the most important one in the book with exaggerated drama. Editing was also poor, with no breaks between sections of text./ Read the book instead.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not for the faint of heart. The descriptions of the siege of Leningrad are horrific, and the book requires a knowledge of World War II history and an interest in classical music. That being said, it's definitely worth the effort--to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cathedral of the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ildefonso Falcones
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (159)

    At last: The international best seller - which has already sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide - comes to America! Cathedral of the Sea follows the fortunes of the Estanyol family, from their peasant roots to a son, Arnau, who flees the land only to realize spectacular wealth and devastating problems.

    Joseph says: "Very good historical novel."
    "Sentimental Medieval Clich?"
    Overall

    If you like romanticized historical fiction, maybe this book is for you. Otherwise beware. Only the best writers can take on the Middle Ages without religious sentimentality and cardboard characterization. I couldn't get through this book and required a healthy dose of restorative Chaucer. One more thing: ACCENTS. Narrators should not even attempt a foreign accent unless they know how to pronounce the language in question like a native. This narrator is not alone in his mispronunciation of foreign words and names, including the name of the cathedral, which is la catedral del Mar, not "de la Mar."

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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