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Ian

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  • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel N. Robinson
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (160)

    Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.

    W. Morgan says: "Great overview with some degree of detail"
    "The great ideas of philosophy: Christian edition."
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Daniel N. Robinson?

    Absolutely not. It started out in Greece and Rome not bad... but then Christianity came along and it became extremely biased and devoted to promoting the author's faith and its supposed genius.


    What three words best describe Professor Daniel N. Robinson’s performance?

    Passionate. Biased. Christian.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed. He's intelligent and he has promise, but he sees the world through a "Christianity is perfect" lens which just does not make sense for a supposed critical-thinking piece of work.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother unless you're already very devoted to being Christian.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Enchanted: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rene Denfeld
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

    Melinda says: "Ink Blot Test"
    "Very well written, very sad story."
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    What other book might you compare The Enchanted to and why?

    For some reason, the brief and wondrous life of oscar wao. Very different stories, but the same kind of morose sadness prevails.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect to be in any way uplifted or hopeful upon finishing. Very well written though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10290)
    Performance
    (9789)
    Story
    (9809)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Funny and exciting."
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    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Probably not... I am not a science-type in my interests, and although it was funny and interesting, it wasn't good enough to overcome that in me.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book, a bit anti-climactic. Very funny. Worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vikings

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (256)

    As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

    C. Telfair says: "Thor, of course, and Bluetooth(!?)"
    "One of the best."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of my favorites of The Great Courses, and not only because my ancestors would have been characters in its stories. Few are done as effectively and succinctly while introducing you to the wider depth of its base in the sagas and serious historical study.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2679)
    Performance
    (2152)
    Story
    (2136)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "You will be surprised."
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    Any additional comments?

    The performance was incredible... had trouble remembering who was performing the story. The story speaks for itself as a classic of world literature, and amazingly Elijah Wood does it credit with his performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guards! Guards!: Discworld, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    If you find yourself ruminating on questions like "Where have all the dragons gone?" then this is the story for you. Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines. Join in the search for the key to their closed-in, comatose world in this eighth fantastical Discworld novel.

    Jacobus says: "Fantasy with flare"
    "Classic Pratchett"
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    What made the experience of listening to Guards! Guards! the most enjoyable?

    A story early in the experience of the Night Watch... and while it may not be their biggest trial, it is very well executed both by the author and the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Elephant: Discworld, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday, he was a duke, a chief of police, and an ambassador. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vimes is out of time and already out of breath....

    Josie says: "Vintage Pratchett"
    "Formulaic Pratchett... but worth reading."
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    Where does The Fifth Elephant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not Pratchett's best, but a very good read. If you like his work, you will like this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1152)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "The Peerless Scarred"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Rising to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but the audio performance is superb. The accents of the poor wretches at the beginning are perfect and striking, and when the book goes to school it may lose that charm, but is still perfectly executed.


    What other book might you compare Red Rising to and why?

    This book has echoes of Dune, the Hunger Games and even Ender's Game, but one day will be considered the equal of the first and far superior to the other two.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does the aforementioned beginning extremely well, and the various characters at the 'school' very well. You really feel how well he performs them whether they are an aristocratic bastard or one of the gritty 'howlers'.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Few tears and laughs, but few books will ever give you that feeling of strength and rebellion in the face of evil and injustice as this one. Makes you feel like you are 10 years old again and ready to follow Darrow against the oppressors to free your people. This feeling is where he reaches the level of Dune and leaves books like The Hunger Games, Ender's Game, or other various series like the Divergent ones behind.


    Any additional comments?

    Pierce Brown has some sleepless nights ahead of him in trying to write an appropriate sequel, but at least the next step seems to be this "Academy"... he has time to have his story reach its eventual rebellious conclusions without it seeming fake and contrived.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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