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Jaded Buddha

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  • Existential Psychoanalysis

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jean-Paul Sartre
    • Narrated By William Neenan
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    In Existential Psychoanalysis, Sartre looks at existentialism through the lens of modern psychology, with a particular interest in Freud’s theory of determinism. By framing the “human situation” around an existentialist psychoanalysis, the French philosopher contradicts Freud by claiming that humans are in full control of their choices, behaviors, and decisions - blatantly disagreeing with Freud’s idea of the unconscious libido.

    Jaded Buddha says: "Great reading performance"
    "Great reading performance"
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    For me this is a remarkably listenable reading performance. Neenan's pacing is perfect for this text. He sounds a bit like Anthony Hopkins.

    Now, if only audible would hire him to read Minima Moralia by Adorno; One-Dimensional man by Herbert Marcuse; The making of Global Capital by Panitch and Gindin, etc. Audible, you can send me an email if you want my full request list. ; )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phenomenology of Spirit

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By G. W. F. Hegel, A. V. Miller (translator), J. N. Findlay
    • Narrated By David DeVries
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    Perhaps one of the most revolutionary works of philosophy ever presented, The Phenomenology of Spirit is Hegel's 1807 work that is in numerous ways extraordinary. A myriad of topics are discussed, and explained in such a harmoniously complex way that the method has been termed Hegelian dialectic. Ultimately, the work as a whole is a remarkable study of the mind's growth from its direct awareness to scientific philosophy, proving to be a difficult yet highly influential and enduring work.

    Jaded Buddha says: "I've got some good news and some bad news"
    "I've got some good news and some bad news"
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    The good news is that this is a very nicely done audio production of Hegel's Phenomenology.

    The bad news is that Hegel is still difficult.

    It's totally great to disagree with Hegel and all, but bear in mind that many major philosophers have already wrestled with and critiqued aspects of Hegel. Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, Benjamin, Adorno, Debord, to name just a tiny fraction. So if you want to give this 1 star, you might try harder than something like "Couldn't understand this book WTF?"

    No way rlly? Hegel is hard to understand? And the Pope is Catholic? Whoah, rlly? lol ; )

    Tip: check out Jean Hyppolite's classic intro to the phenomenology, and also you can search for "the Bernstein Tapes" for some free intro lectures online.. Good luck!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Motherless Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel. Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent's Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna's limo service cum detective agency. Life without Frank, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable.

    Dave says: "You're Not the Only Freak Show in Town!"
    "Top notch audiobook: novel and performance both A+"
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    Thrilling chandleresque detective story, except the hardboiled narrator is a sensitive Brooklyn misfit with Tourette's.

    Reading performance is really good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julian Stallabrass
    • Narrated By James Conlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Contemporary art has never been so popular - but what is 'contemporary' about contemporary art? What is its role today, and who is controlling its future? Julian Stallabrass takes us inside the international art world to answer these and other controversial questions, and to argue that behind contemporary art's variety and apparent unpredictability lies a grim uniformity. Its mysteries are all too easily explained, its depths much shallower than they seem.

    peter says: "Marxist critique of the power elites not much art."
    "art historical Marxist criticism"
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    Perhaps it is fitting that Stallabrass's book Art Incorporated is here rebranded and retitled for the Short Introduction series.

    I'm not sure this approach is what people will expect who are looking for an intro to contemporary art, but it actually makes a lot of sense because as disparate as 'contemporary art' is, there is a common thread running throughout: the relation of art to capital. The essays in this book are brilliantly written and insightful on this point.

    Regarding the reading - it's professional but uninterested. Not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michel Foucault
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This groundbreaking audiobook by Michel Foucault, the most influential philosopher since Sartre, compels us to reevaluate our assumptions about all the ensuing reforms in the penal institutions of the West. For as Foucault examines innovations that range from the abolition of torture to the institution of forced labor and the appearance of the modern penitentiary, he suggests that punishment has shifted its focus from the prisoner's body to his soul-and that our very concern with rehabilitation encourages and refines criminal activity.

    Jaded Buddha says: "More titles like this one please!"
    "More titles like this one please!"
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    I've been hoping Discipline and Punish would appear as an audiobook and here it is with an excellent reader. Well done!

    Now, I wonder if and when any Adorno will ever appear?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bleeding Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Jeannie Berlin
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    Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics - carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts - without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom - two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst - till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm....

    Robert says: "A fine wine in a dirty and cracked glass"
    "A crushing disappointment"
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    I know good readers are hard to find, but this is Pynchon ffs! I've been looking forward to this audiobook release for months. Very disappointing.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Death in Venice

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    A stunningly beautiful youth and the city of Venice set the stage for Thomas Mann’s introspective examination of erotic love and philosophical wisdom.

    Erez says: "A problem with the narration"
    "This is great. Now where is Magic Mountain?"
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    Fantastic story, of course. Narrator's performance was acceptable to me.

    Now please make an audio book of Magic Mountain ASAP!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sula

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
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    Two girls who grow up to become women...two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret.

    Gretta says: "Beautiful"
    "A moving and dangerous book."
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    One of the most intense and beautifully-written books I've ever read. Experiencing the emotions and ideas within this story could change you. In my estimation, this short book is on a par with Homer's Odyssey. No, actually, it's definitely better. (I *know* this sounds like hyperbole, but I really mean it.)

    Morrison's reading is terrific.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction 

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen Eric Bronner
    • Narrated By Alfred Gingold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Critical Theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose - and, if at all possible, cure - the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism. In this book, Stephen Eric Bronner provides sketches of leading representatives of the critical tradition (such as George Lukács and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas) as well as many of its seminal texts and empirical investigations.

    Jaded Buddha says: "This is a pretty good intro to Frankfurt School"
    "This is a pretty good intro to Frankfurt School"
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    I've read a ton of Benjamin and Adorno, and a bit of most of the other writers collectively associated with "The Frankfurt School." I'd say this book is a noble effort and would recommend it, on its own terms, as a general introduction.

    Which brings me to my main point. People will want, no, will NEED to read Benjamin, Adorno, Marcuse, Bloch, &co, but none of their stuff is available in English in audiobook format! I mean what in the actual f&*(# is up with THAT???!!! Audible, please get on the phone with Verso, Shocken, etc and fix this problem ASAP! -kthx ; )

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What Is Literature?: And Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jean-Paul Sartre
    • Narrated By Torry Clark
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    "What is Literature?" remains the most significant critical landmark of French literature since World War II. Neither abstract nor abstruse, it is a brilliant, provocative performance by a writer more inspired than cautious. "What is Literature?" challenges anyone who writes as if literature could be extricated from history or society. But Sartre does more than indict. He offers a definitive statement about the phenomenology of reading, and he goes on to provide a dashing example of how to write a history of literature that takes ideology and institutions into account.

    Jaded Buddha says: "Reader mispronounces words and names - annoying!"
    "Reader mispronounces words and names - annoying!"
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    Basically this reader would be fine for other books, but he is totally mismatched for this text. After listening for half an hour I lost count of the words and names he mispronounces. 'Phenomenology', Racine, and many others. I don't think I can listen to this. : (

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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