Thrilling chandleresque detective story, except the hardboiled narrator is a sensitive Brooklyn misfit with Tourette's.
Reading performance is really good.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Fantastic story, of course. Narrator's performance was acceptable to me.
Now please make an audio book of Magic Mountain ASAP!
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.
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 ; )
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. : (
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. ; )
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