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Jason

Lakeland, FL, USA

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  • The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harold Bloom
    • Narrated By James Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Harold Bloom explores our Western literary tradition by concentrating on the works of twenty-six authors central to the Canon. He argues against ideology in literary criticism; he laments the loss of intellectual and aesthetic standards; he deplores multiculturalism, Marxism, feminism, neoconservatism, Afrocentrism, and the New Historicism.
    Insisting instead upon "the autonomy of aesthetic," Bloom places Shakespeare at the center of the Western Canon.....

    Steffen says: "A personal and opinionated book on the Canon"
    "They ought to re-record it"
    Overall

    My critique pertains solely to the recording itself. The sound quality is acceptable, but sounds as though you're listening to a slightly damaged analog audiotape. The narrator mispronounces a few names and in one instance mispronounces Foucault as "fo calt" and then roughly a half hour later pronounces it correctly. I found this particularly annoying. The content itself is interesting and, of course, well written, but I wish I'd bought the hard copy of the book. I wasted my money on this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero With a Thousand Faces

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Campbell
    • Narrated By Ralph Blum
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    Joseph Campbell transformed the way we view mythology, weaving traditional wisdom together with the modern struggle for identity and spiritual depth. This program brings new life to his brilliant poetic vision.

    Stephen says: "Unabridged Verison Is Needed"
    "A Good Book Spoiled by Poor Narration"
    Overall

    I am a great fan of Joseph Campbell's work and understand it well. That said, I expected this audiobook be a little more challenging to listen to in the car than other audiobooks. Campbell deals with complicated, big ideas in Hero with a Thousand Faces and the book is academic in tone. But this audiobook's narration is spoken quickly with little inflection and therefore very hard to follow while driving. I imagine it would be an effort to follow the narration sitting in a quiet room with my eyes closed.

    The rushed pacing of the narration made me wonder if those involved with the recording hadn't booked enough studio time and so directed the narrator to read as quickly as possible. I was very disappointed in this purchase.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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