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Jim D

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  • Orthodoxy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gilbert Keith Chesterton
    • Narrated By Stephen Gammond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Orthodoxy, first published 1908, is Chesterton's spiritual autobiography. Subtitled, 'The romance of faith', Chesterton declares that people need a life of 'practical romance; the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure.'

    Jim D says: "Interesting book, poor editing of audio"
    "Interesting book, poor editing of audio"
    Overall

    The book discusses the Author's thoughts on why he believes what he does, and brings up some points worth thinking about regarding each persons own position.

    But the good points of the book are brought down by the reading of the book. The reader has frequent breaks in the middle of sentences, and comes off as very stiff and stuff. Additionally, I kept finding places where the reader repeated words, phrases and sentences. The book needed some basic quality control checking before being released.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mitsuo Fuchida, Masatake Okumiya
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    This landmark study was first published in English by the Naval Institute in 1955. Widely acknowledged for its valuable Japanese insights into the battle that turned the tide of war in the Pacific, the book has made a great impact on American readers over the years. Two Japanese naval aviators who participated in the operation provide an unsparing analysis of what caused Japan's staggering defeat.

    Amazon Customer says: "Edge of your seat history"
    "One of the few views from someone directly involve"
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    The author was deeply involved in Japanese Naval Aviation in WW 2. He describes not only the Battle of Midway, but also the strategy, and even more interesting the reasons for the strategy, in their Naval doctrine and tactics.

    He also tells, and shows through the examples in this case, the saying that I have seen in many places, that war is a catalog of blunders (Winston Churchill.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Plato and Aristotle: The Genesis of Western Thought

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Aryeh Kosman
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    This course is an introduction to the philosophical thought of the two most important philosophical figures of ancient Greece. By working through parts of their central texts and thoughts, we will gain an understanding of Plato and Aristotle's relevance in the past and today as well.After each section of this guide, you will find some questions and suggestions for further thought.

    Gabrielle says: "THE MODERN SCHOLAR:PLATO AND ARISTOTLE"
    "Forms a good solid foundation for further study."
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    This is an excellent survey of the works of Plato and Aristotle. While it did go into some of the specific works in depth, what I find more useful is that, to my mind, the author was giving me a foundation to explore the works in more depth by myself. To give one example out of many possible, through this series I first started to understand the theory of forms as a template for concepts rather than the vague assertions that I had gotten in other discussions of Plato's work. Now I can proceed into more detailed thinking about all of his works.

    This is by no means an easy set of lectures to get through, not because the presentation is poor, but because the concepts are both important and subtle.

    I listen to the lectures while walking daily, so I could not follow the notes (supplied in PDF format) but they are worth reviewing. Because I was distracted from listening while walking, I listened to some of the lectures several times to help fix the points in my mind.

    I intend to listen to the works by Plato and Aristotle again, then listen to this series again. I am studying the foundations of Western Civilization for my own pleasure, not for any other goal. This is one of the few recorded lecture series I have purchased that I judge worth a detailed second listening as opposed to going on to a different subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Hebrew Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lawrence H. Schiffman
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    In this course, objectively delivered by Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman, listeners will engage in a discussion on how that collection came into being and how it was passed down and interpreted throughout the ages. You will sample approaches both traditional and modern, making use of the works of a broad sampling of scholars - ancient, medieval, and modern - to understand the message of the Hebrew Scriptures and the stories they told

    Jim D says: "An useful introduction"
    "An useful introduction"
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    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar?

    Lectures are in reasonable length segments so I can think about one lecture before going onto another.


    Did the narrator do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not applicable


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not applicable


    Any additional comments?

    This is an introduction to the subject, so it covers a lot of material. The series of lectures starts by giving the necessary background. The necessary technical terminology is introduced throughout the book

    When people start interpreting the Hebrew Bible they generally have a point of view, ranging from the extremes of Biblical Minimalism and Biblical Literalism. The lecturer does have a point of view, as I would expect any competent scholar to have, but he takes the time to fairly discuss the other points of view throughout the course of the lectures, and states what is his opinion and why.

    The fact that he has a specific point of view does not automatically imply that the others are either more or less correct.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy: An Introduction

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tom Griffith, Hugh Griffith
    • Narrated By Crawford Logan
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The philosophy of Ancient Greece provides the background of Western ethical thought and politics. In this approachable introduction, Hugh Griffith, a leading translator of Plato, covers the main ground from the Pre-Socratics through Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and the Epicureans.

    Jim D says: "A reading of selected works rather than an intrude"
    "A reading of selected works rather than an intrude"
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    What disappointed you about Ancient Greek Philosophy?

    It consisted of a selection of reading, with minimal commentary. Probably a ratio of 15 minutes of reading to 1 minute of commentary. The discussion was primarily a list that here were things in historical order.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a review of history.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    What character would you cut from Ancient Greek Philosophy?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Not a very good introduction. Better to listen to some of the other authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    "The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this." This is the key statement of Miracles, in which C.S. Lewis shows that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in His creation.

    Philip says: "Christianity for"
    "A book to think about"
    Overall

    As a retired Physicist who taught at a University, and worked for the Government, I am skeptical about miracles. This book does not directly attempt to assert that miracles happened, but rather examines the rational basis for examining the evidence for and against them. C.S. Lewis had philosophical training as part of his background, as well as a deep understanding of logic. He applies the techniques of each to the question of whether miracles can exist, and how to approach the problem. If you read this book without preconceptions, either for or against the central thesis, you come out with a lot of material to think about. If you are skeptical about miracles, this is a good book to read to at least open up your mind. If you already believe in miracles, then this would be worth reading to introduce some skeptical thoughts into your mind to cause you to think, and perhaps reinforce your beliefs after the thought process.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Lensman: Lensman Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By E. E. 'Doc' Smith
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (80)

    Lensman Kimball Kinnison has attained the goal that every Lensman seeks, and so few attain: that of Unattached Lensman, a Lensman who is accountable to no one anywhere, completely independent, completely free.

    Paul Murrant says: "A Long Time Ago"
    "A Classic that holds up"
    Overall

    I first read this many decades ago as a teenager. Loved it then, love it now. It was one of the first "space operas", so some of the speech patterns seem quaint now, but they were fresh back then. You can get past that easily enough.

    But the area that really recommends the series, is the overall plot. This series has a sweep of vision. There are some stories that cover a dramatic series of events, that in the end are only of consequence to those immediately involved. Not to say that these stories can not be well written and interesting. Then there are stories that cover events that change the scope of history, while still having a gripping plot. This falls in the later category. Summary: this series has dramatic scope, and it is a good yarn as well.

    P.S. as a side note, after you read this series find the parody "Backstage Lensman" by Randall Garrett. If you don't laugh at that one, you need a funny bone implant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confessions of St. Augustine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Saint Augustine
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (72)

    Saint Augustine's contributions to Christian theology are second to no other post-apostolic author in the whole sweep of church history. Yet along side his doctrinal treatises, Augustine tells a story of his life devoted to Christ as his only satisfaction. The Confessions is at once the autobiographical account of Augustine's life of Christian faith and at the same time a compelling theology of Christian spirituality for everyone.

    Jim D says: "Impressions on first listening to the book."
    "Impressions on first listening to the book."
    Overall

    This is my first detailed "reading" of any work by St. Augustine, and while the language is somewhat archaic, it is relatively easy to follow. After the first few minutes, the style issue faded into the background for me and I felt myself getting into the flow of the arguments. Worth listening to and thinking about. However, you must be able to allow yourself to accept, if only for the sake of argument, the authors Christian basis for the book. If you reject that basis, and are not willing to at least try to follow his line of reasoning, then I could see how you would get little out of it. The tone, style and pronunciation of the reader (Simon Vance) definitely adds a positive aspect to the audio book. I will have to listen to the entire work several times to extract the full value of this book.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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