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John

Charlottesville, VA, United States

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  • Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (158)

    In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature.

    Abby says: "One-note"
    "amazing book, ok narration"
    Overall

    The book is amazing but most of the literate world already knows this. The reading is ok. At first sounding poetic but as the tone of each sentence goes through the same cyle of inflection, it starts to become repetitious and boring. The narrator begins each sentence strong and clear and slowly meanders to a quiet finish, almost whispering the last words. This would be fine ocaasionally but as it continues to recur you get exhausted listening to him. By no way should this trump the importance of this book in every collection and if your prefered method of digestion is auditory, I maintain a high recommendation for the purchase of this work.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Three Plays: Night of January 16, Ideal, and Think Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Published together for the first time are three of Ayn Rand's compelling stage plays. The courtroom drama Night of January 16th, a 1935 Broadway success famous for leaving the verdict to the audience, is presented here in its definitive, final revised text - a superb dramatization of Rand's vision of human strengths and weaknesses.

    Martin says: "Very entertaining."
    "Great Find"
    Overall

    After reading her more famous works, I started searching for additional writings as many fans of Ayn Rand often do. Finding these plays was like uncovering a treasure. Though they can be difficult to listen to, the narration is very good and the content is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2657)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1650)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "So who isnt a sociopath"
    Overall

    The author attempts to play on our natural apprehension of strangers by eluding to an overwhelming presence of sociopaths around every corner. Her definition changes from the text book to whatever seems to best describe the perpetrator of her stories and often times seems to be speaking of her own encounters with people that were less than nice to someone as opposed to people who are in serious need of attention. While some of her conclusions are accurate as they obviously would be given her education, many seem to draw a hasty diagnosis as she defends the proclamation of an outbreak of sociopaths at epidemic proportions. Most of her knowledge is either based on second hand accounts, or, as she readily admits, through the sessions of the victims. That is to say someone who was wronged. I would think that she should focus her literature more on those people and less on the actual sociopaths themselves as she seems to have little first hand knowledge either personally or professionally of such people. The book was dissappointing as instead of achieving an in depth working knowledge of the sociopath as one would expect, I simply now think any good looking, succesful, charming, go-getter is in need of a straight jacket before they kill anyone. Her main points are repetitious and overly stressed throughout the read. Could have been really interesting, but unfortunately, is not.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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