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  • Free Will

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (426)

    A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

    Ellen says: "LIFE/ WORLD Altering sophisticated thinking!"
    "Not so profound"
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    Would you try another book from Sam Harris and/or Sam Harris?

    Of course, but not based on this one.


    What could Sam Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure. I simply disagree with how he took the book. It amounts to a disagreement on the definition of "free will" which maybe I can't really hold against the book. I was thoroughly disappointed in the depth of his reasoning and the scope of his thought. The book feels like the first 1/3 was leading to something then you are never taken anywhere special. This book should have been 30% the size it is even though its small to begin with.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where the woman stands in front of a target with an apple on her head and...


    Any additional comments?

    Whenever an author brings up an example of someone else's opinion you have never heard of to contrast with their own, and doesn't successfully defend his point of view against it, one is left feeling let down (in this case Daniel Dennett). Of course free will is nonsensical as we commonly think of it, but instead of stating that directly and moving on, Sam Harris gets stuck in first gear with simply "we don't have free will".

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Matt Ridley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (240)

    Life is getting better at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down all across the globe. Though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; Africa is following Asia out of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people's lives as never before.

    Darkcoffee says: "Delightful Case for Things Looking Up"
    "Excellent buildup, but over zealous conclusion."
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    What did you love best about The Rational Optimist?

    Excellent way to see the positive side of human progress in standard of living.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The book shows how true progress has been made by the human race. The caveman never had it better, and couldn't, even considering pollution and myths such as the gental caveman or modern increase of cancer rates.


    Any additional comments?

    Though climate change is not completely dismissed, some layman falsehoods are introduced at the end of the book after saying more than once that he would "get to climate change in a later chapter" of the book. He also dismisses "science" as the source of "most" improvements in standard of living. This is true socially. But then goes on to describe the process of science (hypothesis and experiment) as the way humans learn and improve technology all while saying that this is not science. His point is much more narrow in intension that what comes accross, which may be guessed to be: science in the academic environment rarely leads to improvements in standard of living. This he proves well and I agree with but doesn't explain well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13227)
    Performance
    (10829)
    Story
    (10951)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Mediocre"
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    Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Nick Podehl?

    No. This is neither child brain candy (i.e. Harry Potter) nor does it contain adult content (i.e. A Song of Fire and Ice). Zzzzzzzz...


    What aspect of Nick Podehl’s performance would you have changed?

    Seems a good fit for this. Not very good at characterizing a variety of characters.


    Did The Name of the Wind inspire you to do anything?

    Take a nap.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a reflection of pop-culture Fantasy not anything original.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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