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Luke

Bruges, Belgium | Member Since 2013

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  • Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert C. Bartlett
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (60)
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    (60)

    For more than two millennia, philosophers have grappled with life's most profound and "eternal" questions. It is easy to forget, however, that these questions about fundamental issues like justice, injustice, virtue, vice, or happiness were not always eternal. They once had to be asked for the first time. This was a step that could place the inquirer beyond the boundaries of the law. And the Athenian citizen and philosopher who took that courageous step in the 5th century B.C. was Socrates.

    Marcus A. Harris says: "Brilliant"
    "The thought of mankind"
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    Where does Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle?

    Aristotle's section was wonderful


    What about Professor Robert C. Bartlett’s performance did you like?

    Yes I liked the Professors way of bringing to live the character in the book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me look at further books about other great thinkers.


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • How the Stock Market Works

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ramon P. DeGennaro
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (258)

    This course is an introduction to the stock market and stock investing for novices and experienced investors alike. Professor DeGennaro uses simple analogies to explain the origin of stocks and other securities, as well as their relative risks. He stresses the danger of trying to beat the market by trying to pick winners, predict price trends, or otherwise find opportunities that other investors have missed.

    M. Acker says: "Must read for everyone outside of the industry"
    "Informative"
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    For entry level to investing this covers all the bases. As a complete novice I have learnt the fundamentals and have followed up on the advise given. I look forward to re listening to this audio book in the future and will carry on using it as a guide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1118)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Francis J DiBona says: "Violence is decreasing everywhere. Who knew?"
    "A complete education"
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    Having brought the book after it was chosen by the book club for Mark Zuckerberg to read I have found it to be extremely informative. The book is very complex and so requires a little more attention than most, but after coming to grips with the many statistics and reference material I am looking forward to reading more of Stevens books. The author obviously has a good understanding and a non biased view of the subject matter and this I feel is what makes the book educational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    In these 12 inspiring lectures, Professor Fears presents a well-balanced portrait of Churchill that does not whitewash his flaws. Yet he also draws on the most recent historical scholarship and material from Churchill's writings and speeches to make the case that Churchill belongs with Pericles of Athens and Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest statesmen in the history of democracy.

    Francisco says: "Churchill"
    "The complete Churchill"
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    A truly inspiring story of a statesman with the foresight to see the future of world events. His story is as relevant to us today as it was during his time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By T. E. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    Although T. E. Lawrence, commonly known as "Lawrence of Arabia’, died in 1935, the story of his life has captured the imagination of succeeding generations. Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a monumental work in which he chronicles his role in leading the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War. A reluctant leader, and wracked by guilt at the duplicity of the British, Lawrence nevertheless threw himself into his role, suffering the blistering desert conditions and masterminding military campaigns which culminated in the triumphant march of the Arabs into Damascus.

    Stevie says: "One of the greatest stories ever told."
    "The true middle East"
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    Would you listen to Seven Pillars of Wisdom again? Why?

    Absolutely! The story captivated my imagination and I felt like I was stood by the side of Laurence throughout is journey.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    T.E. Laurence was the main character and so it's without a doubt that he is the leading character.


    What does Roy McMillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator brings this story to life so well it sounded like he himself was Laurance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The long distances that Laurance endured on camel and the moments of complete isolation bring it home how humans can struggle through and make the most of bad situations, even through these difficult times Laurance still captures the beauty of the Middle East his discription of the surrounding areas and the people he travelled with is like poetry. Nothing is left unsaid and the simple purity in the writting brings you in to his world.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who would like to get a better understanding of the early times of the Middle East and with a perspective that is non biased this is the book for you. With modern events and with difficulties currently in the region it would be wise for those who make comments with out a factual bases to take a moment to step back into history and get a better idea of the reasons why modern day Islam has come about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What It Used to Be

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Moises Naim
    • Narrated By Moises Naim, Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (136)

    Power is shifting - from large, stable armies to loose bands of insurgents, from corporate leviathans to nimble start-ups, and from presidential palaces to public squares. But power is also changing, becoming harder to use and easier to lose. As a result, argues award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím, all leaders have less power than their predecessors, and the potential for upheaval is unprecedented.

    Rosalie Chang says: "The Proper use of Power"
    "What is happening to power"
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    What made the experience of listening to The End of Power the most enjoyable?

    The story is very fluid and moves at a constant pace. Even from chapter to chapter it was difficult to find places to stop I managed to get through the complete book in four days.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As there are many different charters in the book it is hard to pin point.


    What does Moises Naim and Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Personal experiance and a wide ranging knowledge of the subject matter give the depth and width to the subject without creating confusion.the personal touch at the beginning of the book also reinforces this fact.


    If you could give The End of Power a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I don't think the title needs to be changed it is as it says the end of power you could remix this but I don't think it is not needed.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a wonderful book and I would look forward to a possible follow up. It would be interesting for the author to maybe look into where power after degrading ends up and if there is a possible growth. Through out history civilisations and power bases have either collapsed or feather out into obscurity, however even with the complexity of our modern society there is still a possibility that some one or something will rise up and become a power in its own right. I think it is currently difficult to predict this but that it will eventually happen. With the authours knowledge it would make for an interting follow up. And I will be the first to get a copy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guide to the European Union: The Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dick Leonard
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The 10th edition of the long-established definitive guide to the EU. From its original six members (who formed the European Economic Community in 1957) what became the European Union had grown to 27 members in 2007, with several more candidates for membership standing in the wings.

    Luke says: "The European Unions History brought to life"
    "The European Unions History brought to life"
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    What made the experience of listening to Guide to the European Union the most enjoyable?

    Very informative guide from the early staring point of the EU right through to present day.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would say that amongst the characters Margaret Thatcher would be the more interesting players in the political scene (but then I am English). So in fact each character adds their part to the overall story.


    What about Gordon Griffin’s performance did you like?

    Gordon Griffin's performance was brilliant, his voice is commanding and keeps you attentive to the story line, which is complex in its own right.


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

    A real life adventure in a world that is carried out behind the scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are either studding EU politics or need to get a better understanding of politics and its many different moves this is the book for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Christian
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (462)
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    (460)

    How is it possible for the disciplines of cosmology, geology, anthropology, biology, and history to fit together? These 48 lectures answer that question by weaving a single story from accounts of the past developed by a variety of scholarly disciplines. The result is a story stretching from the origins of the universe to the present day and beyond, in which human history is seen as part of the history of our Earth and biosphere, and the Earth's history, in turn, is seen as part of the history of the universe.

    John P. Gillespie says: "The Big Picture of Big History"
    "The start of every thing."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity to be better than the print version?

    Not sure I do not have a printed version of this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity?

    It was all memorable, I will be listening to this again


    What does Professor David Christian bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings real life to the audio version.


    If you could give Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I think the title does not need to be changed.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Meditations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Duncan Steen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (410)

    One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

    Guilherme says: "Stoic Wisdom at it's best"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. Its a must read for any body interested in the mind of a great man.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus Aurelius


    What about Duncan Steen’s performance did you like?

    Read with a tone fitting to the book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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