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  • Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Irwin (Editor), Henry Jacoby (Editor)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs

    George R. R. Martin's New York Times best-selling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals?

    Tommy says: "Open your eyes and read this please"
    "Philosophical Discussion of a Favorite Subject"
    If you could sum up Game of Thrones and Philosophy in three words, what would they be?

    Painless intro to philosophy

    What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

    Robin Sachs has a wonderful voice, rich and unstressed, perfectly paced.

    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Robb Stark should have studied Machiavelli's "The Prince" before becoming King of the North.

    Any additional comments?

    Some philosophers discussed: Hobbes, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Sartre, Nietzsche.
    Some concepts discussed: the nature of happiness, moral luck, chivalry, metaphysical fatalism, game theory, just war theory

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Neil Simon Collection

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Dan Castellaneta, Nathan Lane, Richard Dreyfuss, and others

    Ten essential plays by Neil Simon, one of the world’s most celebrated, translated, and widely performed playwrights, including Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and more.

    Michael says: "What a wonderful way to spend some time..."
    "This is funny?"
    What did you like best about The Neil Simon Collection? What did you like least?

    I learned how lucky I am to be living in the "Media Age" of 2014 with so much good material at my fingertips. What was considered good stuff in the 1960s and 1970s when I was a kid now seems weak and barely interesting. There are a few of Neil Simon's plays I would listen to again, but I'd be in no hurry. Want good, old comedy? Try Moliere!

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    LA TheaterWorks does a good job casting and directing these radio performances. I just wish the material was better.

    Was The Neil Simon Collection worth the listening time?

    Sorry, no.

    Any additional comments?

    Audible could at least have listed the plays in the order they appear in the audiobook. There is no way I could jump around to find my remembered favorites. Helping readers navigate within books is something Audible is VERY POOR at and SHOULD IMPROVE, as I have commented several times already.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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