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Maggie

Baton Rouge, LA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Thomas Metzinger
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    We're used to thinking about the self as an independent entity, something that we either have or are. In The Ego Tunnel, philosopher Thomas Metzinger claims otherwise: No such thing as a self exists. The conscious self is the content of a model created by our brain - an internal image, but one we cannot experience as an image. Everything we experience is "a virtual self in a virtual reality." But if the self is not "real," why and how did it evolve? How does the brain construct it?

    Esmeralda says: "non-specialist literature at its best"
    "poppycock"
    Overall

    where are the peers who should be vetting this writer's ideas before it is turned into a book?! this thesis is a matrix built on air and shadow being passed off as actual science. in addition to this nothingness, the writer returns us to the bad ideas of past chemical applications. better living through chemistry was duponts slogan from 1935-1986 with an increase in cancer and environmental pollution as the result. psychedelic experiments reached the heights in the 1960s with dead or brain dead folks taking the brunt of those "good times." the thalidomide birth defects (late 1950s) should be warning enough for the next century and a half! have we learned NOTHING?

    and then there are the work's futuristic ideas ... based solely on the writer's imagination, not science ... not even hypothesis just absurd speculation. has anyone checked on this guys credentials?!

    i'm especially disappointed because i was looking for an intelligent discussion of consciousness, the ego, and human nature. boy did i NOT get that hope fulfilled! this book was a total waste of my time, and the only audience for this book would have to be science fiction writers.

    7 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen Breyer
    • Narrated By Stephen Breyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    First published in September 2005 and based on a series of lectures delivered at Harvard, Active Liberty is a tight, extremely readable, almost memoir-like guide to interpreting the Constitution. Written by a justice of the Supreme Court, it focuses on a pragmatic approach to this great document that may become crucial as the Supreme Court faces deeply divisive decisions.

    Maki says: "Engaging, If Somewhat Dense"
    "excellent and worth the time"
    Overall

    since i have no legal training, i too found breyer's ideas densely presented but still could detect the value of this audio, which is like having a very smart legal scholar spend time telling me what he thinks. with several listens, i will know far more than i did before and have spent my time well. i greatly appreciate breyer's efforts of forming up his thoughts and then presenting them in his own voice. his ideas help me to re-invest in hope that "truth will out" ... an excellent antidote to the "nattering nabobs of negativism" that stream from today's media.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Feminine Mystique Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Betty Friedan
    • Narrated By Parker Posey
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.

    Maggie says: "yes."
    "yes."
    Overall

    excellent book ... a must read. some dated (psychological, social) information and the women surveyed are of the upper middle class which, of course, neglects the "rest of us" ... but it is intriguing to note that the conclusions still hold, after all these years. so read it for history and read it for wisdom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Within a Budding Grove, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    In the second volume of Proust's great novel, the narrator emerges as an actor in the drama of his own life. Swann has now dwindled into a husband for his former mistress, Odette, and their daughter, Gilberte, becomes the adolescent narrator's playmate and tantalising love-object. We move from Paris to the seaside town of Balbec, from ritualised social performances to midsummer spontaneity, and from Gilberte to her successor Albertine.

    beatrice says: "insomniac's dream"
    "more John Rowe, s.v.p."
    Overall

    having now completed the second volume of proust's amazing seven volume work, i am more convinced than ever that the ONLY voice for proust's narrator is john rowe. more, please.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    In this first part, Proust paints an unforgettable, scathing and, at times, comic portrait of French society at the close of the19th century, and reveals a profound vision of obsessive love.

    Maggie says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "EXCELLENT!"
    Overall

    Proust's writing is perfect and John Rowe's delivery is perfect. settle into Swann's Way (Pt. 1 and Pt 2) as though you were settling into a huge comfy chair with all the time in the world stretched out before you and you will NEVER regret the time spent listening to this version of volume 1 of In Search of Lost Time. to the contrary. you will quickly purchase the other volumes, cancel all appointments, turn off the phone, give up on facebook, and listen with awe and keen interest to John Rowe read Marcel Proust. what more could a book and an audiobook deliver?! the time is most definitely not lost. ohmygoodness.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (574)

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "wow"
    Overall

    right up front: i'm not sure this book is for everyone. i think an experienced reader with an open mind can take on this very excellent story about the highs and the lows of life and be amazed at the interwoven structure of story and characters. highly recommended but only if you are up for grit, grime, and (hidden) glory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Mandy Weston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Long overshadowed by Jane Eyre, Villette is widely admired as one of Charlotte Bronte's finest works. This story of a young teacher at a girl's school in the city of Villette is a particular challenge for the young reader, for it requires maturity of vision, a fine narrative sense - and a command of French! Mandy Weston, a newcomer to Naxos AudioBooks, tells the story magnificently.

    Chloe says: "classical heart"
    "prepare yourself!"
    Overall

    the heroine of this book has a station in life that is below all the other people that she interacts with but amazingly is their superior in all respects. her private thoughts tell the reader of her superiority which may be a silent bolster to the character but comes across as sheer condescension. trapped in circumstances she takes the blows issued by the smarmy characters surrounding her who control her life while she makes her private judgments of them. that seems to be the entire purpose of our dear perfect Lucy Snowe in Villette. a structurally fully developed novel that disappoints in action and in verisimilitude.

    alas. a young reader can learn how to be condescending and superior to others by reading villette.

    HOWEVER, Mandy Weston, the reader, is EXCELLENT! one of the finest i've heard.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Silk Road

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Colin Thubron
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across Northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron undertakes a journey along the greatest land route on earth: the Silk Road. Travelling 7,000 miles in eight months, he traces the passage not only of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions.

    Paul Krasner says: "prose meets poetry"
    "excellent"
    Overall

    a travel journal. an historical account of ancient civilizations along this also ancient trade route. a cultural and an anthropological report. and an excellent reader. what more could the armchair traveler want in a book?! no regrets here! highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas S. Kuhn
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    Named one of "The Hundred Most Influential Books Since the Second World War" by the Times Literary Supplement, and one of the "100 Best Nonfiction" books by the Modern Library, Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a landmark of scientific thought. Written in 1962, Kuhn's book took an entirely different view of how scientists perceived and achieved changes in basic theoretical assumptions - what he termed "paradigm shifts".

    Matthew says: "Better than prior reviews led me to believe"
    "excellent"
    Overall

    an excellent reading of an excellent book. wow. the information is timeless because the way humans think and process information are constant. Kuhn has captured the essence of the (complex) process by which we think, test, and alter what we think we know.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4472)
    Performance
    (2920)
    Story
    (2953)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "totally entertaining"
    Overall

    excellent story and excellent reading by Martin Jarvis who totally brings the spoof alive. highly recommended for anyone with a sense of humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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