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Marcus

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Brasília, Brazil | Member Since 2010

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  • A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pettit, Robert E Goodin
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
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    Political philosophy has become an increasingly active area of research over the past four decades. In response to the growing interest in the field, this new edition of A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy has been extended significantly to include fifty–five chapters across two volumes written by some of today’s most distinguished scholars. Straddling analytic and continental philosophy, the first part of the Companion considers the contributions of economics, history, law, political science, international relations...

    Jason G. Cons says: "Great read, idiotic narration"
    "Great Course In Contemporary Political Theory"
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    The book covers a broad range of political ideas. The chapters give useful information about relevants questions in political theory in order to enable the reader (listener) to make further studies. The narration is clear and understandable. Great academic work.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Toobin
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation - and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative.

    Jean says: "A look at the Supreme Court"
    "Living Constitution"
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    The US Supreme Court, in a range of crucial matters, is a divided house. Five conservatives judges and four liberals ones dispute constitutional interpretation. The results sometimes seems unpredictable. Jeffrey Toobin, in a continuation of his previous book (The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court), describes the relationship about the Obama administration and the Supreme Court (2010-2013). The nominations of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Keagan, their backgrounds, the facts leading to some importants decisions (Citizens United and Obama Care) are exposed. Toobin's text is clear and informative. The language is understandable for the non expert and suitable for the law professional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundations

    • ORIGINAL (23 hrs and 1 min)
    • By R. C. Sproul
    • Narrated By R. C. Sproul
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    In Foundations: An Overview of Systematic Theology, R.C. Sproul shows that the truths of Scripture relate to each other in perfect harmony. This eye-opening series addresses a myriad of questions about the origin and authority of the Bible, God, the Trinity, man, sin, salvation, revelation, miracles, the church, the end times, and more.

    Matt Collins says: "Reformed Theology by the Grand Father."
    "Reformed Theology"
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    This series of lectures about systematic theology presents the main questions of the field with the assumptions of reformed theology. R. C. Sproul gives a clear exposition of the differents themes, giving the reader a path to immerse in the treasury of God's Word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Toobin
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Supreme Court through personalities, from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas' well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd 19th-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.

    Stephen says: "Fascinating"
    "The U S Supreme Court at Work"
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    Jeffrey Toobin account of the U S Supreme Court gives the reader a clear perception about its works and its role in the american political system. The composition of the Court, especially in recent time, and the way its works are exposed with reference to particular events in the Justices lifes. The process of nomination and confirmation of the Justices is explained, in order to show how the Constitution wisdom is perceived by the three branchs of government. The author makes a case for the argument that the ideology of each Justice ultimately determines the outcome of the cases they see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction 

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Linda Greenhouse
    • Narrated By Lucinda Gainey
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    In this Very Short Introduction, Linda Greenhouse draws on her deep knowledge of the court's history and of its written and unwritten rules to show readers how the Supreme Court really works. She offers a fascinating institutional biography of a place and its people--men and women who exercise great power but whose names and faces are unrecognized by many Americans and whose work often appears cloaked in mystery.

    Marcus says: "The Making of Judicial Branch"
    "The Making of Judicial Branch"
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    The judicial branch of government in the United States had a remarkable development. Linda Greenhouse introduces the reader to the Supreme Court, its formation, development and the role it performs in the public square. The Supreme Court's decisions shaped importants aspects of american life and gave to the Judiciary a crucial position, one of protagonism in the social arena. The book made insightful remarks about the composition of the Court, the way its members are choosed and the rules that governed its works. In this short work one has a valuable resource about the rule of the law in american democracy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy: Oxford University Press: Pivotal Moments in US History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James T. Patterson
    • Narrated By Steve Anderson
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    Most Americans still see Brown v. Board of Education as a triumph - but was it? James T. Patterson shrewdly explores the provocative questions that still swirl around the case. A wide range of characters animates the story, from the little-known African-Americans who dared to challenge Jim Crow with lawsuits; to Thurgood Marshall, who later became a Justice himself; to Earl Warren, who shepherded a fractured Court to a unanimous decision.

    Marcus says: "The Fight Against Inequality"
    "The Fight Against Inequality"
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    The context of Brown vs Board of Education and its legacy are well explained by James Patterson. The deep roots of racism in society cannot be simply overcame by a judicial decision, even by a Supreme Court one. The importance of the American Supreme Court decision though, most not be underestimated. The Court, overcoming an older precedent, opened the way for a more just society, one in with prejudices played a lesser role and new ways of social arrangements can be imagined. James Patterson told the history of Brown vs Board of Education, pointing the challenges faced by men and women that fought against racism and inequality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Souls of Black Folk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Du Bois
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
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    “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line,” writes Du Bois, in one of the most prophetic works in all of American literature. First published in 1903, this collection of 15 essays dared to describe the racism that prevailed at that time in America—and to demand an end to it. Du Bois’ writing draws on his early experiences, from teaching in the hills of Tennessee, to the death of his infant son, to his historic break with the conciliatory position of Booker T. Washington.

    ESK says: "Essays of 'life and love and strife and failure'"
    "Prejudices and Understanding"
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    The collection of essays by W E B Du Bois shows the injustices and misunderstandings that our prejudices develop. The negro bondage and the ideas it spread in american society are explained. The way black folk react and adjust to this human inequality is the main subject of this valuable work. The chapters about the black faith and church are written in a beautiful style. The book sucedes in demonstrate that our prejudices are often the cause of our problems and miseries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jerry Brotton
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    In this wide-ranging exploration of the Renaissance, Jerry Brotton shows the period as a time of unprecedented intellectual excitement, cultural experimentation, and interaction on a global scale, alongside a darker side of religion, intolerance, slavery, and massive inequality of wealth and status. Brotton skillfully guides us through the key issues that defined the Renaissance period, from its art, architecture, and literature, to advancements in the fields of science, trade, and travel.

    Grantley says: "Wonderful!"
    "Valuable Book"
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    The book is well written and examine importants aspects of Renaissance. An introduction that gives the reader (or the listener) a glimpse into the historical facts of the time and the literary and artistics works produced. Short book with valuable informations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Michael says: "Wonderful"
    "Readable and Enlightened Text"
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    The first volume of The History of Civilization gives to the listener a good bunch of informations about regions and people most of us (westerners) ignore. The text is readable and enlightened. The author gives his thoughts about the facts examined. The first and the last chapters discuss the idea of civilization. The others chapters examine the easterns regions and peoples, its beginings, development and achievements. One will profit a lot with this listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Simon Blackburn
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this clear introduction to ethics, Simon Blackburn tackles the major moral questions surrounding birth, death, happiness, desire, and freedom, showing us how we should think about the meaning of life, and how we should mistrust the soundbite-sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates.

    marisawedd says: "Awakes your willing to read more Philosophy"
    "Ethics and Its Challenges"
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    This is a well written overview of the subject. Its poses the questions one faces when study ethics and gives ways to treat the difficulties. Because it is a short work, the treatment of the matter is not profound. The book is intelligible for beginners and illustrative for a philosophy student. The audio is very good and the narrator's performance allow an enjoyable hearing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Buckley, Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt
    • Narrated By Cira Larkin, Wayne Edwards
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    The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism offers an extensive survey of the history, doctrine, practices, and global circumstances of Roman Catholicism, written by a range of distinguished and experienced Catholic writers. Engages its readers in an informed and informative conversation about Roman Catholic life and thought.

    Marcus says: "Great Overview"
    "Great Overview"
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    One grasp an informed overview of the Catholic Church in this book. Its gives relevant informations of the development of the Catholic Church and its doctrines. Its also examines the presence and organization of the Church around the globe (specific countries and continents). The performance is very good. Both narrators did an excellent job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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