If you are a fan of C.S. Lewis, these two short works are a great reiteration of his beliefs regarding traditional morality, the afterlife, and the basis of ethics. The Great Divorce is in the style of an extended analogy and is actually littlw harder to follow than the more straightforward Abolition of Man. If you are at all concerned about the moral relativism that has creeped into the thought of both the academy and the common man in the West in the last two generations, then the Abolion of Man is a must listen for debunking that ideology. Brilliant as always and very well read, these two short masterpieces are the essence of Lewis.
An absurd potpourri of action movie cliches, new age mumbo-jumbo and conpiracy theory chestnuts. Perhaps a writer who takes himself a bit less seriously might have made this odd mash-up of a novel bit more fun.
As usual, Tom Wolfe has created a sadly accurate portait of a slice of American culture that is succumbing to the relentless vulgarization of popular culture. The vulgarity and explicitness of the language of the book is not a thumbed-nosed reaction to a stuck up society, but a type of resignation to the zeitgeist of the lowest common denominator. The book is brilliant, sad and frustrating. For those who have experienced college life in the past 20 years will either wince or revel at the accuracy of the depiction of the debasement of the values depicted. Well-read and nicely paced, the unabridged audio book doesn't seem nearly as long as it is.
This well researched and well documented account of a critical juncture in the Revolutionary War is a masterpiece of historical research and a faithful, detailed recreation of an era that deserves more attention than our current educational system affords it. The heavy reliance on readings of original source material brings the stories to life, but some of the details get repetitive in that format. The reader is great and brings the various voices to life without charicaturing them. This was not as interesting as the psychological portrait of Washington depicted in Joseph Ellis' "His Excellency" but it is an enlightening analysis of a turning point in the struggle for American independence.
An excellent reading of a science fiction classic. The use of multiple voices and a semi-dramatic reading make this a very good listen and enhance an already good story. The story is compelling, if slightly taxing on our ability to suspend disbelief, but you start to care so much about the main character that you can overlook some of the hard to swallow parts.
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