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Ray

ORLANDO, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1500)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (903)

    George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

    Dusty says: "If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last."
    "Whom am I to review Orwell"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It is a shame that today's young would think it's a story about animals running a farm

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    No understanding of human life, individual or collective, could be complete without factoring in the role and contribution of these history-shaping teachers. Now, this 36-lecture series takes you deep into the life stories and legacies of these four iconic figures, revealing the core teachings, and thoughts of each, and shedding light on the historical processes that underlie their phenomenal, enduring impact.

    cliff says: "Audible at its best"
    "Great overview"
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    What made the experience of listening to Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad the most enjoyable?

    Prof Muesse placed the ideas of the 4 in good context. He relayed a lot of historical information.


    What other book might you compare Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad to and why?

    A history book. Can not think of a good example right now.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Mark W. Muesse – was your favorite?

    I thought he description of the life and works of Confucius was the most in depth and interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    To much info for that


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite "Great Courses" books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ashton Nichols
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The America we know today is so different in its fundamental views about almost every aspect of life as to be unrecognizable to our countrymen of two centuries ago. On issues as divergent as slavery, women's rights, education, the environment, and many others, we are simply no longer the country we were.What is the source of not only these changes, but of our distinctly American way of experiencing ourselves-confident in our value as individuals, certain of our ability to discover truths, self-reliant in the face of uncertainty and change?

    Ray says: "Dry subject matter made interesting"
    "Dry subject matter made interesting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement to be better than the print version?

    Yes the audio version has to be better. The Professor relayed a lot of material that would be very difficult to read(my opinion).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Walt Whitman. Portrayed very well in this reading.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Ashton Nichols’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Impossible!!


    Any additional comments?

    Prof Nichols is really dedicated to this subject. It is dry material but he kept it interesting. I almost got a feeling Prof Nichols was rendering an eye witness account.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Eagleman
    • Narrated By David Eagleman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (538)

    In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries. Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

    Laura says: "Changed the way I think about how I think..."
    "Slipped into social commentary"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, other similar books would cover topic without a couse in humanist sociology


    Has Incognito turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    David Eagleman tries to convince his readers that we all walking the planet as zombies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (494)

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    Rolando says: "Is amorality bad?"
    "Great book"
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    Any additional comments?

    The final talk with the Priest seemed rushed and not in pace with the book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2498)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1855)

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    Alexander T. McMahon says: "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    "How does anyone call this a sci-fi classic"
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    What disappointed you about Foundation?

    The story was a political idea that hid behind a sci-fi story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Isaac Asimov again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I just tried a sci-fi novel to break up my other reading. I saw this book was highly reviewed. What a mistake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (325)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Great but 5 chapters too long"
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    What did you love best about The Fabric of the Cosmos?

    The book presented high science in an understandable form


    Any additional comments?

    Brian Greene claims to be a nonbeliever in God type spirituality. But throughout the book he uses "NY Jewish slang" which to a non New York reader is harder to understand than Quantum Mechanics. This lead to a feeling of arrogance about his beliefs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Lieberman
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (187)

    In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

    Gary says: "Humans are dynamic not static"
    "Great book of facts and well educated assumptions"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Story of the Human Body the most enjoyable?

    The knowledge of the presents a fast but inclusive history of human evolution.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Story of the Human Body?

    The pulling together of evolutionary facts and applying summations from a vast knowledge.


    Any additional comments?

    Being a Harvard Professor the author is very well educated. But in his terms "a price is paid", very liberal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Koran

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Trout Lake Media
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    The Koran is not only one of the most influential books of prophetic literature but also a literary masterpiece in it’s own right. Universally accepted by Muslims to be the infallible Word of God as revealed to Mohammed by the Angel Gabriel nearly 1,400 years ago, the Koran still provides the rules of conduct fundamental to the Arab way of life.

    Thomas says: "A Clear and Sober Reading"
    "Alec Sand does it again"
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    Where does The Koran rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Listening to The Koran has given me a whole new insight into world events and history.


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

    Alex Sand is the best lecture reader around


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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