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Emeral Hills, CA, United States

  • 5 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 55 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholas Carr
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia

    Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

    Douglas says: "Exceedingly Important Reading!..."
    "Very interesting"

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot. The research and stories are very interesting and very important as we head into an increasingly-digital future. Engaging and valuable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Long haul"

    There's a lot to like about this book. Franzen is a great writer and every few minutes of listening gave me an apt phrase, a vivid image, a great simile, etc. I also thought LeDoux was an excellent reader, except for the job he did with the one Indian character. Otherwise, excellent. And there is the whole "freedom" theme that is explicitly and implicitly ever-present. However, I felt like the novel raised a conflict in the first hour of listening, subjected me to 23 more hours, then resolved the conflict in the last 14 minutes. There is so much to like that I didn't realize until 2/3 of the way through that I was actually increasingly frustrated with the book. It would probably be a great book to study / teach in college since all the characters shed different light on the freedom theme (a little like Pulp Fiction in which all the characters shed light on violence). However, this was just not a satisfying listen for me, and I now regret the time and money I spent on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Classical Mythology: The Greeks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Peter Meineck

    Through the study of these time-honored myths, the Greek heroes and gods - including Heracles, Zeus, Achilles, Athena, Aphrodite, and others - leap from the page in all their glorious splendor. The following lectures are not only an entertaining guide to Greek mythology, but a fascinating look into the culture and time that produced these eternal tales.

    Billy Barker says: "Loved it!"

    I'm a high school literature teacher who is teaching myths and the Odyssey. I found Meineck's lectures very interesting and helpful; I'm on my second listen now. If you know very little or nothing of myths and the Odyssey and Illiad, you would benefit from reading a bit about those before hearing the lectures. You certainly don't need an exhaustive knowledge of the stories though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Hebrews, Greeks and Romans: Foundations of Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Timothy Shutt

    Our purpose in this course will be to examine the foundations of Western civilization in antiquity. We will look at the culture of the ancient Hebrews, of the ancient Greeks, and of the Romans, and we will likewise look at how these cultures interacted with each other, sometimes happily, sometimes not. In the process, we will focus on how the questions they addressed and the answers they found live among us and continue to shape our lives to this very day.

    Wolfpacker says: "Great, Thought Provokong Lectures"
    "Very interesting"

    I enjoyed these lectures quite a bit and thought they shed interesting light on their subjects. Very worthwhile for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Great Book"

    This book reads like great historical fiction, but instead it's a factual account of America's involvement in Afghanistan through the lens of Charlie Wilson and Gust Avrokotos. I learned a lot about the Soviet and American history there as well as about the CIA and the Congress. I also frequently found myself pulling into a parking place and sitting there for an extra five minutes of listening because I was so engrossed and entertained. Though it ultimately sheds a very painful light on America's current involvement in Afghanistan, there is nothing painful about reading/listening to this book. Outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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