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Roger Albarran,

Southern California

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 13 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Race Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Cornel West
    • Narrated By Cornel West

    Roger Albarran, says: "Reassessing Racism"
    "Reassessing Racism"
    Where does Race Matters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best (top 5).

    What other book might you compare Race Matters to and why?

    I would not compare this to other books, it seems Dr. West was attempting to survey the current outlook on racism. I am not familiar with other books that share equal scope.

    Have you listened to any of Cornel West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to his discussions and debates, and I must say, his conversation and writing are both eloquent and unassuming.

    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I think the most interesting tidbit was the references to other authors that have influenced Dr. West. In particular, I was introduced to the author Toni Morrison, of which I look forward to reading.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book and Dr. West's book deserves serious consideration. A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "A cogent critique"
    Would you consider the audio edition of God Is Not Great to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print, yet...

    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Is Not Great?

    While the book was full of gems, the theme that is evident throughout the book is that there is a viable and much need alternative to religion, a vibrant humanism.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entire book.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I had an extreme reaction (cementing my separation from Christianity). It took me quite a while before I came to read this book. Since I had been part of a sectarian group of Christians, the last thing I would do would be to pick up such an awfully titled book. Nevertheless, I could not resist the wit and sincere approach Mr. Hitchens had with the question of religion (in his many public debates). I am convinced that no other book has better addressed the salient issues on religion today.

    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone seriously considering the problems that face religion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    What did you like best about Thinking, Fast and Slow? What did you like least?

    The questions that guided the author are very interesting. Also, I thought the refutation of common misconceptions about intuition was refreshing.

    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel Kahneman before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Egan?

    Anyone else. It was painfully monotonous (sorry, Pat).

    Was Thinking, Fast and Slow worth the listening time?


    Any additional comments?

    I think the book could have been more concise and feel that an abridged version should be available. 40 plus hours almost felt like I was listening to paper in a peer reviewed journal and not a book meant for the general reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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