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Seth H. Wilson

Venice, CA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • C. S. Lewis - A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alister E. McGrath
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis' death, celebrated Oxford don Dr. Alister McGrath presents us with a compelling and definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis, the author of the well-known Narnia series. For more than half a century, C. S. Lewis’ Narnia series has captured the imaginations of millions. In C. S. Lewis - A Life, Dr. Alister McGrath recounts the unlikely path of this Oxford don, who spent his days teaching English literature to the brightest students in the world and his spare time writing.

    Jeff Anderle says: "God's Glory Revealed in an Earthen Vessel"
    "Insights with the Benefit of Hindsight"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If said friend were a) a reader of fantasy, b) an inquisitive Christian, c) a lover of biographies, or d) a deep thinker, then yes, absolutely. And all my friends fall into at least one of those categories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of C. S. Lewis - A Life?

    One of the biography's foci is C.S. Lewis's conversion to Christianity, and the telling of that story contains many memorable moments, including a conversation about mythology between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien that not only influenced Lewis's spirituality but also prefigured both writers' major works of fantasy.


    What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

    Sachs's stately performance embodies the erudite world of Oxford academia that serves as the backdrop for most of the book. Sachs should also be commended for pronouncing most of the book's arcane and foreign literary terms correctly, no easy feat.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As a long-time reader of Lewis's work, and of the medieval literature that was so central to his intellectual development, I found many moments in the biography quite moving, even those that most readers would probably pass over. The descriptions of some of Lewis's epiphanies about Narnia will probably resonate with most readers.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook features an interview with the author preceding the book itself. After the biography's conclusion, we're treated to two recordings of Lewis himself at his deep-timbres lecturing best. Both the book itself and the audio edition are masterful additions to the corpus of C.S. Lewis research.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How to Watch TV News

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neil Postman, Steve Powers
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (19)
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    (8)
    Story
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    America is suffering from an information glut. Most Americans are no longer clear about what news is worth remembering or how any of it connects to anything else. Thus, Americans are rapidly becoming the least knowledgeable people in the industrial world. Author and academic Neil Postman and television journalist Steve Powers tell you how to become a discerning viewer.

    ACustomer says: "Brilliant and Relevant"
    "Fair warning for TV watchers"
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    Despite its age, this book is still a good guide to navigating the problems inherent in TV news. The ideas herein also apply to other media, especially digital content

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Postman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (76)

    In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped to suit the requirements of television.

    Lonnie says: "Incredible"
    "A warning to the TV generation"
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    It must be remembered that this book is almost 30 years old, so it's inevitable that some of its arguments no longer quite work. But in most ways they do. Moreover, they often apply to our current internet generation as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Plagiarist: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Alexander J. Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (182)
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    (182)

    Adam Griffey is living two lives. By day, he teaches literature. At night, he steals it. Adam is a plagiarist, an expert reader with an eye for great works. He prowls simulated worlds perusing virtual texts, looking for the next big thing. And when he finds it, he memorizes it page by page, line by line, word for word. And then he brings it back to his world, the real world, and he sells it. But what happens when these virtual worlds begin to seem more real than his own? What happens when the people within them mean more to him than flesh and blood?

    Katherine says: "PKD could have written this story"
    "Snow Crash for the literati"
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    While the concept isn't wholly original, The Plagiarist is so well-executed and well-told that you don't really care. If you loved Snow Crash, and/or you like thinking about books and their provenance, you'll probably enjoy this little nugget of a novella.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ari Meisel
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (153)

    "Less is more" - or, more specifically, the less you have to do, the more life you have to live. Efficiency expert Ari Meisel details his "Less Doing" philosophy, which will streamline your life, and make everything easier. In business and our personal lives, it often seems as if the only way to get more done is by putting in more time - more hours at the office, more days running errands. But what if there were a way that we could do less, and free up more time for the things and people we love? If this sounds like what you need, Ari Meisel has the program for you.

    Amazon Customer says: "Too Much for Less Extreme Lifestyles"
    "4-Hour Work Week meets GTD"
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    Ari Meisel's short but informative books combines ideas from Tim Ferriss's 4-Hour Work Week and David Allen's Getting Things Done, though he doesn't explicitly cite the latter, into a practical, listenable primer on maximizing efficiency in your life.

    Meisel's refers to lots of specific tools and websites to help you achieve maximum efficiency. This is great in the short run, but I fear that as the book ages and some of these sites disappear, the book will feel dated.

    Still, there are enough universal principles here to make the book useful at any time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Violent Bear It Away

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Flannery O’ Connor
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    The orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle - that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensue, as Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet, while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more “reasonable” modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.

    Darwin8u says: "Biblical, American and Absolutely Brutal"
    "The Title Says It All"
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    A bleak book with sustained religious imagery, that's what you're in for. O'Connor is such a powerful writer, though, that you occasionally get lost in the poetic beauty of her phrasing and forget how depressing the story is. But the story always jerks you back to reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Football 101

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Gilbert Klein
    • Narrated By Jack Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    This is an entertaining, informative beginner's guide to understanding football. Also, I guarantee* that this is the most enjoyable introductory audiobook ever about football, and that after listening to this audiobook you will know and love the game.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "A great introduction to football"
    "A great introduction to football"
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    I'm a nerd, and don't care much for sports. But Klein's book shows me and other geeks that football isn't just for meatheads. It's intensely physical, yes, but first and foremost it's a tactical game. Will I start watching football regularly? Probably not. But it gives me a little more understanding and compassion for how the other half live. Okay, let's be honest, the other nine tenths.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wise Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Flannery O’Connor
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    Flannery O’Connor’s astonishing and haunting first novel is a classic of 20th-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a 22-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate faith. He falls under the spell of a “blind” street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel founds The Church of God Without Christ but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God.

    Darwin8u says: "Grotesque Southern Gothic Masterpiece"
    "A strange brew of a story"
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    Mostly unsympathetic characters, a wonky moral compass, and a bleak aesthetic make Wise Blood a tough read. If you can stick with it, though, there are some gems hidden in O'Connor's artful language. And Bronson Pinchot brings the story to vivid life in all its Southern grit and glory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mallory Ortberg
    • Narrated By Zach Villa, Amy Landon
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Everyone knows that if Scarlett O'Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she'd constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she'd text you to pick her up after she totaled her car.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "One big inside joke"
    "One big inside joke"
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    If you haven't read the texts this book parodies, you'll be completely lost. However, if you've at least a passing familiarity with classic literature, you'll find this book amusing and occasionally insightful. At their best, these texts capture the emotional force or central idea of a literary work. Of course, some miss the mark, and I question the selection process for what works are included--Sweet Valley High? Really?--but overall this is an enjoyable ride.

    The narrators also do a great job of shifting between characters and accents, an impressive feat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Altucher, Claudia Azula Altucher
    • Narrated By James Altucher, Claudia Azula Altucher
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (186)

    "No" is sometimes the hardest word to say. It's also the most necessary. How many times have you heard yourself saying yes to the wrong things - overwhelming requests, bad relationships, time-consuming obligations? How often have you wished you could summon the power to turn them down? This program will help you take back your power by showing that a well-placed "No" can not only save you time and trouble, it can save your life.

    Amy M. Salberg says: "Authors who should not have narrated their book."
    "A must-listen for people-pleasers"
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    I am a chronic people-pleaser. This book has given me some great strategies not only for overcoming that horrific malady, but also for reaching my own goals.

    Justin and Claudia Altucher do a wonderful job narrating this book. They frequently go off-script for brief asides or a little banter, and this is such a breath of fresh air after some of the serious-as-a-heart-attack self-help audiobooks I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Build a Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (38 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    "To Build a Fire" is the best known of all London's stories. It tells the story of a new arrival to the Klondike who stubbornly ignores warnings about the folly of traveling alone. He falls through the ice into a creek in 70-below weather, and his survival depends on being able to build a fire and dry his clothes - which he is unable to do. The famous version of this story was published in 1908.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "A Tale of Survival?"
    "A Tale of Survival?"
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    This is a pretty straightforward story about a man trying to survive in the bitter cold of the North. It's well-written and well-told, but otherwise unremarkable. It's difficult for me to see why it's one of Jack London's best-known stories when he has so much other great work out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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