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Steve Stowers

Springfield, Illinois USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Modern Scholar: Tolkien and the West: Recovering the Lost Tradition of Europe

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Drout
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are quite possibly the most widely read pieces of literature written in the 20th century. But as Professor Michael Drout illuminates in this engaging course of lectures, Tolkien's writings are built upon a centuries-old literary tradition that developed in Europe and is quite uniquely Western in its outlook and style. Drout explores how that tradition still resonates with us to this day, even if many Modernist critics would argue otherwise. He begins the course with the allegory of a tower....

    Amy says: "Not Drout's or Modern Scholar's Best"
    "Recommended for Tolkien fans"
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    Professor Drout already had an earlier lecture series ("Rings, Swords, and Monsters") that focused largely on Tolkien; do we really need another one? In my opinion, after listening to both of them, the answer is a definite yes. Drout has enough to say about Tolkien that he isn't just repeating himself here (plus, this newer series gives him a chance to comment on the Peter Jackson movies). And, as in all his lectures, Professor Drout is a joy to listen to, lecturing with plenty of enthusiasm, expertise, insight, and humor.

    This "class" is a bit more advanced, so start with the earlier series if you haven't already listened to that one, especially if you're not a die-hard Tolkien enthusiast. But if you're the kind of person who can't get enough discussion of Tolkien, don't hesitate to get this lecture series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3619)
    Performance
    (3134)
    Story
    (3137)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Wheaton's performance makes this work"
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    A while back, I tried to read this book for myself, but after the first couple of chapters I just wasn't getting into it, and so I gave up on it.

    But then the audiobook showed up here on sale, I listened to the sample, and on the strength of Wil Wheaton's performance, I bought, listened to, and loved the audiobook.

    The book is told from the first-person point of view of a Hollywood agent, not the kind of person I would have expected to be able to relate to, but Wheaton makes this character (and others) likable, sympathetic, and relatable. And he brings out the humor in the book, which wasn't really working for me in the print version. This is a funny book, but it's not played just for laughs: there's a serious alien-first-contact story here, with characters you can care about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Modern Scholar: How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    • Narrated By Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value, Professor Michael D. C. Drout gives an impassioned defense and celebration of the value of the liberal arts. Charting the evolution of the liberal arts from their roots in the educational system of Ancient Rome through the Middle Ages and to the present day, Drout shows how the liberal arts have consistently been "the tools to rule", essential to the education of the leaders of society. Offering a reasoned defense of their continuing value, Drout also provides suggestions for improving the state of the liberal arts in contemporary society.

    Steve Stowers says: "A defense of the Liberal Arts"
    "A defense of the Liberal Arts"
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    If you've heard any of Drout's other lecture series, or even just read their customer reviews, you know that Drout is one of the best lecturers available on Audible. In my opinion, this series is every bit as good as his others, both in content and presentation. Drout is, as always, engaging, erudite, thought-provoking, and funny. Maybe the subject matter doesn't have as broad an appeal, but if you're actually interested in a discussion, defense, or critique of the liberal arts, this is a good one.

    In case it needs to be said, pay attention to the subtitle and the description, not just the title. Here's a description of the eight individual lectures:

    Lecture 1: Where the Liberal Arts came from. Lecture 2: How the sciences split off from the liberal arts. Lecture 3: The liberal arts as "the tools to rule." Lecture 4: Can the liberal arts make you a better person? Lecture 5: The best reasons for studying the liberal arts: Solving complex problems, and preserving and transmitting culture. Lecture 6: Case study: Beowulf. Lecture 7: What's wrong with the liberal arts, and how to fix it. Lecture 8: Answering the critics of the liberal arts.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Literature of C. S. Lewis

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Timothy Shutt
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In this course, we will look at Lewis's life and examine the influences that would help to shape Lewis both as a man and as a writer. We will take an in-depth look at Lewis's science fiction trilogy, his Chronicles of Narnia, his apologetic and scholarly works, and his other writings. In doing so, we will come to understand the major thematic elements that mark Lewis's work.

    Steve Stowers says: "Worthwhile for anyone interested in Lewis"
    "Worthwhile for anyone interested in Lewis"
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    As the title indicates, this lecture series mainly focuses on C. S. Lewis's fiction (the Chronicles of Narnia, the Space Trilogy, Till We Have Faces), though Professor Shutt does spend some time discussing C. S. Lewis's life and his non-fictional writings. Shutt assumes you've read the books he's discussing (at one point in one of the lectures, he says "You've read the book; what do you think?"), and you'll get the most out of the lectures if you're familiar with Lewis's books; but even if there are some you haven't read, or haven't read in a long time, the lectures are still worth listening to.

    I found these lectures to be consistently interesting and insightful, and they left me with new appreciation for C. S. Lewis. Shutt is knowledgeable, not only about Lewis's own writings, but about the literary background that Lewis himself loved and was influenced by. Shutt comes across as an appreciator of Lewis, but not an uncritical, gushing fanboy. He doesn't hesitate to talk about what he or others have found flawed or unsuccessful in Lewis's writings in addition to talking about the things Lewis did particularly well. And Shutt doesn't shy away from talking about Lewis's Christian faith and its influence on his writing, but in a way that neither Christian nor nonchristian listeners should find off-putting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Powder River - Season One: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jerry Robbins
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, Derek Aalerud, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Former lawman turned rancher Britt MacMasters and his son Chad begin a new life in Clearmont, Wyoming until Britt’s past returns to haunt them. One of the toughest outlaw gangs in the west is headed to Clearmont for revenge. Episodes include: "The Preacher," "A Tangled Rope," "A Friend In Need," "Battle At Ricochet Rock," "The Gold Wagon," "Peace Of Mind," "The Lost Mine," "Never The Twain," "The Winter Soldier," "The Wind In The Mountain," "The Vengeance Trail."

    Gary says: "GOOD FAMILY TIME"
    "Not bad, but could be better"
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    This is a series of western audio dramas, in the style of the Old Time Radio dramas from the "golden age of radio." Unfortunately, it suffers in comparison with the best of the classic radio dramas. The sound and production quality are just fine, but the writing and voice acting occasionally struck me as distinctly amateurish (especially in the case of a few of the guest actors), to an extent that made it hard for me to suspend disbelief and lose myself in the story.

    Earlier episodes seemed juvenile, focused around the young Chad McMasters, and some of them didn't have much action. Later episodes became "grittier" and more violent (though still not unsuitable for any but the most sensitive of young listeners).

    My review only refers to this first "season"; I see there are others available, and if the show finds its feet they may be worth listening to, but this is the only set I've heard as of now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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