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Trevor

Kingsford, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts: Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Frederick Luis Aldama (editor)
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts brings together in one volume cutting-edge research that turns to recent findings in cognitive and neurobiological sciences, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and evolutionary biology, among other disciplines, to explore and understand more deeply various cultural phenomena, including art, music, literature, and film. The essays fulfilling this task for the general listener as well as the specialist are written by renowned authors.

    Stanley Lippman says: "The Narrative isn't interpreting the Prose"
    "Fantastic! More Please!"
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    If you could sum up Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts in three words, what would they be?

    More Narratology Please!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lots of really excellent essays in this collection. I like Suzanne Keen's essay, that is the one I am listing to now. Lisa Zunshine and Patrick Colm Hogan have good chapters also. The whole book is good.


    What about Kellie Fitzgerald’s performance did you like?

    Well-read, clear and expressive.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Nonfiction so...


    Any additional comments?

    I am a PhD student in English Literature. I specialize in cognitive narratology so I was really happy to see an audiobook on the subject. Looking at literature and narrative from the perspective of cognitive science is the next big wave. Lots of A-list universities are focusing more and more on this perspective -- Harvard has put out several dissertations lately that take a cognitive approach to literature. Much more to follow.

    This is a challenging title and it would definitely help your comprehension if you already knew a little about narratology and cog-sci. I love it. I have listened to it once and I am listening to it a second time. I would very much like to encourage publishers to produce more of this kind of literature in audio format.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lisa Zunshine
    • Narrated By Rosemary Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Why We Read Fiction offers a lucid overview of the most exciting area of research in contemporary cognitive psychology known as “Theory of Mind” and discusses its implications for literary studies. It covers a broad range of fictional narratives, from Richardson's Clarissa, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, and Austen's Pride and Prejudice to Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Nabokov's Lolita, and Hammett's The Maltese Falcon.

    Matt says: "Theory of the Reader"
    "Classic in the 'cognitive turn' in the humanities"
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    If you could sum up Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel in three words, what would they be?

    This book explains why we can read fictional minds in a similar way that we can read real minds.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel?

    I think the reading of Samuel Richardson's "Clarissa" is the best section.


    Which character – as performed by Rosemary Benson – was your favorite?

    It is a work of nonfiction, so this question is not applicable.


    If you could rename Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel, what would you call it?

    I think the title is pretty good. I wouldn't change it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever wondered what cognitive science has to say about literary criticism, this book is a great place to start. I think it helps if you have read the texts discussed -- Richardson's "Clarissa" and Nabokov's "Lolita" would be particularly helpful, but you can follow along even if you have not read these novels. She also discusses theory of mind in detective fiction. You can also buy the ebook on Amazon for $1.99, I think, if you like to follow along while you are listening. This is a really fascinanating subject and I know this title is very influential in the field of narratology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (828)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Makes Newton and other enlightenment figures come"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Clockwork Universe in three words, what would they be?

    Very good at placing Newton in ideological as well as scientific and historical context. Does a great job at explaining Newton's thought to the non-specialist and why it is still important.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clockwork Universe?

    Newton's fight with Hook and others was well narrated.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Sklar – was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    No, but I did want more.


    Any additional comments?

    Money well spent on a really interesting and informative read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imagining Minds: The Neuro-Aesthetics of Austen, Eliot, and Hardy: Theory Interpretation Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kay Young
    • Narrated By Cynthia Wallace
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Jane Austen, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy-three great masters of the English novel-are three remarkable imagining minds. As readers of their novels, we feel ourselves to be in contact with their authorial minds and conjure the minds they create spread across the pages of their narrative worlds. In the way that we believe in and hold in mind the idea that other human beings have minds of their own do we as readers of the novel believe we are in the presence of these other minds. But how?

    Trevor says: "More narratology!"
    "More narratology!"
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    If you could sum up Imagining Minds in three words, what would they be?

    It is great to see books on this subject being produced. I hope Audible will add more narratology titles


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


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

    It is nice to have someone read when my eyes are tired


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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