Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow aaron

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow aaron

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

aaron

Say something about yourself!

Portland, OR | Member Since 2012

ratings
43
REVIEWS
3
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
4

  • The Problems with Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (36)

    The Problems of Philosophy discusses Bertrand Russell's views on philosophy and the problems that arise in the field. Russell's views focus on knowledge rather than the metaphysical realm of philosophy. The Problems with Philosophy revolves around the central question that Russell asks in his opening line of Chapter 1 - Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?

    aaron says: "Not a first foray into philosophy"
    "Not a first foray into philosophy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time well spent, yes, but...Unless someone truly appreciates philosophy for what it is, and what it isn't, then this book probably will not be for you. Each chapter is in itself a premise to logically conclude a greater argument, which the author does very well.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The narration. The voice needed more emotion, energy and excitement in the subject matter. It felt dry, uninspired, and can lull the listener to sleep (which is bad for my 1-2 hr driving commute).


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1696)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (768)

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

    Ethan M. says: "A mostly successful and interesting history"
    "Good luck to get past the halfway point."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Niall Ferguson and/or Simon Prebble?

    I would not purchase another book from Niall Ferguson.


    What was most disappointing about Niall Ferguson’s story?

    That he choose to interweave his ideological opinion in a supposed historical narrative. Poor decision.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not really. His voice has a bit too much bass for an audiobook in my opinion.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Ascent of Money?

    Taken out the political/ideological bent from the author, and stopped the book at present time.


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning chapters of the book are rather intriguing. However, as soon as the author gets to present time the book goes down hill fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (472)

    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    Douglas says: "A Brilliant And Insightful Book!"
    "A fine story that falls short of enlightening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Righteous Mind better?

    An abridged version that removes his desire to explain ad nauseam why he is qualified to write this book. I would like to find a euphemism for blowhard, but this word just fits uncomfortably well.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Haidt again?

    Not a chance.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Haidt?

    Sadly, this would not have made the book any better.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Righteous Mind?

    Cut out his overly detailed explanation of how he got from A to B to C. Most Audible listeners are not yearning for a scholarly dissertation in audio format. You are a PhD, write like it.


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.