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R Queen

California, United States

  • 2 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 79 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014

  • Being and Nothingness

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean-Paul Sartre
    • Narrated By Pam Tierney

    In Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre closely examines ontology (the study of the nature of being) and discusses empirical issues that he finds scientific fields struggle to explain. Above all, he delves into the idea of “freedom over choice”, which states that humans have complete and total responsibility over their actions. While taking care to address, build on, and refute the works of Descartes, Husserl, Hegel, and other earlier philosophers, Sartre covers “Being-for-itself”, “Being-for-others”, and ethics.

    Jlongtorso says: "Cannot listen to the narration."
    "Excellent book, poor narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend the actual book, but not the Audible version.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Pam Tierney’s performances?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a short book and the narrator rushes through one sentence to the next. The content is condensed and some sentences require a moment for thought and processing, but the monotone and hasty narration makes it hard to follow.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner

    The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

    kevin says: "Myth Buster"
    "Speed reading contest material for the econ dummy"
    If you could sum up Basic Economics, Fourth Edition in three words, what would they be?

    Sowell good. Weiner bad.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I am admittedly ignorant when it comes to economics and finance, which is why I picked up this book. I found it to be clear, concise, rational and full of information and examples. I will need to read a wider range of economic books to have an informed opinion on this book, but overall I enjoyed all the insights. I would rate this book 5 stars.

    However, this review is for the audiobook version. I felt that the narrator read too quickly. This is not a fiction; there is a load of information and arguments packed. A slower narration would provide one a little more room to absorb and reflect on the material. Instead, I had to pause and rewind. A lot. It seemed like the narrator was trying to rush through his job and I am becoming dissuaded from purchasing educational books in audiobook format due to this being a common experience on Audible.

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

    He made me rewind many times because he read too fast, so I got to listen to certain paragraphs multiple times.

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

    There were many a-ha moments that challenged my default beliefs about society that had been fed to me since I was young. For instance, the terms "distribution of income." Sowell argues that this is often a misnomer when people speak of distribution of income in a society, as income is not "distributed" by some central agency like Social Security or pre-determined like the distribution of height. So I have to be more aware of when language is used in a misleading way as it can influence on how one thinks or feels about an issue.

    Any additional comments?

    Dear Audible: Please have your narrators slow down! This is not a speed reading contest; we customers buy this book to absorb and enjoy. I know I can have the book read at .75x, but the sound byte becomes echoic and painful to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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