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  • 136 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Violent Bear It Away

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Flannery O’ Connor
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "Expertly read edition"

    This book is easily one of the best I have ever listened to. It is Flanery O'Connor, so one must be prepared to read this text like someone who understands literature. Remember that O'Connor is deeply rooted in Catholicism, and scholasticism. Remember that she is first and foremost a committed Christian. Her characters will be grotesque, and there will be tremendous violence and disturbing images, but the book will stick with you forever. It will point to deeper transcendent truths that are timeless and eternal.

    Reading Flannery O'Connor will enrich your life, but please understand that you are not listening to surface level romance novels / John Grisham stuff here. This takes hard work and patience, but it is work that will be deeply enriching should you undertake it.

    The narration is perfect. The southern accent throughout is very important, and the individual voices of each character are pitch perfect. Simply outstanding.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ludwig von Mises
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Published in 1922 during those dark and dreary years of socialism’s near-complete triumph, Socialism stunned the socialist world. Mises has given us a profoundly important treatise that assaults socialism in all its guises, a work that discusses every major aspect of socialism and leaves no stone unturned. A few of the numerous topics discussed include the success of socialist ideas; life under socialism: art and literature, science and journalism; economic calculation under socialism; the ideal of equality; and Marx’s theory of monopolies.

    bookscdsdvdsandcoolstuff says: "Unconvincing"

    I bought this book and listened to it to balance my reading of Piketty. Von Mises is a free market luminary and his conclusions and recommendations would certainly contradict an author like Piketty. Mises' book, however, is extremely unconvincing. Despite the author's claims that he is scientific, there is no data contained in the book; it is entirely based on logical argumentation. While the arguments are mostly internally consistent they often are built on false premises or consist of straw man attacks on his opponents.

    The reading style is appropriate to Mises' voice: pompous and over-the-top. It's s solid performance but there are serious issues with splicing one recording session into another; the audio quality varies widely at times.

    I was struck by just how bigoted Von Mises was when it came to religion. His hatred of Christianity was certainly on display here. He was not above including long, and incompetently written, forays into theology to mock the faith.

    I recommend people read this work to see the ideology that animates many American elites, such as the Koch brothers. If people knew exactly how these elites viewed them, essentially as stupid peasants with a pathetic faith in Christ, they would not enjoy the support that they have.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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