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debra

rosanna, Australia | Listener Since 2010

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "Reality - and exceptional insight"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I can't wait for more people to read this. It's a very true portrayal of marginalization and the light and shadow of intimate relationships.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Crystal and Andrew haunt me. Their circumstances, vulnerability and strength evoke empathy and hope for their happiness. Rowling understands duality in humans where the good and the bad sit alongside each other. She shows the irrefutable reasoning behind life choices we otherwise criticize.


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

    Great reader! He easily moves between the accents to embody the characters.


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

    I can't forget the final scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if the reason for negative reader reviews is due to their expectation of fantasy based literature. The very realist style of this book is its strength.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: First Principles & Natural Law: The Foundations of Political Philosophy, Part I

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Professor Hadley Arkes
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    In this course of lectures, Professor Hadley Arkes seeks to recall the classic connection between morality and law. For law works by sweeping away personal choice and private judgment and replacing them with a public rule, meant to be enforced on everyone. And that state of affairs can be justified only if the law can, in fact, appeal to an understanding of the things that are more generally or universally right or wrong.

    Sacrament says: "Truth and Objectivity Work for the Common Good"
    "Just for men?"
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    What disappointed you about The Modern Scholar: First Principles & Natural Law: The Foundations of Political Philosophy, Part I?

    As a highly educated man, Professor Hadley Arkes has decided to continue the privileging of men. Although I initially tried to ignore the constant male pronoun of 'he', 'his' and the term, 'man', it was too much in the middle of Chapter Two when he stated, '... some men are invested with the authority to impose their judgements on everyone else with the force of law'. Clearly he is aware that there are female legislators. His decision to write and speak this way must be made with his full knowledge that sexist language perpetuates discrimination against women. This prejudice prevents me from listening further, and stands in stark contrast to 'The Modern Scholar: Philosophy of Mind' by Andrew Pessin which is characterised by inclusive language and a joy to hear.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Modern Scholar: Philosophy of Mind' by Andrew Pessin.


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    Sexist language which infers deeper prejudice.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be great if Audible could ask authors to ensure their language is inclusive.

    8 of 47 people found this review helpful

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