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ivan guerra

Hermosillo, Sonora

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  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (945)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Very surprising information"
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    Would you listen to The Swerve again? Why?

    Yes, definitely. I liked the story, I was very entertained, but also there is a large amount of information which I would like to review and reconsider.


    What other book might you compare The Swerve to and why?

    I would compare this book with books like Auerbach's Mimesis in that it traces an idea, a philosophical idea from its earliest manifestation to our own times.


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

    The first chapters on the life of Pogio are very entertaining. I think Greenblatt paints a very realistic picture and conveys what it must have been like during those years, searching for manuscripts and translating them.


    Any additional comments?

    The book deserves to be considered highly. The information it deals with seems to have transformed the way we presently think about natural phenomena, and yet, there seems to be a sort of blind spot between what we now consider the truth about the physical world and how we got there. This books seems to deal with that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kant: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Roger Scruton
    • Narrated By Kyle Munley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (19)

    Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but also one of the most difficult. Roger Scruton tackles his exceptionally complex subject with a strong hand, exploring the background to Kant's work and showing why the Critique of Pure Reason has proved so enduring.

    ivan guerra says: "Very enlightening, after a third round"
    "Very enlightening, after a third round"
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    What made the experience of listening to Kant: A Very Short Introduction the most enjoyable?

    The author presents Kant's philosophy as something that is easy to understand and follow, although I had to listen to it various times to see that it was always that easy to grasp.


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

    I think there is no disparity, there is no dissonance between the book's narrator and one's own in-head narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read many things on Kant, had tried to read Kant directly a couple of times but was always beaten by the vocabulary, the huge amounts of cultural and philosophical baggage one must bring along in order to keep reading. I think this book made it very graspable and friendly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael D. C. Drout
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (506)

    Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.

    Jade says: "A Very Unique Read...(J/K)"
    "Interesting, useful and fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

    I'm not sure the question is pertinent. I think the book is memorable because it has great and useful information, such as the the ways in which one can organize the material of an argument or, and this perhaps most particularly, the flaws of other's arguments


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great audiobook, the author and narrator is very entertaining, his observations very keen, his information relevant. It's one of those books which does two things: it makes you want to hear it again and again, and makes you want to explore other of his works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2268)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (930)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "worth reading even after movie"
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    What made the experience of listening to No Country for Old Men the most enjoyable?

    The narrative skills of the author are excellent. I had seen the movie a few years ago, and I thought perhaps the book wouldn't be as exciting as the movie, but I was mistaken, the book is another experience altogether.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I knew the plot from the movie, but more than the plot what kept me hooked was the ability of the narrator to tell the story, to create characters, dialogue that are interesting to imagine and experience.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Chigurh no doubt is a very strong character. He comes across as a real being, a very strange fellow, but very credible. Ed Tom, the Sheriff, who is the narrator of the book is also very interesting since it is through his point of view that we experience the action.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't think it is the kind of books which makes one cry or laugh. Yes, at the end there is some reflexion on evil and wars and the difficulties of life; all these things can sort of get you into a melancholic mood, but all of it very much part of the deal; one knows these sort of things are on the writers mind, specially if one has read other of his books, or seen the films.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hooked from the first paragraph to the last. I don't recall ever being bored throughout the narration. If anything, I had wished the book to be longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don Juan

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lord Byron
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Byron's exuberant masterpiece tells of the adventures of Don Juan, a handsome and charming young man naturally gifted with the ladies. After his first illicit love affair at the age of 16 in his native Spain, he is exiled to Italy. Following a dramatic shipwreck, his exploits take him to Greece, where he is sold as a slave, and to Russia, where he becomes a favorite of the Empress Catherine, who sends him on to England.

    George says: "Glad to have it"
    "unimaginable experience"
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    Where does Don Juan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I must say that Don Juan is ranked in my mental list among the best books I've listened


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Don Juan?

    The whole book is composed of memorable moments, I don't think I'll forget the episode when Don Juan is almost caught, hiding under the bedsheets at Donna Julia's, nor when Lambro, the pirate father of Haidee discovers Don Juan sleeping with his daughter or the Dudù episode.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know if Don Juan must be remembered by scenes; rather I think it is the verse, his opinions, etc. which make the book have favorite parts. The poet is very witty and outspoken, but perhaps most importantly, very creative and intelligent. I'm always smiling with things like: "The world is full of strange vicissitudes, and here was one exceedingly unpleasant: A gentleman so rich in the world's goods, handsome and young, enjoying all the present, just at the very time when he least broods on such a thing is suddenly to sea sent, wounded and chained, so that he cannot move, and all because a lady fell in love". Etc.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, the book made me laugh the whole time and also gasp with amazement at all the incidents.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very happy with this audio book. It has been an amazing experience, better than I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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