This daily digest of intellectual challenge and learning will arouse curiosity, refresh knowledge, expand horizons, and keep the mind sharp.
Millions of Americans keep bedside books of prayer and meditative reflection - collections of daily passages to stimulate spiritual thought and advancement. The Intellectual Devotional is a secular audio version of the same - a collection of 365 short lessons that will inspire and invigorate the listener every day of the year. Each daily digest of wisdom is drawn from one of seven fields of knowledge: history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts, and music.
Impress your friends by explaining Plato's Cave Allegory, pepper your cocktail party conversation with opera terms, and unlock the mystery of how batteries work.
Daily listenings range from important passages in literature to basic principles of physics, from pivotal events in history to images of famous paintings with accompanying analysis. The book's goal is to refresh knowledge we've forgotten, make new discoveries, and exercise modes of thinking that are ordinarily neglected once our school days are behind us.
Offering an escape from the daily grind to contemplate higher things, The Intellectual Devotional is a great way to awaken in the morning or to revitalize one's mind before retiring in the evening.
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I cannot say enough good things about the Audiobooks in the Intellectual Devotional Series including this one: Modern Culture. Mr. Wyman & Ms. Litchfield share the narration duties alternating each lesson. This is not annoying (as i thought it might be) but rather keeps the book from being monotone and tune-out-able. I also must note that I really love both Wyman & Litchfield and seeing their names on other audiobooks influences my buying decision.
Narration dispensed with the Devotional is a collection of 3-7 minute lessons on American History designed for listening to 1 lesson per day with each day having its own theme (e.g. Saturday - Arts, Monday - Lit). I cannot tell you how many times a topic will come up that I thought I knew about and 7 minutes later I'm gobsmacked to find I was either wrong or only knew a micron of the story. I listen to more than one per day but what is great about the way they break it up is this: it makes it the 100% BEST AUDIOBOOK AROUND to listen to whilst running errands! No waiting in your car to find a natural pause point.
WELL WORTH IT! My only complaint - there aren't any new ones! I wish they would come out with more...I've tried other similar series (don't know much about... etc) and they pale in comparison!
Some books when read are great to listen to. This book discusses famous authors and famous composers. I was very annoyed that there were no examples or passages of the work discussed. If you are going to talk about what a great writer Hemingway was, then how about hearing a few sentences from his work? The same for Beethoven. The revelations about him and praising of his genius did not include even a melody. All in all, a disappointment.
The experience could be improved if the information was more engaging and organized. Perhaps relate the facts of a particular field to an interesting story or how it may impact our lives.
The tone was fitting for an informational book.
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