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J. Roche

Olympic Peninsula, WA
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  • The War on Normal People

  • By: Andrew Yang
  • Narrated by: Andrew Yang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future - now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven years - jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an important topic, increasingly relevant.

  • By Eivind Hagen on 07-04-18

An idea whose time has come.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This is one of the most important books you'll read, describing an undeniable, underlying trend. We're participating in the second Renaissance or Intellectual revolution, and this is another inevitable step to our greater liberation. But opportunity is always dangerous. This is a call to enlightened action. It's an appeal to something higher within us, vested in a longer term interest than to which many will first give action.

  • Plato's Apology

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 115

Socrates is on trial for his life. He is charged with impiety and corrupting young people. He presents his own defense, explaining why he has devoted his life to challenging the most powerful and important people in the Greek world. The reason is that rich and famous politicians, priests, poets, and a host of others pretend to know what is good, true, holy, and beautiful, but when Socrates questions them, they are shown to be foolish rather than wise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a speech!

  • By Avery on 01-08-19

Another well acted presentation

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-17

I am really enjoying Ray Childs' take on Socrates, a confident and sensible inquisitor. This lacks the jaw-dropping moments of the original Greek, but is better for it as interpreted performance is no contest to reading as anyone who has seen their favorite book brought to the cinema can attest. But this was a fast moving and intelligent production. I'll be listening to this again.

  • Plato's Euthyphro

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 64

In Euthyphro, Socrates is on his way to the court, where he must defend himself against serious charges brought by religious and political authorities. On the way he meets Euthyphro, an expert on religious matters who has come to prosecute his own father. Socrates questions Euthyphro's claim that religion serves as the basis for ethics. Euthyphro is not able to provide satisfactory answers to Socrates' questions, but their dialogue leaves us with the challenge of making a reasonable connection between ethics and religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ray Childs is the bomb

  • By Danielle on 11-07-17

Well balanced and engaging. A good start.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-17

Timeless, what is deceptively simple is a profoundly complex affair. What is piety, our duties to the Gods and by extension our parents? To get to there, the larger question that will haunt us through all the other dialogues: what can we know in this life but that which is good? The justly good and best life, Eudaemonism. Ultimately we are our own and necessary arbiters. To live fulfilled, we seek justice, but what is that really...

The acting is smooth and provocative, sacrificing sarcasm in the written for inquisitiveness in conversation. This is a good place to start and could not have been an accidental choice to begin the Dialogues.

  • Clockwork

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,030

A tormented apprentice clock-maker - and a deadly knight in armour. A mechanical prince - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening and suddenly life and the story begin to merge - almost like clockwork...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Brothers Grimm Would Have Approved

  • By Ilana on 02-18-15

A treasure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-16

This one is a treasure, well written and performed. A piece of masterful storytelling; spend the hour, you won't regret it.

  • You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News

  • Shocking but Utterly True Facts
  • By: Cracked.com
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 965

You're going to wish you never got this audiobook. Some facts are too terrifying to teach in school. Unfortunately, Cracked.com is more than happy to fill you in. Think you're going to choose whether or not to buy this book? Scientists say your brain secretly makes all your decisions 10 seconds before you even know what they are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Fit

  • By Dam Duck on 10-17-14

Entertaining

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Entertaining click-bait stories if you've time to kill. Popcorn before the show, but the narration keeps it from monotony.

  • The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

  • By: Greil Marcus
  • Narrated by: Henry Rollins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 317

Unlike all previous versions of rock 'n' roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects 10 songs recorded between 1956 and 2008 and then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out - a new language, something new under the sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An ecstatic, inspiring read

  • By Anonymous User on 03-21-15

Henry Rollins +; Book -

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-15

Henry Rollins, though halting in his delivery, was respectful of his material and a consummate professional.

Though the subject matter is funadamental to the topic treated and Greil Marcus is a respected music historian, I found the treatment discursive and rambling, about music just too far past my immediate concerns. I was expecting 80s-90s; I'm too much the pop musical philistine to get a lot out of this. I'll check out Marcus' other works either way.

Good to hear Rollins. Always a fan.

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  • Classic Love Poems

  • By: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage

  • By vc on 02-09-15

Very well done

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-15

Delivered with gravitas & power that charges an undercurrent of quiet menace to the reading. Bet some panties were dropped on this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful