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  • The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

  • By: Jay L. Garfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jay L. Garfield
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

What is the meaning of life?It's a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all-at once profound and universal, but also deeply personal.We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we're living, but that we're doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, Evenhanded, Precise, and Well Spoken

  • By George on 03-12-14

Really awesome

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-13

Disclaimer: I'm not a professional reviewer, and this is my first review.

I must admit I listened only to the first 4 lectures of this course, and I felt the need to write a review. I was really pleasantly surprised by the level of scholarship and professionalism professor Garfield displays. I knew and was familiar with many concepts Professor Garfield explains, but the way he explains them, the repetition he makes, and the explanation of the etymology of single words makes this course a must have.
I'm also going slow into listening the material, because Professor Garfield emphasizes some concepts, and convey some ideas which are really rich, and most of all spiritual.
Some of these ideas In order to be "digested" need quite some time, and many ideas leave me totally absorbed by the implications. And of course the comparison with ideas/concepts from western theology.
So one of the goals of this review is to thank Professor Garfield for explaining the material so well, and of course for being so thorough.

I'm truly happy that Audible and the Great Courses started this partnership. Because it was something missing, and now I can enjoy all these great professors, and their knowledge.

24 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Choosing

  • By: Sheena Iyengar
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Sheena Iyengar asks the difficult questions about how and why we choose: Is the desire for choice innate or bound by culture? Why do we sometimes choose against our best interests? How much control do we really have over what we choose? Sheena Iyengar's award-winning research reveals that the answers are surprising and profound.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Descriptive and leaves you with "so what?"

  • By Catarina on 04-20-14

Good Book

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-10

An interesting book. It is true that some experiments the author quotes are quite dated, and known, but for the general public is a good read. I didn't understand till the end that the author is blind, and that made me appreciate even more her effort, and the determination with which she chose to live her life and become a PhD! She is a great positive example to keep in mind, someone who was able to triumph no matter the adversities. Still her book doesn't answer how is possible that someone like her becomes such a worthy member of society, no matter the adversities, and someone else, who didn't have hard challenges in life like the author, just becomes a meth addict. I'm impressed by this woman, and eventually I will buy any future book she will write, because she does give a lot of good ideas to ponder upon.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful