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  • Smith of Wootton Major

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

Tolkien's acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tale, read by Derek Jacobi. Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming

  • By Babbi on 01-18-17

Delightful fairy-story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-19

Delightful multi-generational fairy-story, full of clever twists and turns, and with a charming outcome. Very well narrated.

  • A Streetcar Named Le Petit Lafitte

  • By: Meatball Fulton
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellision
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Little Louie Lafitte discovers an old rusty streetcar in a New Orleans graveyard. The seats are occupied by skeletons wearing eye patches and bandannas. Suddenly, they emit a hair-raising, "Harr Harr!"

Little Louie, who is a direct descendent of the famous Pirates Lafitte, realizes the skeletons are itching for a good pirate adventure. And so, the ghostly streetcar creaks and groans out of the mist, picking up unsuspecting tourists. Good devilish fun for all ages.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun kids' story

  • By cpk on 04-17-19

Fun kids' story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-19

Fun, New Orleans themed kids' ghost story. The accent is delightful and cute, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Might be best in short installments..

  • Self Reliance

  • By: Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Narrated by: Alana Munro
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 600

The most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson's most famous quotations, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This essay is a considered a watershed moment in which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. An American classic.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't buy this

  • By Leah Twitchell on 07-31-16

Classic philosophical essay.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

This is a philosophical essay that exhorts ordinary people to find the extraordinary in themselves. It is a classic "go to" in introductions to American Lit. Recommend liberal use of the "pause" and "rewind" features to get the full gist, because the very elegant 19th Century prose style may seem verbose, indirect and convoluted to someone accustomed to Intetnet postings. It is a short read, but not a quick one.

  • 101 Zen Stories

  • By: Paul Beck
  • Narrated by: Freda Cooper
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Written in the 13th century by Japanese Zen master Muju. Well-known koans in the collection include "A Cup of Tea", "The Sound of One Hand", "No Water", "No Moon", and "Everything Is Best". Includes the soundtrack The Mysterious Sound of Wind in the Bamboo - a 43 minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by The Matsu Take Ensemble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely Tales

  • By Jade Dragon on 09-19-16

Stories of the Zen sages with musical interludes.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-19

Brief stories about historical sages that illustrate the insights of Zen. Accompanied by quiet, "meditative" sounding Japanese flute music.

  • A Little History of Philosophy

  • By: Nigel Warburton
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good summary view

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 04-25-16

Quick, sweeping review of philosophy

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This is a general review of how Western philosophy has addressed fundamental questions, from Socrates to the 21st Century. As might be imagined, it is sketchy and impressionistic, because it has to be: There is simply too much material to describe and discuss in detail in anything short of an encyclopedia. The beauty and value of this review is in the selection of questions and individual philosophers, which underscores the continuity of philosophy across time - presenting it, not as a summary of "wise teachings", but as progression of reasoned arguments on related topics, in a grand, ongoing debate about the fundamental questions. It's a great, thoughtful, yet remakably accessible review. Nigel Warburton's performance is perfectly suited to the subject.

  • The Fourth Tower of Inverness

  • By: Meatball Fulton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

This classic story is filled with all kinds of teachings, from Ram Dass playing on the Wurlitzer of Wisdoms, to the Tibetan wheel-of-life, to Sufi stories, all woven into a humorous adventure taking place in an old mansion called Inverness. The mansion has three towers, but Jack Flanders has seen a fourth. When he finally enters the tower, he discovers there are various levels, and each level contains another world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Escapism to the existential degree

  • By Anthro006 on 01-15-17

Original Jack Flanders adventure, maybe the best.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-18

This story has it all, including some goofiness at the end. But then, it's the goofiness and the fun that make it worth hearing. There's mystical adventures, lush, descriptive language, New Age philosophy, character voice acting, monsters, silly puns, witty dialog combined with witless nonsense, music, special effects... you name it. Let's not forget the Demented Demon Dwarves. It's a fun "ride" that is worth repeating.

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  • The White Castle

  • The Fantastic Voyages of Jack Flanders
  • By: Meatball Fulton
  • Narrated by: Dave Herman
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Jack and his crew accept an invitation from an eccentric billionaire who has built a castle on a Carribbean island. What first appears to be a replica of a medieval fortress turns out to be a very high tech castle, with robot valets, and rooms with floor-to-ceiling plasma screens. In the middle of the night, Jack's crew begins to encounter their own "personal demons", first in their dreams and then right before their eyes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The final Jack Flanders Adventure?

  • By cpk on 10-26-18

The final Jack Flanders Adventure?

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

The usual good voice acting and audio production. It's Jack and Mojo once again. The story was OK, but a bit chatty, with less action, music, and special effects, maybe?...

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  • The Incredible Adventures of Jack Flanders

  • By: Meatball Fulton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

A strange velvet overstuffed chair is delivered to Jack's apartment. When he sits in the chair, sinking down through the soft cushions, he finds himself in a realm of pirates, sorcerers and three masted ships that fly the skies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredible rediscovery

  • By Binky Chottorrhœhia on 02-25-11

Not the most superb in the series, but good...

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Early Jack Flanders adventure, with great voice acting, sound effects, Monty Pythonesque Sky pirates, puns and fun - The Works. The obligatory New Age story runs a bit thin towards the end, but the Tim Clark musical accompaniment makes up for it, and I for one, don't much care.

  • Epicurus

  • The Principal Doctrines
  • By: Epicurus
  • Narrated by: Josh Verbae
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by peace and freedom from fear, the absence of pain, and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. He taught that pleasure and pain are the measures of what is good and evil; death is the end of both body and soul and should therefore not be feared; the gods neither reward nor punish humans; the universe is infinite and eternal; and events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enumeration of principles.

  • By cpk on 10-05-18

Enumeration of principles.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Enumeration of the principles of Epicurean philosophy. Useful maybe for a review or general introduction.

  • Before You Make That Big Decision… (Harvard Business Review)

  • By: Daniel Kahneman, Dan Lovallo, Olivier Sibony
  • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

How dangerous assumptions can creep into every strategic proposal – and how you can avoid them....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sample cases for analyzing business plans for bias

  • By cpk on 10-05-18

Sample cases for analyzing business plans for bias

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This is a very general review intended to familiarize business executives with the ideas and processes recommended for evaluating business plans and root out biases. One important "take away" is that simply knowing what biases are, and how they work is not enough to avoid particular instances, because the persons most likely to be affected don't usually see them coming - and for good reason. You don't know what you don't know.

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