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  • Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

Tap into the power of effective writing by developing the fundamental critical and analytical skills that transform your writing from "good" to "great." Regardless of your subject, goal, or occasion, these skills will help you organize your thoughts into a coherent piece, make a persuasive argument rooted in facts, and make responsible use of research materials.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • None of my professors has ever been this helpful!

  • By R. Hays on 03-01-15

Outstanding teaching, universal content.

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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: 03-05-19

The course and teaching style are outstanding. It delivers what it promises - all principles one can learn from those finely structured lectures can really be applied in every piece of writing.

  • Consciousness Explained

  • By: Daniel C. Dennett
  • Narrated by: Paul Mantell
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

The national bestseller chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 1991 is now available as an audiobook. The author of Brainstorms, Daniel C. Dennett replaces our traditional vision of consciousness with a new model based on a wealth of fact and theory from the latest scientific research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best analysis of consciousness in modern history

  • By Tim on 02-12-14

A classic surely worth reading; Perfect NARRATION!

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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: 03-05-19

The book does not need an introduction, it is one of the most influential titles in modern philosophy of mind. In my personal top ten books in this field there are not many equally basic and important, perhaps even only one: "The Conscious Mind..." by David Chalmers.

But what really must be a focus in a review of this particular audio version of the book is Paul Mantell's narration which is incredible - an unsurpassed art of vocal performance, in itself a classic which will never be outdone. Although I have listened to well over 100 audiobooks from Audible thus far, I have never listened to such narration before. Not only it has perfect timing, diction, and other purely technical characteristics at the top, but it unfailingly keeps a sense of humor and otherwise mimic Daniel Dennett himself, even manyfold better than he could!

In sum, not only the book, but also the narrator is a gem - he deserves a recognition no doubt and should be given personal "thank you" from the author.

  • Consciousness

  • A Very Short Introduction
  • By: Susan Blackmore
  • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

"The last great mystery for science," consciousness has become a controversial topic. Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction challenges listeners to reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness itself be an illusion? Exciting new developments in brain science are opening up these debates, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Substantial, Thought-Provoking, Clear Introduction

  • By A. Yerkes on 05-17-15

A good intro. Embracing consciousness as illusion.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

a lucid and engrossing introduction into problems with and theories of consciousness, embracing the theory of consciousness as illusion which is the leitmotif in the book. The taste of the motif you can get from a ca. 15min long informal review with S. Blackmore done by Richard Wiseman, where, among other things, she talks quite a lot about her background and sources of her theory of consciousness. For some fragments / pictures it is worth having a textual version of the book. The narration is good.

  • A Brief History of Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Brian Clegg
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.' Douglas Adams, Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.We human beings have trouble with infinity - yet infinity is a surprisingly human subject. Philosophers and mathematicians have gone mad contemplating its nature and complexity - yet it is a concept routinely used by schoolchildren. Exploring the infinite is a

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really not great in Audio, not great otherwise

  • By Michael on 03-29-13

A history of thought on infinity, lacking a PDF with equations often next to impossible to grasp in this audible format

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-17

The audiobook is well narrated and overall good at outlining the history of thought on infinity since ancient Greeks steadily onward. Unfortunately, many a time the narrator reads long equations which are virtually impossible to reconstruct in the mind’s eye. Surely, some supplementary PDF or accompanying ebook is necessary. In the lack of the former as of this writing, I’d recommend buying the latter, which sets you back ca. 3 dollars in kindle format, it’s worth that. But be aware that there are two entries on Amazon, and for the entire listening I thought that there is only paperback available.

  • Letter to a Christian Nation

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Jordan Bridges
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814

"Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be cheaper

  • By Rod Johnson on 07-06-15

A concise stance of an atheist against religion

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Any additional comments?
Although the essay is aimed mostly at biblical literalism and non-liberal Christianity, a bulk of it may be applied to theism in general. In fact, one could say that all typical elements of both evangelical and liberal Christianity are addressed; and as icing on the cake even muslims are not left in politically-correct peace, being several times used to make some anti-religious point. What's more, though the piece handles theism exclusively, it may serve as a concise expression of atheistic humanism against religion as such because it pits reason, openmindedness, humanitarianism, and creativeness of science against uncritical faith, blindness, immorality, and destructiveness of dogmatism easily found in and fostered by every religion.

  • The Information

  • A History, a Theory, a Flood
  • By: James Gleick
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080

James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?

  • By A reader on 03-12-11

over-digressive and long-winded

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-11-16

Broad content but badly presented in over-digressive and long-winded style; I'm unlikely to buy any other book of this author.

  • The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World

  • By: David W. Ball, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David W. Ball
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

In the 24 engaging lectures of The Nature of Matter, no scientific background is needed to appreciate such miracles of everyday life as a bouncing rubber ball or water's astonishing power to dissolve. Moreover, the study of matter has led directly to such inventions as semiconductor circuits for computers, new fabrics for clothes, and powerful adhesives for medicine and industry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 95% Chemistry, 5% Physics

  • By Matt on 09-06-16

Mostly material chemistry

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

Do not expect much physical or quantum chemistry here, it's a freshman-level introduction to chemistry with focus on material chemistry. Narration is more than good.

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  • Nutrition Made Clear

  • By: Roberta H. Anding, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roberta H. Anding
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,247

Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read Me ... The missing PDF guidebook is there!

  • By annette e on 09-25-16

A course worth a few books

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-10-16

This course is worth a few books. Practical and full of tips, it teaches dietetics in its best. In addition, a large portion is devoted to weight management and physical activity, so you will get a know-how about physical activity and training.

  • The Problems of Philosophy

  • By: Bertrand Russell
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

The Problems of Philosophy discusses Bertrand Russell's views on philosophy and the problems that arise in the field. Russell's views focus on knowledge rather than the metaphysical realm of philosophy. The Problems with Philosophy revolves around the central question that Russell asks in his opening line of Chapter 1 - Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Either be smart or be not smart

  • By Gary on 01-18-18

A good philosophical essay, mainly on epistemology

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-17-14

Any additional comments?

The essay is going to be a good read for any one interested in epistemology and philosophy of science. Although the title refers to philosophy as a whole, virtually all the problems expanded on in this relatively short essay concern the problems of knowledge - that is what we can and cannot know and in what sens.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

  • By: The Great Courses, Lawrence M. Principe
  • Narrated by: Lawrence M. Principe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

For well over 2,000 years, much of our fundamental "desire to know" has focused on science. Our commitment to science and technology has been so profound that these stand as probably the most powerful influences on human culture. To truly understand our Western heritage, our contemporary society, and ourselves as individuals, we need to know what science is and how it developed. In this 36-lecture series, one of science's most acclaimed teachers takes you through science's complex evolution of thought and discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy on Theology

  • By Martin Yamane on 03-13-15

Good as an intro but detailed not enough

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

Any additional comments?
Unfortunately, I've got to admit to what another reviewer said - the course is superficial, at least in that prof. Lawrence M. Principe could do better job in giving more factual knowledge on such quite basic topics in his course as history of alchemy, chemistry, astrology, medicine, etc. by being more specific and providing more details, instead of uttering many empty words. Having said that, the course contain pretty substantial number of facts to satisfy listeners expecting a primer (even listeners familiar with the history and history of philosophy of the covered period should be satisfied, though not fully).

0 of 1 people found this review helpful