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  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,258

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration.

  • By Walter W. Quinn on 07-05-18

I see why this is a classic

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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: 06-21-19

I really enjoyed how original this book was in style and substance (even 54 yrs after the book was published). I like the dark / dry humor and the unique take on time and reality. I thought the writing style was more accessible than in Catch 22 (which this reminded me of and I also enjoyed).

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  • The Second Mountain

  • How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Author David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pursue meaning, reject hyper-individualism

  • By Adam Shields on 05-07-19

Hard to read and not experience introspection

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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: 06-15-19

This is one of the most thought provoking books I have read. It is hard not to think about what matters most to you and how you can be a better person in service to something greater after reading. I also enjoyed learning about David Brooks and respected his honesty and vulnerability in speaking about his own journey.

  • Mere Christianity

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,432

Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!

  • By Tim on 05-14-05

Great Foundational Reading

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

What do Christians believe - this is a great read/listen. Lewis lays out some excellent for why an educated / thinking person would believe in god. This also is a great refresh on the core tenets of Christian beliefs. The main issue with this book is when Lewis comes off like an old British man from the 1940s... He is typically addressing a male audience and has some personal beliefs that he sprinkles in that seem sexist / ignorant with respect to women. This is disappointing because it probably turns off ~half of potential readers.