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  • My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World
  • By: David Denby
  • Narrated by: Edward Asner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

At the age of 48, film critic David Denby returned to his alma mater, Columbia University, to re-experience the core humanities courses he had taken as a freshman 30 years before. Facing the question of what he really knows, Denby re-examines the besieged Western classics, ranging from Homer, Sappho, and Sophocles to Dante, Nietzsche, and Woolf. What relevance do the writers and thinkers of the past have to our current life? The answer surprised Denby and will surprise and enlighten his listeners.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read this book, don't listen to it

  • By Myles on 07-01-10

Read this book, don't listen to it

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-10

I would strongly recommend reading this book rather than listening to it. I loved this book when I read it and was looking forward to listening to it. It was a huge disappointment as an audiobook (this is the first book that this has happened with and it is difficult to pin-point why - it is partly the narrator but not exclusively).

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