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  • The Social Construction of Reality

  • A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge
  • By: Peter L. Berger, Thomas Luckmann
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Called the "fifth-most important sociological book of the 20th century" by the International Sociological Association, this groundbreaking study of knowledge introduces the concept of "social construction" into the social sciences for the first time. In it, Berger and Luckmann reformulate the task of the sociological subdiscipline that, since Max Scheler, has been known as the sociology of knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overwhelming the first listen

  • By Fabian on 04-24-18

Overwhelming the first listen

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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: 04-24-18

Would you listen to The Social Construction of Reality again? Why?

Ofcourse! There's so much information that it can't be absorbed on the first read.

What did you like best about this story?

It makes the information pretty accessible but it's still a barrage of theory.

What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Time to do stuff while you listen

If you could give The Social Construction of Reality a new subtitle, what would it be?

I wouldn't. The subtitle is perfect. It is a treatise indeed.

Any additional comments?

I loved it. Since I study psychology at a graduate level, I could understand the basics of the book but there was so much information that I would have to listen again to get it all. If you miss 5 minutes of the book, you miss a chunk of knowledge.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Simply Wittgenstein

  • By: James C. Klagge
  • Narrated by: Joff Manning
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Born in Vienna into an extremely wealthy and highly cultured family, Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) grew up surrounded by art, music, and a disturbing amount of dysfunctional behavior. After studying mechanical engineering and developing an interest in aeronautics, he became obsessed with mathematics and logic, which led to his life's work exploring the relationship between language, philosophy, and reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, accessible and informative

  • By Fabian on 04-18-18

Fun, accessible and informative

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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: 04-18-18

The best intro to Wittgenstein ever made. The narration is superb also. Buckle up for a ride.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Thought

  • 42 Fantastic Quotes That Define Philosphy
  • By: Gary Cox
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

As Douglas Adams points out, if there is no final answer to the question "what is the meaning of life?" 42 is as good or bad an answer as any other. Indeed, 42 quotes might be even better! Gary Cox guides us through 42 of the most misunderstood, misquoted, provocative, and significant quotes in the history of philosophy, providing witty and compelling commentary along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best philosophy intro ever

  • By Fabian on 04-14-18

Best philosophy intro ever

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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: 04-14-18

What more can I say. It’s the easiest, wittiest and most fun philosophy intro audiobook I’ve listened to. I have bought many philosophy audiobooks and courses but this was the most illuminating of them all because now I have a map to reading the philosophers introduced here.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,942

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent reading of an excellent classic

  • By David on 10-22-16

One of the best practical philosophy books

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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: 03-16-18

It’s simply great. I can’t believe it was written so many years ago. It’s way more interesting than any religious book and way more practical.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,276

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

Good overall but not great

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

What made the experience of listening to 12 Rules for Life the most enjoyable?

Jordan reading it himself.

What other book might you compare 12 Rules for Life to and why?

It's like Steven Covey's 7 habits book.

What does Jordan B. Peterson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His usual candor and passion for the topics.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from 12 Rules for Life?

Most rules are great specially: Assume that the person you are listening to knows something you don't.

Any additional comments?

It has too much bible references. I studied in catholic school since my childhood and know many other interpretations of the same stories Jordan presents. I understand who is the target audience for this book but it's too much.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,659

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

Pretty boring

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I liked the movie but without the visuals, the story is pretty boring. Jake talks very smoothly and sometimes too low of a tone. Some will like this.

  • The Gift of Therapy

  • An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients
  • By: Irvin Yalom
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

The culmination of master psychiatrist Dr. Irvin D. Yalom's more than 35 years in clinical practice, The Gift of Therapy is a remarkable and essential guidebook that illustrates through real case studies how patients and therapists alike can get the most out of therapy. The best-selling author of Love's Executioner shares his uniquely fresh approach and the valuable insights he has gained - presented as 85 personal and provocative "tips for beginner therapists".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a gift from a master therapist

  • By Garden Goddess on 10-15-16

Required reading for students, new therapists and old

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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: 01-28-18

Great book for counseling and psychology students like me. Every therapist should consider his tips and warnings. Also Yalom is a great story teller. The narrator is appropriate.

  • Life Driven Purpose

  • How an Atheist Finds Meaning
  • By: Dan Barker
  • Narrated by: Daniel C. Dennett, Dan Barker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

For thousands of years, holy books have told us that such a life is available only through obedience and submission to some higher power. Today, the faithful keep popular devotionals and tracts within easy reach on bedside tables and mobile devices, all communicating this common message: Life is meaningless without God. Former pastor Dan Barker eloquently, powerfully, and rationally upends this long-held belief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Purpose starts with us not outside of us

  • By Gary on 04-20-15

Heartfelt atheism

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Dennett and Barker are pioneers within the atheists. Barker preaches like a preacher, makes you feel good and even uses parables and sings without invoking some god. You can skip chapter 4 if you have read Dawkins, Harris, Dennett or Barker before. If not, this is a great starter book for new atheists or agnostics.

  • Ethics in the Real World

  • 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
  • By: Peter Singer
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Peter Singer is often described as the world's most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. The author of important books such as Animal Liberation and Practical Ethics, he helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. Now, in Ethics in the Real World, Singer shows that he is also a master at dissecting important current events in a few hundred words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful range of topics

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-16

Short essay collection to make you think

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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: 12-03-17

It’s not a utilitarianism book. It’s a collection of essays from Peter Singer to make you think about hot topics. It’s pretty good and easy to listen. The narrator is good also. Peter is not as crazy as some people paint him. There’s an essay about the “controversial” meeting with disabled leaders and it was not controversial at all.

  • The Universe in a Single Atom

  • The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
  • By: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Narrated by: Richard Gere
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

After 40 years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual, and philosophical study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why both disciplines must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Science shows us ways of interpreting the physical world, while spirituality helps us cope with reality. But the extreme of either is impoverishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice bridge between science and spirituality

  • By J********** on 11-21-05

Great insights

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Great to hear a spiritual leader get so into science. Obviously he always connects Buddhism to science but thats expected. Sometimes it gets repetitive and thats why I gave ir four stars but the book is still good.