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  • A Macat Analysis of Ferdinand de Saussure's Course in General Linguistics

  • By: Laura E. B. Key, Brittany Pheiffer Noble
  • Narrated by: Macat.com
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

Ferdinand de Saussure's Course in General Linguistics was first published in 1916, three years after his death. The book aims to explain Saussure's theory that all languages share an underlying structure, and that this underlying structure is the same, regardless of historical or cultural context. Although the book marked a break with the traditional, history-focused study of linguistics of the time, Saussure still uses examples based on more traditional studies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unbearable

  • By Two Fathoms on 06-16-18

Unbearable

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-18

In theory, these types of analyses could be (and should be) very useful. In an hour and a half, more or less, you could get a very in-depth explanation of the works of most major scholarly contributions. However, Macat doesn't provide that. Rather, the first 10 minutes provides a very minimal summary of Saussure's life and ideas (minimal in the sense that skimming through the wikipedia page on Saussure for a few minutes will give you a much more comprehensive understanding of his ideas). After that, this "analysis" repeats those first 10 minutes in different ways for the next hour and a half. Each module says almost the exact same 3 pieces of information of Saussure to the point where listening is unbearable. The same few points are repeated again, and again, and again, and again, in almost the same words. This is a waste of time and money, and I really can't believe that someone would take the time to write and record this. Skim the wikipedia page and you'll know more about Saussure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: Andrew Clapham
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

From the controversial incarceration of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, to the brutal ethnic cleansing being practiced in Darfur, to the widespread denial of equal rights to women in many areas of the world, human rights violations are a constant presence in the news and in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful overview of human rights issues

  • By Two Fathoms on 10-03-17

wonderful overview of human rights issues

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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: 10-03-17

This short introduction provides a nice, concise introduction human rights history and contemporary debates. It was also fair and thoughtful, not leaning too heavily on one ideological position. Great into to the topic.

  • Roots

  • The Saga of an American Family
  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,284

Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive! DO NOT WIKI THIS BOOK!

  • By avoidthelloyd on 09-17-14

Best audiobook I've ever listened to

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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: 09-02-17

Also, one of the most powerful stories Ive ever read. The narrator was astounding, and Haley is a master.

  • The Return

  • Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between
  • By: Hisham Matar
  • Narrated by: Hisham Matar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

When Hisham Matar was a 19-year-old university student in England, his father was kidnapped. One of the Qaddafi regime's most prominent opponents in exile, he was held in a secret prison in Libya. Hisham would never see him again. But he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. "Hope," as he writes, "is cunning and persistent." Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Qaddafi, the prison cells were empty, and there was no sign of Jaballa Matar. Hisham returned with his mother and wife to the homeland he never thought he'd go back to again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Touching memoir. Consider hard copy

  • By Joschka Philipps on 02-22-18

a beautiful book, and a perfect reading by the aut

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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: 04-13-17

Matar is a master storyteller, beautifully and lyrically intertwining social and personal loss. and he narrated the story incredibly well.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Exit West

  • A Novel
  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,032

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet - sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors - doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Live?

  • By David on 04-04-17

a wonderful meditation on migrancy

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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: 03-14-17

This is a wonderful novel by one of the best novelists. And the narration, done by Hamid himself, is excellent.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86

In the opening scene of Falling Man, Keith Neudecker emerges from the smoke and ash of the burning tower where he worked, and makes his way to the apartment of his ex-wife and young son uptown. Throughout this bold and haunting novel, DeLillo traces the way the events of September 11 kindled or rekindled relationships, reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory, and our perception of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • compelling and disturbing

  • By John on 02-22-09

solid novel by great American novelist

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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: 06-15-16

delillo's solid attempt to capture what many novelists have attempted to captures, and what is probably in the end unable to be captured: the change, trauma, and impact of 9/11 on the American psyche. delillo sets his goals even higher by attempting to flesh out. philosophically, how a subjectivity of individualism and autonomy was crushed by a painful entrance into the larger world through violence. delillo's effort is unfulfilled, but if delillo can't do it no one can. overall, nice work By a great writer.