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  • Zero K

  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Thomas Sadoski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 313

Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a billionaire in his 60s with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to lives of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say "an uncertain farewell" to her as she surrenders her body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frightening. Redemptive. Brilliant.

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

A work of art.

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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: 06-25-16

This is not a traditional fiction book. You will not find a clear plot, a conclusion, and character development here. The main character seemingly progresses through haphazard settings and has disconnected internal ramblings. The significance of any of it will not be put on a plate for you. You will have to see what it means for you, and it may not mean the same to everyone.
This is a book you read to appreciate moment by moment, to enjoy the senses and feelings it raises in you, and to contemplate the ideas and thoughts it provokes. If you are into that kind of thing, I think you will find this book to be the work of a genius.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    A Brief History of Humankind
    
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    Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    18,044 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,973

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

One of the best books I ever read

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

This is probably the most thought provoking book I have ever read. No book has made me contemplate the human condition, and life as much as this. I actually bought the e-book and audio book. It is worth it because there are plenty of illustrations that you will miss in the audio version.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510

Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Hard Review to Write

  • By Ark1836 on 11-20-15

Disorganized and unstructured

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-15

This is a long and interesting course, but has many shortcomings. Here are my thoughts on this course:
1- This is not a traditional course. It is not organized or structured like other Great Courses. I found that many lectures introduced ideas that have nothing to do with the lecture's theme. Also, I struggled to find a theme at all for many of the lectures. This is a discussion, not a course.
2- Despite the above, I found the discussion to be interesting. It was engaging and thought provoking, but to me It just wasn't a good way to learn about the great ideas of philosophy. The ideas were too unstructured and random for me to capture and learn coherently.
3- The professor is eloquent and knowledgeable,but has a tendency to complicate ideas by using unclear language. At times, I felt the ideas to be very simple but the language used to explain them is twisted and exaggerated.
4- The professor, being a Christian, emphasized Christian philosophy. I was hoping for a fair or equal review of all religion philosophies, and those philosophical views that might question religions.

20 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Someone Knows My Name

  • By: Lawrence Hill
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823

Aminata Diallo is the beguiling heroine of Lawrence Hill's Someone Knows My Name. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an 18th-century woman's life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kidnapping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich in history and moral messages

  • By Ariela on 10-14-09

A great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-15

This is a great story of an incredible journey. The reader is brilliant and she brings the story to life.