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  • A Short History of Ethics

  • By: Alasdair MacIntyre
  • Narrated by: Tim Dalgleish
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4 out of 5 stars 13

A Short History of Ethics is a significant contribution written by one of the most important living philosophers. It remains an important work, ideal for all students interested in ethics and morality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, with a caveat

  • By Rob Osborne on 10-17-18

Solid, with a caveat

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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: 10-17-18

this is great content and very much worth the time. The caveat is this… The narrators accent was a barrier for me at first but soon was no issue and even enjoyable

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Perfect Health Diet

  • Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat
  • By: Paul Jaminet, Shou-Ching Jaminet
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Suffering from chronic illness and unable to get satisfactory results from doctors, husband and wife scientists Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet took an intensely personal interest in health and nutrition. They embarked on five years of rigorous research. What they found changed their lives - and the lives of thousands of their listeners. In Perfect Health Diet, the Jaminets explain in layman's terms how anyone can regain health and lose weight by optimizing nutrition, detoxifying the diet, and supporting healthy immune function.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good luck following this

  • By Susan on 04-30-16

Complexity over generalizations

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Reviewed: 08-06-17

There are many books that will tell you what to eat while glossing over any, all, most or much of the detail as to why, this is not that kind of book.

This is a fascinating and in-depth study and most certainly nothing that can be played in the background while doing something else. It will demand your full attention and perhaps a second reading or even a third…

Very much worth the time. High-yield…

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Live

  • Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
  • By: Sarah Bakewell
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, perhaps the first recognizably modern individual. A nobleman, public official, and winegrower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. He called them essays, meaning “attempts” or “tries.” He put whatever was in his head into them: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog’s ears twitched when it was dreaming, as well as the religious wars....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and in parts Inspired.

  • By Darwin8u on 05-21-12

Schrodinger or Montaige's cat? You choose…

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Reviewed: 12-10-16

A great aide to placing Montaigne in context both historical, intellectual and contemporaneously from the ancient to the modern…

Myself, I choose Montaigne'a cat...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Dead

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Michael Orenstein
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Often cited as the best work of short fiction ever written, Joyce's elegant story details a New Year's Eve gathering in Dublin that is so evocative and beautiful that it prompts the protagonist's wife to make a shocking revelation to her husband - closing the story with an emotionally powerful epiphany that is unsurpassed in modern literature."The Dead" is the final short story in Joyce's 1914 collection Dubliners. It is the longest story in the collection and widely considered to be one of the greatest short stories in the English language.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great short listen - tension builds at the end!

  • By Anna on 10-19-16

It's Joyce well read…

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-07-16

Uncertain of Joyce? Well, don't be… Uncertain of the narrator? Rest easy…

Slow to develop but with a powerful punch at the end, this is True Art…

Not manipulative but manifest…

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Righteous Mind

  • Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,741

In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This should give you pause.

  • By Floyd Clark on 10-26-15

Culture war noncombatant seeks wisdom

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Reviewed: 09-30-16

One index for my participation and respect for a text is found in the number of books I acquire as the result of a more scholarly read. I have five additional books from this read.

This is erudite tome worthy of your full attention and lively enough to keep it…

  • American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division

  • Pivotal Moments in American History
  • By: Michael A. Cohen
  • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

American Maelstrom captures the full drama of the watershed election of 1968, establishing this year as the hinge between the decline of political liberalism, the ascendancy of conservative populism, and the rise of anti-government attitudes that continue to dominate the nation's political discourse. This sweeping and immersive book, equal parts compelling analysis and thrilling narrative, takes us to the very source of our modern politics of division.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the words and images of 1968 linger today…

  • By Rob Osborne on 08-23-16

How the words and images of 1968 linger today…

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Reviewed: 08-23-16

For me this was a very important read that not only filled in significant gaps in my knowledge of how we arrived at this political landscape but also provided many rich and rewarding jumping off points for further exploration.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

  • By: Andrew C. Fix, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Andrew C. Fix
  • Length: 24 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
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    4 out of 5 stars 404
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Between 1348 and 1715, western Europe was fraught with turmoil, beset by the Black Plague, numerous and bitter religious wars, and frequent political revolutions and upheavals. Yet the Europe that emerged from this was vastly different from the Europe that entered it. By the start of the 18th century, Europe had been revitalized and reborn in a radical break with the past that would have untold ramifications for human civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! (...but the ending could be improved)

  • By FN2187 on 09-12-13

Bleak but the enlightenment makes it hopeful

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Reviewed: 03-28-16

Prepare yourself to have laid before you all that is beautiful, wonderful and horrific about humanity.

  • Literary Modernism: The Struggle for Modern History

  • By: Jeffrey Perl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Perl
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Professor Perl invites you in these eight lectures to abandon your preconceptions and consider some of the most controversial authors of the 20th century: the Modernists.Who were they? How did "classical" Modernists like Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and James Joyce differ from "neo-Modernists" like Gertrude Stein and William Carlos Williams? What made them believe and write as they did? Why were political extremism, war, and self-destructive behavior such defining forces in their writing (and their personal demons)? What do they have to say to us today in the 21st century?These lectures place literary Modernism within the wide-ranging context of the philosophy, literature, politics, and morality of its time. In doing so, they allow you to look more clearly at the writers and works who have contributed to the definition of human culture. You'll see Eliot, Joyce, Pound, Yeats, James, Lawrence, and others spring to life with their radical beliefs about art and their unforgettable novels and stories. These lectures do not shrink from the challenges imposed by exploring Modernism, or from challenging the answers that scholars have routinely accepted. Nor do they shy away from the difficulties of literary Modernism itself; a literary genre that intimidates many. But despite all this, these lectures are brilliantly organized, crystal clear, and an invaluable tool for finally wrapping your brain around a dramatic roster of authors and an enduring canon of literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astounding!

  • By Daniel on 10-04-15

An authoritative voice

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Reviewed: 02-24-16

My understanding of modernism into postmodernism has been greatly expanded by this worthwhile listen. The professor authoritatively explains trends in academia, drama, poetics, Philosophy, narrative, culture and the plastic arts.

Very much worth your time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • As I Lay Dying

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
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    4 out of 5 stars 752

At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member, including Addie, and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faulkner's As I Lay Dying review

  • By Kristina on 11-12-08

Great story Great reading

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Reviewed: 06-05-15

If you are a fan of William Faulkner you will enjoy this…

The reading captures the southern way of speaking in such a way that makes the surface of the Faulkner story somehow even more rich…

  • The Crystal World

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
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    4 out of 5 stars 17

Through a 'leaking' of time, the West African jungle starts to crystallize. Trees are metamorphosed into enormous jewels. Crocodiles encased in second glittering skins lurch down the river. Pythons with huge blind gemstone eyes rear in heraldic poses. Fearing this transformation as a herald of the apocalypse, most flee the area in terror, afraid to face a catastrophe they cannot understand. But some, dazzled and strangely entranced, remain to drift through this dreamworld forest.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish

  • By Aa-bomb on 04-14-15

Breathe taking

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Reviewed: 06-01-15

I am certain that I will be reading and rereading this novel for the rest of my days by the light of the prismatic sun evermore in receipt of its crystallized wisdom.