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D Willis

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  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  • By: Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,113

Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The reading made it impossible to focus on content

  • By Mark Grebner on 09-02-12

Don't bother.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I had a hard time listening to this wittering tripe. I'm pretty sure he was drunk when he wrote this. Also, the narrator must have been on Haldol.

  • On the Genealogy of Morals

  • A Polemic
  • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

In On the Genealogy of Morals, subtitled "A Polemic", Nietzsche furthers his pursuit of a clarity that is less tainted by imposed prejudices. He looks at the way attitudes towards 'morality' evolved and the way congenital ideas of morality were heavily colored by the Judaic and Christian traditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Essential Precursor to Evolutionary Psychology

  • By James on 02-08-17

Just right at 1.5x

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Interesting perspectives. Nietzsche was quite the master of rhetoric. This is a collection of 3 essays, the second in a trilogy.

He commences with an essay contrasting 'good' and 'evil' relative to 'good'. In the second, his focus is on how The concept of 'guilt' weaseled its way into usage by way of herd morality through the conduit of religion. Finally, he differentiates 'ascetic' across three actors.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Plato's Republic

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By Benjamin Myers on 08-08-16

The voice acting helped bring the story to life...

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

Even so, the story content itself was weak. Plato is a bit overrated. I did find it humorous at times. His musings don't connect if you don't buy into the whole 'soul and virtue' worldview.

The worst thing is that the recording is segmented into approximately 2-minute segments--295 of them--, so it a bit distracting (at least through the Audible app).

  • Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

  • The Complete Work Plus an Overview, Chapter by Chapter Summary and Author Biography!
  • By: John Stuart Mill, Israel Bouseman
  • Narrated by: Cristina Duran
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

John Stuart Mill was the most influential British philosopher of the 19th century. His works spanned a startling variety of topics including logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and social theory. All of Mill's writings were aimed at the support and expansion of philosophical radicalism, and he had a significant influence on social theory, political theory, and political economy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Confabulation

  • By D Willis on 10-20-17

Interesting Confabulation

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Having wanted to 'read' this as a source rather than snippets of quotes, I opted for a versiin with context and commentary.

The commentary was fine, and the content reflective of its place in time.

The narrator presented clearly and was easy to listen to. However, her mispronounciation of in excess of a dozen words, including names of people, was distracting and the reason I didn't rate 5 stars.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Neo-Nihilism

  • The Philosophy of Power
  • By: Peter Sjöstedt-H
  • Narrated by: Peter Sjöstedt-H
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

This text concisely puts forward the case for a form of nihilism - fusing thoughts from Hume, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, amongst others. It forcefully argues that morality as we know it is a power structure disguised as knowledge; that law is based upon this false idol; and that thus power is, in fact, the basis of all life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short but On Point

  • By Aamir Niazi on 02-11-19

Straightforward narration by the author

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

The author provides compelling rationale to why there can be no objective morality and that all morality is in fact a thinly veiled power structure.

  • Ada, or Ardor

  • A Family Chronicle
  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Published two weeks after Vladimir Nabokov’s seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of his greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest, but it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat. This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniously sardonic appendix by the author, written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worst reading performance of all time.

  • By Brian on 11-25-14

Wrong Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Having had just listened to Jeremy Irons wonderfully narrate Lolita, I wanted mire Nabokov, but after 5 chapters, I couldnt continue. I couldn't get past the narrator, so my rating of the story suffers, as I couldn't extricate it.

I had heard Morey narrate a Stephen Pinker book, and he fit the genre well. I'll suggest he stick to non-fiction.

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  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,020

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Erez on 05-29-08

One of the best written novels of the 20th century

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Such a full and poetic grasp of the English language and with just the right detail, Nabokov unreliably narrates his travails with Lo. I wish I had read this sooner.

Jeremy Iron's narration was top notch, but his baritone delivery made it more difficult to understand whilst driving. Still, I managed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Machine, Platform, Crowd

  • Harnessing Our Digital Future
  • By: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts such as Nokia; ideas from the crowd are repeatedly more innovative than corporate research labs. MIT's Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson know what it takes to master this digital-powered shift: we must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both How AND Why for Techies

  • By Dan Collins on 08-11-17

Not as good as Second Machine Age;

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Still worth a listen. Nice stories and perspectives, but concepts not as novel as Second Machine Age.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Chaos

  • Making a New Science
  • By: James Gleick
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652

James Gleick explains the theories behind the fascinating new science called chaos. Alongside relativity and quantum mechanics, it is being hailed as the 20th century's third revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best AudioBook on Math/Physics yet

  • By Ryanman on 03-02-11

Still interesting all these years later

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

Although still relevant, I wish Glick would have provided more recent substantive updates. Still worth the read.

  • The Gene

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,523

The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific history blended with humanity

  • By S. Yates on 05-23-16

Excellent Text Brought to Life

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

Dennis Boutsikaris breathes life into Siddhartha Mukherjee's narrative on the history of the gene or genetics, as it were. I've only made it through part one, as it was just released this morning.

The information is not particularly new, but it is packaged quite well. Dr. Mukherjee starts with some personal anecdotes regarding mental illness before delving into the history commenced in ancient Egypt and through Darwin.

I expect the remainder to be as interesting.

26 of 34 people found this review helpful