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  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,112

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration.

  • By Walter W. Quinn on 07-05-18

5+ hours of my life gone

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

What did I just read? A story depicting the horrors of war? A semiautobiographical account of a prisoner of war? Sci-fi?

I wanted to be better read on the classics, but I'll have to do a little more vetting before I pick up the next one after reading this nonsense. This rambling account of Billy Pilgrim as he travels from one pointless literary contrivance back to reality for only a few pages at a time wasted the time I could have spent reading actual works of merit that would have a meaningful and lasting impact on my life.

Seriously, pick a story and just tell it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Separate Peace

  • By: John Knowles
  • Narrated by: Scott Snively
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 685

Now a modern classic, this story of two boys' friendship at an exclusive New Hampshire prep school as it parallels the inescapable and escalating atmosphere of World War II, is intense and engaging to the last word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How can one fault a Classic like this?

  • By Theodore on 06-02-13

Zack Morris and Screech

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I had to read this for high school and just knew I must've missed something. No teacher would assign a book this pointless and rambling.

Having reread it 20 years later convinces me I was right all along. Phineas is the kind of twit who gets everyone around him in trouble or just keeps them from doing what they know they should. Kinda like Zack from Saved by the Bell.

Gene is the passive-aggressive lackey who doesn't have the strength of will to stand up for himself. Just like Screech (or maybe Butters from South Park).

Anyway, these two deserved each other and everything that happened to them. Leave out all the unnecessary inner monologue and the whole story could be condensed to 5-10 pages.

As usual though, the narrator was excellent.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ethics

  • A Very Short Introduction
  • By: Simon Blackburn
  • Narrated by: Peter Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

In this clear introduction to ethics, Simon Blackburn tackles the major moral questions surrounding birth, death, happiness, desire, and freedom, showing us how we should think about the meaning of life, and how we should mistrust the soundbite-sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awakes your willing to read more Philosophy

  • By marisawedd on 06-06-11

This book is nothing but liberal apologetics

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

When the author finally does get around to actually discussing ethics after a lengthy dismissal of religion (Christianity in particular), it is from a biased liberal viewpoint. The whole point of ethics is to explore issues from an unbiased middle ground so that a deeper understanding of a particular issue can be reached. This book just felt like over 4 hours of listening to MSNBC.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Free Will

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126

A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LIFE/ WORLD Altering sophisticated thinking!

  • By Ellen on 04-23-12

Great premise, but...

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

The premise was very thought-provoking in the abstract, but the author should have left politics out of it. He should have left it up to the reader to decide whether or not a conservative or liberal worldview is "correct".