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  • Friedrich Nietzsche Collection: Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Beyond Good and Evil

  • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Enjoy this Friedrich Nietzsche collection combining two of Nietzsche's most noteworthy pieces, Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Beyond Good and Evil, into one audiobook! 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great overview of a difficult Philosopher

  • By cosmitron on 09-22-18

Great books, old translations, poorly read

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Two great books. Beyond Good and Evil is read and not performed. I was able to tolerate this version but it not the best that Audible offers. Thus Spake Zarathustra is the older biblical style translation and is poorly read. I couldn’t get past the first four chapters and gave up in disgust. There is no passion in the reader’s voice for two books that were written full of emotion and passion. You are better off getting the individual books than this combined collection, which is inexpensive for a reason. Don’t waste your time with this version. So disappointed, since I love these two great books.

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  • Shakespeare by Another Name

  • The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man who Was Shakespeare
  • By: Mark Anderson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Actor William Shaksper of Stratford had little education, never left England, and apparently owned no books. How could he have written the great plays and poetry attributed to him? Journalist Mark Anderson's biography offers tantalizing proof that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, courtier, spendthrift, scholar, traveler, soldier, scoundrel, and writer, was the real "Shakespeare".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brings the period to life

  • By Dan on 01-15-06

Who really wrote Shakespeare’s works?

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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: 08-24-18

This is a great performance and extremely well read by Simon Prebble. Mark Anderson’s book is well documented and a thoroughly convincing work that Edward de Vere was the real author of the works of Shakespeare. If one needs any further proof I highly recommend “The Monument“ by Hank Whittemore that examines the Sonnets of Shakespeare as autobiographical statements of de Vere’s life. One may also find valuable information also collaborating Edward de Vere as the man behind the frontman Shakespeare in the Audible book “”Anonymous Shake-speare”. The great movie “Anonymous” starring Rhys Ifans is also a very convincing dramatic account of Edward de Vere as the man who wrote Shakespeare! I immensely enjoyed this Audible book and believe it’s a must listen or read to anyone interested in the autobiographical meaning behind the Bard’s great plays and poems. Once when there was a doubtful meaning to some of the more enigmatic phrases, there is a revealing, shining light of understanding. I recommend watching the movie first as an entry level experience, if you are not well versed in all of Shakespeare’s writings.

  • Kant's Foundations of Ethics

  • By: Immanuel Kant
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Kant published this work in 1795, during the aftermath of the American Revolution and the French Revolution. The high hopes of the European Enlightenment had been dampened by the Reign of Terror in which tens of thousands of people died, and the perpetual cycle of war and temporary armistice seemed to be inescapable. Kant's essay is best known as an early articulation of the idea of a league of nations that could bring an end to all hostilities. Today, the United Nations continues to pursue that dream, but lasting peace still seems to be wishful thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad. Not great.

  • By Jerry on 07-05-18

The Best on The Foundation of the Metaphysics of Morals

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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: 07-28-18

This audiobook includes three of Kant’s best known works in order: What is Enlightenment?, The Foundation (Groundwork) of the Metaphysics of Morals, and Perpetual Peace, all in the form of older but respectable translations. I am a admirer of Ray Childs’ narrations and this one is superb as well. The other two audiobooks on Audible of Kant’s ethical theory are also very good. However, this one offers the three books in one. If you are interested in the theory of morals, then this work is indispensable and a renown classic in its own right as well as a must listen to presentation. It is a difficult work of deep understanding, and knowledge of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason is recommended but not necessary to a adequate understanding. In my opinion, Immanuel Kant is the greatest philosopher ever to have written. The Groundwork and the First Critique are two books I would definitely take, if I were stranded on that infamous desert island. Ships ahoy! Happy listening!

  • The Metaphysics of Morals

  • By: Immanuel Kant
  • Narrated by: Bruno Belmar
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

New formatted edition of Immanuel Kant's Metaphysics of Morals, republished by the MSAC Philosophy Group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Metaphysics of Morals

  • By Juan Malo on 07-23-18

Not the Metaphysics of Morals

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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: 07-23-18

This audio is not the later work by Kant entitled the Metaphysics of Morals which includes his Theory of Virtue and Theory of Justice. This work is better know as The Foundation or Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. It’s a good version of an earlier older translation, although I prefer the Ray Childs’ narration better that is available on Audible. This is a great work that is extremely difficult to understand without prior knowledge of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, however, it can be grasped with multiple listenings. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this edition as well, as it is a must for any true understanding of what comprises morality. A work of pure boundless genius and of endurable interest. Happy listening!

  • Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals

  • By: Immanuel Kant, Thomas Kingsmill Abbott (translator)
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Immanuel Kant's Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals, first published in 1785, lays out Kant's essential philosophy and defines the concepts and arguments that would shape his later work. Central to Kant's doctrine is the categorical imperative, which he defines as a mandate that human actions should always conform to a universal, unchanging standard of rational morality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Categorical Imperatives for Everyone

  • By Darwin8u on 04-04-17

Immanuel Kant’s Genius

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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: 07-12-18

This Audible is based on an older, outdated translation as most of their philosophical audiobooks due to copyright laws and reasonable costs. Yet, nevertheless, for the most part, aside from newer more accurate translations, the essence can be fully gleaned. The performance is most exceptional and distinctly clear. As Professor and Kant Scholar H.J. Paton stated this book is “... one of the small books which are truly great: it has exercised on human thought an influence almost ludicrously disproportionate to its size.” I full agree, however knowledge of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason is helpful in truly grasping this much misunderstood work on Morals, but not necessarily to an understanding of its inherent worth. Highly recommended for students of philosophy, but enlightening for all with a desire for Truth, and an understanding of the concept of Human Freedom, Spontaneous Autonomy, in opposition to the sensual, natural world of physical laws. One listen is not enough.

  • A Discourse on Method

  • Meditations on the First Philosophy: Principles of Philosophy
  • By: René Descartes
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

By calling everything into doubt, Descartes laid the foundations of modern philosophy. With the celebrated words "I think therefore I am," his compelling argument swept aside ancient and medieval traditions. He deduced that human beings consist of minds and bodies; that these are totally distinct "substances"; that God exists and that He ensures we can trust the evidence of our senses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU

  • By Andrew on 10-22-10

Descartes at his best

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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: 06-22-18

Excellently performed. Includes the Discourse on Method, the Meditations on First Philosophy, a Letter to Princess Elizabeth, and the Principles of Philosophy in toto. A great value for three of Descartes most important works. The translation is older, like most of Audible books to keep the price reasonable and is very readable, clear and distinct. Highly recommended!

  • The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1

  • The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion
  • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul, full cast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63

Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be - living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods. Plato's Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, insightful, stimulating

  • By Jeff Lacy on 05-30-18

All of Plato is excellent and instruction

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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: 06-04-18

I enjoyed immensely all of these dialogues translated by Benjamin Jowett and performed superlatively by David Rintoul. Very highly recommended for those who seek an existential edification and a philosophic understanding of Ancient Greece as exemplified by the insightful writings of Plato in the character of Socrates his great teacher. Socrates said true wisdom is knowing that you don’t know. Find out what you don’t know by self and other examination! Rintoul’s performance in the character of Socrates is sheer brilliance, along with a great cast of supportive actors. Each Dialogue is briefly introduced with the characters and setting that are involved. I’m on to the next set of Dialogues in the order that they were supposedly written. The works of Plato, along with Shakespeare and Dostoevsky are my three books that I would take with me on a stranded desert island.

  • Tropic of Cancer

  • By: Henry Miller
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 438

Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller's masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for 27 years after its first publication in Paris in 1943. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller's famed mixture of memoir and fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By chris on 09-15-08

Steam of Consciousness revealing the Unconciousness

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

Henry Miller is an acquired taste and if you favor a slice of the vicissitudes of Life with no beginning, middle, or end, then some of the insightful gems on the sexual mores of France and the psychological struggle of a young writer trying to survive and find his true inner voice could be to your liking. This infamous book, though bawdy in its language and banned in many of the pretentious places by those who think this way, but their elitist class won’t let them be so forthright and boldly audacious, is tame by contemporary standards. This book was what supposedly launched Miller’s career, but is not his best work. I enjoyed reliving this experience from the once shocking affect ruled by hormonal youth to sensible sediment of later maturity and the release from sexual dictates and bondage. Like Miller says in the book, one’s ideas never seem to mesh with the disparities of life. Campbell Scott is simply superb in bringing forth both pathos and bathos with his stellar performance to a book overflowing with it. I’m on the way next to the Tropic of Capricorn, which I never read in my youth. Recommended but Caveat Lector or Caveat Auditor!! Enjoy.

  • Catch-22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 865

Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy - it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he's assigned, he'll be in violation of Catch-22.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story...Bad Production

  • By Stan on 09-27-18

A Great Read, a Greater Listen

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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: 05-14-18

One of the greatest war novels that set the stage and the highest standard for the rest to imitate and follow. Catch-22 is as fresh today as it was when I first encountered it, and continues to make my top 20 list. Jay Sanders dramatization is flawless and impeccable. It is an incredible blend of comedy and tragedy that will excite, delight, and make one realize the horrors of war. Highly recommended.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378

This novel is indeed a morality tale about the hazards of egotistical self-indulgence. Dorian Grey's pact with evil allows his portrait to take on his many sins and degradations while his physical appearance remains youthful. Over the years as he becomes cruel and vicious, even murderous, Dorian's young and perfect body is no longer enough to salvage his deteriorating mind and morality. Will justice and good prevail?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my faves!!!

  • By Cindy Hill on 04-04-15

“The painting of a sorrow, a face without a heart.”

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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: 05-08-18

One of the greatest books ever written and now equally dramatized by the wonderful voices of Michael Page, who gives the story new life. Oscar Wilde was no doubt a genius, and this book is overflowing with charm, psychological insight, and many splendid insights into high society and English Culture. So deep and rich are the many epigrams and witticisms that a single reading or listening to, does not do it justice. One of the very best Audible books that has been enacted. I will be searching for more of Wilde and Page in the near future! Bravo!