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  • Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

  • By: Richard Hofstadter
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

This book throws light on many features of the American character. Its concern is not merely to portray the scorners of intellect in American life, but to say something about what the intellectual is, and can be, as a force in a democratic society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fifty years later, still valid today

  • By David Evan Glasser on 11-13-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

How do I send this back? This book is for someone "more intellectual" than I.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Promise Me, Dad

  • A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
  • By: Joe Biden
  • Narrated by: Joe Biden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,541

In November 2014, 13 members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past 40 years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sad Memoir

  • By Jean on 12-02-17

An Inspirational Story

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Promise Me, Dad to be better than the print version?

Yes, I really enjoy listening to Joe Biden speak.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe, of course, is my favorite character.

Which scene was your favorite?

His moment on the Kiawah Island beach after attending church services at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston was deeply moving. He showed his vulnerability and pain. I lived in Charleston during the Emmanuel 9 murders and attended the funeral for Senator Pinckney. I also listened to Joe's previous memoir. I feel that this book may be trying to "test the waters" for a 2020 presidential run. As much as I love Joe Biden, I feel that his opportunity to run for political office is gone. I appreciate his stepping back to make room for Hillary, but fate would have been stacked against him just as it was stacked against Hillary.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Don't commercialize this deeply painful memoir....NO Movie, please!

Any additional comments?

I love and admire Joe Biden!

  • My Beloved World

  • By: Sonia Sotomayor
  • Narrated by: Rita Moreno
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overcoming proverty via education

  • By Jean on 01-17-13

A Remarkable Person

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

What did you love best about My Beloved World?

She is a "regular" person who experienced hopes, dreams, disappointments to rise to a top position in government.

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Beloved World?

I appreciated her candor about her difficulty at Princeton during her first year. Affirmative Action is beneficial and Ms. Sotomayor is testament to that.

Which character – as performed by Rita Moreno – was your favorite?

The main character, Sonia Sotomayor.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Her description of her freshman year at Princeton.

Any additional comments?

I have even more respect for Justice Sotomayor after listening to this book.

  • Martin Luther

  • The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Eric Metaxas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,321

Five hundred years after Luther's now famous 95 Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas, acclaimed biographer of the best-selling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reformation!

  • By John Wurst on 10-13-17

Too Much Jargon

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

What would have made Martin Luther better?

First, it needed to be edited. Too much minutiae. I appreciate author's primary sources, but I found his current day words very tedious.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

How Luther was not a firebrand himself, but was thrust into a power struggle with the pope. Also, I found the impact of Gutenberg's printing press on the theses distribution very interesting.

Would you be willing to try another one of Eric Metaxas’s performances?

NO!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, it gave me a glimpse of Martin Luther as a man of integrity, not as a firebrand.

Any additional comments?

This book got to be very tedious.

  • The Firebrand and the First Lady

  • Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice
  • By: Patricia Bell-Scott
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

An important, groundbreaking book - two decades in work - that tells the story of the unlikely but history-changing 28-year bond forged between Pauli Murray (granddaughter of a mulatto slave who, against all odds, as a lesbian black woman, became a lawyer, civil rights pioneer, Episcopal priest, poet, and activist) and Eleanor Roosevelt (first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1948 and human rights internationalist) that critically shaped Eleanor Roosevelt's, and therefore FDR's, view of race and racism in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Jean on 02-20-16

Weaving of Primary Sources

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

The audio version of the book is so interesting. The author uses primary sources (letters, journal entries) to weave a narrative of the fight for equality. Both gender and race inequities were presented to give the reader a basis of the progress made. Although much still needs to be done in the area of equality, I found the early efforts by PM and ER laudable. I recommend the audio version of this book; reading the correspondence would have become tedious. Karen Chilton's reading is excellent as she distinguishes between the two characters who helped shape our modern society.

  • Dark Money

  • The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
  • By: Jane Mayer
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,366

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the rise of a broad-based conservative movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fact attack

  • By Mark on 05-29-16

A "Must Read"

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

well researched and documented. I am saddened and angered by this expose. Citizen United just sanctioned what had been started many years before.

  • A Guide to the Good Life

  • The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
  • By: William B. Irvine
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964

One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Sam A. Havens on 04-27-15

Lacks Focus

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

this book goes on and on and on as author throws in every nugget of pop psychology. in addition, he moralizes and tells us what we "should" do. He speaks in stereotypes (old people, college students,etc.) Not worth my time. needs a lot of editing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Great Minds of the Medieval World

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

In this gallery of extraordinary minds, you’ll encounter the leading lights of a world-shaping era, including figures such as Maimonides, Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Peter Abelard, and Francesco Petrarch. Professor Armstrong goes to great lengths to bring these historic figures to life, revealing both the great intellectual contributions and the personal strivings, challenges, and triumphs of some of history’s most remarkable human beings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prof Armstrong at her best!!!

  • By BVerité on 08-13-14

so much information

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

I really enjoyed this course! the professor has a very engaging style and an extensive command of language. I will definitely seek out her other courses.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Napoleon's Buttons

  • 17 Molecules That Changed History
  • By: Penny Le Couteur, Jay Burreson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

Napoleon's Buttons is the fascinating account of 17 groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration, and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. The molecules resulted in grand feats of engineering and spurred advances in medicine and law; they determined what we now eat, drink, and wear. A change as small as the position of an atom can lead to enormous alterations in the properties of a substance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish one of the authors would have read this book

  • By A.J. on 03-09-12

Interesting Trivia

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Would you listen to Napoleon's Buttons again? Why?

Not really...so many books, so little time. I did find it interesting; however, I wish my knowledge of chemistry were more extensive.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how history turned on some interesting chemical discoveries.

What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is a very engaging and expressive narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I were on a long road trip as a passenger, Yes. Otherwise, I like to listen to one lecture per day.

Any additional comments?

A person with a solid chemistry background would really enjoy this book.

  • Popes and the Papacy: A History

  • By: Thomas F. X. Noble, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. X. Noble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Despite the papacy's enormous influence, how much do you really know about this ancient and powerful institution? Catholics and non-Catholics alike will enjoy these 24 illuminating lectures about this remarkable institution. Professor Noble gives you priceless insights into the dramatic history of the papal office and the lives of the men who represented it. Filled with interesting stories and remarkable insights, this course promises to educate, enlighten, and entertain you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Series

  • By David I. Williams on 05-12-15

Skips the Early Years; Lingers on the Recent

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I really was curious to learn about the early years of the church, but that didn't happen. Fortunately, I have a reference book "The Popes: Histories and Secrets"by Claudio Rendina. I had to read 250 pages of that book to supplement how this professor glossed over the first 1,000 years of this course. I wanted to know about priestly celibacy, non-existant role of women, etc. He covered the first millelium in a lecture and half; whereas he talked about the popes in my lifetime (68 years) in the last 5 lectures. Very disappointing.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Don't tell me what I already lived through.

What does Professor Thomas F. X. Noble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As a professor from Notre Dame, I guess he has to speak glowingly about the recent popes and gloss over the early dissention and in-fighting.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Very disappointing; however, I'm sure devout Catholics would like it. This is not history; it's propaganda.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful