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North Brunswick, NJ, USA
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  • Avicenna and Medieval Muslim Philosophy

  • By: Professor Thomas Gaskill
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

For centuries, the works of Aristotle and other Greek thinkers were preserved in the Arabic world, where they profoundly influenced Muslim thinkers who were trying to combine philosophical insight with religious piety. The intellectual range of this great tradition is remarkable: nothing escaped investigation, from details of medicine to the mysteries of God's nature. Avicenna and Averroes produced philosophical systems that rival the greatest intellectual structures ever built.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lucid, insightful, informative

  • By Mazen on 02-27-07

Lucid, insightful, informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-07

This has got to be one of the best audio-books I have heard so far. It addresses its inherently difficult subject with such clarity of thought that some of the most complicated ideas are made accessible.

The book was very informative, yet it kept my interest and I really wished it had been longer.

The books discusses the ideas of Al Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Al Ghazali and Ibn Rushd (Averroes) in relation to one-another, with Ibn Sina's philosophy at the center. It doesn't assume previous knowledge about any of them or about Greek philosophy, although it expects the reader to know at least who Aristotle was.

The narrators added a lot to my enjoyment of the book. Arab names and words are pronounced correctly, which is a rarity, and the general quality of the narration is high.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Communism [Modern Library Chronicles]

  • By: Richard Pipes
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

From the acclaimed Modern Library Chronicles comes an exploration of a promising theory that when put to practice wreaked havoc on the world. An expert on communism, Richard Pipes follows the history of the Soviet Union from the 1917 revolution to the Cold War, and finally, to its deterioration and collapse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Right on the Money

  • By Edward on 02-20-07

Interesting but lacks objectivity

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-06

This book is essentially a condemnation of communism. The author was a member of the Reagan administration and it shows. On the other hand, the author succeeds in covering a very broad subject in an interesting manner. This is not a boring book.

The main failing of the book is that it makes no attempt to be objective. It's paints communism as almost unmitigated evil and communist leaders are evil men with no goodwill or conscience ... ever. I listened to the book to be informed, not to be indoctrinated, and that's precisely where the book fails for me.

On the other hand the book is interesting. It covers communism from its roots to modern times, reminding us of the causes and consequences of its rise in different nations (from its own point of view). Unsurprisingly, the book gives special attention to the USSR and its influence on world communism. While the book fails to be objective, it doesn't alter facts to suit its aims (as far as I could tell.) In other words, it may distort but it doesn't lie.

The author is clearly well informed and the book is an easy read. I hope that a future book or a future edition can be more objective.

20 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Interview with Kathleen Hall Jamieson

  • By: Kathleen Hall Jamieson
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Hall Jamieson
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

NPR commentator, respected political expert, and Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, Kathleen Hall Jamieson answers questions about the current political scene and discusses politicians' broken promises, manipulation of the media, the effect of the Internet on campaigns, and more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Souds too much like an ad

  • By Mazen on 05-29-05

Souds too much like an ad

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-05

Kathleen Jamieson answers questions like she's reading a news report or an ad copy. On the other hand, some of what she says is pretty insightful.

  • A Damsel in Distress

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Strange things are happening at Belpher Castle. For starters, the Earl's sister is intent on pairing off her stepson, Reggie, and niece, Lady Patricia (known as Maud). Maud, however, is in hot pursuit of Geoffrey Raymond, and she is also being pursued by the unacceptable composer, George Bevan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining!

  • By Christine on 01-19-06

Fun and imaginative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-05

This is my first book by P. G. Wodehouse and I'm looking forward to another. The story was interesting and the author has some insighteful comments every now and then. My only cristicism is that the story was sometimes predictable, but in a comedy this is not much of a problem. Quite enjoyable.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful