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  • Beyond Matter

  • Why Science Needs Metaphysics
  • By: Roger Trigg
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Does science have all the answers? Can it even deal with abstract reasoning that reaches beyond the world experienced by us? How can we be so sure that the physical world is sufficiently ordered to be intelligible to humans? How is it that mathematics, a product of human minds, can unlock the secrets of the physical universe? Are all such questions to be ruled out as inadmissible if science cannot settle them? Metaphysics has traditionally been understood as reasoning beyond the reach of science, sometimes even claiming realities that are beyond its grasp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Matter

  • By Deanna on 08-07-16

Beyond Matter

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

What did you love best about Beyond Matter?

Tough but worth it....mind bending

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Matter?

Lots of them

Have you listened to any of James Killavey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my second time. I think he's quite good but...you may not...tastes vary a lot in narrators so...listen to the sample and make your own decision.

Any additional comments?

My son is very much into "Science has all the answers." I know it does not but have trouble explaining why, especially when he gets sarcastic. I hope I can get him to listen to this book. Wonderfully well thought out. Listened to it twice because the ideas are wonderful but complex.

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  • Confessions of a Bad Teacher

  • The Shocking Truth from the Front Lines of American Public Education
  • By: John Owens
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

An explosive new look at the pressures on today's teachers and the pitfalls of school reform, Confessions of a Bad Teacher presents a passionate appeal to save public schools, before it's too late. When John Owens left a lucrative job to teach English at a public school in New York City's South Bronx, he thought he could do some good. Faced with a flood of struggling students, Owens devised ingenious ways to engage every last one. But as his students began to thrive under his tutelage, Owens found himself increasingly mired in a broken educational system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Telling it like it is.

  • By Deanna on 08-07-16

Telling it like it is.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. People really need to understand how bad conditions can be.

What did you like best about this story?

I have been a teacher for 30 years. If you wonder what it's like to be a teacher should read this book. I've quoted a review of the print version below that I totally agree with.

Which character – as performed by James Killavey – was your favorite?

I thought the reader good but a couple of people did not and, in the "Days of Trump" it's not enough to say you don't like something. People have to go to extremes like...."Terrible, really terrible, Believe me, Believe me!." Sad but true. So I say..I think he's good but don't believe me..or them. Listen to the sample and decide for yourself.

Any additional comments?

"This book accurately describes my own experiences right down to the language used
by the students and the pettiness of the administration. The central message of the book,
according to my biased view as a teacher, is that teachers should be supported financially
(dedicated teachers are spending thousands of their own dollars for classroom supplies
and demonstration apparatus), logistically (removal of knuckleheads from class), and emotionally (regarded with the esteem they deserve). I could recite my own litany of abuse by assistant principals, extreme behavior problems, too many kids with special needs and not enough time, but John Owens has already described my experience with remarkable accuracy. I realize now that this is not just a local problem, but a systemic one pervading school systems across the nation. Education reform has relieved students of responsibility for their own education and placed it all on the teacher. Thirty percent of the school year is consumed by preparing for and taking high-stakes tests. Education reform is the worst thing to ever happen to education. Teachers should be supported and appreciated. Education reform is a big part of the problem, good teachers hold the key to the solution. We should listen to them. Thank you John Owens for stating our case so well!"

7 of 7 people found this review helpful