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  • A Macat Analysis of Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations

  • By: Michael O'Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Macat.com
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

In Philosophical Investigations, the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein presents a radical approach to problems in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. In fact, he sets out a radically new conception of philosophy itself. Published in 1953, two years after Wittgenstein's death, many still consider it one of the finest works of 20th century philosophy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Elizabeth on 10-07-17

Disappointing

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Repetitive. The 'module' format is meaningless and doesn't allow for any development of concepts or ideas, instead fostering a repetitive style where you hear the reiteration of clichés about the book's 'great influence' on 20th century analytical philosophy, but no explanation of what that means in the context of the discipline as a whole. Superficial and truncated insights into how Wittgenstein relates to important disciplines such as sociology and anthropology and his influence on well-known theorists such as Bourdieu. The narrative stops at saying "Wittgenstein has been influential" and doesn't not take that idea any further in any meaningful way.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Foucault: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: Gary Gutting
  • Narrated by: Phil Holland
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Born in 1926 in France, over the course of his life he dabbled in drugs, politics, and the Paris SM scene, all whilst striving to understand the deep concepts of identity, knowledge, and power. From aesthetics to the penal system; from madness and civilization to avant-garde literature, Foucault was happy to reject old models of thinking and replace them with versions that are still widely debated today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monotonous Reading

  • By Den on 08-31-18

Very good

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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: 10-07-17

Detailed. Gave a good overview without repetition. I enjoyed the narrator's voice and felt that the introduction was a good point from which to embark on further reading.

  • A Macat Analysis of Judith Butler's Gender Trouble

  • By: Tim Smith-Laing
  • Narrated by: Macat.com
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Philosopher Judith Butler's 1990 work, Gender Trouble, shook the foundations of feminist theory and changed the conversation about gender. While many thinkers already accepted that "gender" was a category constructed by society rather than defined by one's genitalia, Butler went further and argued that gender is performative - it exists only in the acts that express it. Society determines that wearing makeup is "feminine" - but some men wear makeup. Are they "women"?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Superficial and repetitive

  • By Elizabeth on 10-02-17

Superficial and repetitive

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I chose a few Macat summaries and am disappointed. This one is repetitive and extremely superficial. I would guess that its audience is teenagers and others of about high school levels of education who want to know how many copies of a particular book have been sold rather than a more detailed exploration of the ideas within the author's work.

I'm not sure how a book like this is written. No one seems to want to claim authorship. It's written by the publisher? That should have been a red light.

  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreakingly excellent.

  • By Amrit Daswaney on 08-02-17

I couldn't finish this

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-16

What would have made A Little Life better?

A more nuanced plot. I mean it's all so gory and the main character is not likeable at all.

What was most disappointing about Hanya Yanagihara’s story?

The main character. What a weird story. Ewe. How on earth is anyone supposed to relate to such a person?

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was fine. The material was dreadful though.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Little Life?

To be honest there's not much could be done with it from my perspective. When I finally realised what the central theme of the book was (about 1/10th into the book?) I realised that it wasn't going to be the story I had expected about multiple characters but rather about one main unattractive protagonist who I felt no sympathy for. I decided that there wasn't any point in exploring the book further because it would just drag on with these dreadful images and impossible to believe in choices. So I gave up. I would remove the whole thing and leave nothing behind.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wept

  • By Tanya Tear on 10-22-13

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

Where does Me Talk Pretty One Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

How does a guy get so funny. Loved every word of this book. Definitely my best so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Talk Pretty One Day?

Too many to list

What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

Everything. The writing, his delivery, his self-deprecation (so refreshing compared to so many people these days), his pathos, his empathy. He is just a great writer across the board.

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

His writing about learning French in Paris. That was not only funny but helpful for me because I'm a language teacher and it really helped me to empathise more with my students.

Any additional comments?

I just hope my next audio book will be even half as good as this one.

  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,200

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

  • By ccreads on 02-20-16

Drivel

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Both self-aggrandising and banal. I suppose that's some sort of achievement but certainly not what I am remotely interested in. I gave it one star, but did I have to give any?