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Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent

Narrated by: Robert F Barsky
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
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This biography describes the intellectual and political milieus that helped shape Noam Chomsky, a pivotal figure in contemporary linguistics, politics, cognitive psychology, and philosophy. It also presents an engaging political history of the last several decades, including such events as the Spanish Civil War, the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the march on the Pentagon to protest the Vietnam War. The audiobook highlights Chomsky's views on the uses and misuses of the university as an institution, his assessment of useful political engagement, and his doubts about postmodernism. Because Chomsky is given ample space to articulate his views on many of the major issues relating to his work, both linguistic and political, this audiobook is listened like the autobiography that Chomsky says he will never write.

Barsky's account reveals the remarkable consistency in Chomsky's interests and principles over the course of his life. The audiobook contains well-placed excerpts from Chomsky's published writings and unpublished correspondence, including the author's own years-long correspondence with Chomsky.

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  • mark
  • 07-07-19

Funny narration

The narrator is pretty funny. He regularly mis-pronouces words or pauses to cough. I think at one point he gets a notification on his phone and pauses to put it on silent. A few times he stops mid sentence to turn pages.
But I didn't really mind weirdly enough. Better that than those polished elasticated robot narrators.
I'm finding the content pretty useful overall.

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