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Leon

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  • On Evil

  • By: Terry Eagleton
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

For many enlightened, liberal-minded thinkers today, and for most on the political left, evil is an outmoded concept. It smacks too much of absolute judgements and metaphysical certainties to suit the modern age. In this witty, accessible study, the prominent Marxist thinker Terry Eagleton launches a surprising defence of the reality of evil, drawing on literary, theological, and psychoanalytic sources to suggest that evil, no mere medieval artefact, is a real phenomenon with palpable force in our contemporary world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A BRILLIANT MIND

  • By Leon on 02-06-18

A BRILLIANT MIND

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

When a brilliant mind delves into a topic it leaves one enlightened, sometimes uncomfortable, but mostly amazed. And this is Terry Eagleton. He tugs at one's paradigm, and does it very well.

A very good read. !

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Richard Flanagan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful.

  • By Barbara on 17-10-14

A book that hints of a smart mind

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

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

Yes.
The creative mind of the author was really worth being exposed to.

His understanding of the human character is very good.

The book is also a discovery of a piece of history that is not commonly known.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Flanagan’s performances?

N0. Never

Did The Narrow Road to the Deep North inspire you to do anything?

I gained inspiration from the author's creative writing.

Any additional comments?

A very good author does not make a good reader.

There is something ''romantic'' about a book being read by its author, but in this case it spoiled the audio book.

A GOOD ACTOR can truly enhance the listening experience of any audio book. A good actor could have done wonderfull things with this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Isn't This Fun

  • Investigating the Serious Business of Enjoying Ourselves
  • By: Michael Foley
  • Narrated by: John O'Mahony
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Michael Foley wants to understand why he doesn't appear to be experiencing as much fun as everyone else. So, with characteristic wit and humour, he sets out to understand what fun really means, examining its heritage, its cultural significance and the various activities we associate with fun. He investigates pursuits such as dancing, sex, holidays, sport, gaming and comedy and concludes that fun is not easy, simple and fixed, as many seem to believe, but elusive, complex and constantly changing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich, funny, interesting.

  • By Michael Doherty on 24-08-17

Not quite ''The Age of Absurdity''

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

Reviewed: 25-11-16

What did you like best about this story?

Foley's skill to approach very ordinary experiences and values from a very different angle, leading the reader to re-think some basic issues of modern Western life.

What does John O'Mahony bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Well read. The reader's voice expresses the nuances of the contents, making it easy and enjoyable to listen to the book.

  • The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty

  • How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Fascinating and provocative, Dan Ariely’s The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty is an insightful and brilliantly researched take on cheating, deception, and willpower. The internationally best-selling author pulls no punches when it comes to home truths. His previous titles Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality have become classics in their field, revealing astonishing traits that run through modern humankind. Now acclaimed behavioural economist Dan Ariely delves deeper into psychology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's yourself you have to fool!

  • By Jim Vaughan on 15-05-13

Brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 25-11-16

What did you like most about The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty?

The sharp mind of the author presenting paradigm shifting information.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty?

The whole book with all his numerous insights!

Any additional comments?

The insights presented in this book overturns many traditional perceptions.

  • The Lucifer Effect

  • Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
  • By: Philip Zimbardo
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

What makes good people do bad things? How can moral people be seduced to act immorally? Where is the line separating good from evil, and who is in danger of crossing it? Social psychologist Philip Zimbardo has the answers. He explains how - and the myriad reasons why - we are all susceptible to the lure of "the dark side". Drawing on examples from history as well as his own trailblazing research, Zimbardo details how situational forces and group dynamics can make monsters out of decent men and women.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-13

PROFOUND IDEAS spoilt by too much tedious detail

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

Reviewed: 25-11-16

If you could sum up The Lucifer Effect in three words, what would they be?

Insightful facts/perspectives

Would you be willing to try another book from Philip Zimbardo? Why or why not?

No.I would rather read a science journalist or other scientist quoting him. He burdens the non-academic reader with huge volumes of tedious detail.

What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

Well read. He understands the content which makes his reading clear, promoting a quick grasp of the text.

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

No.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Volcano Lover

  • A Romance
  • By: Susan Sontag
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Volcano Lover follows the fortunes of a British ambassador, the ravishing woman he marries, and the young British admiral with whom she falls in love. Set in 18th-century Naples and based on the lives of Sir William Hamilton, his celebrated wife Emma, and Lord Nelson, the novel is peopled with many of the great figures of the day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid Prose

  • By Leon on 25-11-16

Splendid Prose

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

Reviewed: 25-11-16

What made the experience of listening to The Volcano Lover the most enjoyable?

This is a fine novel and the author has reveals a good understanding of the time and place of the novel. This being no greater than many classical novels. What stands out for me is the prose of Susan Sontag. At times it is astonishing; even though it is very readable it often has a poetic quality of expression that is very enriching.

A very satisfying read (listen).

Have you listened to any of Jennifer Van Dyck’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, I have not listened to Jennifer Van Dyck's other performances.
This performance is good, complimenting the novel.

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

Being exposed to her vivid understanding of the emotional currents peculiar to the different sexes, is a valued experience.

Any additional comments?

The authors ''message'' is a little too overt.