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  • Porn Generation

  • How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
  • By: Ben Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Andrew Bernays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

It’s everywhere, from commercials to New York Times best-sellers to college (and even younger) classrooms. In fact, pornography has become such a part of normal life in 21st century America that many teens and twenty-somethings have had no more important influence. They are the porn generation, where life’s expectations come from Mouseketeer pop tarts, Victoria’s Secret, internet titillation, and condom-flogging sex education.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How the Descent into Sexuality Has Hurt Us

  • By Leon Declis on 12-02-17

I like Ben Shapiro but...

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

Reviewed: 19-08-17

I like Ben Shapiro very much he is a brilliant debater and talks a lot of sense. Underlying his thought and speech is a strong commitment to old testament morality and it shows in this book, not that there is anything wrong with that, it is admirable that someone can seemingly stick to such a rigid and demanding system especially in the current times. Perhaps such a life provides its own rewards. However as he goes through the history of the decline of censorship and its spread into the mainstream he sounds a bit like someone who has been transported in time to the modern day from the victorian era. Things such as French Connections FCUK campaign are described in the outraged terms that it was obviously meant to provoke. A plethora of other very familiar phenomenon is described with the same offended tone which the narrator captures very well. I think there are things to be concerned about with the rise of ubiquity of porn and into the wider world. How extreme acts are becoming normalised for example. But he doesn't seem to notice that some good may have come from it too, like the awareness that women can be just as hungry and gratified by sex as men. There is plenty to make a really interesting book but Ben comes across as a bit of a square and a prude here.

  • A Brief History of the Greek Myths

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Stephen P. Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths leads the listener through the vibrant stories of ancient Greece, from the origins of the gods through to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. All the familiar narratives are here, along with some less familiar characters and motifs. In addition to the tales, the audiobook explains key issues arising from the narratives and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't work as an audio book

  • By M. WILLIAMS on 03-08-13

A fine overview

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

Reviewed: 18-01-14

This is a great overview of the Greek myths and very informative. It is obviously well researched and aimed at an academic readership. Many debates and aspects of the myths are discussed such as Freudian interpretations, to what extent might there be some historical basis for Troy and things like that. I found I was most entertained where I had read some of the source material first so you might want to read Homer and the Greek plays first and this book will then deepen your understanding. My only gripe was that the narration had a slight comically sneering tone which seemed totally inappropriate given the subject matter. Still it is quite a long listen and the narrator is bearable on balance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Odes of Pindar

  • By: Pindar
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Pindar was one of the greatest lyric poets of ancient Greece. He is best known today for his odes to the victors of athletic contests, including those at famed Olympia. These odes, the only complete surviving pieces by Pindar, are marvels of sustained imagination, packed with dense parallels between the athletic victor, his illustrious aristocratic ancestors, and the myths of Olympian gods and heroes like Jason, Heracles, and Perseus.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration

  • By Chris on 19-07-13

Disappointing narration

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

Reviewed: 19-07-13

Where does The Odes of Pindar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Fairly low

What will your next listen be?

Homers odyssey

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not at all

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

interesting to hear

Any additional comments?

After enjoying charlton griffins reading of the history of Rome with his very well schooled accent. I was rather disappointed with this one. Admittedly Pindar is rather an obscure interest and there are unlikely to be many more readings available. However it certainly a felt that griffin had little knowledge and Understanding of the poetry he was reading, it felt as if it the stuff was being read for the first time without rehearsal or familiarity. I am grateful that it is available at all but a little more effort in the production could have improved things immensely. Pindars poetry is interesting (to me) for some of the Greek myths it contains and as the insight it gives to Ancient Greek history so worth a listen for those reasons.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping with the Devil

  • How Washington Sold Its Soul for Saudi Crude
  • By: Robert Baer
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Baer goes behind the scenes to show how the U.S. willingly overlooked the corruption of the Saudi royal family, its financing of violent Islamic fundamentalist groups that spread hatred of the West throughout Saudi society, and its bribery of American officials. From a close-up with a corrupt Arab family to the inside scoop on how we helped fund the Taliban, Baer shows what's at stake in our pursuit of oil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corruption must have 2 ends to work

  • By AMR Professional Ltd on 21-03-17

Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-11

Highly recommended, I had already read the paperback and got this audiobook to remind myself of all that I had read. This is a totally engrossing account of the american relationship with Saudi Arabia. It is excellently narrated by Robertson Dean.

  • Nelson

  • By: Victoria Carolan
  • Narrated by: Joy Gelardi
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Nelson continues to fascinate academics as well as the general public. He is still considered one of Britain’s greatest heroes and featured within the top ten of the BBC poll of such figures. But why does Nelson still remain such a prominent figure in the national imagination? With 2005 being the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, Victoria Carolan embarks on a timely reappraisal of Nelson, the myth and the man.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too short and too rushed

  • By Chris on 15-05-10

Too short and too rushed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-10

I came to this after listening to robert southeys' lengthy biography hoping for a more up to date and objective look at Nelson, but I am afraid this is not nearly as good. All the major episodes in nelsons voyages are quickly raced through, although there is some interesting historical information delivered. But the worst thing about it is the narration which is really rushed and off-putting, the audiobook is about 3 hours long but should have taken at least 4 hours to read at a normal pace.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The History of English Poetry

  • By: Peter Whitfield
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

English literature is a treasure trove of wonderful poetry. From Shakespeare to Milton, Keats to Shelley and Tennyson to Yeats, this accessible history (especially written for Naxos Audiobooks) introduces the listener to countless small masterpieces, including all the old favorites and some lesser-known gems. Whitfield explores this most expressive of art forms and traces the historical development of a rich and diverse canon of poetical works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent introduction

  • By Chris on 15-05-10

An Excellent introduction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-10

I was expecting an anthology but this is a narrative history of the arts with examples read to illustrate the story. For a person like me who has little understanding of poetry this reaally gives a great overview. It is very well read by the narrator as well. It left me wanting to listen to more poetry

12 of 12 people found this review helpful