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  • Other Minds

  • The Octopus and The Evolution of Intelligent Life
  • By: Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
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A philosopher dons a wet suit and journeys into the depths of consciousness. Peter Godfrey-Smith is a leading philosopher of science. He is also a scuba diver whose underwater videos of warring octopuses have attracted wide notice. In this audiobook he brings his parallel careers together to tell a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stunning look at the evolution of thinking...

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-18

extraordinary & relatable creatures

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Reviewed: 27-08-18

"Octopuses are not monogamous, have sporadic sex lives and do not appear to be particularly social." That description had me hooked and it just went uphill from there rly.

The narration is great, the writing is accessible, stylish and funny and the subject fascinating. One of my new fav audiobooks.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wittgenstein: Philosophy in an Hour

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
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Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Wittgenstein in just one hour. Ludwig Wittgenstein saw himself as ‘the last philosopher’. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished. A superb logician, Wittgenstein distrusted language and sought to solve the problems of philosophy by reducing them to the purest form of logic. Everything else - metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, finally even philosophy itself - was excluded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sassy but balanced

  • By ls822 on 11-07-18

sassy but balanced

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Reviewed: 11-07-18

Great analysis of Wittgensteins essential philosophy with some satisfyingly witty send ups. Ludderz was a brilliant, fascinating and tortured thinker but entirely lacking in self awareness

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

  • The Complete Work Plus an Overview, Chapter by Chapter Summary and Author Biography
  • By: Bertrand Rusell, Israel Bouseman
  • Narrated by: Bob Rundell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
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Bertrand Russell is, without a doubt, one of the most prominent and influential figures in philosophy in the 20th century. His work was a significant influence on minds such as Albert Einstein, Isaac Asimov, and Noam Chomsky. With The Problems of Philosophy, he brings a complicated subject into easy reach. Russell uses this work to highlight the main philosophical subjects examined through the course of history.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful

  • By callummac65 on 02-09-18

read instead

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Reviewed: 17-04-18

Russell's brilliant clear words just about make it through the metallic narration, but it would be quicker and more satisfying to read it (it's only 134 pages)

  • Eileen

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 178
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
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    4 out of 5 stars 160

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman, trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's carer and her day job as a secretary at the prison. When the charismatic Rebecca Saint John arrives as the new counsellor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted and unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic reader made this good, wouldve struggled otherwise

  • By ziiigggg on 19-03-17

compelling and immersive

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Reviewed: 10-04-18

I wasn't down with this to start (felt it was too wordy) but as the narrative progressed I became hooked and the pace of it made it very immersive. The character of Eileen aside, there are so many clever twists and turns and they were tied up in what seemed (to me at least) a very satisfying ending.

The narration is great - just the right mix of slow and enunciated. Moshfeghs writing has the reflective quality of Elena Ferrante (as well as its irritable sharpness) which was v well conveyed in the reading. I would recommend Hilary Huber's version of the neopolitan trilogy for any fans of this audiobook.

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  • A History of Western Philosophy

  • By: Bertrand Russell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 38 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
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Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, just remember when it was written

  • By Benno Boyo on 30-11-16

Mind-blowing

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Reviewed: 05-04-18

Hands-down the best audiobook I've listened to. I wavered at first on whether to download it (the length put me off; I always get half-way through the 30+ hours tomes and then give up) but thought it would be a good investment and so did anyway. It was absolutely the right decision.

Russell's History of Western Philosophy is one of those rare books which actually alters your perspective on life - your brain feels a bit heavier after reading it - and makes you feel not just more intelligent and more sympathetic, but also less afraid.

It's very well suited to audiobook format. I don't know if I'd have had the patience to digest the weighty hardback - plus when someone is reading to you you can take notes easily, so the interesting stuff is more likely to stick. One or two chapters a day listening worked very well as a target, and I was done with it in just under a month. Russell is a brilliant communicator & the narrator was excellent at capturing the wit and warmth of his voice.

I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is looking to expand their knowledge of philosophy but feels intimidated by the jargon heavy intros by so many contemporary thinkers, or to anyone who wants to avoid the (unapologetic) bias of individual specialists. Russell ultimately has his own agenda, but he is honest in flagging up bias where it appears, and in admitting his own shortcomings.