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  • The Modern Scholar: Celts and Germans

  • The Enduring Heritage of the European Northlands
  • By: Professor Timothy B. Shutt
  • Narrated by: Professor Timothy B. Shutt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

One of the Modern Scholar's most popular lecturers, Professor Timothy B. Shutt of Kenyon College examines the contributions of the peoples of northern Europe through their vibrant literary legacy. As Professor Shutt's textual analysis reveals, Celtic and Germanic values shine through these works, exhibiting such characteristics as courage, self-control, and respect for women. As listeners will find, the legacy of the European Northlands formed a cultural pattern that continues to this day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not what it claims to be

  • By Mick on 02-04-18

Interesting but not what it claims to be

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

This was a decent listen and is very accessible. Apart from from the first couple of chapters however, it is not a history of the Celts and Germans. At least two thirds of the book is an overview an analysis of various sagas such Sir Gawain.

Interesting enough but it left a bad taste in my mouth because I felt it was a deceptive title.

  • An Apple a Day

  • Old-Fashioned Proverbs and Why They Still Work
  • By: Caroline Taggart
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

An Apple a Day turns the spotlight on sayings that we take for granted, examining their often surprising or fascinating origins, their use, and why they are true – or sometimes aren’t... From wise words originating with the Old Testament and other ancient texts, by way of practical sayings that have gone into the language, to relatively modern gems often coined by poets, writers or philosophers, An Apple a Day shows that most proverbs are as useful today as they ever were when they were newly minted.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not great

  • By Mick on 05-05-15

Not great

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kim Hicks?

The narrator used for the authors previous book, a classical education.

Do you think An Apple a Day needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I wouldn't buy a follow up on this book however I would be willing to try a book by the same author on a different topic.

Any additional comments?

Having read the author's previous work, A Classical Education, which was excellent, I had high hopes for this. Unfortunately this was a disappointing listen which I couldn't finish. I'm not sure if it was just the narrator or if the book is just missing the witty style of the aforementioned title but I just didn't find it enjoyable however much I tried.

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  • On Writing

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book - part biography, part a collection of tips for the aspiring writer - is the extraordinary result.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great personal insight

  • By Blinkinmarvellous on 13-04-13

Not a King fan but this is excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, this is well thought out advice from one of the most successful writers of our time.

Any additional comments?

I've not read much Stephen King but I have no hesitation in recommending this audiobook.

It provides many, many useful writing tips and advice and if you are writer you cannot fail but to gain something from it regardless of your experience level.

You only have to look at the number of writing courses and text books which quote from this text to see how valuable it is.

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  • The Practicing Mind

  • Bringing Discipline and Focus into Your Life
  • By: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Narrated by: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living. The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will this book really make a difference?

  • By Mrs. Z. St Pierre on 08-11-15

Well worthwhile listen

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

Would you listen to The Practicing Mind again? Why?

Yes. It contains a number of very helpful insights, it's engaging and I can see a time where I will re-listen to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

Which scene did you most enjoy?

N/A although the writer uses numerous good analogies from the worlds of sport and music to effectively illustrate some of the more abstract points.

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

Once you've heard the book you'll understand how ironic this question is.

Any additional comments?

The book offers a refreshing take on present mindedness which was an enjoyable listen.

As the author states, he has designed the book so you can dip in at any point which made it very easy to enjoy in bite size chunks.

I am very fussy about narrators and this does have a slightly odd style at points. This wasn't enough to affect my enjoyment of the book but I would suggest you listen to the preview before buying.

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