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Slavoj Žižek's first book is a provocative and original work looking at the question of human agency in a postmodern world. In a thrilling tour de force that made his name, he explores the ideological fantasies of wholeness and exclusion which make up human society.
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Great book ruined by narration
I have already read this book a few years ago and loved it, so decided to get the audio version for a recap. However, the narration is terrible and sucks all the life out of the text. It is plainly clear that he has no idea about what he's reading or the subject matter at hand and is just reading the text out in a dry and confusing way. This in turn makes it boring and confusing to listen to because he's not emphasising the right words or adding the proper inflections to certain sentences. A base knowledge of what is being read is essential to books such as this, and this has been a general problem with a few philosophy/political texts on Audible. In contrast to this, please see Mark Fisher's books on here, read by Tom Lawrence, who clearly understands the subject matter and elevates the text brilliantly. A narrator can not simply narrate, he has to understand what he's narrating otherwise you might as well get a computer to read it out.
Also, considering Zizek's buoyant and fervent way of talking, why they thought to get this fusty old geezer to read out his book is anyone's guess.
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- Anonymous User
I liked both content and narrator.
Zizek has an ability to suddenly make you aware of aspects of language and reasoning that are unaccessible in an Facebook world :-)
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