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Could be so much better

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-2019

The lectures in this audio book are basically copied from material freely available elsewhere. Somebody has simply and randomly downloaded some of this material and presented it here. There has been no effort to edit the material into any sort of meaningful order. They have added a bit of “funky” guitar and a female narrator who introduces each section. Some of the sections in this audiobook just peter out, almost mid sentence. There is so much missing material here. It is a shame because the work of Alan Watts was truly significant. Many of his ideas still resonate today. If you want to study the social and cultural upheaval of the 1960’s you need to study this man and his writings. He was massively influential. His material also resonates very strongly with today’s Millenials who see in his philosophy a way of reshaping the political and social materialism that has ensnared their generation. If audible wish to cash in on the work of Alan Watts they need to at least re-edit the material and remove the infamous background noise of watts’ lapel microphone. They should also pay an editor to put the material into some kind of thematic order. Finally, Watts actually wrote several books as well as recording his lectures and interviews and these would benefit from being produced in an audiobook format. I’d certainly buy them if they had a decent narrator. The material in this ‘audiobook’ should be seen as a taster of the total work produced by Alan Watts during his lifetime. Don’t let the dreadful quality and complete absence of editing herein discourage you from finding out more about the material generated by this remarkable and visionary man.

6 people found this helpful

A great review of Tolkien’s life work.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-2019

This is an undergraduate level introductory course to the collected work of Tolkien. It is structured in a very logical sequence. It is clear that Drout is a fan of Tolkien and he deliberately steers away from any very controversial topics. Nonetheless the passion for the topic is evident from the start and this makes it very interesting to listen to. I found the reviews of Tolkien’s work to be insightful and carefully thought out. I really enjoyed the series and have only one criticism: there needs to be more!!!

Gripping children’s tale

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-2019

There are some great elements in this book. It’s nice to have a tough and knowledgeable female protagonist. And the story is very good, I even if it does borrow heavily from jack london and Gary Paulson. The dialogue is a weak point. The characterisation of the poor helpless male antagonist is very superficial. The main disappointment is the way the novel dribbles out at the end with valley-girl Americanism. OMG! Frustrating much.

Blurk

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Reviewed: 16-10-2019

Just so piddling mediocre it defies description. Fails on so many levels. It’s a shame because the concept is great. The execution really wasn’t up to it.

Creepy, creatively brilliant and believably scary.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-2019

The narration is superb. The story is witty, full of subtle references to other great pieces of literature, though without interrupting the flow of the narrative. Michelle Paver’s great joy for writing glosses every line to light up the very dark, and almost gothic storyline. I am so glad I bought this book. You will be too.

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Brilliant book, great performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-2019

It is not very often that you find a new series of books that are this good. Everything about this book is excellent. The story, the writing, the narration. If you are hesitating about purchasing this book, rest assured: you will love it.

Just Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-2019

Every now and the. You read a book that changes your life. For me, this is one of those books. It is a profound and deeply moving story about narcissism and the impact this disorder has both on the person with the disorder and all those around them. It is harrowing for those of us who have come under the dark influence of such a person. It is also ultimately liberating as well. Like all of Harris’ novels, there are layers here that reward the reader with lots of thought-provoking switchbacks and double-takes. You can enter this world again and again and never be bored. I highly recommend this novel. The audio is also of the first quality and the narrator does a wonderful job of altering the voicing for each character with just enough subtlety and consistently to be able to carry the narrative quite effectively. You have to be alert however, to the changes in character as and when they occur or it can be a little confusing.

Doesn’t translate into audio as you’d expect.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-2019

There needs to be an effort to edit this book so that it can be more easily understood in an audio format. For example, how do you translate italics into audio? With a text like this, much of the meaning-values are expressed in layout, the use of headings, and nuanced written convention. These sorts of writing elements do not translate well into audio. It makes understanding the text far more difficult. There is no explanation, for example, as to why there are different narrators or why the narration is changing. The text just suddenly veers or lurches to a different narrator and there seems little logical reason given to the reader as to why this is occurring. It makes it difficult to follow. This is a shame because there is so much wonderful writing in this book. There are brilliant ideas and observations that can only be teased out through a careful and concerted reading of the clumsy production. The work of Joseph Campbell needs to be made more accessible and more widely known. This text may have begun with a sincere effort to achieve this aim, but it has failed because of generally hackneyed production values.

5 people found this helpful

Mostly froth and bubble

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-2018

Like most self help books, this text has a couple of good ideas plumped up with a self-lovingly narcissistic travelogue of the author's memories about himself and general rants. chapter one was imaginative, although the use of the swear word was to create shock value rather than having any real value. Chapter two was woeful and although it got better throughout the rest of the text, nothing particularly noteworthy was added to the main treatise. Should you buy this book? Well... it is really well narrated. But you need grist for the mill. My suggestion? It's not worth the money.

gooder thinkbook

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-2018

brilliantly narrated. one of the most important books in engsoc history. i highly recommend for all readers