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  • Discourse on the Origin and the Foundations of Inequality Among Men

  • By: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    4 out of 5 stars 1

Rousseau's Discourse sets out to explore the origin of inequality among people, a journey that sees him trace the evolution of humans from the savage man to the foundations of civil society. With verve and passion, the philosopher argues that the birth of private property was the "beginning of evil". Throughout the book we are led to consider the development of language, reason, self-preservation, benevolence, pity, and law - all through the lens of perhaps the most original thinker of the 18th century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strangely amusing

  • By MR on 07-02-2019

Strangely amusing

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Reviewed: 07-02-2019

Although they go way off track, the core supposition of property bringing about inequality is well reasoned.

  • Beyond Good and Evil

  • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Roy McMillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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    4 out of 5 stars 33

Continuing where Thus Spoke Zarathustra left off, Nietzsche's controversial work Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most influential philosophical texts of the 19th century and one of the most controversial works of ideology ever written. Attacking the notion of morality as nothing more than institutionalised weakness, Nietzsche criticises past philosophers for their unquestioning acceptance of moral precepts. Nietzsche tried to formulate what he called "the philosophy of the future".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile. The summaries are a godsend

  • By MR on 05-02-2019

Worthwhile. The summaries are a godsend

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Reviewed: 05-02-2019

Nietzsche waffles on a great deal, which makes large chunks of this tedious. The summaries provided at the start of each chapter are incredibly useful as a result, enabling you to ask, "What the hell was he on about again?" only to be reminded of the introduction.

Worthwhile.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  • A Book for All and None
  • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4 out of 5 stars 15

Thus Spoke Zarathustra is one of the most extraordinary - and important - texts in Western philosophy. It was written by Friedrich Nietzsche between 1883 and 1885. He cast it in the form of a novel in the hope that his urgent message of the 'death of God' and the rise of the superman (Ubermensch) would have greater emotional as well as intellectual impact.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Largely self aggrandisement

  • By MR on 31-01-2019

Largely self aggrandisement

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Reviewed: 31-01-2019

Not nearly as good as "Beyond Good and Evil", but an important work nonetheless. Largely consists of saying the same thing over and over. He needed an editor.

  • Broken Angels

  • Altered Carbon, Book 2
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Fifty years after the events of Altered Carbon, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless - and whose dangers are endless. Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • very low volume recording difficult to hear

  • By simmax on 02-10-2017

Better than the first

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-03-2018

The sex scene is worthy of being nominated for one of the most awful the year it was published, but otherwise the story chugs along well enough. The reader can't pronounce Maori, though.

  • Altered Carbon

  • Altered Carbon, Book 1
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Mr Ryan Wendt on 13-02-2018

A struggle to get through

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-2018

The story works itself into a few corners that don't make much sense, with Kovacs doing things that are just idiotic at points. He's terrible detective, in any case. The sex scenes are abysmal.

The sound design on this one needs work. There's a lot of dead air and pauses that should have been ironed out in editing. It detracts from the experience.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • American Desperado

  • My Life as a Cocaine Cowboy
  • By: Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
  • Narrated by: Christina Rooney, Erik Davies, Johnathan McClain, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 263
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    5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 236

American Desperado is possibly the most jaw-dropping, event-filled, adrenaline-soaked criminal autobiography ever written. Like a real-life Scarface Jon was born into the upper levels of the Gambino crime family and witnessed his first murder at age seven. He became a one-man juvenile crime wave before joining an assassination squad in Vietnam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really good book but a little gruesome in parts

  • By Matthew Worrall on 11-10-2015

Solid

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Reviewed: 26-12-2017

Gives an excellent understanding of the process by which someone like this can form, and a brutal insight into the blatant corruption the world is filled with. Justice for all, bar the rich.

  • Behavioral Economics

  • When Psychology and Economics Collide
  • By: Scott Huettel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Scott Huettel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    4 out of 5 stars 21

Behavioral economics is the study of decision making, and of the related themes of valuation, exchange, and interpersonal interactions. Using methods from psychology, sociology, neurology, and economics, behavioral economics sheds light one of the most fundamental activities of human life: the decision process. In 24 insightful lectures, you'll learn how behavioral economists look at decision making and explore a set of key principles that offer deep insight into how we evaluate information and integrate different factors to make decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good information

  • By MR on 13-12-2017

Good information

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-2017

Basically a mini psychology lecture. It's far more about decision making than it is about economics.

  • The Joy of Science

  • By: Robert M. Hazen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert M. Hazen
  • Length: 30 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Science is humanity's greatest achievement. It ranges from the study of the universe itself to the smallest particles of matter contained within it - and everything in between. If you want to better understand our physical world, as most of us do, gaining a basic understanding of science itself is profoundly important - yet many are intimidated by the breathtaking scope of such an endeavor. Now an award-winning science teacher has taken out the intimidation, harnessing that breathtaking scope into a series of 60 exciting, comprehensive, and accessible lectures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book

  • By Muhammad Emad on 01-12-2018

Drags, but really informative

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Reviewed: 01-12-2017

[Voice Class=Neo]I know science.[/Voice Class]

Best run down of quintessential scientific concepts that I've ever heard. Entertaining enough to hold your focus, but detailed enough to generate some actual learning.

  • See No Evil

  • By: Robert Baer
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In his explosive New York Times best seller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA's efforts to root out the world's deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the continued entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing and relevant

  • By MR on 26-09-2017

Disturbing and relevant

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Reviewed: 26-09-2017

This is the story of an organisation slowly losing its way. The process is slow, but inexorable. It's a horrifying warning of what happens when those that want power for power's sake end up in command.

  • Chasing the Scream

  • The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 252
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
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    5 out of 5 stars 239

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and telling..

  • By Doctor on 29-01-2015

Best argument against drug prohibition available

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Reviewed: 20-09-2017

Well researched, engaging, brilliant. The facts contained within may not convince someone addicted to the drug war, but they may help to connect with them.