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  • The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. In the third novel in King's epic fantasy masterpiece, Roland, the Last Gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower, which haunts his dreams and nightmares. Pursued by the Ageless Stranger, he and his friends follow the perilous path to Lud, an urban wasteland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great adventure

  • By Mick Fleay on 19-11-2018

I don't know

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

Reviewed: 02-07-2017

Any additional comments?

I like the sci-fi them and overall plot... but for what ever reason, it just wasn't a memorable book and I'm not rushing on to the next.

  • Devils

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Exiled to four years in Siberia, but hailed by the end of his life as a saint, prophet, and genius, Fyodor Dostoevsky holds an exalted place among the best of the great Russian authors. One of Dostoevsky’s five major novels, Devils follows the travails of a small provincial town beset by a band of modish radicals - and in so doing presents a devastating depiction of life and politics in late 19th-century Imperial Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disquieting character descriptions

  • By Brendan on 02-07-2017

Disquieting character descriptions

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

Reviewed: 02-07-2017

What did you like most about Devils?

It seems that the evils of human nature do not extend from their animal spirit, but their petty vindictiveness. The series was disquieting as it showed the outworking of lies, self-deception and petty fighting leading to greater life tragedy.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

Guidall's performance was great, but at times the reading felt a little slow. I generally speed it up to 1.25 to get through the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

"We will tie the 4 together with the blood of the 5th" -- I instantly thought of Saddam Hussein's 1979 coup and the use of a similar strategy.

Any additional comments?

I'm certainly tempted to read some of Dostoevsky's other works now.

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  • Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

  • By: The Great Courses, Alan Charles Kors, Darren Staloff, and others
  • Narrated by: Alan Charles Kors, Darren Staloff, Dennis Dalton, and others
  • Length: 43 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

For 3,000 years, mankind has grappled with fundamental questions about life. What is real? Who or what is God? When is it legitimate for one person to have power over others? What is justice? Beauty? This 84-lecture, 12-professor tour of Western philosophical tradition covers more than 60 of history's greatest minds and brings you a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging Listen

  • By dave on 29-03-2019

Great series!

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

Reviewed: 15-04-2017

This series really needs a chapter outline or third party guide to label the speaker and topic of each chapter.

Beyond this small gripe, the series is great, speakers and content are excellent, as is audio quality and execution. Based on this series I shall defiantly be purchasing more content from The Great Courses

  • The Science of Mindfulness

  • A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
  • By: Ronald Siegel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ronald Siegel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Ever noticed that trying to calm down often produces more agitation? Or that real fulfillment can be elusive, despite living a successful life? Often, such difficulties stem from the human brain's hardwired tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Modern science demonstrates that this survival mechanism served the needs of our earliest ancestors, but is at the root of many problems that we face today, such as depression, compulsive and addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and stress and anxiety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive

  • By John Robinson on 29-12-2016

Why do gurus sound like self righteous salesmen

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

Reviewed: 03-12-2016

Why do mindfulness gurus sound a mixture of self righteous salesmen and Christian puritans?

Maybe it's just this speakers unfortunate accent, maybe it's a manner of presentation shared by an "educated" community that comes off as slimy and deceitful to the "common man". Where he might have meant to warmly open the door of understanding and guide the student in meditation practices, his words crawled along my skin with a snake like coldness.

I really enjoyed the outline from the first chapter and I really wanted to buy into the presentation... sadly, due to difference life experiences between the author and myself, I couldn't continue listening.

(I think I might read a kindle version, it was the presentation, not the content, that was off putting)

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