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    I'm starting to really appreciate audio books at the moment, I get plenty of quiet time at work and listening to books really passes the time without having to find time to read after work. I haven't downloaded many but my recent purchase is from Douglas Murray, 'The madness of crowds'
    Brief description from Amazon:
    In his devastating new book The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray examines the twenty-first century's most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and 'intersectionality'.

    We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponization of identity, both accelerated by the new forms of social and news media. Narrow sets of interests now dominate the agenda as society becomes more and more tribal – and, as Murray shows, the casualties are mounting.

    Readers of all political persuasions cannot afford to ignore Murray's masterfully argued and fiercely provocative book, in which he seeks to inject some sense into the discussion around this generation's most complicated issues. He ends with an impassioned call for free speech, shared common values and sanity in an age of mass hysteria.
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    Any one else use audio books?

    "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
    Ernest Hemingway.

    Sapere aude.

  • #2
    When I used to have to do at lot of longish car journeys eg Chilterns to Frankfurt audio books were great. Never liked the abridged versions though
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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    • #3
      Got a few now but my recent download has been Carl Sagan's Pale blue dot. Really looking forward to hearing this one, in his own voice.
      "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
      Ernest Hemingway.

      Sapere aude.

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      • #4
        Picked up some nice but not too expensive Sony Bluetooth headphones to listen to my audiobooks. Interesting how technology advances, they cancel outside noise more than I would have thought.

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        • #5
          I recently acquired the 7 volume series of Socratic dialogues, categorised according to Early, Middle, and Later periods of the philosopher's writings. They are quite good, essentially dramatic readings performed with multiple voice actors, almost like listening to BBC radio dramas

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Achtung Baby View Post
            Got a few now but my recent download has been Carl Sagan's Pale blue dot. Really looking forward to hearing this one, in his own voice.
            I should update this post, only the first couple of chapters were in Sagan’s voice... the rest was finished by his wife. I’m sort of torn that so little narrative was Sagan’s but it’s nice that his wife took over and finished it. I think there are versions of the pale blue dot on YT but you can hear the bad audio quality... for some reason they felt that wasn’t fitting for an audiobook.
            "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
            Ernest Hemingway.

            Sapere aude.

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