Confucius in 90 Minutes

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2 out of 5 stars
By DMC on 06-07-06

The author seems to dislike Confucius

The author completely fails to elucidate any of Confucius's brilliance, and instead appears to be utterly bored by Confucius (begging the question of why he wrote the book). The narrator faced a difficult task of trying to breathe life into the book, and didn't. This was an ill-conceived 90-minute introduction that does little to introduce Confucius to the listener, nor is it well organized. Don't waste your time--this is not a good introduction to the subject.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Gilbert on 04-04-08

Could have been better

The western point of view and bias get in the way of the information and ideas. It is difficult to understand Confucian thinking when the author of this book is so sure that it is wrong. If you are buying a book to learn something, try one of the others.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Rose Akers on 04-10-16


What disappointed you about Confucius in 90 Minutes?

Author amuses himself by spoofing and ridiculing Confucius. Arrogant, haughty. Filled with crude Western prejudices. As a beginner myself, I prefer a fine translation to this debased British-style comedy routine.

What do you think your next listen will be?

More reliable and scholarly translation that allows me to learn about Confucius for myself.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. Author needs advice on where to place his "little sticks."

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4 out of 5 stars
By L Mark Higgins on 08-01-12

In 90 Minutes Series overview

If you could sum up Confucius in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
aka Cliff Notes

Would you recommend Confucius in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-10-12

not what I expected

Not what I expected - too simplified view of Confucius. I was expected a little in depth review ... alas

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4 out of 5 stars
By Alexander on 06-25-07

Very good.

Gave me exactly what the title promised. It's well written, easy to follow, entertaining and narrated by one of my favourites: Robert Whitfield.

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