My Great Uncle Ferguson Hussey fought in WWI and was gassed by mustard gas in 1918. He later died in 1934 partly due to his injuries. I thought of him and all the boys who died in the Great War and the consequences which unfolded from it. This story translates the spirit and decor of honor we should all remember as we pass the century mark of that time.
Ok without sounding unappreciative toward audible, this was Free and a gift to its customers... so thank you. But I found it irritating that each part did its best to avoid any connection to Christmas. Audible is so PC that it makes you want to vomit. The ghost story was good, and the Santa letters was interesting except again, no mention of CHRISTMAS!!! Free is really nice, except when listening puts me in an irritated mood as I am at present! Next year Audible needs to add some CHRISTMAS into their show! America is made up of lots of cultures but 90% of us celebrate CHRISTMAS!!! So get with the program Audible!
Overall I believe that this book falls in line with the other books as a well prepared and written novel. It does get a bit monotonous at times, considering how it goes into Mundane rituals of daily life. Apocalypse or not, some things can be glided over without burdening the reader with the daily didies of existence. For that, I striped away one star. Also, I like it when some of my heroes die. That is what is great about Game of Thrones... anyone can die at any time... much like real life. The author has plenty of likable characters. He could go ahead a let done die, even painful deaths as well. That makes us hate the villain more, and then when justice is served, it makes the revenge that much more tasty. So that is my second criticism of the book. But if you are a follower of this series, you should go ahead and buy it. It does continue the saga and it is written well, despite the areas of regular everyday living.
Where does The Cave and the Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I have listened to it three times and and am now on my fourth. It is really a great book because it takes the arguments of antiquity and slowly builds one philosopher upon the next all the way to the arguments that are going on today in our country. It underlines the fact that those in our society (the media and liberals) who see todays society as enlightened and "modern" are nothing more than a bunch of spoiled arrogant idiots who never cracked a real history book. If you are like me, a strong constitutional conservative liberal (liberal in the meaning it took before the Marxists got ahold of the word) and enjoy history, then you will put this book on your top shelf (figuratively speaking, though I intend to add this one to my personal library in my home, which has real leather bound books)
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cave and the Light?
The unique way the author wove the fabric of discoverers and philosophers together and was able to pull the right quotes and striking points from each biography.
What does Paul Hecht bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
That is one of the BEST features of the audio book. Though the author did a fantastic job at writing, the narration was an 11 on a scale from 1 to 10. His voice was deep and rich and made you feel like you were listening to a man who had personally lived through all of antiquity.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
A TRUE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE FOR THE AGES
Any additional comments?
If you are interested in history and understanding the roots of todays political debate; if you are a man who wishes to be a great leader or a woman who wants to raise the children with a clear understanding of the Western philosophies, then BUY this book.
A very detailed work and very balanced in its over all scope as well as its occasional micro analyses of Rome during its hay day. I would read all his other work except the fall of Rome ( saving it for last). This read this one second to last. The reader is great as well!
I have listened to the book on Julius Caesar and the book on the fall of the Roman Empire. All of Derrick Perkins books are very detailed and somewhat analytical. Obviously I enjoy them or I would not have bought them. Of those that I have listen to so far I think that I like this one the best however I have not heard the one on Cleopatra and Marc Anthony and I have not heard the one on pox Romana. I would recommend this book but I would recommend that you should read the one on Julius Caesar before as it is a prequel to this one on agustus Cesar
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I enjoyed this lecture however the professor spoke a little bit too fast so much so that sometimes I felt like I had it on fast-forward. Professor definitely knows his stuff however I was a little disappointed that when he got to the Timeus he did not discuss Atlantis. That the professor is right about understanding Plato and Socrates. To truly understand them you must read them. Or at least download them from audible and listen to them as I do.
I found this book to be interesting and though it discusses a nonconventional way of looking at long term man and woman relationships, I have to agree with some of the conclusions found. It reads / listens well and is full of interesting data. Though I am as far right as can be, the logic is not left or right, but simply scientific.
I found it to be a very easy lesson and enjoyed it very much. However I think that the serious listener will have to listen to it two or three times to fully absorb the detailed meaning. There is a new biography on audible about Augustine. I would strongly suggest listening to it after reviewing this lecture. Then follow up with the other great course on Augustine. I personally am not Catholic but enjoyed this course all the same.
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This was a great book. Covers all the emperors very well but does not get into tabloid history. Only criticism is that you really need a timeline to look at now and again to keep it all straight in your head.
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