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Lucid, insightful, informative
This has got to be one of the best audio-books I have heard so far. It addresses its inherently difficult subject with such clarity of thought that some of the most complicated ideas are made accessible.
The book was very informative, yet it kept my interest and I really wished it had been longer.
The books discusses the ideas of Al Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Al Ghazali and Ibn Rushd (Averroes) in relation to one-another, with Ibn Sina's philosophy at the center. It doesn't assume previous knowledge about any of them or about Greek philosophy, although it expects the reader to know at least who Aristotle was.
The narrators added a lot to my enjoyment of the book. Arab names and words are pronounced correctly, which is a rarity, and the general quality of the narration is high.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
Interesting but lacks objectivity
This book is essentially a condemnation of communism. The author was a member of the Reagan administration and it shows. On the other hand, the author succeeds in covering a very broad subject in an interesting manner. This is not a boring book.
The main failing of the book is that it makes no attempt to be objective. It's paints communism as almost unmitigated evil and communist leaders are evil men with no goodwill or conscience ... ever. I listened to the book to be informed, not to be indoctrinated, and that's precisely where the book fails for me.
On the other hand the book is interesting. It covers communism from its roots to modern times, reminding us of the causes and consequences of its rise in different nations (from its own point of view). Unsurprisingly, the book gives special attention to the USSR and its influence on world communism. While the book fails to be objective, it doesn't alter facts to suit its aims (as far as I could tell.) In other words, it may distort but it doesn't lie.
The author is clearly well informed and the book is an easy read. I hope that a future book or a future edition can be more objective.
20 of 35 people found this review helpful
Souds too much like an ad
Kathleen Jamieson answers questions like she's reading a news report or an ad copy. On the other hand, some of what she says is pretty insightful.
Fun and imaginative
This is my first book by P. G. Wodehouse and I'm looking forward to another. The story was interesting and the author has some insighteful comments every now and then. My only cristicism is that the story was sometimes predictable, but in a comedy this is not much of a problem. Quite enjoyable.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful