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This is actually the first audio book I have listened to over and over (at least a few chapters 5 times). Chapters 12-15 (Audible's numbering) should be required reading for every member of human race. They deal with why we should live well, virtues and vices, making good choices. It amazes me, though it probably shouldn't, that Aristotle was thinking of things like the nature of love and friendship, family, government in 400 BC.
I also cannot say too much about Frederick Davidson, who has become my favorite narrator. He seems to completely understand the subject matter, which means we listeners are given a great advantage. He paces the text perfectly and puts the right emphasis on the complex parts which helps them sink in.
Don't be afraid of it. This really is an outstanding piece of work.
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You either like Dr. Adler, or you hate him. A good experiment to tell whether or not you have a problem with intellectual hubris is to read one of his books and see how much it raises your blood pressure. He takes a very didactic tone, and if you don't like that, you'd better find somewhere else to get your primer in Aristotelian thought. Unfortunately, I think the choice of narrator may exacerbate this--the nasal tone with British accent and drawn out inflection may stir unconscious prejudices of snobbishness.
However, if you can swallow your ego for a few hours and listen to this book, you will be rewarded! It may even cause you to rethink some of your basic assumptions/ideas about reality. The chapter on logic and argumentation was great! (though, admittedly, I had to pause quite often to allow my brain to catch up with the various propositions, etc...)
I'm an Adler fan, so I admit my bias here, but I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to dive into Aristotelian conceptions of physics and metaphysics, ethics, politics, and theology.
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