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Where does Hume's Dialogues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I used this audiobook to review Hume's important and entertaining dialogue for a class that I am teaching. I can't imagine that someone might select it for pure pleasure or to pass the time, but after giving it a listen, I can recommend it with some reservation for someone who may not have read the book before. It is a true classic, and has to rank as one of the most influential books of the 18th century and is the basis for much modern naturalist philosophy.
Theologians should also read it and be prepared to respond to the intelligent arguments against natural religion generally and intelligent design specifically.
What did you like best about this story?
The dialogue is between three main characters: Cleanthes, an orthodox theist who relies on a version of the teleological argument as a basis for faith; Demea, who expounds a fideist approach to theology, and Philo, a theological skeptic. Each part is played by a different actor, which keeps the dialogue interesting and holds the listener's attention.
Any additional comments?
So now the bad news. The dialogue, lets say roughly three parts, is recorded out of order. This is a near fatal flaw, as you will hear the end of the dialogue and then in the next session the three are back continuing the conversation. Audible should have the studio who produced the book fix the problem, and it's worth the fix, because the dialogue is so good!
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Great book, not the best reading of it for philosophic purposes. A simple problem: chapters are divided into 2-3 minute segments. I can't figure out what principle is used--it's not at every change in speaker. But it certainly is not divided into the chapters Hume divided the text into--frustrating when I want to find the corresponding passage in my book & mark it & consider it. A more egregious problem: the narrator ADDS things. This ranges from sighs, chuckles, and grunts to the occasional "oh!", "indeed" or "thank you." It's distracting when I know these additions are not there, and it's downright frustrating when I don't know whether what is being said is from Hume's pen or the narrator's mind.
Would you be willing to try another one of Ray Childs’s performances?
No! I hate to see what he does with Plato, where the little details are even more important, and might be more easily confused for lines of the actual dialogue.