• Think

  • A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy
  • By: Simon Blackburn
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-29-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (50 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is an audiobook about the big questions in life: knowledge, consciousness, fate, God, truth, goodness, justice. It is for anyone who believes there are big questions out there, but does not know how to approach them. Think sets out to explain what they are and why they are important. Simon Blackburn begins by putting forward a convincing case for the study of philosophy and goes on to give the listener a sense of how the great historical figures such as Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Wittgenstein have approached its central themes. Each chapter explains a major issue, and gives the listener a self-contained guide through the problems that philosophers have studied. The large scope of topics covered range from skepticism, the self, mind and body, and freedom to ethics and the arguments surrounding the existence of God. Lively and approachable, this audiobook is ideal for all those who want to learn how the basic techniques of thinking shape our existence.
©1999 Simon Blackburn (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Andy I Alegria on 07-09-18

A decent into to philosophy

Overall, I felt that I got a basic understanding of why philosophy can be useful, what proper philosophy looks like, and a hint of how it should be critically/logically considered. Many examples and explanations were simple enough that I could easily grasp the subject at hand, but some were not. The author stated that he tried to present an unbiased example of multiple philosophical views but I distinctly felt that there was busy for some views and against others. The reader spoke very clearly but I marked him down because something about the manner of his reading made it sound like he was a salesman trying to pitch a product; most of the sentences were read with an impressive voice that made the sentence seem like a critical point, but most sentences were not critical points.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lucas on 10-14-14

A Highly Recommended Starting Point for Philosophy

Would you listen to Think again? Why?

I'm not sure this is the type of book that'd garner a second listen from most readers unless there was something you didn't quite understand, but that's just my opinion and I can't speak for anyone else.

What other book might you compare Think to and why?

The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell is another recommended starting point for the subject of Philosophy by /r/philosophy, I haven't gotten around to giving it a read but I hope to soon.

Did Norman Dietz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The narrator did a spectacular job but something a lot of people could probably look past but I couldn't was that he kept over-pronouncing(idk if this is a real word) the letter 'h' in 'wh' words. He'd almost blow out a little of his breathe every time he'd say what, or why during the introduction where both those words are frequently used.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't think I'd want to watch this movie unless they gave it some Bill Nye spin and the tag line would have to be something along the lines of " The Philosophy Guy" (patent pending, but not really).

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-18-17

Great book. Terrible audiobook.

Simon Blackburn had been badly let down by this production. The stilted, declamatory style of the narrator makes it, at least to me, completely unlistenable. A real shame as I read the book some time ago and just wanted to refresh my memory. Based on this I will just have to reread the hard copy.

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