What's on your reading/listening list?

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November 15th, 2016 at 6:20:38 AM permalink
Nareed
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Would it be completely unethical to download an audiobook with the intention of listening to it and then returning it?
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November 15th, 2016 at 7:10:34 AM permalink
Dalex64
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Would it be completely unethical to download an audiobook with the intention of listening to it and then returning it?


Not if you get it from a library.
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November 15th, 2016 at 7:15:10 AM permalink
Nareed
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Not if you get it from a library.


I suppose Audible qualifies as a library :)
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March 17th, 2017 at 6:52:00 PM permalink
Nareed
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I found a really good podcast called "The Fall of Rome" by Patrick Wyman.

He tackles the reasons for the fall of the Western Roman Empire in a thematic fashion. There's a rather in-depth look at several of the "barbarians" who influenced this fall, too. This includes an overview of the Huns as a semi-nomadic steppe empire.

Much of the material was covered by Mike Duncan in "The History of Rome," but not in as much detail. And Wyman has his own take on the subject.

Speaking of Duncan, he's back at last, with the mid-XIX Century revolutions in Europe. Of course he starts in France. I'm glad to be done with the various wars of independence in South America. The topic never grabbed me, and it all seemed to centered on Simon Bolivar. The preceding segment, the Haitian Revolution, was far more interesting.
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March 18th, 2017 at 9:34:36 AM permalink
DRich
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I bought Moonwalking With Einstein about six months ago and I am finally going to read it, if I remember too.
March 27th, 2017 at 8:45:21 PM permalink
Nareed
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Yet another podcast:

Our Fake History by Sebastian Major.

The premise is tackling historical myths and/or misconceptions and see 1) whether they're true (usually not), 2) whether there is some truth at it's root (usually there is!), 3) how the myth originated, 4) what's the real story.

There have been episodes on Ninjas (there were shadowy warriors, but nothing like what's portrayed in fiction or the movies), did Nero fiddle while Rome burned (the violin was tens of centuries in the future, so what do you think?), A two-parter on Napoleon (has was taller than Admiral Nelson!), who wrote Shakespeare's plays (spoiler alert: Shakespeare!), and much more.

It's an anthology show, with each ep tackling a myth and, therefore, standing alone. So you can listen by topic.

Now, given my extensive reading of history, do I find anything of interest?

Plenty.

For one thing, I often come with the same arguments Mr. Major does, usually before he makes them. And he invariably comes up with tidbits I hadn't come across. And some areas are brand new. I knew absolutely nothing about Medieval Japan, for instance.
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March 30th, 2017 at 8:34:33 AM permalink
Nareed
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He had a two-parter on Braveheart (aka William Wallace).

To begin with, little is known, verifiably, about Wallace. But the kicker is the nickname Braveheart, according to Mr. Major, belonged to another Scottish hero, Robert the Bruce.

I never saw the movie. If I want inaccurate, made-up history, for Jove's sake why would I?
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April 18th, 2017 at 4:23:23 PM permalink
Nareed
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Yet another podcast:

Our Fake History by Sebastian Major.


And I got all caught up to the present yesterday, part III of the Atlantis podcast (really good, with a minimum of crackpottery).

Mr. Major is a bit more aggressive in fund raising than most podcasters. He has a Patreon feed with a few extras and bonus stuff, and two open-to-all extra episodes. I'm interested in the one about Constantine I, at just $2. IT's called "What did Constantine See in the Sky?"

I think I'll get it after I'm caught up with the Fall of Rome podcast.
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April 26th, 2017 at 8:26:23 AM permalink
Nareed
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The thing about getting caught up to podcasts, is that you now have to wait at least one week between episodes.

So I went to my audible wish list and found a lecture series on the Supreme Court.
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