Monday 20 June 2022

"The Conquest of Happiness" by Bertrand Russell - audiobook review

I didn't like the narrator's voice. He has an American accent and didn't fully hold my attention. There is much wisdom in this book. It feels more modern than it really is. My favourite part was a quotation about accepting the end of life:

I warmed both hands before the fire;
It sinks, and I am ready to depart.

Saturday 18 June 2022

"The Communist Manifesto" by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx - audiobook review

As other reviewers have mentioned, there is a very long introduction for what is essentially quite a short primary text. I found the audio levels much lower than some other Audible titles and therefore found it hard to hear over some background noise. The pronunciation is a bit squiffy at times. The introduction is quite dry and academic but does put the work in its intellectual context. It didn't exactly make me want to storm the barricades, although I did advocate for better pay and conditions for Deliveroo drivers while reading it!