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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 15, 1999
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00005452U
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Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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Twice this week I have ordered this to get the 25th Anniversary edition and twice now I am having to process a return. The book deserves all the praise you will read on it. There's nothing knew I can add to why it deserves high praise. That is why 5 stars.
BUT, if you want the new edition with the extra content, you won't get what is advertised here, at least not right now (regardless of what an Amazon agent tells you, as I learned the hard way just now).
The old edition is great, so if you don't mind getting that version, then all is fine.
Amazon had promised on on the first order this was a rare mistake and the new stock was up and that if I ordered again, I would get what is being advertised here. So this is a heads up for those buying another copy of this book to get the new edition. They are not sending the edition you see advertised here. The photo you see is from the second order this week, which was supposed to be a replacement for the first order that sent me the wrong edition and I was told would the error would not repeat if I ordered again.
The most interesting part of the book is it’s reinterpretation of the Adam and Eve story. Instead of spending their lives under the Tree of Life, they sinfully ate from the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, making it possible for them to replace the gods in determining the fate of all the rest of the creation. This original sin made it possible for us to have smart phones, TVs, indoor plumbing, and airplanes, but it also has led us into an inauthentic existence full of meaningless, feelings of insufficiency, and constant anxiety. The primordial hunter-gatherers were far happier. They had plenty to eat, worked only a few hours a day, and didn’t worry about tomorrow. Yet we cling to the things that make us miserable as we spend, take more than we need, and decimate the planet.
Honestly, though, the major section on the subversive nature of worldviews is just run into the ground. Then he continues his argument and even supports scientific and religious thoughts but zero citations. I would be enthralled to have this conversation with a friend, and it certainly has left an impression on me, but really my standard is much higher for someone acting like a philosopher leading a complete pradigm shift.
Also, he does not pretend to have a solution to the problem, but I have to deduct points for not giving us a new vision after removing the old.