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The Sublime Object of Ideology

By: Slavoj Žižek
Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
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Summary

Slavoj Žižek's first book is a provocative and original work looking at the question of human agency in a postmodern world. In a thrilling tour de force that made his name, he explores the ideological fantasies of wholeness and exclusion which make up human society.

©2009 Slavoj Zizek (P)2021 Tantor

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Great book ruined by narration

I have already read this book a few years ago and loved it, so decided to get the audio version for a recap. However, the narration is terrible and sucks all the life out of the text. It is plainly clear that he has no idea about what he's reading or the subject matter at hand and is just reading the text out in a dry and confusing way. This in turn makes it boring and confusing to listen to because he's not emphasising the right words or adding the proper inflections to certain sentences. A base knowledge of what is being read is essential to books such as this, and this has been a general problem with a few philosophy/political texts on Audible. In contrast to this, please see Mark Fisher's books on here, read by Tom Lawrence, who clearly understands the subject matter and elevates the text brilliantly. A narrator can not simply narrate, he has to understand what he's narrating otherwise you might as well get a computer to read it out.
Also, considering Zizek's buoyant and fervent way of talking, why they thought to get this fusty old geezer to read out his book is anyone's guess.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 17-04-21

Great Listen

I liked both content and narrator.
Zizek has an ability to suddenly make you aware of aspects of language and reasoning that are unaccessible in an Facebook world :-)

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  • Bob
  • 02-02-22

Bueller. Bueller.

This is NOT for the casual philosophical reader. If you aren't deeply into philosophical studies, steer clear. I stayed with it the whole way out of stubbornness. There were passages that piqued my interest and were enlightening to my admittedly limited mind. The problem being, this was simply above my pay grade.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 30-03-22

Hegel x Lacan?

After watching many lectures from Slavoj I reached for this book. It was enjoyable, meaningful and the jokes helped to pinpoint an argument.
What Im thinking now is : ok , I have to re-listen or rather read this book now and , my second , bigger concern : what if I CANNOT read Lacan or Hegel without Zizek's interpretation? What if there is way more than Hegel meant but I cannot view it from Lacan / Zizek schema?
Time to spend 10 years reading Hegel I guess.
And was as hard as introduction
narrator's voice changed, like if he was recorded in 10 different recording rooms

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  • Chris
  • 28-01-22

Zizek but not by Zizek

The delivery and reason have little of the energy, passion, and intonation of Zizek.

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  • kyle
  • 04-10-21

a must read

this is a must read, after reading this book it has pretty much changed how I view the world and it's for the better. I can't recommend this enough

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