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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (675 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Irwin Narrator: Oliver Wyman, Rick Adamson, Jennifer Jay Myers Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2002 ISBN: 9780739304792
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The Matrix conveys the horror of a false world made of nothing but perceptions. Based on the premise that reality is a dream controlled by malevolent forces, it is one of the most overtly philosophical movies ever to come out of Hollywood. These thought-provoking essays by the same team of young philosophers who created The Simpsons and Philosophy discuss different facets of the primary philosophical puzzle of The Matrix: Can we be sure the world is really there, and if not, what should we do about it? Other chapters address issues of religion, lifestyle, pop culture, the Zeitgeist, the nature of mind and matter, and the reality of fiction. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/4/2014

    " Loved reading this book, as it gives you great insight into the entire concept of the Matrix. Based more on the philosophical concepts and how they could be applied to life as we know it. It is not an easy book to read (Just as with all Philosophy), and you have to read it slowly to digest it all. But if you've got extra time on your hands and want to take a trip "down the rabbit hole" then give it a shot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohammed alkindy | 12/14/2013

    " deep pholosogy kind of reading but requires a junk of stamina to finish it, may need to read it again to get it sink in "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andie B | 9/13/2013

    " Very interesting, it got me interested in philosophy (it was the first philosophy book I ever read), but I found the essays a bit dry originally and could only really get into it the second time around. This could be due to the difference in my age between the first and second reads, as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Muslim | 9/11/2013

    " At least helped me to get one chgk question... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spectator4 | 8/21/2013

    " It was interesting at first, but quickly became repetitive. Ultimately its just a movie...the first was fantastic and the other two not so much. Philosophy was discarded for special effects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 7/9/2013

    " I liked it - except for the chapter by the "feminist" philosopher - she seemed to have issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lendyll | 5/25/2013

    " Great book. Good break from more intense philosophy books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 4/7/2013

    " The sub-meanings goes straight back to Socrates... a fall down the rabbit hole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neomi | 10/14/2012

    " I devoured this book.. Watched the documentary on the Matrix and sat down with this book. It blew my mind.. as an eager philosophy student in college, this was just icing on top. But I also recommend it to anyone who loves The matrix, and wants a better understanding of the themes used. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis Albrecht | 6/3/2012

    " The first few essays seemed a little too elementary but the latter ones discussed some interesting ideas I had not considered. I wonder what these authors would say about their topics after having seen the entire trilogy? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxwell Heath | 11/17/2011

    " Mostly interesting, except for the last four essays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 j monty | 6/27/2011

    " Interesting, but I was hoping for some more depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Belmont | 5/28/2011

    " Wonderful if you are a Matrix and Philosophy geek. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 4/20/2011

    " This book had a few excellent chapters--I particularly enjoyed the Buddhist, Christian, and feminist readings of the film. However, as a whole I wasn't entirely impressed. I also thought that the book would delve into all three films, but it only covers the original movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 4/9/2011

    " From a series on pop culture and philosophy. Although I think I learned more about the symbolism in the Matrix than I did about philosophy in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 manwithoutqualities | 12/26/2010

    " The best in this popular genre "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohammed | 9/12/2010

    " deep pholosogy kind of reading but requires a junk of stamina to finish it, may need to read it again to get it sink in "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 8/22/2010

    " The sub-meanings goes straight back to Socrates... a fall down the rabbit hole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lendyll | 7/21/2010

    " Great book. Good break from more intense philosophy books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxwell | 2/15/2010

    " Mostly interesting, except for the last four essays. "

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About the Narrators

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.

Rick Adamson is an award-winning voice artist with more than twenty years’ experience in voiceovers, spoken word events, event announcing, and children’s media, as well as commercials for well-known international corporations. He has narrated numerous television and film documentaries, including Croatia, co-narrated with Martin Sheen. His audiobook narration includes more than two dozen major books, as well as dozens of early-reader titles for juveniles. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2011 for Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction for In a Heartbeat, and he was among the finalists for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Personal Development/Motivational Work for Younger Next Year. He earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for the ensemble narration of Rough Water.

Jennifer Jay Myers is an award-winning voice-over artist. She graduated from Northwestern University where she studied singing and acting and then moved to New York to pursue musical theater. Myers has appeared in many shows including Nunsense, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, and Fiddler on the Roof, among others. When she’s not working, she volunteers with animal rescue. She and her husband, writer Chris Grabenstein, share their home with four wonderful rescued animals (three cats and a dog).