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  • The Story of Human Language

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 73
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    5 out of 5 stars 65
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is from 2005

  • By David on 26-07-2018

Entertaining and Enlightening

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Reviewed: 08-01-2019

Dr McWhorter is a great presenter he conveys an impressive depth of learning on this topic and is very funny at times - thoroughly recommended. Although language is not my area of interest I gained a lot from this course.

  • Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

  • By: Robert Sapolsky, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: The Great Courses
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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Understanding our humanity - the essence of who we are - is one of the deepest mysteries and biggest challenges in modern science. Why do we have bad moods? Why are we capable of having such strange dreams? How can metaphors in our language hold such sway on our actions? As we learn more about the mechanisms of human behavior through evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, and other related fields, we're discovering just how intriguing the human species is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Educational and Entertaining

  • By Bkr on 06-08-2018

Educational and Entertaining

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Reviewed: 06-08-2018

Dr. Sapolsky is a great lecturer. This course is both educational and very funny in places - I was very sorry when it ended. I thoroughly recommended it

  • Clancy's Crossing

  • By: Evan Green
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

They say no one from the convict settlement of Sydney Town crossed the steep ranges of the Blue Mountains until 1813. But the quick-witted convict Clancy Fitzgerald did it in 1798, dragging with him the proud - but reluctant - Eliza Philips. Faced with constant danger and wrenching isolation, Clancy and Eliza found themselves pale-skinned strangers in a land of ancient traditions and spiritual beliefs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story based around early Sydney life

  • By Dan on 29-08-2017

Engrossing Saga

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Reviewed: 05-05-2018

This book and its sequel is a saga set mostly in the Australian outback with some amazing and believable characters. The narration is great, especially given the many characters involved. I found the book to be engrossing and totally believable from the start. I greatly admire the skill of the author and the narrator. I strongly recommend this book and its sequel Kalinda

  • Beneath the Southern Cross

  • By: Judy Nunn
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

In 1788, Thomas Kendall, a naive nineteen-year-old sentenced to transportation for burglary, finds himself bound for Sydney Town in the penal colony of New South Wales. Discarding allegiance to the country that has disowned him, Thomas, an honest man at heart, seizes a second chance and begins a new life in the wild and lawless land beneath the Southern Cross. Thomas Kendall fathers a dynasty that will last beyond 200 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kerrie on 21-11-2015

Both Enjoyable and Educational

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Reviewed: 05-05-2018

The book provides an engrossing saga of several generations of an Australian family based around Sydney starting from a convict past up to almost to the present time. The characters are well developed and not idealized. As well as being enjoyable, the book provides a painless lesson in Australian history. I thoroughly recommend it.

  • Adam's Empire

  • By: Evan Green
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 34 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

He thought he had everything until tragedy struck... Adam Ross, orphaned at nine, cherished a dream - that one day he would have land of his own. The opal fields of Coober Pedy offered his first glimpse of riches - and Nellie, a dusky beauty, provided his first taste of love... From the western plains of New South Wales to the balmy waters of Sydney Harbour, from the grinding heat of a West Australian cattle station to the eerie desert shores of Lake Eyre, Adam was driven by his ambition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing Story

  • By Bkr on 25-02-2018

Engrossing Story

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Reviewed: 25-02-2018

Gripping story, excellent narration. Incredible detail, even excruciating at times. But hard to stop listening

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