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  • The Problem of Increasing Human Energy

  • By: Nikola Tesla
  • Narrated by: Ryan Jarvis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Written in 1900 by Nikola Tesla, this book gives great ideas on automation, agriculture, energy, and increasing human output to improve the human condition.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't need the opinion of the reader

  • By chris on 09-08-2017

Didn't need the opinion of the reader

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-2017

I have read everything of Tesla's i can get my hands on and the book here was great, but it has a terrible sjw afterword that tells us we have to give up the fruits of our labour to others who don't contribute (socialism) which spoils the reading to be honest.

  • A History of India

  • By: Michael H. Fisher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael H. Fisher
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Over 5,000 years, India has been home to a rich tapestry of peoples and cultures. Two of the world's great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism - have their origins in South Asia, and the lands east of the Indus River have long been a central hub for trade, migration, and cultural exchange. Today the subcontinent contains 20 percent of the world's population and is a thriving center for global business, making this region one of most significant economic powerhouses in the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Much needed topic, but poor delivery and patchy structure

  • By Ken Craig on 03-02-2018

Real tiltle history of pakistan and islam is great

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-2017

Absolutely appalling, this is a social justice lecture. To save your money I'll break it down for you, 60% pakistan history and how great the muslim invasions were, 30% how terrible and racist Britain is, 10% ancient history of India, two paragraphs on the formation and history of Sikhs (not joking), and the rest a brief history of 20th century indian politics. that's it.... you're welcome

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Thomas Sowell Reader

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

These selections from the many writings of Thomas Sowell over a period of half a century cover social, economic, cultural, legal, educational, and political issues. The sources range from Dr. Sowell’s letters, books, newspaper columns, and articles in both scholarly journals and popular magazines. The topics range from latetalking children to tax cuts for the rich, baseball, race, war, the role of judges, medical care, and the rhetoric of politicians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Jacob on 19-07-2017

awesome

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-2017

as usual you clarify for me that which i instinctively know but am not allowed to say mr sowell! thank you

  • Understanding Japan

  • A Cultural History
  • By: Mark J. Ravina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark J. Ravina
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents these 24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture. Professor Ravina, with the expert collaboration of the Smithsonian's historians, brings you a grand portrait of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic broad coverage

  • By Anonymous User on 12-08-2017

meh

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-2017

light on comprehensive history and facts, heavy on feminist agenda and personal opinion, unfortunately seems to be a recurring theme with the great courses after trying 4 of them...

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

  • By: Eamonn Gearon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Gearon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The Middle East is a critically important area of our world. And, with its current prominence in international affairs, media images of the Middle East reach us on a daily basis. Much media coverage, however, is incomplete at best, failing to take account of either the complexities or the historical background of this pivotal region. For most of us, the real story of the Middle East remains untold. What made this crucial geopolitical area what it is today?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good history

  • By Brian on 05-09-2017

Came for facts and got opinion

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-2017

Not without useful information, in fact there is quite a lot of it, however this series plays down significantly islamic brutality and religious war mongering and plays up mongol and christian brutality and strays into regressive feminist gender studies at times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Big History of Civilizations

  • By: Craig G. Benjamin, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Craig G. Benjamin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

The history of human civilization is an astonishing story of migration, innovation, and social development. Now, the exciting new field of "big history" allows us to explore human civilizations in ways unavailable to historians of previous generations. Big history scholars take a multidisciplinary approach to study great spans of time, unlocking important themes, trends, and developments across time and space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Adam on 07-03-2017

Compehensive and Interesting

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-2017

Any additional comments?

over all it was very good and quite engaging, the only downfall was the completely unnecessary habit of running the feminist yard stick over the tail end of most chapters, but this is near impossible to avoid in modern literature unfortunately...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The John Carter Trilogy of Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • A Princess of Mars; The Gods of Mars; A Warlord of Mars
  • By: Finn J.D. John, Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Finn J.D. John
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The first of these novels, A Princess of Mars, was Burroughs' first book, and he wrote the next two novels in quick succession. Together they tell the story of John Carter of Mars - how he came to Mars, met the love of his life, and quickly found himself occupied full-time defending her and saving his adopted planet from interplanetary evildoers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story.

  • By Aaron on 20-07-2017

interesting and fun trilogy

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-2017

the only downside to this audiobook is the pathetic chapters of modern day uncalled for social justice vomit preceding and following each book, quite blatantly put in place to decide for you your opinions on the work you paid for. Strongly advise skipping said chapters and deciding for yourself!

  • Driverless

  • Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead
  • By: Hod Lipson, Melba Kurman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In this book, Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman offer listeners insight into the risks and benefits of driverless cars, and a lucid and engaging explanation of the enabling technology. Recent advances in software and robotics are toppling long-standing technological barriers that for decades have confined self-driving cars to the realm of fantasy. A new kind of artificial intelligence software called deep learning gives cars rapid and accurate visual perception. Human drivers can relax and take their eyes off the road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not too bad, could have done with more ambiguity

  • By chris on 10-04-2017

Not too bad, could have done with more ambiguity

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-2017

A reasonable look into the subject and sometimes quite engaging until you get the inevitable feminist overtones jambed down your throat which really takes away from the good research done within this publication. Unfortunately not too uncommon in a lot modern and recent academic material, twas a shame, could have been 5 stars.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cop Under Fire

  • Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime & Politics for a Better America
  • By: David A. Clarke Jr., Sean Hannity, Nancy French - contributor
  • Narrated by: David A. Clarke Jr.
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

America has become increasingly divided and polarized in recent years. With growing animosity toward law enforcement professionals, government corruption, disregard for the constitution, and racial tension thanks to the media and hate groups, there seems to be no easy answer in sight. But Sheriff David Clarke knows where we must begin. We must stop blaming others and take ownership of our families, communities, and country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow,!

  • By archie gerzee on 31-05-2018

an absolute must read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-2017

in the battle we all face against fact free far left ideologies and shock value narratives, it is incredibly important to get information like this from the man on the ground, a good role model for youth of all backgrounds

  • Conquests and Cultures

  • An International History
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

This book is the culmination of fifteen years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over the centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Share it with your kids while you can

  • By chris on 15-02-2017

Share it with your kids while you can

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-2017

Brilliant, eye opening, fact driven, educational and enjoyable, oh Thomas Sowell, where would I be without you?!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful