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  • From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

  • By: Kenneth J. Hammond, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth J. Hammond
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.You'll learn about the powerful dynasties that ruled China for centuries; the philosophical and religious foundations-particularly Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism-that have influenced every iteration of Chinese thought, and the larger-than-life personalities, from both inside and outside its borders, of those who have shaped China's history. As you listen to these lectures, you'll see how China's politics, economics, and art reflect the forces of its past.From the "Mandate of Heaven," a theory of social contract in place by 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years before Western philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the development of agriculture and writing independent of outside influence to the technologically-advanced Han Dynasty during the time of the Roman Empire, this course takes you on a journey across ground that has been largely unexplored in the history courses most of us in the West have taken.In guiding you through the five millennia of China's history, Professor Hammond tells a fascinating story with an immense scope, a welcome reminder that China is no stranger to that stage and, indeed, has more often than not been the most extraordinary player on it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • From Yao to Mao by Professor Hammond

  • By Vivien on 19-02-2016

Fantastic review across the entire Chinese history

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

Reviewed: 24-04-2018

If you could sum up From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History in three words, what would they be?

I've learnt lots!

What was one of the most memorable moments of From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History?

I knew very little about Chinese history prior and this series was a real eye opener.

What does Professor Kenneth J. Hammond Ph.D. Harvard University bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Tells the story in quite an interesting way. A bit too many "mmms" and "ahhhhs" between words and quite a few sighs along the way, but overall he does a great job at delivering this complex narrative of Chines history.

Any additional comments?

Could use a bit more colour when describing armed conflicts and could definitely benefit from more images and maps in the course PDF. Still - a very enjoyable and important course. Thank you!

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-09-2017

Superb, Fascinating and wonderful!!

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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: 23-01-2018

What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

One of the most amazing part of world history that yet little is known about it. This book is truly an eye opener to one of the most interesting episodes in human history!! Written in a delightful way and narrated wonderfully, Love it!

What did you like best about this story?

The history itself. It's absolutely MIND BLOWING!

What does Jack Weatherford and Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Combining countless historical records in an interesting and fascinating way. This story is larger than life and I appreciate the effort that went into collecting all the pieces of the puzzle to tell a single coherent story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened to it on my daily commute over a total of a couple of weeks. But given the opportunity I would listen to it for longer periods.

Any additional comments?

MUST READ / LISTEN!

  • The Fourth Transformation

  • How Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything
  • By: Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Ten years from today, the center of our digital lives will no longer be the smart phone, but device that looks like ordinary eyeglasses: except those glasses will have settings for virtual and augmented reality. What you really see and what is computer generated will be mixed so tightly together, that we won't really be able to tell what is real and what is illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative of a not so distant future.

  • By Dainjah on 02-08-2017

Tech for the non technical

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

Reviewed: 22-12-2016

Very up to date and colourful review of AR / MR and VR technologies including interesting insights to future applications. Very interesting and well written including examples from as recent as a few weeks ago (rare thing in tech books). Still seems a bit optimistic in nature when providing the classic 5-10 years predictions (these type of predictions are notoriously known for inaccuracy).
Also a bit more technical details wouldn't hurt.

But I'd definitely recommended this book though for anyone with any interest in this space, especially those with no technical background.