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Hard to get through

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Reviewed: 05-10-2020

Tedious, cynical and depressing. Really hard to get through. Slow moving plot, long, thoughtful dialogue. Could be a realistic depiction of the east-west espionage battle of this period, but, boy, it doesn't make a good story, unless maybe you are a Brit and can interpret the depressing sarcasm as something other than what it is.

Storyline bit underdone

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 25-08-2020

The characters and storyline need to be further developed. While they are interesting they are never really developed enough to draw you into the story. lts hard to lose yourself in the narrative. You are always conscious that you are listening to a story. Maybe it's the first-person style. It seems to be a lovely story for female teens and young adults who want to get to the point quickly. It touches on many of the modern self-empowerment issues that this audience would appreciate, but is set in a 1950's India context.

Can't really call this a history

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 17-05-2019

This book is essentially a long list of anecdotes which are sometimes interesting sometimes not. The historical accuracy of the lectures are inaccurate in many places, jaw droppingly so in some cases. I don't think this is worthy to be included within the great courses library. Rather than being a course about the culinary history of food I think this would be more accurately marketed as a casual walkthrough of food use in human history.

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Too cheesy for me

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Reviewed: 11-05-2018

Academic professors find it difficult to write compelling informative books for a general audience. The information is interesting but the writing style is a bit too cheesy for me.

Totally engaging on a difficult topic

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Reviewed: 27-04-2017

Loved it, but it took quite some concentration to get through it all. Definitely worth the effort and I will be re-listening yet again soon.

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Wonderful

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Reviewed: 20-10-2016

Professor Johnson covers an fascinating range of material that gave me a satisfying sense of the breadth of early Christian literature covering Jesus's life. He clearly has a genuine, passionate interest in the topic and therefore delivers his lectures in an engaging style. I particularly appreciated his considered and objective analysis that I felt gave me a honest appreciation of how the Christian belief has developed. Professor Johnson takes care to explain things with clarity. I believe this is essential listening for all Christians honestly seeking a genuine understanding of the Gospels

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