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  • War and World History

  • By: Jonathan P. Roth, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jonathan P. Roth
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

This fresh and challenging inquiry into human societies takes a deep look at the effects and roles of war. As the most complex of all human endeavors, warfare - from ancient to modern - has spurred the growth of essential new technologies; demanded the adoption of complex economic systems; shaped the ideology and culture of nations; promoted developments in art and literature; and spread faith across the globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, nay, epic lecture!

  • By Niko H. on 17-05-2015

excellent wide ranging lecture series

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

Reviewed: 27-09-2018

very well put together series of lecturers. a critical examination of war as a cultural, social and economic phenomenon.

two small criticisms: it was a bit brief discussing the developments of the industrial revolution- we had a whole lecture discussing chariots and, later, the same amount of time discussing all the military innovations that occurred during the industrial revolution and probably missed a bit of detail. secondly, the lecturer often has an odd rising tone at the end of his sentences which got a bit annoying at times.

  • The Story of Human Language

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

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

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-2018

Excellent lecturer, excellent content and well presented. A linguistic course that almost never used technical jargon, I don't think I heard the words 'fricative' or 'plosive' once in the whole series.

Interesting, approachable and detailed

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  • Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

  • By: Mark Berkson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Berkson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

According to polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Forum on Religion & Public Life, the majority of Americans fail basic tests about religion, including tests on their own faith. This is troublesome because religious literacy is about so much more than naming deities or knowing the stories of ancient history. For many of us, religion is a way to examine and understand ourselves. These 24 enlightening lectures offer you the chance to experience the world's religions from all angles – historical, theological, and cultural.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Adam on 06-09-2018

Okay

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

Reviewed: 06-09-2018

Not enough in-depth material but not wide-reaching enough either. Completely skipped Zoroastrianism which is an important religion in it's own right but also had a huge influence on Christianity and Islam. Would have liked to have heard about the Greek, Roman, Celtic and Norse pagan traditions in the context of their relationship with modern religions too.

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  • Saga Land

  • By: Richard Fidler, Kári Gíslason
  • Narrated by: Richard Fidler, Kári Gíslason
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland. Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gíslason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages. These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Iceland is the most beautiful place in earth

  • By madison on 04-11-2017

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-07-2018

Hard to do it justice in a review. A mix of history, travelogue and autobiography. Kari's personal story and family life is the beautiful personal touch this story needed to make it great.

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  • The Origin of Civilization

  • By: Scott MacEachern, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Scott MacEachern
  • Length: 24 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

What defines a civilization? How did the first states emerge? How were the world's ancient states similar and different? Answer these and other dramatic questions with this grand 48-lecture course that reveals how human beings around the world transitioned from small farming communities to the impressive cultural and political systems that would alter the course of history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not great bang for your buck

  • By Adam on 16-04-2018

Not great bang for your buck

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-2018

This is the first of all the Great Courses lecture series that I have listened to that I didn't enjoy. Most courses are incredibly well-balanced - they expect a certain amount of pre-existing knowledge on the topic but then give you plenty of new and interesting information to go on top.
This did not. It expected a huge amount of pre-existing knowledge (I have listened and read a fair bit on this topic and was still in the dark at times) but didn't really give you anything much new to chew on.

Presenter was okay, but very stilted with very long pauses at times, which make it hard to follow and even a little unsettling (kept checking to see if Audible had stopped working)

A swing and a miss.

  • Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography

  • By: Sherwin B. Nuland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Discover medical science's extraordinary journey from a time when even the slightest cut held the threat of infection and death to today's era of routine organ transplants and daily headlines about the mysteries of DNA and the human genome. What major discoveries made this transition possible? Who were the fascinating individuals responsible for those discoveries, and what qualities prepared each of them for their unique roles in medical history? These 12 compelling lectures draw on the lives of medicine's greatest contributors to tell the human story behind the development of Western scientific medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting, engaging lecturer

  • By Adam on 02-02-2018

Very Interesting, engaging lecturer

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

Reviewed: 02-02-2018

Loved it! A really interesting insight into the history of Western medicine. Only complaint was that the lecturer frequently paused abruptly which put me off, for some reason. But otherwise very interesting, very engaging and well presented

  • Great Battles of the Ancient World

  • By: Garrett G. Fagan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Garrett G. Fagan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Forget Hollywood's portrayal of violence and mayhem in ancient warfare and find out what the ancient battles were really like. What were the weapons, tactics, armor, training, and logistics? What were the crucial factors that could turn the tide of battle, giving one side victory and the other defeat?In 24 exciting lectures, Professor Fagan introduces you to the many fateful battles that became crucibles of history: the fearsome clash between the Athenians and the invading Persian army at the Marathon, Alexander the Great's crushing hammer-and-anvil tactics against the Persians at Gaugemela, and the Roman mastery of siege warfare at the Jewish fortress of Masada.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid discussion for history buffs

  • By Adam on 14-12-2017

Solid discussion for history buffs

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

Reviewed: 14-12-2017

not for beginners, but a very good concise discussion of war, tactics and battles in the ancient Mediterranean world, if you have a decent historical background. Very well presented by Prof Fagen, although many of his pronunciations were not what I was used to.

  • The Society of the Sword Trilogy

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Anonymous User on 18-01-2018

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-12-2017

pretty classic "orphan boy becomes a hero" type story but exceedingly well done, very enjoyable. my only criticism is that the titles of the chapters are often major spoilers of what is going to happen in the chapter, a bit annoying.

  • The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

The word "barbarian" quickly conjures images of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan. Yet few people realize these men belong to a succession of nomadic warriors who emerged from the Eurasian steppes to conquer civilizations. It's a part of ancient and medieval history that's often overlooked, but for an accurate view of how the world evolved, it's essential. Covering some 6,000 miles and 6,000 years, this eye-opening course illuminates how a series of groups pushed ever westward, coming into contact with the Roman Empire, Han China, and distant cultures from Iraq to India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating.

  • By AM on 08-07-2018

brilliant

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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: 07-12-2017

before listening to this, i was fairly familiar with the huns and mongols, but this filled in a lot in between those two nomadic empires. interesting explanation on the interplay of east and west with nomads as the buffer and catalyst

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,566

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good

  • By Dimez on 13-12-2017

Yes and no

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

Reviewed: 07-12-2017

Good retelling of the classic myths but could have done without the ridiculous dialogue and ridiculous accents.

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