Little slow at times, but overall it's very informative and presented in a interesting way. Gives a huge amount of information, and Garland is enthusiastic and engaging. For being purely factual the course is entertaining, as though you were taking a course with a really good history professor.
Most of us read because we enjoy it. "Readlistening", I believe, should be even more of a pleasurable experience. The narrator should transport you. He should make you a part of the story. This course, this narrator, does all that. I believe that a lot more people would take up reading, or at least readlistening, if the presentations were as interesting and mesmerizing as Professor Garland's. There is nothing more relaxing than smoking a bong and sitting in the pool while listening to the life and times of Xerxes, Alexander the Great, and of the lives of civilizations long forgotten by the world. I own the three-available "Living History" lectures by Professor Garland. They all kick ass.
Among the best. Haven't yet finished. I'm enjoying it so much that I'm doling it out slowly. Lecture is clear and concise. No rambling. Interesting antidotes. Lovely voice. Learned a great deal.
His intonations and very personal approach. Love his voice and accent.
This covers so much history without getting bogged down in jargon. Keeps flowing with information about everyday life as well as an overview of each civilization. Wish there were more lectures by Prof. Garland available.
I really enjoyed all 48 of these lectures. I even laughed out loud at times when the professor made some funny comment on a certain subject. Never boring! Loved his use of Latin phrases with an explanation as to how that word morphed into our language and use of the word or phrase currently.
This is my second group of Great Courses audiobooks and I highly recommend them to all ages. This speaker has a "minor lisp" in his speech, but I didn't find it distracting due to the excellent way he integrated the history and storyline in such down to earth terms and phrases for all levels of learners.
By all means, listen to this "Other Side" of history, I feel certain you will enjoy it and learn something new at the same time.
I've both listened to and read many history books. Honestly, most of them turn into a wash of dates and facts by the last page, and little of them remains in memory. The sheer "interestingness" of this approach and how it's executed makes this a whole different experience.
My husband and I are absolutely in love with this course. It was an amazing experience. From start to end ,on every level, the historic and scientific facts were presented in the most attractive way: by engaging the listener , making him part of the ancient world and force him to identify with those who are not mentioned in history books because they weren't rich and famous.
The way professor Garland structured his course and delivered it is an ultimate perfection. We will buy all his courses that's how much we appreciate his work.
We were listening to this course during our frequent travel from San Antonio to Houston and , normally tiering trips ,were passing fast because
were filled with this fabulous courses. Better than any movie!
Yes, completely. The material was interesting, but most importantly the presentation is flawless. There are some conclusions which the Professor makes that I would disagree with. For instance his assertion that Old people weren't taken care off because there wasn't public assistance is flawed. Especially since he just finished saying about how close the family (and how large). While it is possible that some childless person was on a street, it is important to note that family wasn't Father-Mother-Child but Grandparents, Nephews, Cousins, Uncles, etc..etc... Each with a duty to the other, both by tradition and often by civil laws. While we don't honestly know how old people were taken care off, I think we can safely assume that it was duty of the younger generation to handle the older one. Of course people didn't tend to live that long, so that is mostly a moot point.Even with such assertion, I can't recommend this audiobook enough! The presentation, the dry English Humor, the anecdotes, etc.. are all done to perfection. I think everybody who has any interesting in the subject should pick this up and listen, you will not be disappointed. I am certain that I will re-listen to this multiple times!
The Professor :)
His presentation, his voice, anecdotes, humor, and knowledge all via for the top spot as to why I loved this book.
Discussion about the Slaves was at times exceptionally moving.
Just listen to it, you will love it.
Well into my adult years I had a fear of history much like the math fear so many talk about. I also detested it, or what passed for history in every course I took. How could one really memorize all those deadly dull dates and recounts of battles. Why can anyone beat to read about it or listen to it without falling asleep. My feeling was, Give me a math or science course any day! But now I realize that there is another side of history and in my sixties I began to read about it. And this is one of the best. I will be listening to more of Dr. Garland's lectures.
Harm None, Love All
I thought that this was a well done course. The history of everyday life of regular people. Most history is about the rich and famous people, but this course tell about life for the ordinary people. And the Professor's narration is captivating and entertaining. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in ancient history. Thank you for a great read (listen).