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  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (457)

    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.

    Saud says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
    "Language in Flux"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Story of Human Language? What did you like least?

    The language she is a-changin'. I will listen with new ears for the differences that I would once have called errors. It won't panic me so much for someone to "ax" me a question and that's nice. There's a whole subject I don't have to worry about any more.


    What three words best describe Professor John McWhorter’s voice?

    The professor means to be entertaining but I wish he hadn't laughed at his own jokes. I think I would rather see him in person as it might be fun to see some clowning to go with the puns.


    Was The Story of Human Language worth the listening time?

    It was worth my time. I might even listen to it again sometime.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1025)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "You Can't be Serious"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Stephen Greenblatt and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    At first I didn't like the narrator but his elegant sounding Italian won me over somewhat.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen Greenblatt? Why or why not?

    I don't know. Maybe.


    Did The Swerve inspire you to do anything?

    I was inspired to look up some names. Those people were real...I could find them in Wikipedia.


    Any additional comments?

    The humanist poet, Lucretious
    Penned some verses the Church thought were specious
    When Poggia found 'em
    He spread 'em around 'n
    Pretended to think them facetious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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