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  • The Foundations of Western Civilization

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas F. X. Noble
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    (88)
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    (77)
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    (76)

    What is Western Civilization? According to Professor Noble, it is "much more than human and political geography," encompassing myriad forms of political and institutional structures - from monarchies to participatory republics - and its own traditions of political discourse. It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good.

    Tyler says: "Excellent course!"
    "Good Survey Course"
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    Would you listen to The Foundations of Western Civilization again? Why?

    This question is not applicable to this title or most other audio courses. Would listen to other courses by this professor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Foundations of Western Civilization?

    Sections covering the Greek and Roman cultures, including the decline of Rome, were especially interesting.


    What does Professor Thomas F. X. Noble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good, enthusiastic speaker. Well organized and he makes clear the main, take-away points, which is so important for an audio course.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    History of the World Part I ... Maybe Monty Python and the Holy Grail


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Development of European Civilization

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
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    (35)

    In almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences for the rest of your life. These 48 lectures lead you through the doors of that laboratory and guide you through the development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II.

    MARIA says: "The Development of Some European Civilizarion"
    "Interesting synthesis"
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    What other book might you compare The Development of European Civilization to and why?

    Along the lines of a Western Civ class.


    Any additional comments?

    Along the lines of a Western Civ class. The professor does a great job discussing the underlying developments and themes of European history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark A. Stoler
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (361)

    To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

    J. E. JORDAN says: "Let Go of the Grade-School Storybook History"
    "Nothing new here; move on./"
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    What would have made The Skeptic's Guide to American History better?

    Content was very basic and presented in a dull, lackluster manner. A real waste of time. Thought it would be along the lines of the excellent book "Lies My Teacher Taught Me" but not even close.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This course needs a total rework.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Mark A. Stoler’s performances?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Barron
    • Narrated By Robert Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (191)
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    (191)

    Fr. Robert Barron's comprehensive work goes straight to the core of the Catholic faith. He first examines the foundations of Christ's incarnation, life and ministry, and then works through the essentials of the Catholic tradition: from sacraments, worship and prayer, to Mary and the saints, and on to salvation, heaven and hell. Throughout this epic journey, Fr. Barron uses art, literature, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy and history to present a complete picture of the Church to the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wide as a lake, but only an inch deep"
    "Well done"
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    If you could sum up Catholicism in three words, what would they be?

    Debated whether even to get this book or not - NOT a fan of EWTN and but saw part of one episode on PBS and was impressed. Fr Barron presents an even handed overview of Catholic theology full of lively details and thoughtful insight. Only quibble is with his minimal mention of collegiality within the Church.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    What does Robert Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fr. Barron's narration is very good - a lot of authors are poor narrators but not the case here.


    Any additional comments?

    The art work, churches, etc discussed in the book are for the most part, are commonly recognized, i.e. Sistine Chapel, and easy to visualize while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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