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History Buff

Austin | Member Since 2012

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  • Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Roger Penrose
    • Narrated By Bruce Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    From the best-selling author of The Emperor’s New Mind and The Road to Reality, a groundbreaking book that provides new views on three of cosmology’s most profound questions: What, if anything, came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? What is its ultimate future?

    Darkcoffee says: "Difficult, Awe-inducing and Fascinating"
    "Penrose makes cosmological concepts accessible"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cycles of Time to be better than the print version?

    An excellent book, especially if you're a fan of his classic work "The Road to Reality". He is not shy about mathematical equations or concepts and the lay person that invests the time to go through this book will be very well rewarded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This audible version comes with a lengthy PDF file with Penrose's trademark hand drawn diagrams. His diagrams are probably some of the best tools I've ever seen to make difficult concepts accessible to the non-physicist or mathematician.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was adequate.


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  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (844)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Played at 2X speed just to keep awake"
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    Now I know there are some gushing reviews here, and that's actually why I gave this audio book a go. As a huge fan of history, particularly Roman, ancient European, and medieval, I really wanted to enjoy prof Garland's course. Maybe that was my problem. I was drawn to this as a narrative driven from the "Other's" perspective rather than that of famous men and the occasional famous woman; a deeper view hopefully from the ordinary people living day to day lives in these cultures. Well I am by no means a history major, but if you have even a rudimentary knowledge of ancient near eastern or western history, you'll be wading chapter after chapter thru Garland's droning, s..l..o..w.. narration, looking for some nuggets you didn't already know. It's really Superficial.
    Couldn't I recommend this instead then to someone new to ancient history? Look I'm sure Prof Garland would be great to hang out with, as he's passionate about his subject matter, especially English History and particularly about Chaucer. But for an honest review of a rather pricey audiobook, I'd have to say that there are numerous free podcasts I've listened to that are more informative, entertaining, and won't make you want to gouge your own eyes out (The Ancient World by Scott C comes to mind for one...).
    This one fell so short for me, that I don't think I'll be listening to any more of these "Great Courses". Seriously, go listen first to some great free podcasts if you're looking for anything like these sweeping "survey" type courses. You have nothing to lose.

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  • Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (395)

    Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

    John says: "Outstanding!"
    "A riveting account of Augustus"
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    Anthony Everitt's Augustus is one of the most developed and three dimensional portraits I've read on Caesar Augustus. Everitt is insightful without being pedantic, and not afraid to give his opinion in filling in the historical gaps. Another excellent biography that is as entertaining as his biography of Hannibal.

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