I thoroughly enjoyed this round-up of the history of the universe. Sensibly broken into five parts, it gives a good overview of astronomy and addresses the larger questions contained in creation.
Yes, in fact I already have. I finished and started right back at the beginning because it contains so much great material.
It's a pivotal moment in how humans view themselves and the professor looks at it from every angle.
When the series started with Professor Gregory's education and it included a seminary, I almost quit there. I'mt so glad I didn't, I think his background imparted a unique element to the story.
One of the best lecture series I have listened to (I've listened to a lot) and certainly one of the best lecturers!
I never read the print version
The person I came away with the most changed impression of was Milton
The weak link here was Susan Sage Heinzelman, it was like she was just reading her notes. Lectures have the capacity to impart emotion, something you would never know from her delivery.
It covers an extremely interesting time in history
The Great Courses, yes. This lecturer, probably not.
The lack of the supporting notes was particularly noticed in this course. It's strange, when Audible offers the Modern Scholar series you get the notes in a PDF, why not The Great Courses?
Yes, it is so rich I think I would find fresh insights on a second listening
Yes, I listened to his lectures on Darwin and enjoyed them so much I immediately sought out his other lectures
I love the author's books, I enjoy his approach to history
My personal favorite of those who have narrated his books is John Lee
Don't be put off by his pedestrian narration, listen to the whole series!
A teenage militia member
It's difficult to see what they could write that I would find of interest
Over the top red neck rant
It's hard to fathom the guilt and self loathing associated with being a "Lone Survivor", but you could drive a truck through the inconsistencies in this book. I understand that the author needs a boogeyman to blame, but his constant rants about the liberal media and the Geneva Convention don't ring true. As for his constant bragging about how wonderful the the SEALS are, all I could think was what a whiny bitch he comes across as.
Great Learning System
Thomas Cahill's histories, gives a lot more background than just dates and actions.
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Overall it is an eye opener to the fact that what we are taught were the "Dark Ages" were actually a pretty vibrant era of transition. His explanation of the the feudal system and how it developed was particularly insightful.
Other reviewers have disparaged the professor's style, I find it very engaging. It is as though he is talking directly to the listener and he sometimes drops in a modern idiom which is delightfully out of place.
Wonderful narration although I couldn't like any of the characters
She wanders along at a glacial place and then hits the rapids
The toothpick case
If you haven't read Pride & Prejudice, go and read that
Just when you think it is too formulaic it takes a wonderful turn
Video Game generation
You could drive a very substantial truck through many of the inconsistencies in the story
This series is addictive, it's beautifully paced and the plot develops seamlessly over time
Dr. Stephen Maturin is a complex being, in this book especially we see many sides to his personality
I love the narration of Simon Vance, I'm sure the other guy is good too, but when I tried to listen to him he was way to breathy, it sounded like his last gasp in every line, whereas Simon Vance is crisp and clean with clearly identifiable voices for each character.
I'm now on book thirteen and this truly is a series that you can't put down!
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