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Ronald

Birmingham, AL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Modern Scholar: Shakespeare: The Seven Major Tragedies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Harold Bloom
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Shakespeare's seven great tragedies contain unmistakable elements that set them apart from any other plays ever written. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare embodied in the character of Juliet the world's most impressive representation ever of a woman in love. With Julius Caesar, the great playwright produced a drama of astonishing and perpetual relevance.

    Ronald says: "Lowest WPM Ever"
    "Lowest WPM Ever"
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    I, in the late middle ages, have taken up a new appreciation of Shakespeare. He, of course, has influenced Western Thought for centuries. Dr. Bloom is clearly one of the rare Americans who can "bill" themselves as "Shakespearean Expert". I thoroughly loved the material presented BUT he has made the unfortunate decision of narating his own wonderfully insightful book. If you count (who would, but just "if you did get bored") words-per-minute, this product would win the award hands-down. Thankfully, on Dr. Bloom's "History of the Western Canon", he used a reader. A+ on content; C- on presentation.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Plato's Republic

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Roochnik
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    More than 2,000 years later, Plato's Republic remains astonishingly relevant to our everyday lives. It poses one question after another that might well have been drawn from the headlines and debates of our nation's recent history: What sort of person should rule the state? Are all citizens equal before the law? Should everyone have equal access to health care? Plato's greater inquiry, however, was into the question of defining justice itself and the reasons why a person would choose a life aligned with that virtue.

    Bruno says: "One of the best courses I have ever heard!"
    "Simply Excellent"
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    The discussion of Plato's Republic reminds us all of what great a great didactic presentation sounds like. For those of us long-since removed from academia, it makes us long for the type of interchanges we had with a golden few professors who "reached" us and made us want more. Though Professor Roochnik is not Lord Richard Attenborough, he is clearly an expert of the subject matter and is a superb teacher. The mysteries of The Republic (the definition of justice, the analogy of the cave, the divided line and the Myth of Er) are clearly elucidated. Enjoyable, informative and reflective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odyssey of the West, Part V: Enlightenment, Revolution, and Renewal

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Timothy Shutt
    • Narrated By Timothy Shutt, Fred E. Baumann, Joel F. Richeimer, and others
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The Odyssey of the West series continues it grand exploration of the literature, revolutionary theories, and feats of intellectual progress that have shaped-and continue to shape-the modern world.

    Ronald says: "Disappointed in Birmingham"
    "Disappointed in Birmingham"
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    Timothy Shutt is an excellent presenter but the co-readers in this work are terrible and make it, amost, unbearable. I hate to see (or hear) an outstanding lecturer have his name attached to a work virtually worthless simply by his choice of co-lecturers. I expected so much more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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