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Frank

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  • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (449)

    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    Nassir says: "Incomprehensibly complete"
    "Absolutely amazing"
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    Where does The History of Ancient Egypt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audio book I ever listened to, and I am absolutely amazed. Of course, I knew from school that the Egyptian achievements were stunning, but had I listened to something like Brier's course about 30 years ago, chances are that I'd be an egyptologist today. Egypt was much more incredible than I ever thought it would have been, and Brier presents it in an absorbing way. As soon as I had finished listening to it I just had to start again from the beginning.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Sean Carroll
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    In this 12-lecture masterpiece of scientific reporting, you'll learn everything you need to know to fully grasp the significance of this discovery, including the basics of quantum mechanics; the four forces that comprise the Standard Model of particle physics; how these forces are transmitted by fields and particles; and the importance of symmetry in physics.

    Jerome Robbins says: "Masterfully done"
    "A really great course!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the Great Courses, and this one is one of the best I have been listening to so far. I would absolutely recommend it to a friend, provided that he/she has some basic scientific and mathematical understanding and is interested in how modern physics explain our world and the remaining mysteries.


    What other book might you compare The Higgs Boson and Beyond? to and why?

    The course could perhaps be compared to Hawking's Brief History of Time, but I liked The Higgs Boson and Beyond even more (perhaps because Hawking's book is made to be read rather than being listened to). Moreover, this course is more up-to-date.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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