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maggie0405

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  • A Short History of Myth: The Myths

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the "Great Western Transformation" of the last 500 years and the discrediting of myth by science.

    maggie0405 says: "Good but not unabridged"
    "Good but not unabridged"
    Overall

    I loved this book, but the final chapter on the modern era is missing on the audio version

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur Goldschmidt, Lawrence Davidson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (193)

    The ninth edition of this widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment.

    Magnus Odeen says: "An honest, detailed and well written history"
    "Excellent Background"
    Overall

    I admit that I do get a lot of "duds" on audible: Books that seem promising but never deliver. This is not one! Almost like a textbook, it really moves fast. Some people who are not familiar with the area will have to rewind quite a bit like I did, but it's worth it.

    As for those who say it is too "liberal" or too "pro islam or arab" I say that I'm glad to see a counterweight to the "pro american/Israeli" perspective we see so often in the mainstream media. We need to pay more attention to this part of the world if we are ever going to be the super power we claim to be.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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