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A. Smith

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South Texas | Member Since 2013

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  • Peoples and Cultures of the World

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Edward Fischer
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    As the "science of humanity," anthropology can help us understand virtually anything about ourselves, from our political and economic systems, to why we get married, to how we decide to buy a particular bottle of wine. This 24-lecture course reveals the extraordinary power of anthropology - and its subspecialty, cultural anthropology - as a tool to understand the world's varied human societies, including our own.

    A. Smith says: "Interesting"
    "Interesting"
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    Would you listen to Peoples and Cultures of the World again? Why?

    I would like to hear these lectures again. Professor Fischer describes the culture and habits of peoples all over the globe. I loved that he guided us through the lives of those in remote villages and people who are rarely studied. These lectures were really enjoyable.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I think for me, when he explained why cannibals think we are wrong and wasteful when we bury (instead of eat) our dead he was most compelling because it helped me to see them as humans with reasons for their actions. I never understood the "why" behind what they do. He has a way of teaching delicate subjects in an academic manner, so the listener can accept the information easier. He told stories of peoples so dramatically different than traditional Americans, I found it very interesting. I also learned that acts that can seem barbaric to us are seen in a very different light by others.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Edward Fischer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but would like to hear a sequel.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I think it is too long for that, but I did listen to one a day and really looked forward to each one.


    Any additional comments?

    Really fascinating, many good lessons on human nature. I enjoyed it very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great American Music: Broadway Musicals

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bill Messenger
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    (39)
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    (36)
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    Rodgers and Hart. George and Ira Gershwin. Cole Porter. Lerner and Loewe. For most people who've grown up with and shared America's musical heritage, great songs open the floodgates to memories and feelings. Perhaps nowhere is this more profound than in the world of Broadway musicals, with their iconic melodies and memorable lyrics.Revisit the standards, originally written for the stage, that have both delighted and helped mend the broken hearts of Americans for decades.

    L. Burbach says: "The Best of My 23 Audible Purchases So Far."
    "Entertaining and informative"
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    Where does Great American Music: Broadway Musicals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly high. I have listened to several of the Great Courses and generally select from the choices in the History category. Because of my love of Broadway, I stepped outside of my box and was delighted in what I found!

    Professor Messenger is charming and clearly loves his subject. He plays many of the tunes and sings along. He covers Broadway music and shows from the 19th and 20th centuries, giving us example after example. He tells personal stories of the performers and composers, bringing history to life. I wanted to travel in time to see the shows he describes.


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