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  • Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
    Overall
    (15)
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    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    These 24 inspiring lectures introduce you to the sages who, as a group, represent the "missing page" of the history of philosophy. Although their names are sometimes familiar to us, as in the case of Cicero and Plutarch, their philosophy is not. Studying these thinkers offers some surprising ways to think about philosophy. This course offers ample opportunity to hear, in their own words, the philosophers' prescriptions for healthier living.

    Curdy says: "Wonderful introduction to practical philosophy"
    "Wonderful introduction to practical philosophy"
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    If you could sum up Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists in three words, what would they be?

    Character, Practice, Habits


    What does Professor Luke Timothy Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very passionate reader, really enjoyed his style.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have loved this course to be twice as long as it was. The content is a great mix between historical context, philosophical ideas and practical tips. I found the book to be both inspiring and challenging. Although I was already familiar with the topic, I learned a lot. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    No understanding of human life, individual or collective, could be complete without factoring in the role and contribution of these history-shaping teachers. Now, this 36-lecture series takes you deep into the life stories and legacies of these four iconic figures, revealing the core teachings, and thoughts of each, and shedding light on the historical processes that underlie their phenomenal, enduring impact.

    cliff says: "Audible at its best"
    "Brilliant introduction to those 4 great teachers"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book's content is really interesting and the author's narration is great. It's a perfect introduction to comparative religion. I enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it to my friends. It might be better to choose another title if you are already advanced in the study of those historical figures though.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Francis J. Ambrosio
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    What is the meaning of life? Is human existence meaningful or absurd? If you've ever pondered these questions, you have an extraordinary adventure in store, as an award-winning teacher presents a boldly revealing inquiry into these most fundamental of human concerns. In this inspiring series of 36 lectures, Professor Ambrosio charts how these questions have been pursued and grasped through the ages, providing you with the understanding and the tools to come to terms with them in a direct, practical way.

    Curdy says: "Simple ideas made complex"
    "Simple ideas made complex"
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    What would have made Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life better?

    Each chapter requires some serious work to become easier and more pleasant to listen to. This feels more like one of those old books in which you constantly need to jump back several pages to understand the point being made.


    Has Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really. There are many great books on the same topic.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Francis J. Ambrosio’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's thorough.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very hard to listen to as the simplest ideas are lost in circumvoluted thoughts. It reminded me of what I disliked most at university: the inability to state interesting ideas in an interesting way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samuel Eliot Morison
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Admiral of the Ocean Sea is Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's classic biography of the greatest sailor of them all, Christopher Columbus. It is written with the insight, energy, and authority that only someone who had himself sailed in Columbus's path to the New World could muster. Morison undertook this expedition in a 147-foot schooner and a 47-foot ketch, the dimensions of these craft roughly matching those of Columbus's Santa Maria and Nina.

    Curdy says: "Very detailed, not an easy one"
    "Very detailed, not an easy one"
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    What made the experience of listening to Admiral of the Ocean Sea the most enjoyable?

    This book is a real historian's work. It states clearly what the author knows from different sources and what he personally believes to be true. There are a lot of details about Columbus travels and how people reacted in Europe to the news of these discoveries. However, if you expect to be entertained all along, this might not be a great pick as the book really goes deep into each travel, with a lot of attention to life at sea. Great adventures are also made of some less exciting, or even boring parts and this book will give them to you too.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (471)

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "Between tabloid and history"
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    What did you like best about Catherine the Great? What did you like least?

    This book is not meant for history lovers. There are snippets of great historical events but most of it is just court drama and gossips from Catherine time. It's not a terrible book but it could have been so much more.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Solid performance by the narrator.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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