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David

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  • The Modern Scholar: Judaism, Christinanity and Islam

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Frank E. Peters
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    (109)
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    (54)
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    Professor Peters' studies of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam allow him to offer a series of lectures beginning with Creation and ending with the Final Judgment. In this course, Professor Peters leads listeners through a comprehensive study of each of these fundamentally monotheistic religious communities. As he concludes, only by understanding their similarities and differences can we hope to make sense of the politics of religion which continue to fuel conflicts throughout the world.

    David says: "Informative review of the 3 big religions"
    "Great introduction"
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    Great introduction to the three religions, their similarities and differences. My only addition would be a lecture of the various splits or sects in each. It was briefly discussed throughout the series but more detail would have been a great addition. Besides that, a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (1069)
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    (1058)

    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "Started out great"
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    I liked the start but the end got too religious for me. I wasn't expecting that. The theme as I took it is to get going and try each day. You will get better and succeed. Ignore the small things getting in your way and dedicate time. His discussion about the "professional" was the best part of the book. The end fell flat...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall and Rise of China

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Baum
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (263)
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    (269)

    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

    Yu-Chin says: "Offers excellent objective perspective!"
    "Great info, hard listen at times"
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    Lots of great information. Only problem is, at times, the lecturer trails off his sentences and you miss the last few words. Had to hit that replay key too many times. Besides that good lecture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: A Way With Words, Part II: Approaches to Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael D.C. Drout
    • Narrated By Michael D.C. Drout
    Overall
    (207)
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    (102)
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    (100)

    In A Way with Words II: Approaches to Literature, Michael D.C. Drout leads a series of lectures that focus on the big questions of literature. Throughout, he introduces the major schools of literary and critical thought and employs illuminating examples from the world's most important literary works. This course proves a wonderful exploration of one of humankind's most cherished pursuits.

    Edward Martinez says: "Drout is great"
    "Out of my league"
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    I really like Professor Drout in the Modern Scholar series. I have listed to 4 or 5 of them. Of all of them, this was by far the hardest to listen to. But, I think it is probably me instead of the book. I never would have thought grammer would be interesting either, but that lecture was outstanding. Literature, I hoped for the same, but just couldn't get there. Again, maybe me. Try the history of the English language instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (773)
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    (772)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Christopher says: "It's official, I'm an idiot"
    "Great listen"
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    Very entertaining and a fun listen. I highly recommend. I have questioned many stories I recall or have been told since listening to this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Brotherhood of the Revolution: How America's Founders Forged a New Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Joseph Ellis
    Overall
    (49)
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    (24)
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    This is the story of the American Revolution, the men who made it and who then secured it. It is the story of an improbable victory by a provincial collection of loosely knit colonies over the dominant military and political power in the world. It is also the story of the creation of a nation founded on principles that no one at the time regarded as viable, and that over time have come to be regarded as the most successful recipe for political success in the modern world.

    Mahmood says: "nice audio"
    "Interesting look at the founders"
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    Good read from a knowledgable lecturer but the audio in the first few lectures is terrible. I think this was an early lecture in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Anglo-Saxon World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael D. C. Drout
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (239)
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    (228)

    Had the Angles and Saxons not purposefully migrated to the isles of the Britons and brought with them their already-well-developed use of language, Angelina Jolie may never have appeared in the movie Beowulf. Professor Michael D.C. Drout is at his best when lecturing on the fascinating history, language, and societal adaptations of the Anglo-Saxons.

    Matthew says: "Amazingly good"
    "Drout supreme"
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    This was my first audiobook lecture by Drout. I have now bought several others as he is a great speaker and story teller. I really enjoyed this look back in history and learned more than I anticipated about the Anglo-Saxons both as it was and how the modern world see them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: A History of the English Language

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Drout
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (138)
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    (133)

    Professor Drout addresses the foundation of language and its connection to specific portions of the brain. The components of language are explained in easy-to-understand terms and the progression of the language from Germanic to Old, Middle, and Modern English is fully illustrated - including such revolutionary language upheavals as those brought about by the Norman Conquest and the Great Vowel Shift.

    Maria says: "Hits all the right marks"
    "Drout excellence"
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    Drout is great as always in explaining how the English language has evolved to become the international of today. He is a terrific speaker.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Tiber and the Potomac: Rome, America, and Empires of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (45)
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    (23)
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    (23)

    Esteemed university professor and best-selling author Thomas F. Madden presents an intriguing series of lectures based on a fascinating premise: that the United States has more in common with the rising Roman Republic than with the declining Roman Empire.

    Gary Marcus says: "An Important Historical Analysis"
    "Great lecture"
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    I've always wanted to learn more about the Roman Empire and how it is similar to the U.S. This lecture series did a great job of explaining how we view ourselves from within and how the world views us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Six Months That Changed the World: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    Overall
    (229)
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    (128)
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    The world will never see another peace conference like the one which took place in Paris in 1919. For six months, the world's major leaders - including Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States, David Lloyd George, prime minister of Great Britain, and Georges Clemenceau, prime minister of France - met to discuss the peace settlements which were to end World War One.

    Jon says: "Best Audible Title Yet"
    "Excellent"
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    Great lecture! This should be required for all of our politicians so they understand what they are dealing with in Europe, middle east and the rest of the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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