I have tried some of "The Great Courses," even before they appeared on audible. One each on Math, Art, Public Speaking, Meditation, and now his Logic course. "The Great Courses" could be more aptly named "The Hit or Miss Courses" simply because the quality of the Professors, their presentations, and their actual relation to the subject matter varies intensely. Of the courses I have tried, three (math, art, and public speaking) weren't worthwhile for various reasons. The public speaking course was so poor in every way that the professor wasn't even associated with his university's communications program, and was one of the worst presenters I've ever encountered. On the other hand the meditation course was honestly fantastic, and this course, too, would be fantastic. Yet, logic, even a basic and abridged introduction (or recap, depending on your life experiences so far) is complex. You're not going to retain (or even be able to imagine) everything Dr. Hall is discussing, and that's a problem. Apparently it is possible to go to "The Great Courses" website to purchase a hard copy of the workbook/ guide (yet, not the electronic version) without repurchasing the course. Audible should be providing the electronic version of the supplemental material, or it should be available, and heavily discountable, through Amazon with a clearly associated link. Until such an option is available I'd save your money or your credit for use on what you subscribed to this service for, an audio book. There are so many good reads waiting for you!
Dr. James Hall is clearly an "expert," that word being used as a compliment with the intended meaning being that the professor defines in the course (someone who has spent a long, long time thinking over a set of problems and thus really knows their stuff)!
There isn't a book to read, and that's a problem, unless you have an obscenely perfect memory... Which may be its own sort of problem?
There aren't any characters
From here on out I'm sticking to audio books.
Grover Gardner is great, the book's contents are nice, too. However the professional narrative is interspersed with interviews had with the author at an exceedingly advanced age. The interviewer asks poor questions and the author is hardly understandable. At times the author speaks contrary not only to his own responses but also to the material from the actual work.
This audiobook downloaded in a disconnected bunch of 1(ish) hour segments. Some segments began at the start of chapters, others did not. Further, Audible didn't automatically parse them together as per usual. Each segment was treated as its own audiobook. Finally, I couldn't find a beginning segment. I've used Audible a lot, and in this presentation, Audible seriously let me down.
The fact that people take it literally.
The story shouldn't be seen as disappointing, the thing was cobbled together by the 400s CE, that's a long time ago. Still, not necessarily one of the world's greater literary achievements.
James Earl Jones has one of the best voices ever, so I'm going to go with "god." If there were deities, I'd want the chief male one to sound as awesome as James.
Well, there is the "Quran," and the "Book of Mormon," lol.
Ultimately this work is a study in incorrect hypotheses about the nature of the universe.
This is one fact-filled tome!
The author's writing vividly brings to life the many worlds conveyed within.
A clear and connected reading, with a wonderful cadence.
Some of the unfortunate atrocities committed both against and by the British were moving, but ultimately the story is so well balanced that one may recall just as easily the favorable expedition of gentlemen adventurers in pursuit of the source of the Nile, or a war that almost began over a dead pig but thankfully fizzled out with British and American officers enjoying one another's company on a remote, 10 mile long island instead of fighting one another.
Great for those seriously interested in history.
If you want the freedom of "reading" (listening) while, say, driving.
Christopher Hitchen's lucid writing style.
He was clearly prepared and made the material audibly digestible.
Yes, and it's rather short so this may be a distinct possibility for many.
Yes, thanks to Edward Hermann's narration
How could it not be Louis?
He was certainly articulate and knew what emotions to express, and when.
Tim does a wonderful job portraying this epic story.
Other science fiction classics from the time period.
A wonderful performance.
Thanks to Rob Inglis's performance, yes.
The "Lord of the Ring" books...
His amazing voice acting style.
Of course! It's Tolkien!
Ray does the narration.
He does a great job.
The interview at the end is terrific. Ray has indeed succeeded in achieving immortality, forever living on in his books on shelves in the good company of Shakespeare and others.
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