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Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • The Modern Scholar: Archaeology and the Iliad: The Trojan War in Homer and History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric H. Cline

    The Trojan War, captured forever in Homer's epic poem the Iliad, resonates to the present day in the popular imagination. But did Troy actually exist? And if so, where is it located? Was the Trojan War actually fought? And why? In this course, professor Eric H. Cline examines the history of Troy and delves into the archaeological discoveries that help to answer the questions above. Through an incisive analysis of known data, Professor Cline provides a fuller, richer understanding of this historic clash.

    Nathan says: "I can see the windy plains of Troy"
    "More Archaeological Evidence Than Story..."
    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar?

    The lecture series was broken down into sections relating to the possibilities surrounding whether the Trojan War actually happened, potential locations, archaeological evidence uncovered to date by various excavations since the 19th century and the various theories of how and when Troy was likely destroyed.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave me some new insights to the story and how the story may have evolved from the accepted 1150 BCE occurrence of the war and Homer's rendition told 500 years later, the concept that the famous Trojan Horse may not be what we think but instead a metaphor and the proposition that maybe the war wasn't because of Helen afterall.

    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    I found Professor Cline's delivery easy to understand, entertaining and informative.

    Any additional comments?

    If you want more in depth discussion about the story itself - this is not for you. However, if you are interested in archaeology or the evidence that indicates the possible remains of Troy then this lecture series is spot on. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thorn Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their 7 children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister. It ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, embarks on a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

    Anne says: "disappointing"
    "A compelling story...well worth your time!"
    Where does The Thorn Birds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favourite audiobooks. I have listened to this book a few times now after initially reading the printed version. It is a story that you don't want to end. The characters, the descriptive narrative, the authors uncanny way of drawing you into the story that evokes emotional responses! The mini-series on television pales in comparison to the unabridged book.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the author wove historical events into the storyline.

    Any additional comments?

    While other reviewers of this book slammed the narrators mispronounciation of places and her attempt at an Australian accent, there is much more to this book than that. Listen and enjoy the content of the story - look beyond the narrator's voice and be transported to another time and prepare to get drawn into the lives of the Cleary's!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler

    This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

    Timothy says: "Of course he has an agenda. He wrote a book!"
    "Could be considered a spark..."
    Would you listen to Lies My Teacher Told Me again? Why?

    I found this book quite intriguing and it brought back memories of why I didn't enjoy history classes in school. I specifically recall my entire 8th grade year learning(?) about the American Civil War and not retaining anything from the lessons that I found boring and irrelevant from a teacher who's only purpose was to get through the daily lesson plan. I am American born and while this book decries the way history is written and taught, I was fortunate enough to have an awesome high school teacher that taught me not to readily accept what I read in books or newspapers but to question the validity. As an adult, after taking quite a few history courses in University, I am quite the history buff now - there is no time period that doesn't pique my curiosity. I would have to agree with the author that most history text books are written with a Eurocentric point of view - no matter which country you happen to live in. The other reviewers have expressed their viewpoints and while some have merit, I would hope that this book would serve to ignite a spark for further learning and teach the reader/listener to question. What has happened to critical thinking in our schools? Are schools, as the author points out, simply to create realiable citizens? Is Big Brother (from Orwell's 1984) a reality? Listen and then question...that's my motto!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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