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  • Classics of Russian Literature

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Irwin Weil
    • Narrated By Professor Irwin Weil Ph.D. Harvard University
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (198)

    Russian literature famously probes the depths of the human soul, and in this series of 36 insightful lectures prepared by a frequently honored teacher legendary among educators in both the United States and Russia-you probe just as deeply into the extraordinary legacy that is Russian Literature itself.Professor Weil introduces you to masterpieces such as Tolstoy's War and Peace, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Gogol's Dead Souls, Chekhov's The Seagull, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, and many other great novels, stories, plays, and poems.

    Rich says: "Jump in The Troika for A Ride with Dr. Weil!"
    "Complex, Dark, and Tumultuous"
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    Like professor Weil, I became fascinated by Dostoevsky way back in high school and the Grand Inquisitor floored me, even back then. I have read some of the literature included in these 36 lectures, but certainly not all, and will now go back and study further. Professor Weil is clearer as passionate about the Russian language as he is about the subject. He also has a surprisingly pleasant singing voice, which adds to the presentation. Certainly worth the time and I appreciate his expertise in this area and I am impressed by how well he speaks the Russian language.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earthcore

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6172)
    Performance
    (5784)
    Story
    (5758)

    EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

    Leslie says: "Awesome Book. Well written and very creative!"
    "Violence, Monsters, and Superegos"
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    There was a lot of action in this story, and Ray Porter does a superlative job as the narrator. The beginning of the story was intriguing, by the core of the story was just too implausible. In addition, the "brilliant" people in the story did not even consider the origins of the platinum deposit, when I suspect most readers/listeners guessed the origin early on.

    Parts of the story did not tie together well. Why have the same individuals in Argentina as in Utah? What was the point of that.

    The one thing that put me off was the gruesome details of some of the violence. I suppose the author was trying to convince us that one individual was truly psychotic, but a lot of that detail was not needed.

    It was intriguing in parts. Good have been a better story. Great narration. Worth the listen.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dennis E. Taylor
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52107)
    Performance
    (48919)
    Story
    (48831)

    Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

    PW says: "Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!"
    "Interesting but not compelling!"
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    The idea behind this book and apparently a series is that a human mind becomes computerized and part of self-replicating intergalactic space probe. It was an interesting idea, but the story is fragmented, and while it has many interesting elements, The story is not compelling enough to want to continue reading additional books in the series. There is some humor, but the reading is flat, like the story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland Ph.D. University College London
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1068)

    These 24 dramatic lectures examine key events from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to medieval Europe and Asia. Spanning thousands of years and three continents, this course illuminates fascinating historical dramas on the individual scale.

    Mike McGuire says: "Excellent material, engaging presentation."
    "Living a "Disjointed" History"
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    Dr. Garland is a wealth of knowledge, and I have listened to other great courses where he was the lecturer. This course, however, is very disjointed. In fairness, it would be difficult to complete this within the time constraints of the Great Course series. There is just not enough background, and this is basically a set of extended scenarios. If it were somehow placed within a larger context, it might have more meaning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5919)
    Performance
    (4357)
    Story
    (4358)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    9S says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Too much King!"
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    I am a Stephen King fan and he can bring very strong emotions to the top. However, this is far too gruesome. The details and physical descriptions go beyond telling an authentic story. It is a bit too close to the ramblings of a true psychotic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Bernard Cornwell, Dugald Bruce Lockhart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1757)

    From the New York Times best-selling author comes the definitive history of one of the greatest battles ever fought - a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Napoleon's last stand.

    carl801 says: "Not a close run thing!"
    "Amazing Detail"
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    I am not a student of war, although the affect of war on countries and populations cannot be denied. This recounting of Waterloo, however, was different than anything I have read about wars like the American Civil War or the two World Wars. This was a very "compact" war, involving just a few days for the actual fighting. Thousands of British, Dutch, Prussian and other allies died as did thousands of French. What was the point? Napoleon's ego?

    The amount of intricate details and recounting made this a most interesting examination of a battle -- not really a war. So much information. Again, while I am not a student of war, it was worth listening to and Dr. Cornwell, the author, narrates most of the story. Very impressive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Bucholz
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz D.Phil. Oxford University
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (667)

    No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. But what made the city the perfect environment for so many great developments? How did London endure the sweeping historical revolutions and disasters without crumbling? Find the answers to these questions and more in these 24 fascinating lectures.

    Amy says: "Good Starting Place or Refresher"
    "More about London than I could have imagined"
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    I enjoyed listening to Professor Bucholz's description of London through time. His "walks" down certain roads, through specific gates to the city, capture the imagination to a point where one can almost feel they are there.

    I have been to London more than any other city outside the United States. I do think this positive picture of the city is heavily biased, but that is understandable considering is total enrapture with the subject matter. Even so, there were so horrible, terrible times in London, epitomizing how bad people and things can be, and I think these are underplayed. Even so, the lectures were most interesting and informative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Peter Saccio
    • Narrated By Professor Peter Saccio Ph.D. Princeton University
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (363)

    Shakespeare's plays - whether a comedy like A Midsummer Night's Dream, a history like Henry IV, or a tragedy like Hamlet - are treasure troves of insight into our very humanity. These 36 lectures introduce you to Shakespeare's major plays from each of these three genres and explain the achievement that makes him the leading playwright in Western civilization.

    Kristi Richardson says: "“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle..""
    "Greatest of observation and insight"
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    I have listened to many of the Great Courses audios, and this rates at the very top. Professor Saccio is a person I could listen to extensively.

    I studied Shakespeare as an undergraduate and found it interesting, but Professor Saccio adds a depth of understanding to these plays I have never heard. As an academic myself, I also enjoyed his occasional references to academia and student perceptions of the plays.

    The content of these 36 lectures forces us to stop and think. I may listen to this set of lectures again, but there is so much to take in, it will be awhile before I ready for another go around.

    Well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dante's Divine Comedy

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
    • Narrated By Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (396)

    Professors Cook and Herzman provide you with an illuminating introduction to one of the greatest works ever written. One of the most profound and satisfying of all poems, The Divine Comedy (or Commedia) of Dante Alighieri is a book for life. In a brilliantly constructed narrative of his imaginary guided pilgrimage through the three realms of the Christian afterlife, Dante accomplished a literary task of astonishing complexity. In these twenty-four lectures, as you follow Dante on his journey, you'll learn how medieval literature offers insights into fundamental questions.

    Patti says: "The Commedia for Modern Readers"
    "Becoming an active reader"
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    This was a very complex and worthy listen. I studied the Divine Comedy as an undergrad and again as a graduate student. Dr's Herzman and Cook provide a completely new and detailed understanding of this very complex poem. Now I feel compelled to take their final advice to go back and reread the poem again to see if I can make it my own story. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3210)
    Performance
    (1730)
    Story
    (1737)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Colleen says: "Sphere all over again"
    "Too many Twists and Turns"
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    No spoiler here as the story begins with the protagonist (Peter Crane) believing he is being brought in as a consultant due to the discovery of Atlantis. Highly unlikely, considering the location and all the myths about that civilization. Child tries to string a strange storyline into massive amounts of unusual and highly "stretched" technology. In parts, the story is very intense and moves quickly. In other places, it is clunky and does not work well, and the ending, while predictable, really is too far fetched to go along with the conclusions. Scott Brick does his usual good job of narration, but he is also hampered by the somewhat broken story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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