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  • The Iliad of Homer

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Elizabeth Vandiver
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    For thousands of years, Homer's ancient epic poem the Iliad has enchanted readers from around the world. When you join Professor Vandiver for this lecture series on the Iliad, you'll come to understand what has enthralled and gripped so many people.Her compelling 12-lecture look at this literary masterpiece -whether it's the work of many authors or the "vision" of a single blind poet - makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written.

    Elan says: "Vandiver never disappoints"
    "A Great Course for a Great Classic"
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    What about Professor Elizabeth Vandiver’s performance did you like?

    Professor Elizabeth Vandiver is quickly becoming one of my favorite professors available through the Great Courses. She knows how to provide the structure the material deserves, while keeping it accessible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to, but my schedule dictated that I listen to it one lecture at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're getting this, get The Odyssey of Homer (same Professor), it paints the full picture of the Greek Epics.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2798)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1502)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    I stopped listening halfway through. I think this didn't age too well. I usually love good sci-fi novels but this one just didn't click even though I listened for as long as I was going to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeff Ryan
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (278)

    Nintendo has continually set the standard for video game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.

    Steve says: "Great read! Very informative."
    "An insider look to Nintendo"
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    Nintendo, one of the biggest entertainment companies in modern history, has faced some unique technological and social challenges. This explores the history of Nintendo from the crash of 1983 up to the rise of the Wii.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exploring Metaphysics

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David K. Johnson
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

    DaniDarko says: "Very dissapointing"
    "Pop culture, big questions & an excited professor"
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    Let me get the professor's voice and tone out of the way: Compared to more collected professors in the Great Courses, Professor David K. Johnson has a voice that could be considered annoying.

    The good: He is well versed in complex ideas as well as pop culture, so expect plenty of examples from pop culture when explaining big questions regarding personal identity, free will, time travel, quantum mechanics and God.

    I don't agree with many of his conclusions, but his enthusiasm kept me going to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Livermore
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.

    Quaker says: "Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses"
    "Does what it can with the time it has"
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    This course as an exploration of ten cultural value dimensions:

    1. Identity—Individualist versus Collectivist
    2. Authority—Low versus High Power Distance
    3. Risk—Low versus High Uncertainty Avoidance
    4. Achievement—Cooperative versus Competitive
    5. Time—Punctuality versus Relationships
    6. Communication—Direct versus Indirect
    7. Lifestyle—Being versus Doing
    8. Rules—Particularist versus Universalist
    9. Expressiveness—Neutral versus Affective
    10. Social Norms—Tight versus Loose

    Followed by applying them to ten global culture clusters:

    1. Anglo Cultures
    2. Nordic European Cultures
    3. Germanic Cultures
    4. Eastern European/Central Asian Cultures
    5. Latin European Cultures
    6. Latin American Cultures
    7. Confucian Asian Cultures
    8. South Asian Cultures
    9. Sub-Saharan African Cultures
    10. Arab Cultures

    It's not a full guide of do's and don'ts, but it provides some key guidelines on each social clusters and how to learn more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark Berkson
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    According to polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Forum on Religion & Public Life, the majority of Americans fail basic tests about religion, including tests on their own faith. This is troublesome because religious literacy is about so much more than naming deities or knowing the stories of ancient history. For many of us, religion is a way to examine and understand ourselves. These 24 enlightening lectures offer you the chance to experience the world's religions from all angles – historical, theological, and cultural.

    George R. Murray says: "Could Not Have Been Better"
    "Enriching"
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    An excellent tour of many world religions, exploring origins, belief systems, social structures and various sects among other things. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Rickards
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939, and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: War, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching - and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk.

    Jean says: "A good review of the global financial system"
    "Terrifyingly relevant"
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    I thought this was going to be another alarmist book warning of a financial Armageddon, but the tone is balanced and the arguments solid. Something is wrong with money, and this is the book that will keep you up at night.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5376)
    Performance
    (5013)
    Story
    (5008)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Very meta"
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    This story starts slow, but picks up once the characters decide to take action. The third act of the story is very entertaining. The codas at the end are highly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James D. Watson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Roger Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only 24, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.

    A. Lai says: "Fabulous book!"
    "Not good, not bad"
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    This is a case where the story leading up to the scientific breakthrough and beyond that is exactly what you'd expect: skeptics, supporters, distractions and rivalries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Camouflage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (249)

    The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from. Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. It resists every effort to breach it - or communicate with it.

    Deborah Thompson says: "Grows on you"
    "Fascinating characters"
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    This is a story of a shape changing creature which decides to integrate into human society, and has to deal with issues of war, love and another shape changer going around. I don't want to spoil the story, but the ending just seems too convenient and happy. There's also a bunch of sex scenes with the shape changer masquerading as both genders which seem a bit forced.

    For those two flaws, it gets 4 stars in overall and story.

    The narrator did an especially good job with different character accents without making them sound comical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Decisive Battles of World History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gregory S. Aldrete
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Throughout history, military engagements have altered the course of historical events. In these 36 dynamic lectures, Professor Aldrete leads you in discovering the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of events and defining our world. Across 4,000 years of history, you'll explore nearly 40 key military engagements, from the milestone battles of Western civilization to their counterparts in the Middle East, India, and Asia.

    IRP says: "Excellent Course- Needs Battle Maps"
    "Amazing"
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    This is a very interesting collection of some of the most important battles in recorded history on land and sea. A tour de force.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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