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P. J. Summers

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  • The Modern Scholar: Ideas that Shaped Mankind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
    Overall
    (27)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Ideas That Shaped Mankind flows from internationally respected historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto's views on the notion that man's capacity to produce ideas in itself brings about sweeping changes in the world. This ability, seen most profoundly in individual, startling moments of genius - or equally startling moments of chance - is what separates humans from the animals and allows humans to re-imagine the world in ever more complex designs.

    Ross Bennett says: "Brilliant survey of human thought"
    "Very enjoyable, very entertaining and enlightening"
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    Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    high


    What did you like best about this story?

    This course is a huge overview of a lot of ideas, so it does skim the surface of most of them, but it does so in a way that piques your interest to investigate many things further, which is the purpose of the course in the first place.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Pay no attention to the people complaining about the narrator's performance. Yes, he has a specifically eccentric Ox-Bridge accent, but that is part of the interest and fun of the course. If you are so fixated on an accent that you miss the content, you probably picked the wrong course.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. But I enjoyed it a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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