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  • Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant Hardy
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    (64)
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    Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution-and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as . the existence of God; . the meaning of life; and. the nature of truth and reality.This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers-from a much-honored teacher and scholar-offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi-responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

    Michael says: "Great Lectures among the best of the Great Courses"
    "Great Lectures among the best of the Great Courses"
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    What made the experience of listening to Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition the most enjoyable?

    Listening to a professor acknowledged for his ability to teach and who has obvious passion for the subject and a large coverage without losing his audience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So much information here in a subject I did not know much about and feel that I learned quite a bit from it. Even if I can't remember all the names and specifics, there will always be new avenues of thinking opened by this book.


    What about Professor Grant Hardy’s performance did you like?

    Obviously passionate about the subject. The only problem is that he can't say "example" and says "edsample" which is a bit annoying. He can't help that of course, but if you are really irritated by that sort of thing, probably should let this one go. Sad if you have to, but I can understand that sort of irritability.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of the monk who after many frightening and potentially fatal incidents finds peace in the beautiful flower seconds before his death. This resonated with me strongly and brought to mind the rather famous verse from the new testament "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, ... , whatever is of good report, think about these things". This is the true inspirational value of the great courses: expanding ones knowledge and connecting various understandings with the feeling of understanding new and fascinating connections.


    Any additional comments?

    The great courses are amazing, I wholly recommend them with respect to those I have completed so far.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    What did the "other" Scriptures early Christians followed say? Do they exist today? How could such outlandish ideas ever be considered Christian? If such beliefs were once common, why do they no longer exist? These are just a few of the many provocative questions that arise from these 24 thrilling lectures. Join the dramatic search for lost Christianities and learn why it's considered such an appealing subject to study.

    Michael says: "Finally Understanding Bart Ehrman"
    "Finally Understanding Bart Ehrman"
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    The guided reviews are simply unsuited to reviewing the great courses series.

    Ehrman has written books on the subject, but hearing him go through the material in the style of a lecture really helped me to understand early gnostic and heretical/non proto-orthodox beliefs.

    If you're interested in the early formation of Christianity before the establishment of the orthodox canon, this is the way to go. Great work, great explanations, just plain great. Well worth the listen, fully recommended.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (590)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "If you like the movie, grab the book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most assuredly recommend this to a friend. With the caveat that if

    A) You don't like psychological dramas
    -- If you're not into looking through the characters eyes and some digressions on what the character is thinking, don't bother, the pacing is fine for me, but if you don't like this kind of thing, don't bother.

    B) Sensitive to Violence or Obscenity
    -- I'm not being judgmental here, I'm just saying that certain people are put off by this kind of thing and those people I would advise to skip it.

    If neither of those apply, get the book.

    You can thank me later :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silence of the Lambs?

    The finale and the description of the scene where the nurse was terribly injured. The latter just gives you this picture of Hannibal in a different light to show why they say of his normal guard "Nothing happened under his watch because he never forgot who he was dealing with". The nurse scene strongly shows what he's talking about.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Hannibal, no question on that one.


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

    No, it just kept me thinking, and that's the kind of book that I find the most fulfillig


    Any additional comments?

    Try to think about the book from all sides and from all perspectives. It is a rewarding exercise

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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