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  • The Old Testament

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Amy-Jill Levine

    The Old Testament - written in ancient Israel by many different authors over the course of a thousand years - has had more meaning to more people than any other book the world has known. In a series of 24 lively lectures, Professor Levine explores selected passages from the texts known as the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the Tanakh, revealing how fresh research and findings from scholars of archaeology, cross-cultural studies, and comparative religion can deepen your understanding.

    Jacobus says: "A critical but inspiring 'walk thru the' Bible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A good technical review of Scripture but believers will be disappointed. There is no spark of faith, no reference to God's leading His people from the beginning, no reference to the many lessons recorded for man through the stories in this text. To be told practically in the second paragraph that it is mostly myth and folktales shows no insight into the great themes that can be followed.

    6 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter

    Conventional wisdom suggests English is going to the dogs, that bad grammar, slang, and illogical constructions signal a decline in standards of usage - to say nothing of the corruption wrought by email and text messages. But English is a complicated, marvelous language. Far from being a language in decline, English is the product of surprisingly varied linguistic forces, some of which have only recently come to light. And these forces continue to push English in exciting new directions.

    Quaker says: "This course will turn you into a linguistics fan!"
    "Fascinating history"
    What made the experience of listening to Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage the most enjoyable?

    Very interesting for anyone interested in language and history. Mostly discussed from an American point of view with many Americanisms which are not an issue in other parts of the world where English is spoken as a first language. Many grammatical issues are problems for Americans only, not for the rest of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham

    At the age of 22, David Eggers became both an orphan and a "single mother" when his parents died within five months of one another of unrelated cancers. David is appointed unofficial guardian of his eight-year-old brother, Christopher. The two live together in semi-squalor, decaying food and sports equipment scattered about, while Eggers worries obsessively about child-welfare authorities, molesting babysitters, and his own health.

    Adria says: "Listening torture"
    "Listening torture"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Perhaps I am unable to relate to this author's life. This book doesn't even seem to have any positive emotions, maybe I missed it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dogs Who Found Me: What I've Learned from Pets Who Were Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ken Foster
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ken Foster never intended to adopt an abandoned dog. But after bringing Brando home, he notices how many homeless strays there are in the city. Suddenly, he sees them everywhere and finds himself unable to resist taking them home. But what he gains from them in return is far richer than his own expense.

    Beth says: "Very sweet read"
    "For dog lovers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A very good case for prohibiting some people from being dog-owners. Captures the essence of the bond between dog and owner beautifully.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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