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E. Jones

Kansas, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (1200)
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    (1185)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Neither deep nor impartial!"
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    I was led to believe that this course was going to be an unbiased look at how commoners lived in various ancient societies. It does give a lot of interesting historical information, but I found the professor giving the lecture to be very narrow-minded, in practice. He applies all sorts of 20th/21st century biases to his talk -all sorts of condescending little remarks about how "unenlightened" or "misogynistic" a society was, for example. He seems to take it for granted that our modern attitudes and morals are unquestionably correct, and evaluates and judges the past based on them, which I find unacceptable in an academic historian, though it is sadly very common. There is more to ancient Greece or Egypt than "OMG, they had slaves!!!" Part of being a historian is to recognize our own biases, and attempt to minimize them in our evaluation of history, rather than embracing them. Education is about broadening horizons and thinking critically, rather than smugly judging everything based on our own prejudices -right or wrong though they may objectively be. This is an interesting set of lectures, make no mistake, but it is definitely geared toward popular taste, rather than academic.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4197)
    Performance
    (2479)
    Story
    (2535)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"
    "Magnificent!"
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    Do yourself a favor and get this, right now. The reading is superb, and the author handles the beautiful 19th century English and the pronunciation of French names superbly. The story is simply enthralling, as well. I have listened to this audiobook in its lengthy entirety probably a half-dozen times, and each time I still pick up on new, subtle nuances. This is simply a delight to the mind and the ears, and you will not want to press the pause button.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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