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James Erickson

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  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark A. Stoler
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (353)
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    (339)

    To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

    J. E. JORDAN says: "Let Go of the Grade-School Storybook History"
    "A dissapointing purchase"
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    What would have made The Skeptic's Guide to American History better?

    Less building of straw-men in order to tear them down to make his "point."


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not sure, but I will think twice before returning to The Great Courses series.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Professor Mark A. Stoler?

    No, but I would like to take his course, if only to have the chance to argue his basic premises with him.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Skeptic's Guide to American History?

    This question is not really applicable to a lecture series.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed in this lecture series. I found more often than not that the speaker did little more than create straw-men in order to tear them apart, thus in his mind proving his arguments. Either I am way more knowledgeable than the common man in American history or this professor has been exposed to a wide number of extraordinarily stupid individuals. No one that I know or grew up with, to my knowledge or recollection believed even one-eighth of the dribble the professor try’s to pass off as common myths about American history. I was hoping for some in depth deconstruction of American myths, and while he does offer some interesting factual data in the course of his lectures, these little tidbits do little to bring the entire lecture series up to the caliber I expected when I purchased this series.

    Let me be clear here; I do not in any way wish to imply that Professor Stoler isn't a well educated man, and I would guess that if I were to be in a class of his, we would have some very stimulating discussions, but being a student of history who thrives on the give and take between student and teacher, I found his lectures annoying due to the inability to call him on what I perceive to be his fallacies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of Heaven: Fargo Adventure, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (460)

    Baffin Island: Husband-and-wife team Sami and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astonishment they discover a Viking ship in the ice, perfectly preserved - and filled with pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico. How can that be? As they plunge into their research, tantalizing clues about a link between the Vikings and the legendary Toltec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl - and a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven - begin to emerge. But so do many dangerous people.

    Locutus says: "Doesn't meet standards"
    "good plot, some weak points of dialogue."
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    What did you love best about The Eye of Heaven?

    The story/plot line was fun, although a bit formulaic.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The introduction of Laslo.

    The banter between the Fargos, usually a favorite part of the characters, but this time stale, forced and overdone.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the final battle.


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

    no it was pretty standard. As I said I like the characters, this book just seemed a bit churned out, not as inspired as the others in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    As always Scott Brick does an outstanding job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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