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  • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gregory S. Aldrete
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    (199)
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    The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

    Matt says: "Outstanding - Informative AND Entertaining"
    "insight into culture, geography and circumstances"
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    What did you love best about History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective?

    The insights in how geography, circumstances of the time & place, and other factors have effected the cultures of ancient civilizations. Well presented, with enthusiasm and understanding, as well. I would love to listen to more by Dr. Aldrete.


    What other book might you compare History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective to and why?

    Perhaps Guns, Germs, and Steel, but this is much more credentialed.


    What does Professor Gregory S. Aldrete bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His enthusiasm for the topic might not come out as well. He has a nice speaking voice.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rapt: Attention and the Interested Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Winifred Gallagher
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In Rapt, acclaimed behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher makes the argument that the quality of your life largely depends on what you choose to pay attention to and how you choose to do it. Gallagher grapples with provocative questions - Can we train our focus? What's different about the way creative people pay attention? Why do we often zero in on the wrong factors when making big decisions? - driving us to reconsider what we think we know about attention.

    Roy says: "The Neuroscience of Concentration"
    "good review, nothing new"
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    Would you try another book from Winifred Gallagher and/or Laural Merlington?

    I think I could find better uses for my money. I would be willing to put up with Merlington's voice for a really good book, but it would be a negative factor.


    Any additional comments?

    This book provided a broad overview of the topic. It was thoughtful, not shallow. However, it offered nothing new. The author had read what I have read and added nothing. If you have read nothing on the topic and are looking for "one stop shopping" coverage, then this may suit you better than it did me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bitches of Everafter: A Fairy Tale: The Everafter Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Barbra Annino
    • Narrated By Erin Fossa
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    These are not the mild-mannered maidens of your childhood. These are fallen princesses and fierce women with no recollection of who they are, where they came from, or how they arrived in a mysterious town called Everafter. All they know is that they've been sentenced to a stretch in a half-way house by a malicious judge with an ax to grind. They've been stripped of their freedom, their kingdoms, and their true loves. Now, they have nothing left to lose.

    Eileen says: "fantastically funny"
    "Funny twisted fairytale that kept me spellbound"
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    Would you listen to The Bitches of Everafter: A Fairy Tale again? Why?

    I will certainly be listening to this again. It's an enjoyable and really fun book with unexpected twists.


    What other book might you compare The Bitches of Everafter: A Fairy Tale to and why?

    Some similarities to Barbra Annino's Stacy Justice series, in that it is well written with characters I came to care for, strong yet still feminine characters, and a great plot that kept me guessing. Still, the overall tone was different than the Stacy Justice series. More peppery and sillier, in keeping with the twisted fairytale aspect.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy the way Barbra Annino makes her main characters both strong and female. Many consider the two traits to not go together -- some are men who consider women weak by definition, others are women who deny all the feminine in themselves because they don't want to be seen as weak. I see being true to yourself in spite of societal pressures to be a part of strength. I like that Snow White, in this book, "liked cooking, even cleaning, and she especially enjoyed making her surroundings beautiful." Indeed, Snow White with her sensitivity to herself and others, and Bella Bookless with her love of animals and books, are my favorite characters in this book. Punzie and Cindy were grittier and may appeal more to some others. Still, Snow is perhaps the most determined character in the book, as Annino writes, "There was something important at the heart of all these strange experiences, and Snow was bound and determined to figure out exactly what it was."

    Very much looking forward to the next book in the series. Eagerly waiting to learn more about Granny, Judge Redhood, Snow, Bella, and Grim!

    I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review and that is what I am offering here. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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