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  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (293)

    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

    Lee the reader says: "Wonderful, I've wanted this for so long...but..."
    "Breaking New Grounds"
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    There are very few books that seem to take advantage of audiobook technology as this one has. It is a lecture explaining the origin of music, as well as the developments and changes of schools of thought behind each form of music and how to develop an ear for it, with snippets of the music discussed broken down in each lecture to clarify the lecturer's point, followed by the full piece discussed at the end.

    I feel like I can understand music, even modern music, better.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas A. Shippey
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (68)
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    (68)

    Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.

    Virginia says: "Seriously PERFECT"
    "I wanted to like it, but..."
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    This course should have been called "The Most Influential Characters in Western History" because I don't see any of the influential characters in Middle Eastern, Asian or African civilisations. And there's plenty to choose from. All characters and stories discussed take place in America, Europe or a fantasy equivalent of them.

    Such a lost opportunity to really explore the world.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

    Kimmik says: "Not just for the medical community........"
    "A mile in a doctor's shoes"
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    I have a personal discomfort of the idea of going to a hospital and seeing a doctor. Yes, I know I need to if things get bad, but I never thought of things from their perspective.

    This course helps relieve some of that unease. It doesn't get rid of it, but it is a step toward understanding.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
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    (37)

    In this course, an award-winning professor and New York Times best-selling author offers a penetrating investigation of the 24 most pivotal Christian controversies, shedding light on fallacies that obscure an accurate view of the religion and how it evolved into what it is today. In each lecture, you'll delve deeply into a key issue in Christianity's early development. Explore intriguing questions in this unique inquiry into the core of Christian tradition.

    Eric says: "Essential early Christian history"
    "Fascinating journey through Early Christianity"
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    This series of lectures explores some of the biggest controversies of early Christianity, ranging from the serious questions (do we still have the original New Testament?) to the borderline crazy (did Jesus have a twin brother?)

    If you take it with a grain of salt, it's an interesting journey through some of the most hotly debated issues of the faith.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2870)
    Performance
    (1540)
    Story
    (1566)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    I stopped listening halfway through. I think this didn't age too well. I usually love good sci-fi novels but this one just didn't click even though I listened for as long as I was going to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeff Ryan
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (296)

    Nintendo has continually set the standard for video game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.

    Steve says: "Great read! Very informative."
    "An insider look to Nintendo"
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    Nintendo, one of the biggest entertainment companies in modern history, has faced some unique technological and social challenges. This explores the history of Nintendo from the crash of 1983 up to the rise of the Wii.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exploring Metaphysics

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David K. Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor David K. Johnson
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

    DaniDarko says: "Very dissapointing"
    "Pop culture, big questions & an excited professor"
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    Let me get the professor's voice and tone out of the way: Compared to more collected professors in the Great Courses, Professor David K. Johnson has a voice that could be considered annoying.

    The good: He is well versed in complex ideas as well as pop culture, so expect plenty of examples from pop culture when explaining big questions regarding personal identity, free will, time travel, quantum mechanics and God.

    I don't agree with many of his conclusions, but his enthusiasm kept me going to the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David Livermore
    • Narrated By Professor David Livermore
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (172)
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    (169)

    Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.

    Quaker says: "Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses"
    "Does what it can with the time it has"
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    This course as an exploration of ten cultural value dimensions:

    1. Identity—Individualist versus Collectivist
    2. Authority—Low versus High Power Distance
    3. Risk—Low versus High Uncertainty Avoidance
    4. Achievement—Cooperative versus Competitive
    5. Time—Punctuality versus Relationships
    6. Communication—Direct versus Indirect
    7. Lifestyle—Being versus Doing
    8. Rules—Particularist versus Universalist
    9. Expressiveness—Neutral versus Affective
    10. Social Norms—Tight versus Loose

    Followed by applying them to ten global culture clusters:

    1. Anglo Cultures
    2. Nordic European Cultures
    3. Germanic Cultures
    4. Eastern European/Central Asian Cultures
    5. Latin European Cultures
    6. Latin American Cultures
    7. Confucian Asian Cultures
    8. South Asian Cultures
    9. Sub-Saharan African Cultures
    10. Arab Cultures

    It's not a full guide of do's and don'ts, but it provides some key guidelines on each social clusters and how to learn more.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark Berkson
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    According to polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Forum on Religion & Public Life, the majority of Americans fail basic tests about religion, including tests on their own faith. This is troublesome because religious literacy is about so much more than naming deities or knowing the stories of ancient history. For many of us, religion is a way to examine and understand ourselves. These 24 enlightening lectures offer you the chance to experience the world's religions from all angles – historical, theological, and cultural.

    George R. Murray says: "Could Not Have Been Better"
    "Enriching"
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    An excellent tour of many world religions, exploring origins, belief systems, social structures and various sects among other things. Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Rickards
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939, and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: War, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching - and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk.

    Jean says: "A good review of the global financial system"
    "Terrifyingly relevant"
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    I thought this was going to be another alarmist book warning of a financial Armageddon, but the tone is balanced and the arguments solid. Something is wrong with money, and this is the book that will keep you up at night.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5578)
    Performance
    (5202)
    Story
    (5197)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Very meta"
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    This story starts slow, but picks up once the characters decide to take action. The third act of the story is very entertaining. The codas at the end are highly entertaining.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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