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  • Exploring Metaphysics

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David K. Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor David K. Johnson
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    (89)
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    (79)
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    (79)

    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.

    Diana says: "Skeptics Guide to Not Exploring Metaphysics"
    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
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    (16)
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    (16)
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    For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11 perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness - something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present.

    Milton Big Elk says: "Rethinking Violence and Religion"
    "Clearing Misconceptions"
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    We are plagued with a lot of sensationalist anti-religious propaganda today. This audiobook is a step in the right direction to correct a few misconceptions and provide true history away from sensationalism and ignorance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Napoleon: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    (55)
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    (48)
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    Andrew Roberts' Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine.

    Rollin says: "Fascinating history of an extraordinary leader"
    "A leader from birth to death"
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    Make no mistake: this is an in-depth look at one into the life of the greatest world leaders in history. It covers everything from his birth to his upbringing and the political situation involving his family all the way to his rise to power and straight on to his defeat and exile (and everything in between). I am interested in the history of Napoleon, and this audiobook was a pleasure to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Industrial Revolution

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
    Overall
    (46)
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    (42)
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    From electric lights to automobiles to the appliances that make our lives easier at work and at home, we owe so much of our world to the Industrial Revolution. In this course, The Great Courses partners with the Smithsonian - one of the world's most storied and exceptional educational institutions - to examine the extraordinary events of this period and uncover the far-reaching impact of this incredible revolution.

    Quaker says: "Incredibly entertaining, balanced, comprehensive"
    "Revolutionary"
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    This is exactly what you'd expect: A quality overview of the Industrial Revolution and its effects worldwide. Definitely worth looking into if you're interested in history, industry, society or economics. It's the little details that will surprise you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Recession Proof Graduate: How to Land the Job You Want by Doing Free Work

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Charlie Hoehn
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (91)
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    (92)

    Recession-Proof Graduate is a wildly popular career guide that's been downloaded over 150,000 times. This audiobook is frequently shared among students, teachers, parents, counselors, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. It's been integrated in the coursework at a number of universities, given away as a graduation gift, and translated to Italian. When I changed my strategy, I landed a handful of dream gigs, got to work with amazing people like Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi, and found myself turning down multiple paid job offers.

    Megan Hewins says: "Hit and Miss"
    "Wishy Washy Ideals"
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    If you expect an audiobook that's less than an hour long to explain to you have to secure yourself against recession by planning ahead for your college education and beyond, you clearly need to have a college education. But again, this is a freebie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Joy of Ancient History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Professor Bob Brier, Professor Craig G. Benjamin, and others
    Overall
    (48)
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    (41)
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    (41)

    For years, The Great Courses has taken lifelong learners on stirring explorations of our ancient roots; ones that bring you face to face with what history means, and how we use it to understand both the past and the present. So where's the best place to start? Right here with this eclectic and insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses.

    Emily says: "Ancient World Greatest Hits Playlist"
    "Not all historians are created equal"
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    This is a quick overview of ancient history, consisting of various lectures taken from various courses. Some will inevitably be more interesting to you than others. And you'll have to deal with the professor in each lecture referencing something he or she mentioned at a different point of the original course from which the lecture is taken. Once you're done with this, pursue the courses that you think are most interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2558)
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    (1705)
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    (1707)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Terrifying, Enlightening"
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    This is the story of humanity's relationship with cancer since ancient times until the modern era. You'll need to focus on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conquest: Star Force, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1753)
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    (1606)
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    (1614)

    Conquest is the next chapter in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force must stop the machine invaders once again - but how?

    In the fourth book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has freed Earth from the chains of the Macros - but at what cost? The Macros no longer trust him. He is a mad dog that must be put down - and all Star Force must be stamped out with him. The war expands in this story, and mankind is once again faced with annihilation.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally stands his ground"
    "Well that escalated quickly"
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    The overall pattern of this series is to make everything bigger: bigger battles, bigger ships, bigger threats, bigger problems.

    The spectacle keeps coming. And I'm enjoying this ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebellion: Star Force, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1991)
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    (1816)
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    (1824)

    Rebellion is the turning point in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force is on the side of the machines...but for how long? In the third book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs learns just what kind of war Earth is caught up in. At the mercy of the Macros, his marines fight against new alien races, big and small. They battle the innocent and the vile alike, until their situation becomes grim. Rebellion is a military science-fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Amazon Customer says: "Awesome,and original."
    "The Battle for Earth's Independence"
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    Basically, the story is predictable here: heroes go against villains, you've seen it a mile away. This story seems to start to get somewhere, and the tactics/battle scenes are pure fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction: Star Force, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2336)
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    (2127)
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    (2134)

    In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission--one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.

    Andrew says: "The Kyle Rigs Show"
    "Worthwhile sequel"
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    This series begins to pick up speed at the first off-planet mission of Star Force. Don't expect much in way of deeper understanding, just enjoy the wild ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cities of the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven L. Tuck
    Overall
    (21)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    Cities of the Ancient World is your opportunity to survey the breadth of the ancient world through the context of its urban development. Taught by esteemed Professor Steven L. Tuck, of Miami University, these 24 eye-opening lectures not only provide an invaluable look at the design and architecture of ancient cities, they also offer a flesh-and-blood glimpse into the daily lives of ordinary people and the worlds they created.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ancient Cities"
    "Urban engineering through the ancient world"
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    This course covers how cities of the ancient world have developed to accommodate changes in social, religious and political developments, and what we can learn from each city about the lives of its inhabitants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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