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  • Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World | The Great Courses

    Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
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    Beginning with the Renaissance, the culture of the West exploded. Over the next 600 years, rapid innovations in philosophy, technology, economics, military affairs, and politics allowed what had once been a cultural backwater left by the collapse of the Roman Empire to dominate the world. This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and captivating lecturer will show you how - and why - this extraordinary transformation took place.

    Ilinca says: "good intro"
  • When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order | Martin Jacques

    When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Martin Jacques
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
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    According to even the most conservative estimates, China will overtake the United States as the world's largest economy by 2027 and will ascend to the position of world economic leader by 2050. But the full repercussions of China's ascendancy-for itself and the rest of the globe-have been surprisingly little explained or understood.

    David Blake says: "Lucid explanation of global economic trends"
  • The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History | The Great Courses

    The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Craig R. Koester
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    Get an authoritative guide to this extraordinary work in 24 thought-provoking and enlightening lectures, divided into three parts: the historical and intellectual background of the Apocalypse; a close reading of John's text, focusing on the meaning of its images; and the wide-ranging impact of the book on Christian and Western history. Throughout these lectures, Professor Koester focuses on what John actually wrote. what his situation tells us about his meaning, how that meaning can be applied to our own lives, and how contemporary biblical scholars relate Revelation to the modern world.

    Jeff says: "Good material, not enough of it"
  • Wounded: A New History of the Western Front in World War I | Emily Mayhew

    Wounded: A New History of the Western Front in World War I

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Emily Mayhew
    • Narrated By Kelly Birch
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    The number of soldiers wounded in World War I is, in itself, devastating: over 21 million military wounded, and nearly 10 million killed. On the battlefield, the injuries were shocking, unlike anything those in the medical field had ever witnessed. The bullets hit fast and hard, went deep, and took bits of dirty uniform and airborne soil particles in with them. Soldier after soldier came in with the most dreaded kinds of casualty: awful, deep, ragged wounds to their heads, faces, and abdomens.

  • Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World | David Denby

    Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Denby
    • Narrated By Edward Asner
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    Myles says: "Read this book, don't listen to it"
  • War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War | William Philpott

    War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By William Philpott
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    The Great War of 1914-1918 was the first mass conflict to fully mobilize the resources of industrial powers against one another, resulting in a brutal, bloody, protracted war of attrition between the world's great economies. Now, 100 years after the first guns of August rang out on the Western front, historian William Philpott reexamines the causes and lingering effects of the first truly modern war.

    Dennis says: "A Factual account of misguided actions"
  • Apostle Paul: A Novel of the Man Who Brought Christianity to Western World | James Cannon

    Apostle Paul: A Novel of the Man Who Brought Christianity to Western World

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James Cannon
    • Narrated By J. C. Hayes
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    The iconic Saint Paul - in his lifetime a scholar, prosecutor for the high court of the Jews, accomplice in murder, adventurer, traveler, orator, writer, advocate, and organizer of a new faith - was in fact a Jewish-Hellenistic citizen of the Roman Empire, a man who by the force of his intellect and indomitable will changed the course of history. Eventually he became the leader of the movement that delivered the social and moral authority of Christianity to a pagan world.

  • All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular World | Hubert Dreyfus,Sean Dorrance Kelly

    All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hubert Dreyfus, Sean Dorrance Kelly
    • Narrated By David Drummond
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    The religious turn to their faith to find meaning. But what about the many people who lead secular lives and are also hungry for meaning? What guides, what approaches are available to them? Distinguished philosophers Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly explain that a secular life charged with meaning is indeed within reach.

    Tod says: "Excellent Book that refreshes the classics"
  • The Founders of the Western World: A History of Greece and Rome | Michael Grant

    The Founders of the Western World: A History of Greece and Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Grant
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    Through his in-depth analysis, Michael Grant introduces us to the political, military, cultural, social, economic, and religious life of the times that were the building blocks of what we now call the Western World. He creates a vivid panorama of the Greco-Roman world by bringing together the most dramatic events on record from its beginnings in 1,000 BC to the fall of the western Roman Empire in the fifth century AD.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "Good Introduction to Classical Greece and Rome"
  • The Playboy of the Western World | J.M. Synge

    The Playboy of the Western World

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By J.M. Synge
    • Narrated By Orson Bean, Alley Mills, Full Cast
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    Orson Bean and Alley Mills star in the story of a man who becomes the town hero after he boasts of murdering his father. Riots greeted the first performance of this 1907 comic masterpiece of the Irish Literary Renaissance. L.A. Theatre Works reprises the Pacific Resident Theatre's acclaimed production.

  • The Modern Scholar: Wars That Made the Western World: The Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War | Timothy Shutt

    The Modern Scholar: Wars That Made the Western World: The Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Shutt
    • Narrated By Timothy Shutt
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    This course addresses three wars fought in antiquity, each of which had - even 2,000 years and more later - a decisive effect in shaping our communal sense of who we are, not only in Europe, but throughout the European cultural diaspora, in the Americas, in Oceania, and to some degree, at least, in Asia and Africa as well - wherever, in short, Western values hold.

    D. Littman says: "a good overview of 3 ancient wars"
  • Listening to the World: Integrating Traditional, Alternative, and Western Medicine (Live) | Dr. Meg Jordan

    Listening to the World: Integrating Traditional, Alternative, and Western Medicine (Live)

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Dr. Meg Jordan
    • Narrated By Dr. Meg Jordan
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    As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Meg Jordan has traveled the world studying how we get sick and how we get well. While she recognizes the usefulness of Western medicine, she sees the limits of its "adrenaline based, parts oriented" approach. Her commitment to integrating East and West promises a truly person-based medicine in which the patient is an active participant and the goal is wellness rather than cure.

    Eemer_CA says: "let us look at statistics!"
  • The Playboy of the Western World | J. M. Synge

    The Playboy of the Western World

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By J. M. Synge
    • Narrated By Cyril Cusack, Siobhan McKenna
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    One of the best-known Irish playwrights, John Millington Synge premiered The Playboy of the Western World in 1907. It immediately provoked controversy, eventually resulting in the infamous "Playboy" riots. It has been recorded and adapted many times, but this timeless recording stars the Irish actors who made it a classic, including Siobhan McKenna and Cyril Cusack.

  • The Cowboy Call: Living for Jesus in the Western World | Dale Hirschman

    The Cowboy Call: Living for Jesus in the Western World

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dale Hirschman
    • Narrated By Dale Hirschman
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    For decades, rodeo cowboys held the reputation of being beer-drinking, woman-chasing, barroom-brawling hoodlums - a reputation many cowboys went above and beyond to earn. However, in the early 1970s, some cowboys went about changing that image. Several cowboys who professed a relationship with Jesus Christ decided to step into the light with their Christian faith.

    DUANE says: "Cowboy Christian morals"
  • London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World | The Great Courses

    London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
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    No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. But what made the city the perfect environment for so many great developments? How did London endure the sweeping historical revolutions and disasters without crumbling? Find the answers to these questions and more in these 24 fascinating lectures.

    Cynthia says: "Walking through London/Two Millennia"
  • The Cowboy Detective: A True Story of 22 Years with a World-Famous Detective Agency | Charles Siringo

    The Cowboy Detective: A True Story of 22 Years with a World-Famous Detective Agency

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Siringo
    • Narrated By Michael Martin Murphey
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    Rob says: "Not alot of"
  • The World at Night: Jean Casson Series, Book 1 | Alan Furst

    The World at Night: Jean Casson Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    The World at Night is an edge-of-your-seat World War II tale of intrigue and espionage, set in the shadowy back streets and glittering salons of occupied Paris. Film producer Jean Casson, a Paris sophisticate, struggles to come to terms with the uncomfortable realities of life under German occupation, as he becomes caught up in the initial actions of what was to become the French Resistance.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid Furst novel, just not a great one"
  • Sin Novedad en el Frente [All Quiet on the Western Front] | Erich Maria Remarque

    Sin Novedad en el Frente [All Quiet on the Western Front]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Pedro Montoya
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    La tragedia que fue la Primera Guerra Mundial (solo superada por la hecatombes de la segunda) produjo una cantidad de obras maestras de inclinacion anti-belica, de las cuales una de las mas famosas fue Sin Novedad en el Frente la historia de las batallas a traves de los ojos prosaicos de unos soldados que luchan y matan sin saber por que lo hacen.

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