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  • The Greatest Speeches of All Time

  • By: SpeechWorks
  • Narrated by: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

The Greatest Speeches of All Time is a collection of the most important and well-known speeches of modern times by US presidents, politicians, and other historical icons. These dramatic speeches changed the course of history and inspired millions worldwide. Included are speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt; Winston Churchill; Harry Truman; John F. Kennedy; Martin Luther King, Jr.; George Patton; Jimmy Carter; Ronald Reagan; Malcolm X; Douglas MacArthur; and others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really! No Index of Speeches? Are you kidding?

  • By Christopher on 07-30-17

Really! No Index of Speeches? Are you kidding?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Where does The Greatest Speeches of All Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a great collection and I love the originality of the recordings. But really, no index of speeches? There are 28 speeches, but no names to the Chapters and no index of speakers. Really an insult to the Audible buyer. I purchased this to hear (not read--there are plenty of compilations) these unique speeches.

Any additional comments?

Audible should provide an index of the speeches (simple PDF list) to purchasers of this item.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

  • By: David Christian, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David Christian
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202

How is it possible for the disciplines of cosmology, geology, anthropology, biology, and history to fit together? These 48 lectures answer that question by weaving a single story from accounts of the past developed by a variety of scholarly disciplines. The result is a story stretching from the origins of the universe to the present day and beyond, in which human history is seen as part of the history of our Earth and biosphere, and the Earth's history, in turn, is seen as part of the history of the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Big Picture of Big History

  • By John P. Gillespie on 09-01-13

A Must Listen for both the Faithful and the Skeptical

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-15

What a wonderful story and presentation. A story you are unlikely to read made accessible through a terrific lecturer and teacher. How better to spend your summer vacation.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,981

Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "The Universe is in us!"

  • By Kristi Richardson on 01-05-15

Mini "Universe"

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-15

Covers a lot of science that you see in the Discovery channel's TV series. Fun to listen to nevertheless. Neil is a fine successor to Carl, who would have been proud of his efforts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Patton

  • The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,818

General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bill O'Reilly "Phoned It In" - Poor Performance

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-28-14

Should be Titled Something Else

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-15

Mostly focuses on the events leading to Patton's death and the has little evidence of a conspiracy to assassinate him. Interesting and we'll written Wii history nevertheless. A good read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The History of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,946

Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incomprehensibly complete

  • By Nassir on 07-09-13

Good Overview of Ancient Egyptian History

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-15

What made the experience of listening to The History of Ancient Egypt the most enjoyable?

The Professor's enthusiasm for the subject and his convincing explanation of why most of Western Civilization owes more than we realize to Ancient Egypt (we tend to think everything "Western" comes from Greece, but a lot of Greek learning came from Egypt).

What other book might you compare The History of Ancient Egypt to and why?

I have listened to a lot of "Great Courses" on history now (over 12) during different periods. This is more interesting than "Great Battles" and "Vikings" but less interesting that "Charlemagne" or "Barbarians of the Steppes" in terms of interesting content.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Professor has great passion for the topic and this comes through in the lecture. But, the lectures are little to repetitive and filled with "cute" comments about Egyptian customs. THE PROFESSOR DOES NOT GIVE US ENOUGH DATES when he discusses development. This means it is very hard to put Egyptian history in context with other Civilizations.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a very long lecture series. Impossible to listen to in one sitting! But good for 2-3 weeks of 2 hour commuting/day.

Any additional comments?

You can listen to this at 1.25x.

  • Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature

  • By: David J. Schenker, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David J. Schenker
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

The ancient Greeks left the world that came after them-particularly our own and our ways of seeing it-an incalculable legacy. Mention politics, philosophy, law, medicine, history, even the visual arts, and we barely scratch the surface of what we owe this extraordinary culture. How can we best learn about these people who have given us so much, who have deepened and enriched our understanding of ourselves, and whose world remains far closer than we might imagine? The 36 lectures of this sparkling series from a frequently honored teacher is an outstanding place to begin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Overview of Greek Literature!

  • By Christopher on 04-04-15

Great Overview of Greek Literature!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Would you listen to Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature again? Why?

I might listen to this lecture again selectively, but I probably would buy a hard copy book (with more actual quotations from the Masterpieces) next time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature?

How (and where) the "Argonautica" fits in the timeline of Greek Literature (it is Hellenistic, not Classic, greek).

What does Professor David J. Schenker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I very much appreciated the Professor's selection of quotations and his occasional quotes from the original Greek. This helped me appreciate his depth of understanding of the topic and also why the original is never really reachable in translation (as is true of Chinese and Japanese). He also has great passion for the topic and this makes what is normally taught as boring old stories come alive.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It is better taken in 2-3 lecture sequences at a time.

Any additional comments?

Really appreciated the chronological presentation (now I have a framework) and how Professor relates later Masterpieces to earlier traditions.

NOTE: This book can be listened to at 1.25x without loss of content but may be appreciated better at 1.0x.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,269

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Material Different Title

  • By rkeinc on 09-21-14

Good Insights to Learn From

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Where does Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is in the top third of Great Course lectures I have listened to on Audible.

What did you like best about this story?

Great insight into how people ignore the world around them and, in particular, facts in making decisions.

What aspect of Professor Steven Novella’s performance would you have changed?

I thought the narration was good, but there was some repetition and emphasis in areas with perhaps less depth than I would have liked.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Understanding why people are "Dummies" For Dummies

Any additional comments?

This course is less dependent than other courses on external (paper) reference material although I wish Audible would at least provide a bibliography with these (of course you cannot be too choosy as the audible version can cost as little as 20% of the subscription version from the Great Courses website).

NOTE: This course can be listened to at 1.25x without loss of understanding.

  • Stuff Matters

  • Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
  • By: Mark Miodownik
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,563

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good

  • By D. MacLeod on 01-29-15

Hope He Writes Another Book Like This

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-15

Amazingly engaging book about 10 miraculous substances we see or use ever day and why they are the way they are. From steel to chocolate. Absolutely fascinating every minute of the read. A must read title.

  • Nothing Like It in the World Part 2

  • The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Nothing Like It in the World is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad. In Ambrose's hands, this enterprise comes to life. The U.S. government pitted two companies - the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads - against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. As its peak the work force approached the size of Civil War armies, with as many as 15,000 workers on each line. The surveyors, the men who picked the route, lived off buffalo, deer, and antelope.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spotty production

  • By Christine Faubert on 10-15-15

OK but pretty repetitive

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-15

This book has its moments but was not what I expected from an author of this reputation. It is often repetitive using almost the same wording over and over when describing certain historical events and characters.

I enjoyed the character development and use of actual quotes from participants.

Best listened to at 1.25 good reader.

  • Stories from Xenophon

  • By: Xenophon
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Stories from Xenophon is a valuable, firsthand historical account of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), a bitter struggle between Athens and Sparta for the control of Greece. While historians have debated some of its omissions, Stories from Xenophon remains a fascinating document about democracy in crisis, civil war, and the beginning of the decline of one of the world's great cultures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Essential Reading

  • By Christopher on 01-08-15

Essential Reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-15

A great way to access an essential classic without the pain. The historical notes are excellent for context and the reader reads the elegant translation beret well. Must read for the serious history buff.