Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice.
I was a bit hesitant when I read (the few) negative reviews calling the book corny and cliche. Well, I'm not a WWII buff or an expert on foreign accents, but I found the story--both the past and present day accounts--to be gripping (and educational too) and the narrator outstanding. I almost felt I was watching a movie. I listen to a lot of non-fiction, and sometimes need a break. This was a great choice.
C. S. Lewis was a profound thinker with the rare ability to communicate the philosophical and theological rationale of Christianity in simple yet amazingly effective ways. God in the Dock contains 48 essays and 12 letters written by Lewis between 1940 and 1963 for a wide variety of publications.
My only problem is that I'm sometimes to dumb to understand all he's saying. ;)
The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.
Patrick Stewart did a great job! I think he was really into it. :)
Centuries ago, Spanish conquistadors searching for gold and new lands encountered a group of independent city-states in Mesoamerica. Sophisticated beyond the Spaniards' wildest imaginings, these people were the Aztecs, the Maya, and related cultures that shared common traditions of religion, government, the arts, engineering, and trade. In many ways more advanced than European nations, these societies equaled the world's greatest civilizations of their time.
I was amazed by the wealth of information in this course. In fact, it was downright overwhelming at times! From an auditory standpoint, it was hard for me to keep track of all the kings and cities and their timeline...and some of the math/calendar stuff went right over my head...but that's why the accompanying PDFs are so great! The lecture style is a bit stiff and stumbly at times, but no big deal. Fascinating stuff; it will definitely take the average person to the next level with Mesoamerican history.
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.
Just what a great course should be. Packed with education and enjoyable too!
Professor Greenberg is knowledgeable, engaging, funny, yet sincere and kind to those of us who might not be as passionate about technical details and nuances. :) The way he teaches is clear and easy to follow.
Marilyn Johnson's Lives in Ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, and chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu. Her subjects share stories about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, and mummies.
I enjoyed the stories and I heard about many archaeological sites, finds, and issues I may never have become aware of otherwise. Covers quite the gamut of archaeological angles. Worth the listen (but probably won't need a second). It is important to keep in mind that she is interested in the profile of the archaeologists themselves (otherwise you may find yourself asking, "Why is she telling me this?!").
Alice begins her fantastic journey by following an unprecedented White Rabbit with a pocket watch. While in the topsy turvy world of Wonderland, Alice takes advice from a caterpillar and attends a mad tea party. She meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, and participates in a ludicrous courtroom scene. Each character has its own charming voice, as B. J. Harrison delivers one of his most whimsical performances.
Don't let the weird, creepy cover art fool you. (Alice looks like a malevolent doll from a horror film.) It's delightful and whimsical and may even make you laugh out loud. Narrator is fantastic!
One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.
...(I hadn't... Sorry, I'm a little isolated when it comes to media and popular culture), this is story and perspective worth hearing. You should totally get it.
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Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?
Emma Thompson is absolutely brilliant. The sound effects and music were subtle, but effective, making the story seem as though it were really happening as you listen.
From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.
I laughed out loud--really laughed--over and over at these behind the scenes stories. Now I gotta go watch the movie (over and over) again!