Jane Goodall, born in London, England, always loved animals and wanted to study them in their natural habitats. So at age 26, off she went to Africa! Goodall's up-close observations of chimpanzees changed what we know about them and paved the way for many female scientists who came after her. Now her story comes to life in this biography.
My son and I enjoyed this biography. Although I thought I knew her life story, I learned a lot. This series is wonderful and this title would appeal to young people who think they are more interested in animals than history. What I like so much about this series is that it is interesting to listeners of all ages. Even older kids can enjoy these, and parents can too.
The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights.
This is an excellent narrative history and helped me tie together stories I knew anecdotally into a whole. I appreciated the level, where it moved fairly quickly and yet I learned much more than I had before. There were quotes from original sources but overall kept it at a high level. For good or bad, there wasn't much delving into the historiography, especially for a time that we naturally must interpret to understand. But that helped with the cohesive narrative.
As others have noted, the narrator is distinctive. You do have to be able to tolerate his cadence, since it repeats throughout. I found I enjoyed it once I adjusted. I did find it harder to warm up to than, for example, a Great Courses, lecture style.
The Late Middle Ages-the two centuries from c. 1300 to c. 1500 - might seem like a distant era, but students of history are still trying to reach a consensus about how it should be interpreted. Was it an era of calamity or rebirth? Was it still clearly medieval or the period in which humanity took its first decisive steps into modernity? These 24 provocative lectures introduce you to the age's major events, personalities, and developments, and arms you with the essentials you need to form your own ideas about this age of extremes.
Prof. Daileader is one of my favorite Great Courses lecturers, and I was sad to see this series end! It was informative, funny, and always interesting. For me, this is a great pace and depth - enough to learn something new, but moves fairly quickly. I only wish he did more Great Courses.
If you can, listen to this after his other two middle ages courses. He does a good job making the case that the Middle Ages didn't end at 1500, and indeed made me see the ongoing relevance of the period in a way that I didn't before. I learned a lot as an adult with an ongoing history interest, but I think this would also be great for someone using it for homeschooling or to fill in gaps of knowledge.
This collection of classic stories delves into the fascinating lore of Norse mythology to reveal the tales of Odin, Thor, Freya, and more. Compiled over a century ago, Foster & Cummings' writings give life to the stories that inspired the Vikings and some of our most beloved pop culture today.
My teenage son and I enjoyed listening to this, despite a slow start. At first, he was put off by the obviously dated introduction, which clued him in to the fact that this was written a hundred years ago. But once we got into it, we really enjoyed the short stories and they were a good listen before bedtime. And of course, mythology isn't something that needs the latest writing. If you are coming here looking to fill in some gaps from the Riordan books, this will fit the bill.
Rigoletto is simply wonderful entertainment with superb music. It is also much more - a daring (for its time) attack on aristocratic privilege, a tender love story, and an impassioned appeal on behalf of the disadvantaged, all set to music of such wealth and beauty that, with its sister operas La traviata and Il trovatore, it has defined Italian opera for 150 years. Overcoming initial trouble with the censors, Verdi's Rigoletto was a smash hit at its premiere and has not been out of the repertoire since. It’s not hard to see why.
I love this series for listening before I go to an opera, or after while the experience is fresh. This was informative and educational, funny in parts. Rigoletto is of course a staple opera. The story in the opera, and the circumstances surrounding its creation, are as fascinating as the music. While short, this audio is highly recommended.
Pirates are everywhere—and they have been ever since boats were used as carriers. They are in stories ranging from Treasure Island through Peter Pan to Pirates of the Caribbean; they are in our imaginations with peg-legs, hook-hands, and parrots on their shoulders, saying "Aharr, me hearties!", and they continue to cause havoc in the Gulf of Aden in the 21st century.
My son and I greatly enjoyed this history of pirates. It was fun and well-narrated (wonderful voice and lots of humor) but mixed in a lot of history. I appreciated that much of it was about women pirates. If you like these Naxos histories for kids, you will also like the ones on Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Twelve-year-old Ethan Mason is focused on baseball, math tests, and staying out of Howard Russman's way. That is, until a mysterious puddle of green light appears in the upstairs hallway of his home. The light brings Ethan to the kingdom of Abentur, a beautiful world defended by a dragon against vicious invaders and Draykik, their brutal leader. Ethan can't tell his parents or friends or anyone else about the new world he's discovered, because he has no way to prove, even to himself, that it really exists.
My son and I enjoyed listening to this immensely. Although he was slightly above what I would guess was the target audience age, he found it very enjoyable. If you have an elementary or middle school listener, especially one who likes books like the Rick Riordan series or Sisters Grimm, I would highly recommend this one.
I also found it enjoyable as an adult. Part of that is having such an excellent narrator. We had enjoyed him on other books and that helped hook us right away.
This could be a good book either for the car or before bed. Engaging and exciting, but nothing that would give you nightmares!
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The story of the many crusades are filled with an unremitting passion to keep or return the home of Christianity to Christians. It is also filled with death, destruction, disorder, greed, avarice, and self-interest on all sides. Much of what occurred during the Crusades has come down to us today in the form of continued suspicion among religious ideologies - not only between Christians and Muslims, but also internally among Christian sects and, to some degree, among Muslim sects.
Prof. Madden is one of my favorites. This lecture series compares well with the best of the Great Courses for history.
I found this an interesting and fast paced history of the Crusades. I looked forward to every time I could sneak a listen. This is a time and place that feels very foreign to me and Prof. Madden brought it alive.
I appreciated that it was an overview of the Crusades, broadly construed, and for the first time I understood how different some of the events under the heading of "Crusades" really are. Prof Madden is an engaging lecturer and he tied his lectures well into the medieval history of Christendom and the Islamic world.
While human history is usually studied from the perspective of a few hundred years, anthropologists consider deeper causes for the ways we act. Now, in these 12 engrossing lectures, you'll join an expert anthropologist as she opens an enormous window of understanding for you into the thrilling legacy left by our primate past. In these lectures, you'll investigate a wealth of intriguing, provocative questions about our past and our relationship to primates.
I enjoyed this course much more than I expected. The professor has a calm and engaging style; I enjoyed listening to her speaking voice and she organized her thoughts clearly.
I usually listen to the Great Courses on history and literature, but this one would be one of my favorites despite not being my usual subject matter. I learned a lot but the information was always presented in an accessible style.
I think middle and high schoolers would be able to appreciate it if used for homeschooling. There is some frank talk about sexual behaviors which wouldn't bother me, but YMMV.
The last lecture was a difficult/sad one since it concerned threats to the primates in the wild. Hard to hear how we treat our relatives.
These are stories of massive struggles between good and evil, but they are enacted by gods whom the Egyptians thought of as very like themselves, prone to mistakes and a prey to common human failings.
My son and I enjoyed this audio a lot, suitable for younger children but interesting to me and to an older child. This was gentle enough it served as a bedtime listen. The stories were well-narrated and interspersed with music. If I could only pick one, I would slightly prefer Ancient Egypt: Glory of the Pharaohs, by David Angus, over this.