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    • Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story

    • By: Angus Fletcher, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Angus Fletcher
    • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    Whether you want to write your own scripts or simply gain a deeper appreciation for the great stories you see unfold on the screen, Professor Angus Fletcher is here to show you the way....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • it's great

    • By Kindle Customer on 02-11-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • A Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales

    • By: The Great Courses, Hannah B. Harvey
    • Narrated by: Hannah B. Harvey
    • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    Dr. Hannah Blevins Harvey unpacks more than 60 of our most beloved stories, fables, fairy tales, and songs from around the world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting material

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-13-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • English Grammar Boot Camp

    • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 965
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 864
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 851

    Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spectacular

    • By Quaker on 09-24-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    • By: David Schmid, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David Schmid
    • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 154

    Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature. Even those who don't consider themselves fans are familiar....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Eye Opening and Enjoyable

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-21-17

    Regular price: $41.95

    • English in America: A Linguistic History

    • By: Natalie Schilling, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Natalie Schilling
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    If you've ever been curious how words like "awesomesauce" ever came to be, let alone made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, English in America is for you....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exceptionally interesting course!

    • By Rachel Doyle on 02-10-17

    Regular price: $9.95

    • How Great Science Fiction Works

    • By: Gary K. Wolfe, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Gary K. Wolfe
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

    Robots, spaceships, futuristic megacities, planets orbiting distant stars. These icons of science fiction are now in our daily news....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Deserves a Hugo of Its Own

    • By Carol on 02-01-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • How to Publish Your Book

    • By: Jane Friedman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jane Friedman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    In 24 eye-opening lectures, Jane Friedman, publishing industry expert and educator, provides you with sought-after secrets of the publishing process that will help you....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beyond Expectation Amazing!

    • By Travis Smith on 03-09-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • King Arthur: History and Legend

    • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 858
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 785
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 774

    These 24 spellbinding lectures reveal the full scope of the Arthurian tradition, from its beginnings in post-Roman Britain to its extraordinary trajectory across the centuries....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Twelve Hours in Camelot

    • By Carole T. on 04-26-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Building a Better Vocabulary

    • By: Kevin Flanigan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kevin Flanigan
    • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258

    Building a Better Vocabulary offers an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English, teaches you the etymology and morphology, and delves into the cognitive science....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply amazing. Also, bad reviews can be explained.

    • By Christie on 09-29-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You

    • By: Valerie Fridland, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Valerie Fridland
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    Language is not a passive means of communication. In fact, it's the active process through which we construct societies, and, within them, our own social lives and realities....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Like nails on a chalkboard

    • By R.B. on 04-08-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: James Hynes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,181
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115

    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Theory AND Practice

    • By Madeleine on 11-19-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • 36 Books That Changed the World

    • By: The Great Courses, Andrew R. Wilson, Brad S. Gregory, and others
    • Narrated by: Andrew R. Wilson, Brad S. Gregory, Charles Kimball, and others
    • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 353
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 312
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 311

    This fascinating collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, can now get a single course that represents 36 of our best lectures on literary works that changed the world....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • too many trees not enough forest

    • By Bay Area Girl on 10-11-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Heroes and Legends

    • The Most Influential Characters of Literature
    • By: Thomas A. Shippey, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Thomas A. Shippey
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

    Learn how authors "write into the gap" to flesh out-or, in some cases, reimagine altogether-old stories, making them new for new readerships with different values....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining Look at Western Literary Characters

    • By Teri-K on 10-11-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Language A to Z

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics

    • By Jacobus on 05-06-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity

    • By: Marc Zender, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Marc Zender
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152

    At just over 5,000 years old, writing is actually a relatively recent invention. It has become so central to the way we communicate and live....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Spellbinding survey of writing systems

    • By Jacobus on 07-10-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Classical Mythology

    • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425

    These lectures make classical mythology fresh, absorbing, and often surprising....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the Facts behind the Myth

    • By Joshua on 11-05-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Art of Reading

    • By: Timothy Spurgin, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Timothy Spurgin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164

    Throughout the course, a host of literary "case studies" will refine and elaborate on the concepts of artful reading....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Practical for Readers and Writers

    • By Troy on 08-14-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

    • By: Brooks Landon, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Brooks Landon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 551
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 487
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 472

    This lively, 24-lecture course introduces you to the myriad ways in which we think about, talk about, and write sentences.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I appreciate long sentences more now

    • By Kazuhiko on 09-22-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Story of Human Language

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,998
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,719
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,680

    Learn how a single tongue spoken 150,000 years ago evolved into the estimated 6,000 languages used around the world today....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again

    • By SAMA on 03-11-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    Sale price: $6.95

    • Classics of American Literature

    • By: Arnold Weinstein, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Arnold Weinstein
    • Length: 43 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223

    In this grand collection of 84 fascinating lectures, you'll get the chance to finally become familiar with America's true literary masterpieces....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incomparable AudiOverview of American Literature

    • By W Perry Hall on 02-05-14

    Regular price: $59.95

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