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  • A Test of Wills

  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Giles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 678

Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge goes to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good early work in series

  • By Kathi on 01-30-14

Murder Mystery with a Ghostly twist!!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

Todd has added a 'dead' army colleague as his Detective's conscience and part time narrator. It was odd at first but as this book progressed the idea grew in its integrity.

Ian Rutledge brought his conscience 'Hamish' back with him from WW1 and he is essential to the problem solving of Scotland Yard's least respected and psychologically fragile crime fighter.

First in the series, it will make you want to hear more.

  • Best American Humorous Short Stories

  • By: Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Caroline M.S. Kirkland, and others
  • Narrated by: Stephanye Dussud
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 44

Eighteen of the very best American short stories, each a classic in its own right. Stories include "The Little Frenchman and his Water Lots", by George Pope Morris; "The Angel of the Odd", by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Schoolmasters’s Progress", by Caroline M.S. Kirkland; "The Watkinson Evening", by Eliza Leslie; "Titbottom’s Spectacles", by George William Curtis; "My Double and "How He Undid Me", by Edward Everett Hale; "A Visit to the Asylum for Aged and Decayed Punsters", by Oliver Wendell; and more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unamused

  • By Periscope on 10-13-12

KINDLE perfect - Great VALUE - Dated stories.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

A previous reviewer complained about this Audiobook because his IPOD didnt play it well.
The EXACT OPPOSITE is true with KINDLE. Every Story is a Chapter. The list of stories is read out at beginning of chapter 1 and then every title is introduced by narrator, at beginning of each chapter. AUDIBLE and KINDLE a perfect match.

As for content, I think the title misleading. These surely ARE NOT the 18 BEST American short stories - they might be 18 stories for which no royalties had to be paid to the Author, but that is an issue for another time and place.

Priced at less than $5 they are good value indeed.

  • 36 Revolutionary Figures of History

  • By: The Great Courses, Bob Brier, Allen C. Guelzo
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Bob Brier
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116

Alexander the Great, Jesus, Darwin, and Churchill are just a few of the many politicians, religious leaders, scientists, philosophers, authors, inventors, and generals who transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. Now, with this unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog, meet the remarkable people without whom the world would never be the same.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A hodgepodge

  • By Sean on 10-16-14

Cut and Paste version will disappoint!! (Again)

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

Reviewed: 11-16-14

This and its companion 36 Books that Changed the World, is a compilation of material created for clearly different purposes and then pasted together under a flimsy rationale. I bought both, excited by the potential, but was very disappointed. GREAT COURSES has produced many excellent, educational and informative lecture series - this is NOT one.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • 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 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

Certain works of literature, history, science, philosophy, political theory and religion offer powerful examples of how books can spark revolutions, birth great religions, spur scientific advancements, shape world economies, teach us new ways of thinking, and much more. And with this fascinating collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, you 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

Cut and Paste version will disappoint!!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-14

This and its companion 36 Revolutionary Figures that Changed the World, is a compilation of material created for clearly different purposes and then pasted together under a flimsy rationale. I bought both, excited by the potential, but was very disappointed. GREAT COURSES has produced many excellent, educational and informative lecture series - this is NOT one.

45 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • Nothing but the Truth

  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

When San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy gets a call saying his wife never picked the kids up from school, he's worried. Frannie's a great mother. Turns out there's a good explanation: She's in jail. Unbeknownst to her husband, Frannie has just appeared before a grand jury - and refused to share a crucial piece of information about her friend Ron, who's accused of killing his wife.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly convoluted mystery.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 09-20-13

Great enterainmen for lovers of Courtroom banter!!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-14

This was my first John Lescroat (Dismas Hardy) drama and it has triggered a desire to read others. I am hoping they are just as interesting and worthwhile.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Lewis FitzGerald
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Tribute to Fighting Australians

  • By Mark T Ryan on 04-25-11

Brilliant and Controversial

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

Reviewed: 01-29-14

Kokoda held my attention, nourished my intellect and was impossible to walk away from.
Its agenda shone through but it never overwhelmed the narrative.

The life of the Australian soldier (and militiaman) in tropical PNG was depicted with such truth and vitality, no one would question their valour or their worth. That Australia's wartime Commander in Chief (Blamey) publicly chose to do so, shamed him in the eyes of many, then and perhaps forever.

  • Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World

  • By: Steven L. Goldman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven L. Goldman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

What is the greatest scientific idea of all?Because science has so dramatically altered how we live and how we think about ourselves, the answer may well be the very idea of science itself, because-just like science's most important achievements-it, too, needed to be thought about, perfected, and invented.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing

  • By Neil Brightwell on 05-11-15

Be inspired and informed!!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-13

Professor Goldman made me want to go back to the study of Science. His presentation, his knowledge and the love for his subject were obvious in every lecture. This is one lecture series that you cannot put down. I was lost with some of the complex scientific content, but, that just made me want to listen again and go and buy the notes that go with the series.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood Sugar Solution

  • The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!
  • By: Mark Hyman M.D.
  • Narrated by: Mark Hyman M.D.
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 313

In The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing not just diabetes but also heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer is balanced insulin levels. Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving wellness: nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind - and explains his revolutionary six-week healthy-living program.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Book is stats rather than solutions

  • By craig on 06-29-13

Sales pitch dressed up as health advice.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-13

If it was a hard copy book I would have tossed it in the first refuse bin I came accross. Perhaps I am not suited to the "go to my website........blah blah blah" style. Luckily it was just $4.95

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,530

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

Interesting but not in large chunks.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-13

Life for the ordinary Soldier, Slave or Citizen in the world of the Ancients was just a tad above awful. Reading about (hearing about) it was interesting but I made the mistake ( i think) of listening to 5 or 6 lectures at each session.

I will try again in 6 - 12 months and listen again, but only to one lecture per week. (Like a student would.)

  • The Dark Monk

  • A Hangman's Daughter Tale
  • By: Oliver Pötzsch
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,310

It is 1648, a small village in the Alps: In the thick of a blizzard,a town priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength and scratches a sign in the frost that will lead the town hangman, his daughter, and the town physician in pursuit of a treasure of the Knights Templar. But the priest’s murderer is already on their trail, and he’s not the only one after the legendary fortune: a dark monk is not far behind,and a band of thieves is roving the countryside, attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, Like a Bavarian Cream Cake

  • By Larry Verburg on 06-03-13

Story Telling of the highest quality.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-13

Read the Hangman's Daughter first to get a feel for this book.

But even if you dont, this second story in the series will keep you riveted to your kindle or whatever else you use to listen to Grover Gardner, telling Oliver's stories.

I enjoyed very minute!!