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  • The World of Byzantium

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

Byzantium is too-often considered merely the "eastern rump" of the old Roman Empire, a curious and even unsettling mix of the classical and medieval. Yet it was, according to Professor Harl, "without a doubt the greatest state in Christendom through much of the Middle Ages," and well worth our attention as a way to widen our perspective on everything from the decline of imperial Rome to the rise of the Renaissance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Survey

  • By jbfuller317 on 09-02-13

Harl is a joy to listen to

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

Professor Harl is easy to listen to and clearly knows his subject. The Roman East gets so little air time in most history courses, so this one ably fills a hole in how most of us are educated. My only beef with all The Great Courses on Audible is the lack of any supplementary materials - at least a map would be useful. However, this is a great value so I wouldn't complain too much

  • The End of Illness

  • By: David B. Agus
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 217

Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The "techie" medicine needs!

  • By Window shopper 3000 on 01-31-12

Boring and little new

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Told me something significant that anyone who has paid any attention to health issues for last 10 years or so didn't already know.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

If you know nothing about how to stay healthy it might give you some ideas, but on the other hand some of what he says seems to be deliberately provocative and must be taken with a grain of salt. For instance, why should I believe his views on Vitamin D as opposed to dozens, if not hundreds, of studies that say otherwise?

Any additional comments?

I seldom stop listening to a book before it is over but this provided so little useful information that I finally decided to stop wasting my time. Oh, and note other reviewers' comments on how he plugs the services of his companies.

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