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Leni Ashmore Sorensen

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  • The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates

  • By: John Hawks, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Hawks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Trying to understand our human origins has always been a fundamental part of who we are. Today, with the help of dramatic archaeological discoveries and groundbreaking advancements in technology and scientific understanding, we are closer than we've ever been to learning the true story. In recent decades, it has been the science of paleoanthropology that has led the investigation, helping us make sense of this controversial subject and providing us with a richer understanding of our origins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Current to spring 2014. Good science up to date.

  • By marcus on 06-29-14

solid history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

one of the best courses on human evolution and historic migration
the lecturer is enjoyable.

  • The Danish Scheme

  • By: Herbert Sakalaucks, Eric Flint
  • Narrated by: Bill Brooks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Something new is brewing in the 17th century! Fans of the 1632 series have often asked “What's going on in North America?” Herbert Sakalauks has set out to let you know in his short novel The Danish Scheme. Christian IV, King of Denmark, Sir Thomas Roe, the English Ambassador to Christian's court, various elements of the extended Nasi/Abrabanel family have arranged an unusually well-funded and well led expedition to North America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Interesting Side Note to the Ring

  • By Dr. Jonathan L. Kramer on 05-24-14

Beware - very very bad reader

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

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

I have listened to all the Audible Ring of Fire series as read by George Guidall - his voicing is always engaging. His skill at accents and character and flow have been so spot on throughout all the books. I guess I assumed it was him and only too late realized that it was not Guidall reading. Sigh.

What was most disappointing about Herbert Sakalaucks and Eric Flint ’s story?

I must admit that the story got lost in the horrible reader! I was really interested in the narrative possibilities of adventures in the New World but by chap 4 truly did not care. Now I may buy the Kindle book so I can find out what happened but it's gonna take a lot to get the reader's voice out of my head!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This reader Bill Brooks is beyond bad. He has a bombastic almost shouting reading style and has absolutely NO sense of accent. This is especially evident when he gives Mike Stern - ex-West Virginia coal miner - a bad English accent! Clearly Mr. Brooks had not listened to any of the previous readers or for that matter even read the story line. H!ow was he auditioned/chosen? His voice gave the narrative the flavor of a very juvenile and badly written children's book. I was tempted to return the book to get my credit back but that's such a hassle . . . . .

  • The Box

  • How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
  • By: Marc Levinson
  • Narrated by: Adam Lofbomm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried 58 shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Topic sometimes lost in minutiae

  • By zombie64 on 07-15-14

containers and economics

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-15

if you buy stuff you need to read this book. the world economy is important.

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  • 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 3,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838

Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

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

  • By SAMA on 03-11-14

Not up to Great Books Usual High Standard

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Possibly someone enrolled in a college course about language

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses and John McWhorter again?

I love Great Courses and have listened with pleasure to many of them; I will continue to try them but not with McWhorter

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Unfortunately McWhorter speaks with a level of garbled informality that detracts from the subject; his efforts to be 'humorous' often sidetracks the very topic he is addresses.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful