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  • Great Music of the 20th Century

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg PhD
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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The 20th century was a hotbed of musical exploration, innovation, and transformation unlike any other epoch in history. Ranging across the century in its entirety, these 24 lectures present a musical cornucopia of astounding dimensions - a major presentation and exploration of the incredible brilliance and diversity of musical art across a turbulent century. Far more than simply a series of lectures, the program comprises a huge and many-sided resource for discovering the endless riches of 20th-century concert music across the globe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment

  • By MAdison on 03-11-18

thrilling lectures sometimes not fit for beginners

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Reviewed: 09-17-18

thrilling lectures on the different genres of orchestral music and their rapid transitions durring the 20th cen., with many powerful historical insights. it is fit for listeners with solid music vocabulary.
not recommended before listening to "how to listen and understand great music". not fit for listening while driving, since all the music is linked and not played on lecture.
some links lead to tracks that no longer exist on YouTube, and it can be frustrating.

  • Jewish Intellectual History: 16th to 20th Century

  • By: David B. Ruderman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David B. Ruderman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
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Over the last four centuries, a small group of thinkers attempted to answer a series of remarkably challenging questions: In a world having a history of untold suffering-especially, it seemed, for Jews-was the existence of an all-powerful and comforting God still tenable? What were the purpose and meaning of Jewish practices and customs? Could Jews still justify the notion of a chosen people in a social climate in which Jewish integration and full participation with the rest of humanity had become the norm?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem! Best treatment of material I've ever read.

  • By Yury on 12-29-13

partial Jewish Intelectual History

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Reviewed: 05-24-18

Every single lecture brought new insights from new vantage points of different theologians and philosophers. The lectures were rich in the sense that new and deep ideas were brought, keeping a high academic level though simple enough for someone who hasn't learned Judaism before.
The drawback is that there is a list of some crutial figures in Jewish thought that weren't reminded or didn't receive the attention they deserve. this list includes Yosef Karo, HaAri, Baal Shem Tov, Hagaon MeVilna, Ramhal, Harav Kook, The Ravi MeLubabich and Harav Soloveichik. Furthermore, there was no mention of the intelectual history of the Jews living in the Muslim diaspora which could be sumerized by taking about Harav Ovadia Yosef.

  • The Big Questions of Philosophy

  • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

We have all pondered seemingly unanswerably but significant questions about our existence - the biggest of all being, "Why are we here?" Philosophy has developed over millennia to help us grapple with these essential intangibles. There is no better way to study the big questions in philosophy than to compare how the world's greatest minds have analyzed these questions, defined the terms, and then reasoned out potential solutions. Once you've compared the arguments, the final step is always deciding for yourself whether you find an explanation convincing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No easy answers, just easy questions

  • By Gary on 03-17-16

A must for the seeker of Truth

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Reviewed: 11-21-17

be ready to have at least some of your basic believes shaken. as a theist, I had some serious pills to swallow in some lectures. it really made me think of my assumptions, Prof. Johnson's assumptions, and inquire for the truth.

Prof. Johnson's lectures are comprehensive, interesting and even humorous. the only thing I should warn a listener is that you can find yourself feeling offended, either because one of your deepest believes has just been proven wrong, or because your religion is being mocked at a little or used in an unsesable way. I confess I felt offended a few times not only for my religion, but for the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religion. nonetheless, one should try to leave it aside and confront the intelectual, not personal, challenge.

  • Life on the Edge

  • The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
  • By: Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on how evolution works, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of life's dynamics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight into the cutting edge Science

  • By VC on 11-22-18

revolutionizing ideas

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Reviewed: 10-25-17

revolutionizing ideas in the junction of many disciplines. very well written for a complex science book.

  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  • A Book for All and None
  • By: Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Common (translator)
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 330
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
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    4 out of 5 stars 288

Composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885, Thus Spoke Zarathustra is the most famous and influential work of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The work is a philosophical novel in which the character of Zarathustra, a religious prophet-like figure, delivers a series of lessons and sermons in a Biblical style that articulate the central ideas of Nietzsche's mature thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No truths just perspectives

  • By Gary on 06-28-16

Brilliant philosophy, outstanding narration

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Reviewed: 06-02-17

tactless, but revolutionary philosophy that in my opinion changed history, especially relevant to the 20th century.
the narration was outstanding, giving power to every word.

  • Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers

  • By: Andrew R. Wilson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Andrew R. Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

From Napoleon's revolutionary campaigns to the way insurgency, terrorism, and nuclear weaponry have defined the nature of warfare in the 21st century, the results of military strategy have changed the course of history. These 24 thought-provoking lectures give you an inside look at both the content and historical context of the world's greatest war strategists. From the triremes and hoplites of ancient Greece to the Special Forces in 21st-century Afghanistan, strategy is the process by which political objectives are translated into military action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Introductory Overview of Strategic Concepts

  • By John H. Heitmuller on 08-08-13

Strategic thought for the gifted amateur

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Reviewed: 04-04-17

underlines the most important strategists in chronological order, leaving the listener with more then the basics for strategic analysis of the past, present, and future scenarios.
might be a little hard to grip for someone with only basic historical background. I would recommend some historical courses before taking this one.

  • Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

  • By: Luke Timothy Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Each of the great three Abrahamic religious traditions holds the seeds for deep mystical contemplation. But what do most of us know about these mystics and the tradition they sustained? Explore this spiritual, literary, and intellectual heritage in these great faiths of the West as it unfolds over three millennia with these 36 enlightening, thought-provoking lectures that offer nearly

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful perspective

  • By Ben on 03-06-17

Powerful perspective

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Reviewed: 03-06-17

The course gives a powerful perspective of the three major monotheistic religions. It is very balanced and extremely respectful.
As a member of one of these mystical traditions, it was thrilling to hear about the other traditions, to witness the similarities and differences, but mostly feel great respect to fellow members of mystical traditions. It was also interesting to hear about my own tradition in a broad perspective.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Theories of Human Development

  • By: Malcolm W. Watson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Malcolm W. Watson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

In these 24 lectures, probe the field of "human development"; the science that studies how we learn and develop psychologically, from birth to the end of life. This very young science not only enables us to understand children and help them develop optimally, but also gives us profound insights into who we are as adults. Professor Watson introduces you to the six theories that have had perhaps the greatest influence on this field

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great CLEP review

  • By Mark on 02-11-14

insightful

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Reviewed: 02-28-17

Every lecture had new and insightful ways of seen how humans develop.
The narration is energetic, but with common but minor confusions, usually in logic, that one can either understand the idea and continue on or miss the idea.

  • The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience

  • By: Andrew Newberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Andrew Newberg
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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    4 out of 5 stars 316
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
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Does God exist? Do we have a soul? Is it possible to make contact with a spiritual realm? How should we respond to the divine? Will life continue beyond death?Most people, whether deeply religious or outright doubters of any spiritual power, have probably pondered these questions for themselves. In fact, the religious impulse is so powerfully pervasive that neuroscience has posed a provocative question: Are our brains wired to worship?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-20-14

Mind blowing!

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Reviewed: 01-13-17

the questions asked and the analysis made were brilliant. the lectures were both skeptical and with awe, revealing and concealing. some parts of the lectures felt a little repetitive, and sometimes I felt that the ideas were lectured in a somewhat shallow way, but maybe it is because of my previous knowledge and curiosity.

  • Exploring Metaphysics

  • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 650

This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Examine your existence in an incredible journey!

  • By Grant on 09-21-14

stunning

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Reviewed: 01-02-17

the course can make one think and rethink of the nature of reality and consciousness. it's the first audiobook that I know I will rehear and even take notes to get the details.