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  • A History of India

  • By: Michael H. Fisher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael H. Fisher
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

Over 5,000 years, India has been home to a rich tapestry of peoples and cultures. Two of the world's great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism - have their origins in South Asia, and the lands east of the Indus River have long been a central hub for trade, migration, and cultural exchange. Today the subcontinent contains 20 percent of the world's population and is a thriving center for global business, making this region one of most significant economic powerhouses in the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For beginners only

  • By Lams63 on 02-10-17

Overall good, extremely dense and diverse

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-19

Lacking a compelling narrative, but maybe it is hard to get one for a country as diverse as the Indian subcontinent. Overall provides depth and breadth in an area of history not understood well by many inside or outside India.

  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • By: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,916
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37,795

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'M A 60 YR OLD WOMAN AND LOVE THIS BOOK!

  • By Christine on 12-01-18

A great real life hero's journey

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Reviewed: 03-24-19

A memorable tale to follow with many lessons along the way. A necessary listen in the soft entitled age we love in.

  • The Strange Death of Europe

  • Immigration, Identity, Islam
  • By: Douglas Murray
  • Narrated by: Robert Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479

The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth rates, mass immigration, and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive alteration as a society and an eventual end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing dystopian preview of tidal wave

  • By smarmer on 11-10-17

A Terrifying glance into a lost Europe

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Reviewed: 10-08-18

A sad portrayal of democratic Europe betrayed by its aloof leaders. This books shows decades of ignoring and belittling the people and their concerns, leading to a hypocritical continuation of policies that are really not in the interests nor wishes of those they were apparently elected to serve.

All one can do it hope that Europe doesn't loose too much of itself, and recovers some of its strength and pride, as it becomes a home for the world, not for Europeans.

  • Medical School for Everyone

  • Grand Rounds Cases
  • By: Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roy Benaroch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648

There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralled!

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-09-14

Understanding a doctors mind

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Reviewed: 09-23-18

Fantastic insight into have medicine works and how doctors think. Essential listening for everyone, as sickness, illness, and the need for medical care for yourself or loved ones is something in life that is unavoidable.

  • Why You Are Who You Are

  • Investigations into Human Personality
  • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Leary
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841

To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an addict, I listened to this book. Very Helpfu

  • By Happy Husband on 05-15-18

One of the best great courses. Enlightening.

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Reviewed: 08-16-18

Fantastic insight into who we are. Has helped me understand others quite a lot, and have more self awareness of my own behavior.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,827

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

A once in a generation book on life.

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Reviewed: 03-30-18

Deep and meaningful. 12 Rules for Life can be a bit of a slog to get through in some parts, especially the early chapters on Biblical stories, but hang in there as it has a purpose even if the connection to the chapter title rule is not immediately apparent. Philosophical and practical both. A breath of truth on the nature of reality, the meaning of existence, and the present state of the world. Too full to digest in a single reading. One of the most fulfilling books I have read in my entire life.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,211
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,158

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Phenomenal

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Reviewed: 02-26-18

This series is shaping up to be the greatest fantasy epic of all time. I can't wait to see what is next.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,578

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How do you prioritize when everything is top priority? I have an answer now.

  • By Megan Carr on 01-31-18

The best book I have listened to in 12 months!

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Reviewed: 02-24-17

Fantastic. A book the technical non technical reader alike can appreciate.

Should be required reading for any first year computer science or engineering major, so they understand the value of what they do.

For the non technical, it is a amazing insight into the reasons why computers have transformed our lives, and a relatable way of understanding why they just make good common sense to enhance society. For the technical, it allows them to appreciate just how amazing and optimal and efficient the human machine is given its environment.

This book is a rare melding of the arts and humanities. The Renaissance man would be proud.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

  • By: Sean Carroll, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Sean Carroll
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

Time rules our lives, woven into the very fabric of the universe-from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day. Nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain. But now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures, you can grasp exactly why - as you take a mind-expanding journey through the past, present, and future, guided by a noted author and scientist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Get From Eternity to Here instead

  • By Michael on 07-24-13

essential physics listening

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Reviewed: 09-08-16

If you have ever wondered about the nature of the universe, then this is an essential course. Deep enough to be interesting while still keeping the focus on the concepts with just enough basic math to make it make sense. This should be part of everyone's STEM education.

  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,077

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 9 hour commencement address

  • By Grimjack on 05-13-18

great, though drifts a little in the last 30%

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Reviewed: 08-06-16

first half of the book is very good, second half seems a bit less focused, and harder to engage with. overall very good