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  • The Human Stain

  • By: Phillip Roth
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 669

It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Less Dramatic than the Title Implies

  • By Guinnevere on 02-19-13

A masterpiece, without equal.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

With his trademark silken, symphonic prose, Roth has created a compelling page-turner that threads through and weaves together the great themes of 20th century America. The writing is effortlessly lyrical, yet the novel never deviates from being, in the end, a great, great story. Much has been made of the book’s big “secret” or “surprise”; I defy anyone to limit themselves to being shaken only once, especially since that big reveal comes only 1/3 of the way through the book.

  • Our Man in Havana

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic British spy novel

  • By Dennis on 07-25-12

Ruined by the music

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

One of Graham Greene's greatest novels made teeth-grindingly irritating by the arbitrary insertion of music between chapters

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Swamplandia!

  • By: Karen Russell
  • Narrated by: Arielle Sitrick, David Ackroyd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 495

The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly number-one in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes Brilliant, Sometimes Disappointing

  • By Suzn F on 02-05-11

Loathed the main performer

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

Reviewed: 11-25-16

What a jarring experience. I would have returned this audiobook after less than 5 minutes of listening if it hadn't been the selection for our book club.

  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

  • By: Rufus J. Fears, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Rufus J. Fears
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A course that will open you to new ideas.

  • By Kristi R on 07-06-14

Could not endure this program

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

The presentation was so tedious, so monotonous, and so pedantic it was like listening to nails scraping on a chalkboard. I completed 2 chapters, and then kept avoiding listening to more until it was too late to return the course and ask for a refund.
Compare this course to "24 Books that Changed the World." I loved every second of it and was frustrated that I couldn't lavish more than 5 stars on it. Go figure.

1 of 2 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 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 286

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

Best of the Best

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

I have purchased literally dozens of Great Courses, but this one is a knockout because each book is analyzed by an expert in his or her field. So not only is there a fresh "take" on how to look at an important book in each chapter, there is also a variety of voices and delivery styles to keep the course fresh from start to finish.
There has been more than one occasion where the droning, monolithic presentation by a completely un-charismatic lecturer has all but killed my interest in a topic, let alone my desire to plough on. I applaud The Teaching Company for using this outstanding format.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,456

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Not the book you expect

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

Exhilarating, heartbreaking, infuriating, and at times simply stunning (in the true sense). The author moves briskly and seamlessly through this surprisingly gripping narrative, effortlessly weaving the intricacies of science, finance, psychology and tear jerking, with a liberal sprinkling of telling anecdotes and cameo plays by the giants of fame and fortune. Celebrities are not fawned over, and the story's unsung genius midwives are fleshed out in their own complex personalities, given plenty of time on stage to showcase their talents, their relationship with Elon Musk, and their incontestable legacies. A beautifully balanced page-turner ... and for once, that is not a contradiction in terms.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ruby

  • A Novel
  • By: Cynthia Bond
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 965
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 844

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city - the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village - all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Timothy Huff on 02-19-15

A tedious "Beloved" wannabe

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

Apart from some heart-wrenching side stories that need to be told, pass. And the dead, plodding, monotone narration managed to killed what shred of interest was left.