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James J. Edwards

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  • 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 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782

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

Fears discussion of Lord Acton is priceless

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life the most enjoyable?

The book selection

What did you like best about this story?

The way Fears reviewed previous discussions as a segue into succeeding discussions.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Like rich chocolate it needed to be enjoyed in small bites.

Any additional comments?

I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to some of Fears discussions numerous times over a several year period.

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 38 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809

Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, amazing narration

  • By Marcus Vorwaller on 08-02-08

Wordy, but unforgettable

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

No wonder it has survived the many decades. The performance even exceeds the story. A most fitting answer for all doubting Thomases

  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,817

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent reading of an excellent classic

  • By David on 10-22-16

Centuries old, but still so timely

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

More meaningful with each listen, and there have been many. Each chapter is a new beginning. Help with any challenge

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

  • By: Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Tommy on 08-17-12

Kudoes for Rupert Degas

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

Reviewed: 11-13-11

Henry David could not read Walden's timeless words any better than Degas. I've listened to it many times, and I hear new wisdom with each listen. I first read Walden 50 years ago, and Thoreau's message is just as timey today as it was then. Degas does justice to this everlasting classic. Thoreau by Degas is a treasure for all nature lovers.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Globish

  • How the English Language Became the World’s Language
  • By: Robert McCrum
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

It seems impossible: a small island in the North Atlantic, colonized by Rome, then pillaged for hundreds of years by marauding neighbors, becomes the dominant world power in the 19th century. Equally unlikely, a colony of that island nation across the Atlantic grows into the military and cultural colossus of the 20th century. How? By the sword, of course; by trade and industrial ingenuity; but principally, and most surprisingly, by the power of their common language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Globlish

  • By James J. Edwards on 04-08-11

Globlish

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-11

A most interesting format for a history of the English speaking world. It is an easy and informative listen. I've enjoyed reading sections at a time rather than reading straight through. Many sections I have repeated time and time again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,840
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,712
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,726

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Help

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-09

Help has the quality of To Kill a Mockingbird - a true 5*

1 of 1 people found this review helpful