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  • English Society in the Eighteenth Century

  • By: Roy Porter
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

In this boldly drawn portrait of 18th-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ton of information

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-16-09

A ton of information

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-09

The listener has to be prepared to create their own "total picture" out of an enormous amount of information and statistics that the author provides for you. There is very little story telling to this, but if you are willing to create your own understanding of the period out of a lot of information this will do the trick. The information is certainly provided clearly enough--just not as much help in interpreting it all as I might have liked.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Truth behind the Mystique
  • By: Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman
  • Narrated by: Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

In this course, Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman imparts a clear understanding of what the Dead Sea Scrolls are, and even more importantly, what they are not. Indeed, everything about the Scrolls, from their long road to full publication to the haggling over dating and translation, has been shrouded in controversy. In these lectures, Professor Schiffman gives a fascinating explanation of the content of the Scrolls and the times in which the Scrolls were kept.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well-balanced account of the Qumran Scrolls

  • By Jacobus on 12-27-12

Seriously Academic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-09

I certainly understand the subject much better now, but I did have to give up trying to keep track of some of the details along the way. The lecturer's style took some getting used to as well. It took me a while to decide how I felt about the whole package, but by the end of it I was quite enthusiastic. And much better informed on the subject.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of India

  • By: Michael Wood
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's a story not a history

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-16-09

It's a story not a history

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-09

Once you realize that this is a "story" and not a "history" of India it goes along quite well. It is the story told through a combination of references to India's ancient literature, archaeology, interviews and a bit of scholarly writing. It took me a while to get my head around the fact that I wasn't listening to what I would strictly call a history book, but it was a good introduction to a subject that I knew nothing about--and now know a bit more about.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me

  • Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
  • By: James W. Loewen
  • Narrated by: Brian Keeler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,559

This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction Stranger Than Truth

  • By Dubi on 01-17-15

Too much shouting

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-07

The content is good enough, but neither my husband nor I enjoy being shouted at, so we gave up about half way through.

23 of 48 people found this review helpful