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  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,752
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,253

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes

  • By SantaFePainter on 11-18-13

So much Sherlock!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This compilation is quite an undertaking, but well worth the time to listen to the entire cannon of Sherlock Holmes written by Conan Doyle.

  • A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

  • By: Robert Bucholz, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Bucholz
  • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

During the 229-year period from 1485 to 1714, England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called "the first modern society" and emerged as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world.Those years hold a huge and captivating story. The English survived repeated epidemics and famines, one failed invasion and two successful ones, two civil wars, a series of violent religious reformations and counter-reformations, and confrontations with two of the most powerful monarchs on earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Old-fashioned and inaccurate

  • By E. Stein on 02-26-14

Wonderful English History Course

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

When most people think of English history, they think of exactly the period this course covers. With names like Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and of course Shakespeare, these icons of English history provide a great backdrop for the course. Bucholz, with his intelligence and humor, helps to make the period come to life. I highly recommend this title.

  • London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

  • By: Robert Bucholz, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Bucholz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763

No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. But what made the city the perfect environment for so many great developments? How did London endure the sweeping historical revolutions and disasters without crumbling? Find the answers to these questions and more in these 24 fascinating lectures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Starting Place or Refresher

  • By Amy on 08-05-14

One of my favorites from The Great Courses!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Loved the content and delivery of this particular lecture series. I will be downloading more from this professor!

  • The Age Of Innocence

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in upper class New York City. Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic, beautiful 30-year-old cousin, who has been living in Europe. This novel won the first ever Pulitzer awarded to a woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Book But Less-than-Beautiful Performance

  • By Janna Wong Healy on 05-17-13

A Favorite comes to life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I already love this novel, and the audio book just increased that love. I think the world that Edith Wharton builds in her works is timeless, and that comes through in this format.

  • William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

  • By: Peter Saccio, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter Saccio
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Shakespeare's plays - whether a comedy like A Midsummer Night's Dream, a history like Henry IV, or a tragedy like Hamlet - are treasure troves of insight into our very humanity. These 36 lectures introduce you to Shakespeare's major plays from each of these three genres and explain the achievement that makes him the leading playwright in Western civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle.."

  • By Kristi R. on 07-01-16

Excellent insight into many Shakespeare plays

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I really enjoyed listening to this series of lectures while I continue to read the entire Shakespeare cannon.

  • Christy

  • By: Catherine Marshall
  • Narrated by: Kellie Martin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

In the year 1912, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains – and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christy

  • By Pamela Heiniger on 11-06-10

Always my favorite

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

This is my all time favorite book. I have read and re-read it many times over. Along with the book I love to re-watch the television series staring Kelly Martin. So this was a wonderful pairing, and a new way to experience a beloved text. Martin didn't always have a broad range of voices and dialects to draw from. But overall it was very well done and well worth listening.

  • Heroes and Legends

  • The Most Influential Characters of Literature
  • By: Thomas A. Shippey, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas A. Shippey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021

Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Look at Western Literary Characters

  • By Teri-K on 10-11-14

Awesome course

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-16

This was a really great series of lectures. I was always excited to hear the next one, and the topics/points were spot on.

  • How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

  • By: Marc C. Conner, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Marc C. Conner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

Shakespeare's works are among the greatest of humanity's cultural expressions and, as such, demand to be experienced and understood. But, simply put, Shakespeare is difficult. His language and culture - those of Elizabethan England - are greatly different from our own, and his poetry, thick with metaphorical imagery and double meanings, can be hard to penetrate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Listen or Not to Listen…

  • By Ark1836 on 10-13-15

Best Shakespeare tool kit I've heard

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-16

Professor Conner did an amazing job helping to unpack themes and contexts that undergird all of Shakespeare's plays. By choosing a core group of plays and focusing closely on them, I was also given tools to apply to all of the other plays as well. If you have an inclination to read Shakespeare at all, I highly recommend this lecture series. If you are well read in Shakespeare already, these lectures are still completely worth your time and attention as they will highlight new ideas or remind you of things you've noticed in the past. Very easy to list to and simple to digest his comments.

I'm looking forward to trying a read-along where I read the play and then listen to his lectures that specifically address that play.

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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 879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

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

Unmet Expectations

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-16

I began listening to this course excited to hear perspectives on great books, some of which I've read and others I'm unfamiliar with. However, often it lost my attention and the approach to these massive works with only one definitive interpretation was hard to be inspired by.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,659

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This book faded like a bad racehorse…

  • By Matt on 01-06-12

Worth the time to listen

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

I now know why Stephen King is a first man of letters in America. The research we impeccable, the story was engrossing, and the performance for the audio book enhanced it even more. But the length was daunting, and even with my curiosity I nearly gave up on it several times. Glad I finished in the end though.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful