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  • The Odyssey of Homer

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
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What is it in Homer's Odyssey that has so enthralled readers from around the world for thousands of years? By joining Professor Vandiver for these 12 lectures on the Odyssey, you'll find out why.This literary exploration centers on a single provocative question about the epic poem's protagonist, Odysseus: Why does he long so powerfully to go home? To probe the depths of this question, you'll embark on meticulous, insightful examinations of the most important episodes in the Odyssey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Course of a Greak Greek Classic

  • By SAMA on 01-14-14

Engaging and enlightening.

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Reviewed: 08-06-18

Professor Vandiver is an excellent lecturer. I've listened to most (if not all) of her "The Great Courses" lectures. She reminds me of my Latin teacher from college. Highly recommended.

  • Hannah Arendt

  • A Life in Dark Times
  • By: Anne C. Heller
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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Hannah Arendt, one of the most gifted and provocative voices of her era, was a polarizing cultural theorist - extolled by her peers as a visionary and denounced by others as a fraud. Born in Prussia to assimilated Jewish parents, she escaped from Hitler's Germany in 1933 and became best known for her critique of the world's response to the evils of World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Arendt's Life and Work

  • By Marcus on 03-08-16

An inspiration for thoughtfulness

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Reviewed: 10-05-16

A wonderful look at the life and mind of an independent thinker, of which we have too few in our time.

  • Stalin

  • The Kremlin Mountaineer
  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 44
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Paul Johnson, the most celebrated popular historian of our time, takes a scalpel to Stalin, whom he considers "one of the outstanding monsters of history." Johnson sets forth the essence of Stalin’s life, character, and career. "It has been a hateful task, which has caused me much pain and disgust," he writes with characteristic candor. "But it has been a duty I have performed not without a certain grim satisfaction."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but Valuable

  • By J D Williams on 10-18-17

Great intro to an awful person

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Reviewed: 10-04-16

A grim reminder that individual choices matter. Stalin didn't have to be heinous, sadistic, mass murderer...but he was.

  • Foundations of Eastern Civilization

  • By: Craig G. Benjamin, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Craig G. Benjamin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
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China. Korea. Japan. Southeast Asia. How did Eastern civilization develop? What do we know about the history, politics, governments, art, science, and technology of these countries? And how does the story of Eastern civilization play out in today's world of business, politics, and international exchange?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthwhile "big-history" survey

  • By Acteon on 11-22-13

Enthusiastic lecturer

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Reviewed: 10-03-16

This is a great introduction to Eastern Civilization. I especially enjoyed the lectures's enthusiasm for his subject. Highly recommended.

  • How to Be a Conservative

  • By: Roger Scruton
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
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What does it mean to be a conservative in an age so sceptical of conservatism? How can we live in the presence of our 'canonized forefathers' at a time when their cultural, religious and political bequest is so routinely rejected? With soft left-liberalism as the dominant force in Western politics, what can conservatives now contribute to public debate that will not be dismissed as pure nostalgia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly Enlightening

  • By Skyler on 01-23-15

Conservatism is more than economic theory

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Reviewed: 06-23-16

Very thought provoking about the essence of conservative thought and action. Scruton goes beyond economic and political theory to examine the cultural aspects of conservatism.