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  • The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

  • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

History is made and defined by landmark events-moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us: spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty.

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  • Fun course but Professor Fears is not for everyone

  • By Quaker on 11-04-13

Great premise, poor execution

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People comfortable with taking the Bible at face-value.

If you’ve listened to books by The Great Courses before, how does this one compare?

I love The Great Courses, but this one was a disappointment.

What aspect of Professor J. Rufus Fears’s performance would you have changed?

A little less theatrical gravitas wouldn't have hurt.

Any additional comments?

Prof. Fears takes the census at the time of Jesus's birth for granted, without even mentioning that many other historians find it highly problematic or impossible. If he's not addressing historical controversies in his lectures, then it makes me question his biases and the validity of his other narratives.

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