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Patrice Sieler

Gardena, CA USA
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  • Ancient Civilizations of North America

  • By: Edwin Barnhart, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edwin Barnhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

For the past few hundred years, most of what we’ve been taught about the native cultures of North America came from reports authored by the conquerors and colonizers who destroyed them. Now - with the technological advances of modern archaeology and a new perspective on world history - we are finally able to piece together their compelling true stories. In Ancient Civilizations of North America, Professor Edwin Barnhart, Director of the Maya Exploration Center, will open your eyes to a fascinating world you never knew existed - even though you’ve been living right next to it, or even on top of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different perspective - civilizations not tribes

  • By Steve Goppert on 07-26-18

Many Sueprises

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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: 12-17-18

This was an exciting book. There was so much information that it deserves another listen. Surprising facts that we did

not hear in school. This course has made me look with a lot more respect to the first people that came to this continent !

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Concert Masterworks

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Have you ever thought about the creative process that boiled inside geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Liszt-or any composer, for that matter?What goes through a composer's mind when a musical composition is being set to paper? Are those magical weeks or months spent in an agonizing creative blur of ideas first tried and then discarded, or it a matter of pure inspiration?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down the rabbit hole with Dr. G!

  • By JaneN on 11-09-14

Extremely well done and exciting

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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: 08-23-17

I was mesmerized from the beginning. Dr Greenberg's presentation and energy carried me along. I learned so much and had fun doing it. His sense of humor was wonderful. Enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you.

  • Money Management Skills

  • By: Michael Finke, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Finke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,154

The goal of money management is to maximize our happiness at every stage of our lives. Whether you are a novice investor or a seasoned pro, starting your first job or contemplating retirement, these 24 straightforward lectures are an excellent primer for making successful financial decisions at every stage of your life. Professor Finke takes you on a tour of some of the most widely available financial products and tools, from mutual funds to life insurance to college savings accounts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Irresponsible Advice

  • By Christopher on 01-12-18

Helped with the many holes in my money education

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-17

The author does not talk down to you. The information was well organized and well presented. I never lost interest. Well worth my time.

  • Pets on the Couch

  • Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry
  • By: Nicholas Dodman DVM
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Racehorses with Tourette's syndrome, spinning dogs with epilepsy, cats with obsessive-compulsive disorder, feather-plucking parrots with anxiety, and a diffident bull terrier with autism - these astonishing cases were all helped by One Medicine, which emphasizes the similarities, rather than differences, between animals and humans. Inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking, and utterly fascinating, Pets on the Couch demonstrates how what we share with our animals can only lead us to a greater appreciation for them - and for our mutual bonds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Oliver Sacks of Vets! Brilliant!

  • By Gillian on 08-28-16

Convinced me that we are all one

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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: 02-27-17

I have a dog and a puzzle. I am hoping that I now have the answer to the problem. I am giving it a try. It seems that we all want to integrate our dogs with society and if a little bit of medicine will do this, I am all for it. This was written with pertinent information and humor. I have listened to it twice, so I can get the best remedy for my dog.

  • Cold Mountain

  • By: Charles Frazier
  • Narrated by: Charles Frazier
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757

One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished America in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cold Mountain (Unabridged)

  • By M. Dunn on 02-09-04

Good argument against war

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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: 12-05-16

Beautifully written, engaging story. Offers a wonderful argument against war. And to be read by the author was a treat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seedfolks

  • By: Paul Fleischman
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692

Thirteen lives. One garden. Set in Cleveland, Newbery-Award-winning author Paul Fleischman's poignant book is a large lesson in connectedness and community for all. When a derelict vacant lot is gradually transformed into a community garden in inner city Cleveland, the people of this community find their differences are less apparent and their isolation dissolved. Performed by thirteen multicuturally and age-authentic voices, this audiobook is designed for listeners of all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent to listen

  • By Rina on 10-12-09

Such fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Delightful! I would recommend this to all ages. The individual story were ver good, so enjoyable !

  • The Life of Elizabeth I

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354

The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Golden Age

  • By Jean on 08-03-13

Wonderful history brought to life

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-14-16

I felt like I was part of the court and companion of Queen Elizabeth. Very well done.

  • The Chimes

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,394
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,389

A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!

  • By Gillian on 12-14-15

The Chimes of one's Conscience

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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: 12-14-15

Dickens,once I got into the story, is always good. Makes one reflective of what one is contributing into this life. The performance was phenomenal . He was able to give life to all the characters , I hated some and loved others - and all done by one man. Terrific start to the Christmas season.

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  • Everything Under the Heavens

  • Silk and Song, Book 1
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Raised in a prosperous family of 14th century Chinese merchants, Wu Johanna has grown up on camelback, in bustling city marketplaces and the cool, shaded depths of Silk Road caravanserai. In the wake of her father's death, however, Johanna finds that lineage counts for little amid the disintegrating court of the Khan. Dynastic loyalties are shifting, petty jealousies lead to cold-blooded murders, and the long knives are coming out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transport yourself back...

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-13-18

Disappointment

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-15

What would have made Everything Under the Heavens better?

If, when I was choosing the Dana Stabenow book, I had known that this was the first "chapter", I would not have been so surprised. The length of the "chaapter" was the length of a novel but ended with a cliff hanger ... not good.The narration was done by a woman that had done all of the other Stabenow books and I was lulled into thinking that this was the first of the Kate Shugak novels, the one where the lineage of the Inuit (or whatever tribe) came by its mixed blood. Not good thinking on my part but I would have accepted this new genre if I wasn't left hanging. One cannot call it a book if it is not complete in and of itself.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I think that I will get her next novel in book form and then the disappointment won't be so great. It seems like listening is a more active use of the mind.

What didn’t you like about Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

She was fine in the performances, except for the fact that she has done all the other books and is so identified in my mind as "Alaska". I kept hearing the narrator's voice and it would bring images of all the other characters in her Alaskan novels.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disapppointment

  • Rebel Buddha

  • On the Road to Freedom
  • By: Dzogchen Ponlop
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Dzogchen Ponlop (introduction)
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 558

There's a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It's your rebel buddha - the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It's the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Buddhism for the Western World

  • By Glenn on 04-24-11

Really something to strive for!

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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: 01-02-12

Would you listen to Rebel Buddha again? Why?

I need to listen again, over and over.

What did you like best about this story?

It brought the awareness of the now into focus.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Dzogchen Ponlop (introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

1 of 2 people found this review helpful