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Euryleia

Fountain Valley, CA United States
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  • The History of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,450

Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incomprehensibly complete

  • By Nassir on 07-09-13

Frustrating

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

The information is good, but you have to sift through Brier's meandering delivery to get it. He interrupts himself, goes on tangents, circles back, repeats... for almost 25 hours.

  • 1177 B.C.

  • The Year Civilization Collapsed
  • By: Eric H. Cline
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,740
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,576

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to Like... And Did!

  • By Brett M Miller on 09-12-14

Interesting, but...

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

The narration is almost painful. Andy Caploe's voice is beautiful, but he chose to do this bad Marilyn Monroe impersonation every time he gets to a primary source excerpt (of which there are many) and his pronunciations of names sounds like they were provided by Waze. The content itself I found very interesting and clear.

  • Rabid

  • A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus
  • By: Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,174

The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite science read this year.

  • By Sparkly on 10-06-12

Not terrible

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

There was an awful lot of filler, but the parts that were actually about the title subject were interesting.

  • The Music of Richard Wagner

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

In these 24 lectures filled with musical excerpts, enjoy a rich and multifaceted exploration of the trailblazing works and outsized life of this historically pivotal composer. The sheer outlandishness of Wagner's life makes for an endlessly intriguing story, from his desperate escapades outrunning creditors to his obsessive personal relationships to his utopian artistic schemes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Acteon on 10-14-13

Must Be an Opera Fan

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

It turns out that I hate Opera so strongly that I was not able to get past the first 4 lectures, as each one includes musical examples. The Professor, as always, gives a great and lively performance and I will definitely get his other available lectures, provided that they aren't Opera related!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Feathers

  • The Evolution of a Natural Miracle
  • By: Thor Hanson
  • Narrated by: Andy Ingalls
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: Aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date back more than 100 million years. Yet their story has never been fully told. In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson details a sweeping natural history, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place. Applying the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and even art historians, Hanson asks: What are feathers? How did they evolve? What do they mean to us?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Science and Fun

  • By Chris Reich on 12-28-14

Good Book, Bad Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Interesting, informative without going too far beyond a non-specialists's understanding of science, and written in an accessible manner. You get the feeling that you'd kinda like to be friends with someone like the author, even though you'd be late to everything because he'd get distracted by ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS! Unfortunately, the narration of the audio is oddly enunciated and almost monotone. I had to speed it up 1.75x to get through it (thank goodness for that function), and if this had been my first Thor Hansen book, I would not have picked out another.

  • The Lost City of the Monkey God

  • A True Story
  • By: Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by: Bill Mumy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,375

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danger and Discovery in the Jungle

  • By Jim N on 01-08-17

Fascinating story, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

The story itself is fascinating and well written, and I wish I had read it instead of listening. Bill Mumy has a nice voice, and his speaking cadence reminds me of Casey Casem, but his constant mispronunciations of the place names- most appallingly the name of the place the story takes place in- is wince inducing. Knowing that the narrator is a native Californian, and an Angelino, and therefor at least hears Spanish everywhere, even if he doesn't speak it himself, makes the experience even more jarring. If it weren't for the mispronunciations I would have rated the narration as a 4 star, so I would be willing to try something else narrated by Mumy, provided it was written in basic American English, using no loan words or place names.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Langoliers

  • One Past Midnight
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Willem Dafoe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

The first of a four-part audio series from Stephen King's best-selling book, Four Past Midnight. On a redeye flight from Los Angeles to Boston, only 11 passengers survive - but landing in a dead world makes them wish they hadn't.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Euryleia on 08-19-17

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

The story was enjoyable- not King's best, but definitely not his worst- but the narration is simply awful. So bad, in fact, that I was unable to finish the audio (I had to stop about two and a half hours in). The descriptive parts are fine, but every single character voice- and therefor all of the dialog- is painfully terrible. Nasal, whiny caricatures. This is a title I would have returned if I hadn't owned it for so long before listening to it. I consider this an object lesson in not buying more things than I can get to in a reasonable time frame. I will say that the story was enjoyable enough that I found a print version so that I could finish it.

  • The African Experience: From 'Lucy' to Mandela

  • By: Kenneth P. Vickery, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth P. Vickery
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

The story of Africa is the oldest and most event-filled chronicle of human activity on the planet. And in these 36 lectures, you'll explore this great historical drama, tracing the story of the sub-Saharan region of the continent from the earliest evidence of human habitation to the latest challenges facing African nations in the 21st century. By learning with these lectures, you'll finally be able to bust myths and correct potential misunderstandings about Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Africa Found!

  • By Logical Paradox on 03-12-14

Well laid out and delivered.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

The Professor clearly loves his subject country, and its peoples, and communicates that without shying away from the unpleasant aspects. This was a good introduction to a subject that I knew very little about, less in fact than I thought I did!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,200
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,293

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last - The Definitive Recording!

  • By L. N. on 10-10-12

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-15

I love Rob Inglis' narration. The pace, the voices- everything! Well, everything except for the singing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations

  • By: Brian M. Fagan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Brian M. Fagan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Where do we come from? How did our ancestors settle this planet? How did the great historic civilizations of the world develop? How does a past so shadowy that it has to be painstakingly reconstructed from fragmentary, largely unwritten records nonetheless make us who and what we are?

These 36 lectures bring you the answers that the latest scientific and archaeological research and theorizing suggest about human origins, how populations developed, and the ways in which civilizations spread throughout the globe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Conceptually But Becoming Dated

  • By JCurtis on 09-25-13

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

Fascinating and well organized but the narrator's accent is distracting and there are production errors peppered throughout (small skips, some hiss and occasionally a sound like the bleat of a goat). Not enough to ruin the experience but still distracting.