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  • Capitalism vs. Socialism: Comparing Economic Systems

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Edward F. Stuart PhD
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Ever since we produced our course Thinking About Capitalism, customers have expressed interest in a follow-up course that could help them understand socialism in the same way. After much consideration, we determined that it actually would be more beneficial to create a course that compares and contrasts the two major global economic theories, examining them in ways that move past the polemics many of us are used to and looking at these systems as they relate to one another and the world at large.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good course, misleading title

  • By Marc Mallette on 07-06-18

Saves the Best for Last

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I enjoy the details of the Soviet Union, China, and related economic systems, but the first 15 lectures or so are general economic history to the German, Swedish, and UK economic systems, which were okay but not as interesting to me. Overall good and informative, but just go in knowing the most interesting capitalism vs communism comparison takes quite a while to get to.

  • 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 843
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758

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

Well done, though ideologically challenging

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I really did not enjoy listening to this guy. Not because of his voice but because of what seems to be his ideological views, which can tend to be of a much more conservative bend than I can agree with. I consider it an investigation in the conservative viewpoint. But, I suppose a worthwhile listen to challenge modern liberal notions. He seems to idolize the old ways while I rather prefer modern liberation, he focuses on honor as a highest ideal while I’d view that notion as a cause for destructive wars, he prefers moral doctrines where I’d prefer pragmatism. He plays out these views by looking at Ancient Greek and Roman text, the main religious texts, one or two philosophers, pre-modern literature and a couple modern biographies. Hard to get thru, but, interesting perspective well laid out I suppose.

  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891

Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beginning to a Delinquent Education

  • By Ark1836 on 06-18-15

A Good Overview

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Audiobook provides a good overview of music from the baroque to the end of the 18th century. The speaker focuses on one artist to represent this music genre, expounds on their life a bit, goes through small selections of their songs, and then draws lessons from that excerpt. He keeps it lively by equating the events of the past with more modern analogies.

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,118
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

Highly Informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-18

A great set of lectures going thru a variety of cultures: Egypt to the Persians to the Greeks, Romans, and early thru medieval Brits. Tends to touch first ona day in the life, life for women, children and the sick and elderly, slavery, and religion. Really a fascinating encounter with how awful life in the ancient world was. Female girls treated primarily as a property to trade, strict social divides separating class with little chance to improve and rules dictating that one must stay in their place, religions which reinforce this, demand retribution for labeled heterodoxy, and the constant threat of sickness and hunger. Really gives a behind the curtain view behind the and pretty paintings and temple stone work which pay testament only to those in power at the time.

  • What Einstein Got Wrong

  • By: Dan Hooper, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dan Hooper
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

These 12 half-hour lectures are about what Einstein got wrong. He may have kindled a scientific revolution with his famous theory of relativity and his proof that atoms and light quanta exist, but he balked at accepting the most startling implications of these theories - such as the existence of black holes, the big bang, gravity waves, and mind-bendingly strange phenomena in the quantum realm. This course by research physicist Dan Hooper of the University of Chicago assumes no background in science and uses very little math.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • About More Than Just His Mistakes

  • By Timothy D. Sowell on 12-22-17

Journey thru modern physics

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Reviewed: 04-25-18

A good series of lectures provide an overview of many ideas of modern physics. From relativity to black holes, the expansion of space and the big bag, to quantum physics and its super positions thru entanglement and shares the story of Einstein’s part in all of these.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch

  • By: Molly Worthen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Molly Worthen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

When you think about Christian history, you might think of the first thousand years - the events of Jesus' life, the acts of the apostles, the establishment of the church, and the various councils that established theological doctrine. But the history of Christianity from the Reformation to the present is equally dramatic and profoundly relevant. It's a story about people as much as theology - our cultures, our politics, our relationship to the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History of Christianity

  • By Catherine on 12-12-17

Christianity Around the World

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Reviewed: 04-24-18

A good review of Christianity around the world, in Latin America and the church support of dictators for their own gain, Africa and its fight against apartheid, Russia and China’s efforts to shut down religion, America and the Baptist revivals, and some on the reformation at the start.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why You Are Who You Are

  • Investigations into Human Personality
  • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Leary
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an addict, I listened to this book. Very Helpfu

  • By Happy Husband on 05-15-18

One of the better Psych series

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-18

This is one of the better psychology oriented THC courses I’ve heard. The speaker grows they the big five trainers and then goes thru how those trainers display themselves in different social settings: leadership, attachment, authority, etc. The lecture on personality disorders was also particularly interesting.

33 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

  • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Leary
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735

Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors. What makes you happy? Where did your personality come from? Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors? Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent?Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nowhere near the depth of typical Great Courses

  • By BryanW on 04-05-14

A Overview of Feelings

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-18

I generally really enjoy TGC audiobooks, but found this one lacking. The lecture on Psi offers some insights into the limitations of the scientific method, but overall it just presents commentary on the daily emotions that people feel: stress, arousal, hunger etc and gives commentary on what might induce these feelings. Answer: life events make us feel things. Meh. Check our Deceptive Brain TGC course for good psych.

  • Psych 101

  • Psychology Facts, Basics, Statistics, Tests, and More!
  • By: Paul Kleinman
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

From personality quizzes and the Rorschach blot test to B. F. Skinner and the stages of development, this primer for human behavior is packed with hundreds of entertaining psychology basics and quizzes you can't get anywhere else. So whether you're looking to unravel the intricacies of the mind or just want to find out what makes your friends tick, Psych 101 has all the answers - even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book! Highly recommended :)

  • By Maha Elnashar on 01-24-18

A really good review

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Reviewed: 12-04-17

A really good review of the main topics of psychology, dealing mostly peso by person but at times going over he main theories of a singe topic.

  • The Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Traders

  • By: John M. Longo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John M. Longo
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

The Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Traders profiles over 30 men and women at the pinnacle of the investing field, including Warren Buffett, Ray Dalio, John Bogle, Peter Lynch, George Soros, T. Rowe Price, Jr., Linda Bradford Raschke, David Dreman, Michael Burry, and others involved in such ventures as value stocks, growth stocks, mutual funds, index funds, hedge funds, commodity futures, private equity, sovereign wealth, distressed assets, and more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should be titled:. Bios of hedge fund managers

  • By Najel on 08-25-17

Really Enjoyable and Informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-17

More a panoramic view of the investment landscape than a careful detailed analysis, but still informative, giving the listener a taste of the variety of investment styles available. Very good.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful