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  • 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
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179

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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4 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 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

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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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

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.

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  • 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
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

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

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.

  • 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 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

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
  • Highly informative - thought provoking insights

  • By Dan on 03-30-18

One of the better Psych series

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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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.

18 of 19 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 1,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's average but not exciting

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-16

A Overview of Feelings

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 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 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

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 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719

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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4 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

  • Calculating the Cosmos

  • How Mathematics Unveils the Universe
  • By: Ian Stewart
  • Narrated by: Dana Hickox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it's all going to end. He considers parallel universes, the fine-tuning of the cosmos for life, what forms extraterrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of life on Earth being snuffed out by an asteroid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator's Dilemma

  • By R. Yu on 12-18-16

Oddly Underwhelming for Stewart

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

I think I expected something more akin to The Science of Interstellar, but it was less that and more a history of discoveries in our solar system, with the last third on the wider universe. Found it generally underwhelming, with little more to say than "math is very exact and where there are questions in the data scientists have made discoveries." Meh.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  • By: Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 804

Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The reading made it impossible to focus on content

  • By Mark Grebner on 09-02-12

A Stoics Guide to Life

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

I found it enjoyable. Reading is a bit monotone, there may be better. Focuses on being 'a man', taking life as it comes and focusing on the big picture. Often ties the troubles of life to just the godless foibles of existence. Mixes the Taoist notion of living in the now with the Hindu ideas of Ahtman and all is one and the Buddhist life is suffering but puts a strong emphasis on maleness (like the Greek?). Listening speed: 1.5x.

  • The Analects of Confucius

  • By: Confucius
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86

Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who lived from 551 BC – 479 BC. Although he is usually listed as the author of The Analects ( wise sayings ), it was actually a group of his followers, years after his death, who wrote down his words and descriptions of his daily life. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized morality, "the proprieties" - correctness of social relationships - as well as justice and sincerity. A major goal of his conversations was to get his disciples to think deeply for themselves by relentless study of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wise words of a true sage.

  • By Chris on 07-03-17

A philosophy for conformity

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-16

A series of short statements quoting others. Sums up as: know your place, do your duty, respect your elders, learn widely, don't be selfish. It begs for conformity. Basically that over and over. Meh, not my cup of tea; I much prefer the teachings of these Tao Te Ching on letting things be as they are rather than following roles.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful