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  • Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia

  • By: Alexis Q. Castor, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Alexis Q. Castor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

All cultures lie in the shadow of ancient Mesopotamia-the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers that is now mostly encompassed by the borders of modern Iraq. In this fascinating series of 36 lectures, an award-winning teacher leads you on a vivid journey through Mesopotamian history-from Neolithic times to the age of Alexander the Great.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kinda Tells you what u need, but not really

  • By tamim on 03-11-15

Take it with a grain of salt

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

This history has the usual bias that is typical of experts on one particular ancient culture. "This culture invented these things, therefore everyone else copied them." Egyptologists do it as well. Lost from this is the idea that 2 different cultures can develop technologies and techniques independently (I mean look at cuneiform symbols and hieroglyphs and try to figure out how one could lead to the other). That was not too surprising. What was rather annoying, however, was the notion that came to the fore when she got to the interaction between the Mesopotamian cultures and the west (particularly the Greeks and Persians). She stated quite clearly that there are no Persian accounts of the battles they had with the Greeks. Yet, she then states that obviously the Greek accounts cannot be trusted to be accurate. Based upon what? What secret knowledge does she have of what REALLY happened? Granted, the Greeks had their own agenda, but to completely discount them when you have nothing else to look at is rather absurd. We then would have no information about what happened during this critical period of world history. Sorry, but this is a rather mediocre course at best.

  • Signature in the Cell

  • DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design
  • By: Stephen C. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Named one of the top books of 2009 by the Times Literary Supplement (London), this controversial and compelling audiobook from Dr. Stephen C. Meyer presents a convincing new case for intelligent design (ID) based on revolutionary discoveries in science and DNA. Along the way Meyer argues that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution as expounded in The Origin of Species did not, in fact, refute ID.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent Design vs Chance

  • By Nevin on 03-03-17

Get ready for an interesting ride

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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: 11-15-18

This book is aimed NOT so much at evolution but at abiogenesis. I had heard about information theory quite a bit, but never really paid it much credence until hearing this book. The probabilities involved in the random generation of the information required are staggeringly worse than I had ever imagined - to say nothing of the innate improbability of getting the biological precursors together in the first place. This is what biology text books should say (and likely will say in the not-too-distant future as evidence continues to pile up against materialistic naturalism). #EyeOpening #WellDone #Abiogenesis #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Disappearing Spoon

  • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,240

Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By James on 10-12-10

Not sure what I expected, but it was good

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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: 11-15-18

There are plenty of stories in this book along with some interesting chemistry. Some I knew; quite a bit I did not. It is a lot of information, but it's interesting to see how human all of the "great scientific minds" truly were. #Triviatastic #WorthAListen #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 70 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,785

Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More collections like this, please!

  • By Myusollo on 07-22-14

If you love Sherlock Holmes, look no further

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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: 11-15-18

This is a truly outstanding collection of the stories. It is arranged as best as possible in a chronological order so that you can grasp references made in one case to a previous case. It is truly amazing how many stories I did NOT know. #Mystery #Captivating #GreatTime #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Icons of Evolution

  • Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong
  • By: Jonathan Wells
  • Narrated by: Barry Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Everything you were taught about evolution is wrong. In this shocking book, Berkeley-educated doctor of biology Jonathan Wells lets you in on scientific discoveries you won't learn about from college and high-school textbooks - and reveals a dirty little secret known only to some of his fellow biologists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific Debate

  • By Christoph L. on 02-25-15

A bit into the weeds, but well-made point

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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: 11-15-18

This may well be a book that would be better read than listened to. Still it is interesting to hear how so many of the images and examples of evolution that show up in so many text books are mistaken or even outright frauds. Worse, they keep showing up in the text books even after having been discredited. Truly an interesting read. #EvolutionaryBiology #EyeOpening #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Words on the Move

  • Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890

Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant "blessed"? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally A Great Listen

  • By sgonk on 10-02-16

An interesting way of seeing the language

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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: 11-15-18

This book opens ones eyes to the way in which languages in general, and English specifically, change over time. One need only pick up a copy of Shakespeare's plays or look at the King James Bible to see how much change there has been in just the last 400 years. I'm not sure I'm sold on his main point, but it is an interesting notion. #EyeOpening #AlternativePerspective #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • A Pope and a President

  • John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century
  • By: Paul Kengor
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 118

Even as historians credit Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II with hastening the end of the Cold War, they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders. cclaimed scholar and best-selling author Paul Kengor changes that. In this fascinating book, he reveals a singular bond - which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president - that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the 20th century: Soviet communism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful account of two amazing lives and their impact on us all!

  • By Lesia Petrizio on 01-25-18

It is LOOONG, but worth it

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This book goes into quite a bit of depth about the relationship between the 2 men in the title. It was truly interesting to see how much they worked together, and how each played a role in toppling the Soviet Union. It gets a bit too much into Catholic mysticism, but, as the writer points out, you have to understand some of that to truly understand what made the Pope tick. Overall it is very informative. #History #InternationaRelations #ColdWar #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Lost to the West

  • The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
  • By: Lars Brownworth
  • Narrated by: Lars Brownworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a delight for anyone interested in history !

  • By Cinders on 05-28-13

Truly fascinating perspective

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This is a history of the other half of the Roman Empire. The history is a bit sweeping given the long time period it has to cover, but it is full of information that many will probably not know. It seems to argue for a bit too much importance for the Byzantines, but overall it is a good jumping off point for further study. #AlternativePerspective #History #MiddleEastHistory #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Case for a Creator

  • By: Lee Strobel
  • Narrated by: Lee Strobel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528

Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded. Today science is supports the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. Darwinism has faltered in the face of facts and hard reason. Science definitely gives faith a boost as new findings emerge about the complexity of our universe. Strobel re-examines the theories that once led him away from God. You'll encounter discoveries from cosmology, DNA research, and human consciousness that present evidence in The Case for a Creator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Summary of Apologetics

  • By Alan Rither on 11-27-07

He interviewed REAL scholars

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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: 11-15-18

So many of this type of book are more interested in trying to shove their religion down your throat than in actually examining the evidence. This is NOT that kind of book. The people he interviewed are true scholars in their field who are continuously engaged in their particular fields of endeavor. He simply recounts the interviews he had with them so as to let their own words come through, and if you want more information about any particular point, you can look them up to find books they've written. #WellDone #MustRead #ThoughtProvoking #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Killing England

  • The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,444
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,419

The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's mega-best-selling Killing series transports listeners to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the listener from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Must Read This Book

  • By Susie Davis on 10-22-17

Great History

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This book has a lot of stuff you should know with a lot of stuff that you've probably never heard of. It is truly an interesting ride. #AmericanRevolution #Quirky #tagsgiving #sweepstakes