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P. Blair

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  • A History of the Arab Peoples

  • By: Albert Hourani
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 279
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    4 out of 5 stars 132
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    4 out of 5 stars 138

Despite the turmoil of Arab nationalism and fundamentalism, Middle Eastern wars, and oil crises, the history of the Arab world has been little known and poorly understood in the West. One reason may be that, for more than half a century, there has been no up-to-date single volume work that chronicles the story of Arab civilization - until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Daunting quantity of information!

  • By Tim on 07-09-05

very limited scope

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Reviewed: 04-25-18

a history of the Arab people with only a few paragraphs about Muhammad?!?? shoddy research, tedious writing style; the worst historical work I've read or heard. I recommend Peter Mansfield's book

  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

  • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,997

Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good lectures on mindfulness!

  • By Mike on 09-19-13

the full circle of mindfullness<br />

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Reviewed: 03-27-18

I enjoyed every minute. every aspect of mindfulness and mediation is cover in an efficient, enjoyable way.

  • The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS

  • By: Robert Spencer
  • Narrated by: David M. Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

ISIS rocketed onto the world stage seemingly out of nowhere, beheading American hostages, bulldozing international borders, routing the American-trained Iraqi Army, and carving out a new state that rules eight million people and a territory larger than the United Kingdom. But who are they? Where did ISIS come from, and how did they rise to power in so little time? What is driving them - and how can they be stopped?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Politically correct westerns must read

  • By Rob on 12-03-15

inthrawling book that's also thoroughly researched

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Reviewed: 03-21-18

facts laid out in wonderful detail with historical relevance. a great listen and read. I recommend getting the print edition too for all the graphs and footnotes.

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,660

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

thoroughly researched and told in a lively prose

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Reviewed: 03-13-18

great story, thorough research, well told and wonderfully performed this book is among the best of it's genre and changes the world view is whoever reads it.

  • A History of India

  • By: Michael H. Fisher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael H. Fisher
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4 out of 5 stars 632
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    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Over 5,000 years, India has been home to a rich tapestry of peoples and cultures. Two of the world's great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism - have their origins in South Asia, and the lands east of the Indus River have long been a central hub for trade, migration, and cultural exchange. Today the subcontinent contains 20 percent of the world's population and is a thriving center for global business, making this region one of most significant economic powerhouses in the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For beginners only

  • By Lams63 on 02-10-17

extreme political bias

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Reviewed: 01-24-18

anyone who has studied India at all will be shocked by the blatant political propaganda, bias and politically motivated omissions in this lecturer. shameful. if you bought it, get your money back.

  • The History of the Ancient World

  • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
  • By: Susan Wise Bauer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,805
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,496

This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Historic Achievement

  • By Ellen S. Wilds on 04-25-14

not "world history" , limited scope, inaccurate

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Reviewed: 11-09-17

NOT WORLD HISTORY. should be called biblical history. it's about Abraham's religious history except that the author obviously used second and third have sources, never reading the Koran and takes her house at its word, which was wrong. for instance she says the Koran stated from the building of the Kaba the believers were to face Mecca, this is not at all true, at first Muhammad said to face Jerusalem, because he needed to win them as allies at first... later, when he had about enough weapons, men and money from way rains, he turned against the Jews and faced Mecca. Im not religious so it gets pretty did when history books now kowtow to religion. I wish Chinese history made it into these supposed"works histories" they invented practically everything, they deserve a little credit

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  • In the Shadow of the Sword

  • The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
  • By: Tom Holland
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 374
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 337

The evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement. In this exciting and sweeping history - the third in his trilogy of books on the ancient world - Tom Holland describes how the Arabs emerged to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion in a matter of decades, overcoming seemingly insuperable odds to create an imperial civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A vivid, illuminating trip through late antiquity

  • By Philo on 11-01-15

the ultimate Muslim apologist book

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Reviewed: 06-14-17

presumably the author read something before writing this book but it's impossible to tell. an entire book on Mohammad and very few quotes from the Koran Abby's those that are quoted are incomplete and edited to make them less brutally violent and hateful

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Pirate Coast

  • Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805
  • By: Richard Zacks
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 489
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    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

After Tripoli declared war on the United States in 1801, Barbary pirates captured 300 U.S. sailors and marines. President Jefferson sent navy squadrons to the Mediterranean, but he also authorized a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. He chose an unlikely diplomat, William Eaton, to lead the mission, but before Eaton departed, Jefferson grew wary of the affair and withdrew his support.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT

  • By Stewart Kennedy on 08-12-05

Completely Enthralling and thoroughly researched<br />

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Reviewed: 02-22-17

its not often a non fiction book has this much detail yet not stop action and intrigue . makes mewant to research further

  • A Brief History of the World

  • By: Peter N. Stearns, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter N. Stearns
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4 out of 5 stars 214
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    4 out of 5 stars 189
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    4 out of 5 stars 188

The construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, the development of democracy in ancient Greece, the glories of ancient Rome-these stories are familiar to students of history. But what about the rest of the world? How do the histories of China and Japan, or Russia, India, and the remote territories of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America fit in with commonly known accounts of Western traditions?Learn the rest of the story with these 36 riveting lectures that survey the expanse of human development and civilization across the globe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Global

  • By Tad Davis on 12-05-13

like hearing 13 y/o girl talk about cheer camp

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Reviewed: 12-28-16

if this guy wrote a book it would be 98 perfect footnotes. could not be any more boring and utterly useless information. he seems to apologize for every statement. he spends most of his time explaining what he's gonna say, but never says anything. if he's a professor he's probably single handedly responsible for thousands of kids hating history after boredom-torture of taking his class. I would be amazed if any of his credits were legit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
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    4 out of 5 stars 1,004

A technology that will change what it means to be human...A discovery that questions the very laws of physics......and a catastrophe that cannot be stopped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Amanda De Wolf on 03-21-15

thanks, this book made painting the house fun!

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Reviewed: 09-08-16

It's obvious that lot of research went into this book. wonderful descriptions on a wide range of settings, topics and characters. the story was interesting and thought provoking. it could have used some more back ground stories on characters to let us know who they are and it started kind of slow without a lot of intrigue to hook. however, the concepts and subject was compelling, and kept me from hitting the stop button. .