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  • The Oresteia

  • By: Aeschylus, Yuri Rasovsky - adaptation from translation, Ian Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

In The Oresteia, Aeschylus dramatizes the myth of the curse on the royal house of Argos. The action begins when King Agamemnon returns victorious from the Trojan War, only to be treacherously slain by his own wife. It ends with the trial of their son, Orestes, who slew his mother to avenge her treachery - a trial with the goddess Athena as judge, the god Apollo as defense attorney, and, as prosecutors, relentless avenging demons called The Furies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Dramatic Trilogy for Both GODS and MEN.

  • By Darwin8u on 06-19-12

The Classics

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Reviewed: 11-08-18

I found myself in the middle of discovery of the Ancient Homeric stories. This was a really interesting listening experience. I really enjoyed the full cast. The story was understandable. It fit well with all the other literature.

  • LT's Theory of Pets

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4 out of 5 stars 347
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

LT has a theory about pets, particularly his Siamese cat. It had been their cat, not just his cat, but that was until he came home one day to find a note on the fridge from his wife saying she had left him. Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in London, this story demonstrates yet again that no one can tell a tale like Stephen King. Available only in audio!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A+++

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

A Favorite

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Reviewed: 11-08-18

This is a favorite of mine. A short story that I find interesting. It is a bit of a variation from the typical horror story but the way Stephen King tells a story is always compelling.

  • The Odyssey of Homer

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 448
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What is it in Homer's Odyssey that has so enthralled readers from around the world for thousands of years? By joining Professor Vandiver for these 12 lectures on the Odyssey, you'll find out why.This literary exploration centers on a single provocative question about the epic poem's protagonist, Odysseus: Why does he long so powerfully to go home? To probe the depths of this question, you'll embark on meticulous, insightful examinations of the most important episodes in the Odyssey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Course of a Greak Greek Classic

  • By SAMA on 01-14-14

Professor Vandiver.

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Reviewed: 11-08-18

The professor is so learned. The 3 lectures on Homer and Virgil are compelling and informative. Worth listening to twice.

  • Bach and the High Baroque

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 476
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    5 out of 5 stars 429
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    5 out of 5 stars 424

Though unappreciated in his own time, Johann Sebastian Bach has ascended to Olympian heights, the verdict of contemporary audiences long since overruled by succeeding generations of music lovers. But what makes his music great? In this series of 32 lectures, a working composer and musicologist brings his exceptional teaching skills to the task of helping you hear the extraordinary sweep of Bach's music. You'll understand the compositional language that enabled him to compose such extravagant, unbridled music while still maintaining precise control of every aspect - beat, melody, melodic repetition, interaction, and harmony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bach Treasure Box Opened by a True Enthusiast

  • By Dickens Groupie on 09-07-13

Just plain fun.

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Reviewed: 09-18-18

The professor is one of the best. This lecture is more for musicians than historians, however the professor is so good I did not want this to end!

  • Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

Alexander the Great-one of the most renowned figures in antiquity-has inspired everything from medieval romances to blockbuster movies, and military leaders from Julius Caesar to Napoleon to the U.S. general Norman Schwarzkopf. But who was this great king of Macedon? And why is he so legendary? These 36 spellbinding lectures take you deep inside the world of Alexander to witness the astonishing feats of military genius that made his name renowned for millennia after his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alexander, the Man and the Legend

  • By SAMA on 11-27-13

Alexander The Great

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Reviewed: 09-12-18

There is nothing better than a professor that enjoys his work. This is a very interesting and oft times exciting lecture series.

  • The History of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,454
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,285

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

Well Done!!!!

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Reviewed: 09-05-18

A long lecture series but incredibly well worth it. Professor Brier is interesting, funny and knowledgeable.

  • Alfred Adler: Individual Psychological Theory

  • By: Steven G. Carley - MS
  • Narrated by: Steven G. Carley - MS
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3 out of 5 stars 12
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Alfred Adler was not a man driven mad by ambition, nor was he a terrorist. Individual psychology, a construction of Alfred Adler, rests heavily on the notion of social interest presenting an optimistic view of the individual. It is differences such as the optimistic outlook of the individual of Adler that create a tenuous relationship between Adler and Freud.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • hard to hear.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-16

Waste of time.

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Reviewed: 08-27-18

There are many better book written by far more eloquent writers. This was just bad.

  • Voltaire and the Triumph of the Enlightenment

  • By: Alan Charles Kors, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Alan Charles Kors
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Discover why intellectuals and historians alike consider Voltaire to be one of the most intriguing, influential, and elusive thinkers of the modern world. Focusing on the deepest, most enduring aspects of Voltaire's work and thought, but never losing sight of the colorful, fascinating man himself, these 12 lectures sketch for you a vibrant, thought-provoking vision of Voltaire as "the father of the Enlightenment" and one of the great literary personalities of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightenment ideas still relevant today

  • By EmilyK on 03-26-15

Voltaire

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Reviewed: 08-27-18

I loved this lecture series. Professor Kors clearly knows the subject and is a great teacher and orator. This is education and philosophy at its best.

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  • 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

  • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History brought to life

  • By Joshua on 07-10-13

Very well done!

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Reviewed: 08-25-18

Clear and informative. The professor knows her stuff. A complete understanding of the events. I really enjoyed this.

  • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

  • By: Jeremy McInerney, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jeremy McInerney
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

This series of 24 lectures examines a crucial period in the history of the ancient world, the age ushered in by the extraordinary conquests of Alexander the Great. In all the annals of the ancient world, few stories are more gripping than those from this era. In the opening lectures, you'll explore the enigma of Alexander, son of a brilliant father, yet always at odds with the man whom he succeeded. Just as important to these lectures are the in-depth discussions of the bounties of Hellenistic culture, which contributed landmark ideas in everything from philosophy, art and architecture, and religion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Overview of Alexander and Hellenistic Empires

  • By Mike on 03-22-14

Not bad.

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Reviewed: 08-25-18

This is an interesting if heady lecture series. It is easy to get lost as it covers a lot of material. Still good but do a little homework first.