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  • John Adams

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 30 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
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McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding biography

  • By Davis on 07-10-06

interesting story well. a master of the peole

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Reviewed: 07-16-18

danid mcchullough is an amazing writer and historian. this amazing book tells one side of our founding fathers. The history of our country should always be listened to.

  • Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

  • By: Abraham Lincoln
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 5 mins
  • Unabridged
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Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865, during his second inauguration as president of the United States. At a time when victory over the secessionists in the American Civil War was within days and slavery was near an end, Lincoln spoke of sadness. A mere 703 words, Lincoln's speech did not offer the North a victory speech, nor did he excoriate the South for the sin of slavery. Instead, he called on the entire country's guilt for the bloody war and argued for reconciliation and unity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Words we all need to hear.

  • By Jerry on 07-13-18

Words we all need to hear.

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Reviewed: 07-13-18

Lincoln has something to say. Every American should listen to these words. Especially today. Peace

  • Machiavelli in Context

  • By: William R. Cook, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: William R. Cook
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
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Mention the name Niccolò Machiavelli and you might unleash a powerful response-even among people who have never read a word of his writing. The word "Machiavellian" conjures up images of an indistinct figure quietly making his way through the darkest corridors of power; a cold-blooded political liar; or a coolly practical leader - amoral at best - willing to do whatever is necessary in a world governed not by ideas of right or wrong, but by solutions dictated by realpolitik.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!! Machiavelli - Refreshing and Contrarian

  • By mc2 on 06-14-15

Interesting

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Reviewed: 07-12-18

The professor clearly loves the subject he is teaching and there is much to learn. His zeal may turn off a few listeners, he can get very animated. Still, I enjoy the Great Courses serie and this was a very enlightening one.

  • Plato

  • The Giants of Philosophy
  • By: Berel Lang
  • Narrated by: Charlton Heston
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 33
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Plato was the first great philosopher of the West to organize and record the issues and questions that define philosophy. A student of Socrates, Plato preserved the teachings of his mentor in many famous "dialogues" that deal with classic issues like law and justice, perception and reality, death and the soul, mind and body, reason and passion, and the nature of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Updated Socrates

  • By Laura on 04-01-13

A very good summation of Plato

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Reviewed: 07-05-18

Call me biased but Charlton Heston can read anything and capture me. In this work you get a good overview of Plato and Socrates. This is a good place to start ones path to Philosophy.

  • Kant's Foundations of Ethics

  • By: Immanuel Kant
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
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Kant published this work in 1795, during the aftermath of the American Revolution and the French Revolution. The high hopes of the European Enlightenment had been dampened by the Reign of Terror in which tens of thousands of people died, and the perpetual cycle of war and temporary armistice seemed to be inescapable. Kant's essay is best known as an early articulation of the idea of a league of nations that could bring an end to all hostilities. Today, the United Nations continues to pursue that dream, but lasting peace still seems to be wishful thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad. Not great.

  • By Jerry on 07-05-18

Not bad. Not great.

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Reviewed: 07-05-18

This is a good overview of Kant's ideas. While not a complete work, one will get the gist of Kant's philosophy.

  • Greek Legacy: Classical Origins of the Modern World

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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Virtually all of the major building blocks of our culture (law, government, religion, science, medicine, drama, architecture, and more) derived ultimately from the ancient Greeks. In these 12 lectures, you'll explore the continuing influence of the classical Greek achievement on contemporary life. The point is not the often tedious claim that there is nothing new under the sun. Rather, it is to underscore the remarkable continuity of the Greek perspective and ethos preserved over several millennia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Robinson

  • By Jerry on 07-03-18

Daniel Robinson

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Reviewed: 07-03-18

The series with Daniel Robinson are lecture series. There is course material. This college level thinking and one has to be prepared to seek out source material( the works of Plato, Aristotle etc) remember this. Trust me when I tell you the man is a genius. Prepare yourself and you will find his voice, his words, his teachings as enriching as I have.

  • American Ideals: Founding a 'Republic of Virtue'

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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An insightful 12-lecture course that explores the principles that guided the founding of the United States, the conditions that led to the break with Great Britain, and the creation of such founding documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.You'll deepen your understanding of fundamental ideas that inspired American independence and that continue to have a profound influence on American thought. You'll also receive insight into what historians call "the long conversation" in American society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than anticipated

  • By Claus on 06-29-17

Daniel Robinson never disappoints!

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Reviewed: 07-01-18

Few speakers capture me with their every word. Daniel Robinson lectures like no other. I find him to be one of the smartest and eloquent people to listen to. I am a better person having heard his words.

  • Consciousness and Its Implications

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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Consciousness, a unique and perplexing mental state, has been the subject of debate for philosophers and scientists for millennia. And while it is widely agreed within contemporary philosophy that consciousness is a problem whose solutions are likely to determine the fate of any number of other problems, there is no settled position on the ultimate nature of consciousness. This series of 12 penetrating and thought-provoking lectures by an acclaimed teacher and scholar approaches its subject directly and unflinchingly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best

  • By Alexander C. Eustice on 02-14-15

Ever the best<br />

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Reviewed: 07-01-18

Few people affect me more than Daniel Robimson. A modern day philosopher who brings to the forefront the amazing questions of our time past, present and future. His intellect and his correlations of the great thinkers of history have me a much better thinker. Listen to his lectures, you are richer for it.

  • The Great Ideas of Psychology

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 27 mins
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If you’ve ever wanted to delve more deeply into the mysteries of human emotion, perception, and cognition, and of why we do what we do, these 48 lectures offer a superb place to start. With them, you’ll see the entire history of psychology unfold. In the hands of Professor Robinson, these lectures encompass ideas, speculations, and point-blank moral questions that might just dismantle and rebuild everything you once thought you knew about psychology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Shirley Stone on 10-11-15

Nobody does it better.

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Reviewed: 06-29-18

I love love love listening to Daniel Robinson. His level of intellect and his ability to explain the concepts and ideas is unparallelled. If you want to learn, listen to this series.

  • Star Trek: Spock vs. Q (Adapted)

  • By: Leonard Nimoy
  • Narrated by: Leonard Nimoy, John de Lancie
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
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Ambassador Spock travels back in time to subtly warn Earth's inhabitants of impending doom while calling into question humanity's priorities. However, before the truth is told, the all-powerful being, Q, appears and reminds Spock that he is prohibited from interfering in Earth's history. Besides, Q doesn't see mankind as something worth saving.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very different Star Trek

  • By David on 05-22-05

So Cool

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Reviewed: 06-28-18

This is a great and fun discourse between two of the great characters in the Star Trek Pantheon. Clever, witty and intellectual, this is a wonderfully fun and philosophical experience unlike anything you will ever find.