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  • 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 7 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 465
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    5 out of 5 stars 413

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 637
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

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 2,365
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,203

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 11
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    3 out of 5 stars 11
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

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 157
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

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.

  • 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 1,095
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 976

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
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

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.

  • Thomas Jefferson and His Time, Volume 1

  • The Virginian
  • By: Dumas Malone
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
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    4 out of 5 stars 80
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This is the first volume of distinguished historian Dumas Malone's Pulitzer Prize-winning six-volume work on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson. Based on a myriad of sources, it covers Jefferson's ancestry, youth, education, and legal career; his marriage and the building of Monticello; the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the Notes on Virginia; his rich, fruitful legislative career; his highly controversial governorship; and his early services to the development of the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thoroughly satisfying

  • By Robert on 01-22-08

Almost too much information

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Reviewed: 08-23-18

This massive undertaking is microscopic in its detail. This first section is a bit biased in parts but it really give a great look into colonial life and the greatness of this great founding father.

  • Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life

  • By: Francis J. Ambrosio, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Francis J. Ambrosio
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

What is the meaning of life? Is human existence meaningful or absurd? If you've ever pondered these questions, you have an extraordinary adventure in store, as an award-winning teacher presents a boldly revealing inquiry into these most fundamental of human concerns. In this inspiring series of 36 lectures, Professor Ambrosio charts how these questions have been pursued and grasped through the ages, providing you with the understanding and the tools to come to terms with them in a direct, practical way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Engaged Frustration!

  • By Michael D. Mullen on 01-31-15

Very Interesting.

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Reviewed: 08-14-18

I love to learn. These lecture series have really helped me to grow intellectually. This can be complex. It is still very good!!!

  • Augustine: Philosopher and Saint

  • By: Phillip Cary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Phillip Cary
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

These 12 illuminating lectures paint a rich and detailed portrait of the life, works, and ideas of this remarkable figure, whose own search for God has profoundly shaped all of Western Christianity. You'll learn what Augustine taught and why he taught it – and how those teachings and doctrines helped shape the Roman Catholic Church. These lectures are rewarding even if you have no background at all in classical philosophy or Christian theology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thoughtful and well executed.

  • By Kevin Crabtree on 04-23-15

Interesting look at philosophy & religion

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Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is an interesting lecture on Augustine. A very unique and thought provoking series on a very interesting man.