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  • The Iliad

  • By: Robert Fagles (translator), Homer
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Maria Tucci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Robert Fagles brings the energy of contemporary language of this 2,700-year-old epic, while maintaining the drive and metric music of Homer's poetry, as well as the impact and nuance of Homer's mesmerizing repeated phrases.

As a scholar, Fagles praises Homer's directness and simplicity, the breadth of his imagination, and the power of his song. As a translator, he brilliantly captures these very qualities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful translation and reading, but abridged

  • By Tad Davis on 11-16-08

Great Translation! Just know what you are getting.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

An excellent performance with an excellent translation. This translation by Fagles is a more modern and easy to understand translation, but one that also stays close to the original text. It is amazing how well much of the story flows and is easy to listen with this good translation, even though it is thousands of years old. Don't, of course, expect a modern novel either. There is some abridgement with brief, helpful explanations when it occurs, which I personally feel is sad. I, like many others, would totally have paid for and listen to an unabridged version of this great translation, but the most essential parts of the story are still retained. However, if you are familiar with the general story of the Trojan war, there are some things you should probably know beforehand about the story, which I mention below. SPOlLER ALERT! The Illiad poem does not actually tell the whole story of the Trojan war, and does not include a thorough account of the start of the war as well as much account of the end of the war. The story ends with the funeral of Hector and does not detail the famous Trojan Horse, the sacking of Troy, or the dramatic death of Achilles, which is all told elsewhere. However this is still an amazing, worthwhile, and historic listen!

  • What Can I Do With My Guilt?

  • Crucial Questions Series, Book 9
  • By: R. C. Sproul
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Dr. R.C. Sproul has often asked unbelievers who deny their need for a Savior, "What do you do with your guilt?" The question often breaks through sinful complacency, because feelings of guilt over sin are common. Unbelievers may ignore their sense of guilt, rationalize it, or desensitize it, but it is there. It points to the fact that all people are objectively guilty before God. So what must we do with our guilt?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Biblical Discussion on Guilt

  • By Mike on 08-06-15

A Good Biblical Discussion on Guilt

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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: 08-06-15

This is an interesting read about the nature of guilt and how the Christian faith teaches us to respond. Dr. R. C. Sproul is a gifted teacher and respected theologian and I always appreciate his thoughts.

In this book he discusses the nature and reality of guilt according to the Bible and our experience. He also discusses how people usually handle guilt, including being under-guilty, over-guilty, and different ways people try to resolve their guilt. Finally he talks about how the Bible teaches us to deal with guilt.

I personally especially appreciated that last section where he distinguishes healthy and unhealthy types of guilt and shows how personal and emotional freedom from guilt comes through the full forgiveness offered by Jesus Christ.

  • Can I Know God's Will?

  • Crucial Questions Series, Book 4
  • By: R. C. Sproul
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

As human beings, we long to know that our lives will unfold in ways that we will find pleasant and rewarding. As Christians, we have a different focus - we want our lives to be pleasing to God. Thus, we ponder His will and worry that we are not doing what He wants us to do. In this Crucial Questions audio booklet, Dr. R. C. Sproul outlines timeless principles for discovering and applying the will of God in day-to-day decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Thorough Review of the Topic of Will

  • By Mike on 08-06-15

A Thorough Review of the Topic of Will

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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: 08-06-15

This short little book covers a lot of ground. Dr. R. C. Sproul is a gifted teacher and I always appreciate what he has to say.

This book starts by covering the different categories of God's will, which helps us understand the Bible and life situations better when it comes to finding God's will. He then discusses the nature of free will and what it means for humans to have free will. Finally the book ends with practical chapters on finding God's will when deciding on what you do for work and finding God's will in choosing if to marry/who to marry.

  • Pride And Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Emma Messenger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362

Austen’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet deals with the issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Austen at her wittiest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • High pitched mother voice

  • By Michelle W on 07-19-15

A Wonderful Reading of a Wonderful Classic

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-15

This is a great book and a great reading. The story might be a little slow for those who like an action packed story, but for those just expecting a historical romance and family tale. I am sure you will enjoy it.

The reader Emma Messenger is amazing! I felt like I was listening to a Broadway performance. The extents she took her voice acting to were tremendous and really helped differentiate the characters and enliven the story.

  • The Late Middle Ages

  • By: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

The Late Middle Ages-the two centuries from c. 1300 to c. 1500 - might seem like a distant era, but students of history are still trying to reach a consensus about how it should be interpreted. Was it an era of calamity or rebirth? Was it still clearly medieval or the period in which humanity took its first decisive steps into modernity? These 24 provocative lectures introduce you to the age's major events, personalities, and developments, and arms you with the essentials you need to form your own ideas about this age of extremes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Overview of the Late Middle Ages

  • By Mike on 07-04-14

An Excellent Overview of the Late Middle Ages

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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: 07-04-14

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent series, and well worth the listen. Professor Philip Daileader is a great scholar and an excellent lecturer. This is part three in a three part series on the middle ages taught by him and published by the Great Courses. Listening to all three are great, but you can listen to one as a standalone course and also benefit from it.

Professor Daileader takes you on an overview of the late middle ages, which he describes as roughly 1300-1500 AD. You will learn about the major political events and personalities of this time as well as social, intellectual, religious, and economic changes. Learn about the early humanists who gave birth to the Renaissance. Learn about how gunpowder change the weapons, armor, and architecture of Europe. Learn about the final collapse of the Roman Empire in the East with the fall of Constantinople. Learn about the dynamic personalities of Ferdinand and Isabella and their leadership in the reconquest of Spain, the institution of the Spanish inquisition, and the sending of Columbus on his fateful voyage in 1492. This is just a small taste of what you will learn here.

Professor Daileader also takes time to introduce you to the historiographical aspects of studying the middle ages and his personal opinion on the length and impact of the middle ages.

I could not recommend this series more highly, especially as way to learn about the time bridge between the high medieval age and the Renaissance, Reformation, & Enlightenment eras that took the west by storm soon afterwards.

Happy Reading!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Early Middle Ages

  • By: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

The Early Middle Ages-the years from A.D. 650 to 1000-were crucial to Europe's future social and political development. These 24 lectures trace a journey from Scandinavia across northern and central Europe to the farthest reaches of the Byzantine and Islamic empires, providing an exciting new look an era often simply called the "Dark Ages."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Look at the Transition to the Middle Ages!

  • By Mike on 07-03-14

Amazing Look at the Transition to the Middle Ages!

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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: 07-03-14

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent read! Professor Philip Daileader is an excellent lecturer and scholar and you probably won't be disappointed by anything you get from him.

This lecture series takes you from the late Roman Empire around the time of Constantine and traces the transition of Europe from late antiquity to the middle ages. You will learn about the collapse of Roman rule in the West, the continuation of the Roman empire in the East through the Byzantine rulers, the Barbarian invasions of Western Europe, the rise of Islam, the emergence of the Carolingian Holy Roman Empire, and the eventual splitting off of that empire into what would become the modern states of France and Germany. He covers all major historical events to about 1000AD.

If you would like to learn more about how Europe went from a unified Roman empire to the divided and complicated state it is in now, I cannot recommend another resource more highly. You will learn about the foundations of all the modern nation states, including England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This was an invaluable read for me as it helped me connect all of those dots!

Also, the professor tries to highlight not just political history, but also cultural, economic, religious, and social aspects of history in his overview.

This is part one of a three part series offered by the Great Courses that will take you through the entire middle ages up to the year 1500. I highly recommend the whole series.

If you are at all interested in the topic, and enjoy a good read about history, you will not be disappointed! Enjoy!!!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Era of the Crusades

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

What were the forces that led to one of history's most protracted and legendary periods of conflict? How did they affect the three great civilizations that participated in them? And, ultimately, why did they end and what did they accomplish? In these 36 lectures, you'll look at the "big picture" of the Crusades as an ongoing period of conflict involving Western Christendom (we would now call it Western Europe), the Byzantine Empire, and the Muslim world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating background

  • By Tad Davis on 08-31-13

How the Crusades Changed Three Great Civilizations

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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: 05-26-14

Any additional comments?

This lecture series is an excellent overview of the crusades. The lecturer, Professor Kenneth W. Harl, is an excellent teacher and I can highly recommended anything produced by him. If you are a lover of history he offers traditional history teaching at its best.

This series covers the era of the crusades from their origins to the ending of the era of the "canonical" crusades after the 8th crusade of King Louis of France in North Africa. One strength of this lecture series is that the author does a great job looking at the crusades from the perspectives of all of the three great civilizations involved, Western Europe, the Byzantine (Or East Roman) Empire, and Islamic Civilization. This series gives you and incredible sense of how all three civilizations interacted during this era and were influenced and changed by the crusades.

I had a few small disappointments in this series. The author does a very thorough job covering the first four of the eight canonical crusades and their surrounding events. He only really gives an overview by comparison of the last four crusades. As far as other crusading movements, he does give some treatment on the "children's crusades" and the crusade against the Cathars/The Albigensian crusade in Southern France but other crusading events such as the Reconquista of Spain and the conquests of the Germanic peoples and Teutonic knights in Northeastern Europe are given very little if any real treatment. I also think he could have drawn out some of the longterm implications of the crusades a little better. So this series will not offer the comprehensive overview that some might want, but for anyone interested in the topic it will definitely offer an amazing supplement in helping you understand this era in world history. He pulls out details and sides to the topic that probably many other authors miss.

Overall I highly recommend this for anyone interested in the topic. Enjoy your travels in "outremer"!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The World of Byzantium

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

Byzantium is too-often considered merely the "eastern rump" of the old Roman Empire, a curious and even unsettling mix of the classical and medieval. Yet it was, according to Professor Harl, "without a doubt the greatest state in Christendom through much of the Middle Ages," and well worth our attention as a way to widen our perspective on everything from the decline of imperial Rome to the rise of the Renaissance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Traditional History at it's Best

  • By Mike on 04-26-14

Traditional History at it's Best

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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: 04-26-14

Any additional comments?

I have listened to Professor Kenneth J. Harl many times and have never been disappointed. He delivers the traditional historical experience at its best.

This series of lectures covers the origins of the Byzantine Empire (or East Roman Empire) from its background and foundations in the late Roman Empire and its birth through the dynamic personality of Emperor Constantine the Great around 300 AD. It then provides an overview of that history right down to the empires final collapse in the epic and moving siege and fall of the city of Constantinople to it's Ottoman Turkic attackers in 1453 AD.

Those who are looking for an in-depth treatment of the topic should probably find a more thorough book to read. Those who are interested in getting an overview of the topic and enjoy listening to history will not be disappointed.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Embark on an unforgettable trip into the historical glories of the past with these 24 lectures that immerse you in the history of an often overlooked region of the ancient world. With Professor Harl as your guide, you'll plunge into the history of Asia Minor's great ancient civilizations and come face to face with eye-opening historical milestones. Among these: the rise of the Hittites, the legendary Trojan War, the birth of Western philosophy, the fiery Greek and Persian Wars, the victories of Alexander the Great, the dawn of the Hellenistic Age, the spread of early Christianity, the golden age of Byzantium, the birth of the Ottoman Empire, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There Ain't Nothin Minor about this Asia!!! : )

  • By Mike on 04-26-14

There Ain't Nothin Minor about this Asia!!! : )

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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: 04-26-14

Any additional comments?

This was a great overview of a history of Asia Minor (or Anatolia), what today would essentially be the area of the modern Republic of Turkey. Far from being an obscure topic about an obscure region, this little area is packed with history and was a major player throughout it.

You will go from prehistory and the earliest Hittite Civilizations through the continual cycles of change the region experienced. As the natural crossroads of East and West, this region continually felt the pulls of the great cultural traditions of both East and West, a dynamic which continues right up to the present. This area was constantly "remade" as it went through phases of Greek, Roman, Celtic, Byzantine, and eventually Barbarian Steppe culture. The series ends with an look at how those Turkic speaking barbarians entered and remade this peninsula one last time into what would eventually be the heartland of the Ottoman Empire and the foundation of what we know as the modern Republic of Turkey.

The Professor is amazing. I have listened to many of his works and he offers his listeners traditional history at its very best. If you enjoy a good history book or class, you will learn from and enjoy this series.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

  • By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244

What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn About Great Britain from a Great Briton!!!

  • By Mike on 04-26-14

Learn About Great Britain from a Great Briton!!!

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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: 04-26-14

Any additional comments?

This was a masterful survey of the British Empire. It is a lecture series from the Great Courses series. The professor is intelligent, well organized in his thoughts, and very interesting to listen to. He takes you on a sweeping survey of the British empire from its beginnings in late Medieval Europe to its dismantling after the Second World War and beyond.

What it Covers: The lectures are thematic with a generally chronological progression. In them you will hear about every major part of the empire and its story, including the American Colonies, Canada, the Caribbean, India, South Africa, other African ventures, the British presence in Egypt and the middle east, Ireland, British East Asia, as well as the colonization and development of Australia and New Zealand.

Some Highlights: The professor is thorough and engaging in his covering of the material. He is great at highlighting and bring out the different major personalities that were important to the British Empire such as Cecil Rhodes and Winston Churchill. Touches like this bring life and character to his overview. Likewise he also gives some mention of the arts, especially literature. I also think he was very fair in his approach to the morality of the British empire. He tries hard to be balanced and recognize both the blessings and the curses of British rule. Also, as an added treat, the last few of his lectures go on to talk about Britain in the modern era since the loss of its empire.

Some Limitations: As an overview, the professor covers everything in brief but few things in detail. If you are looking for a deep history on any one area, such as the history of British rule in a region, in depth political or military history, or an overview of British monarchs and government, you will be disappointed. But, if you are looking for a general but thorough overview you will be satisfied. There were some personalities, places, and events that were left out. For example, little was said about Britain's scattered island possessions, save some of the Caribbean islands and a brief mention of the Falklands, or British Guyana.

Overall this was a very enjoyable and worthwhile listen. Anyone who is interested in the topic will leave with a nice overview of the history of the British empire... and probably enjoy the ride! : )

26 of 26 people found this review helpful