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  • The Modern Scholar: Greek Drama: Tragedy and Comedy

  • By: Peter Meineck
  • Narrated by: Peter Meineck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

This course will examine the social, historical, and political context of ancient Greek drama and equip listeners with a set of critical analytical tools for developing their own appreciation of this vitally important genre. The course will focus on the four extant playwrights, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and examine each of their plays closely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding.

  • By entropent on 03-03-09

Magnificent

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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: 02-27-17

One of the best courses I have ever listened to. Meineck help us see and appreciate the enormous power and beauty of the remarkable body of literature, as well as the art form of Greek drama and the history of which it was a part.

  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A knockout!

  • By Robert on 03-15-07

A master storyteller rendered by a master reader

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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: 02-04-17

Dickens's amazing skill in his characterizations and the wonderful cleverness of his descriptions shine in this book, and I cannot imagine a rendering of it more perfect than Mr. Vance's. I found myself altering my schedule to work in more time for listening. By the end, I abandoned all my other tasks to hear it out. For anyone who wants a warm, clever, entertaining, and engrossing story, I heartily recommend this one.

  • The Italian Renaissance

  • By: Kenneth R. Bartlett, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth R. Bartlett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Course but need written text

  • By Listen on 07-04-14

An outstanding series

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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: 12-22-16

I have listened to a lot of courses in the Great Courses catalog, and this one is at the top of my list. It tracks the course of the Renaissance in Italy from the first stirrings of life in the early 1300s through the hard times of the 1500s that issued in a new cultural era. It affords a big picture view, but also includes specific stories of places and people that are all wonderfully interesting. I have had an interest in this subject all my life, but this course helped make sense of the story in a new way for me. It is a fascinating view of one of the major turning points in Western Civilization, presented in an logical. well-organized way, and engaging way. It fully deserves the high rating that listeners have given it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204

You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming book with an excellent narrator

  • By jc on 03-05-10

A surprise

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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: 10-30-16

The book seemed to begin as a cute manners story, but grew to sweep up into it. Great, heartwarming entertainment. I usually listen to serious works, mostly history, but this was a delightful break while still serving fare of some substance.

  • 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 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020

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

Excellent

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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: 06-21-15

Just a terrific overview. Balanced. Very interesting. And full of information and insights that were new to me. Helps make sense of a whole era.

  • The Modern Scholar

  • Plato and Aristotle: The Genesis of Western Thought
  • By: Aryeh Kosman
  • Narrated by: Aryeh Kosman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

This course is an introduction to the philosophical thought of the two most important philosophical figures of ancient Greece. By working through parts of their central texts and thoughts, we will gain an understanding of Plato and Aristotle's relevance in the past and today as well.After each section of this guide, you will find some questions and suggestions for further thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE MODERN SCHOLAR:PLATO AND ARISTOTLE

  • By Gabrielle on 01-28-10

Brilliant!

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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: 03-22-15

I have listened to this course three times. It gets better and richer with each pass as I understand it more fully, and it is among the best courses I have ever heard--in person or on a recording. I will probably let it sit for another year and then do it again.

  • All the Great Prizes

  • The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
  • By: John Taliaferro
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

If Henry James or Edith Wharton had written a novel describing the accomplished and glamorous life and times of John Hay, it would have been thought implausible - a novelist’s fancy. Nevertheless, John Taliaferro’s brilliant biography captures the extraordinary life of Hay, one of the most amazing figures in American history, and restores him to his rightful place. John Hay was both witness and author of many of the most significant chapters in American history - from the birth of the Republican Party, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War, to the prelude to the First World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Biography- Well Read

  • By IRP on 03-09-14

A Wonderful Biography

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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: 02-22-14

This is one of the best biographies I have ever read. Mr. Taliaferro has done justice to a man who was an eyewitness to and major player in some of the most important chapters of American history, as well as a figure of great character, wit, warmth, and ability. Hay himself was one of the most graceful and enjoyable writers in American public life, and Mr. Taliaferro's writing comes impressively close to matching that of his subject. I felt as though I was able to share part of John Hay's rich and full life and recommend this book about him with enthusiasm.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mark Twain: Man in White

  • The Grand Adventure of His Final Years
  • By: Michael Shelden
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Shelden illuminates Mark Twain’s twilight years in this brilliant account of the legendary author’s life. Drawing heavily on Twain’s own letters and journals, Mark Twain: Man in White recounts both Twain’s private family experiences and his larger-than-life public image.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book

  • By Tad Davis on 08-23-10

A great look at Twain

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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: 09-27-12

The book is well researched and beautifully written. The author has a deep understanding and appreciation of Twain. The story arc is a sad but rich one--the older Twain facing the prospect of his own death and trying to live out his remaining days as fully as he can. Twain's exuberance and irrepressible wit crash continually against the realities of illness, betrayals of trust, the death of friends, and the struggles of children. There is a great sense of humanity in the book that I found interesting and enriching, in addition to the insight it offers into the life of one America's most interesting men. The narration was close to perfect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,432

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR GUYS AS WELL

  • By Jeff on 05-14-12

Could not make it to the end

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-12

If you want a book with the heroine continually describing how seductive she is and how much her man loves her, this may be a good candidate. For me, the heavy-handed and self absorbed first-person narrative was so cloying and constant that what might have been an interesting historical saga became a painful chore. I could not finish it.

  • What Hath God Wrought

  • The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848
  • By: Daniel Walker Howe
  • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
  • Length: 32 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649

In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic content, faulty narration

  • By Ary Shalizi on 04-12-11

An Amazing Work of History

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

Reviewed: 07-03-12

This book is another outstanding contribution in the great Oxford series on American history. It takes a period that is normally treated only in passing and presents it with so much richness of story and insight that the narrative seems to overflow with life and meaning. From technological transformations, such as the telegraph, to a rich an compelling assessment of Andrew Jackson; from the fertile Second Great Awakening to war with Mexico; from Indian wars to early women's rights initiatives--this book is interesting in the stories it tells and impressive in its overall intellectual structure. One minor quibble is that the pace of narration seems sometimes to be too fast, not lingering quite long enough to let one point sink in before charging forward with the story. But the book provides a rich and rewarding insight into a formative era of American history, and I am about to listen to it again.