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  • The Roman Empire: From Augustus to the Fall of Rome

  • By: Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

The Roman Empire: From Augustus to the Fall of Rome traces the breathtaking history from the empire’s foundation by Augustus to its Golden Age in the 2nd century CE through a series of ever-worsening crises until its ultimate disintegration. Taught by acclaimed Professor Gregory S. Aldrete of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, these 24 captivating lectures offer you the chance to experience this story like never before, incorporating the latest historical insights that challenge our previous notions of Rome’s decline.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gregory S. Aldrete is a treasure

  • By Laurel Tucker on 02-04-19

Eh...its OKAY,,though seemed a bit monotone/boring

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-19

This "Course" is just a quick overview/ relisting of all the major "stories" of the fall of the Roman Empire from Augustus onwards. I didn't think it was a bad listen, though , I have listened to far better and more exciting/interesting courses/books.

The voice narration of the professor seemed also different than in previous other Great Courses that I have listened to. Mainly it seemed more kind of monotone and like it had been re-recorded and edited and was not a real passionate, enthusiastic (thinking engaged with speaking) "speech" type of course.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Inheritance of Rome

  • Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000
  • By: Chris Wickham
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 32 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Prizewinning historian Chris Wickham defies the conventional view of the Dark Ages in European history with a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship. Drawing on a wealth of new material and featuring a thoughtful synthesis of historical and archaeological approaches, Wickham argues that these centuries were critical in the formulation of European identity. Far from being a middle period between more significant epochs, this age has much to tell us in its own right about the progress of culture and the development of political thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Intro to An Obscure Period

  • By Earth Lover on 07-30-18

A Treasure to find on Audible!

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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: 09-06-18

I hope Audible will provide more books like this one. I could listen to this 100 x. it is that good!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Emperors of Rome

  • By: Garrett G. Fagan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Garrett G. Fagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

What sort of men were the Roman emperors (and they were all men)? What background and training, if any, prepared them for their awesome responsibilities? What depravities did they display? And what achievements can they claim: laws passed, monuments built, lands and peoples conquered? Dive into these questions and more with this introduction to the complex personalities of emperors such as Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and thorough

  • By Hellocat on 07-17-13

Prof. Fagan should have spoken (& not read) SLOWER

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-18

DISSAPPOINTED...as I much enjoyed Professor Fagan's course on The History of Ancient Rome, where he actually takes his time and speaks instead of quickly reading off his speech. He speaks so fast and with his Irish accent makes what he is saying nearly unlistenable .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Shadow of the Sword

  • The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
  • By: Tom Holland
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 361

The evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement. In this exciting and sweeping history - the third in his trilogy of books on the ancient world - Tom Holland describes how the Arabs emerged to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion in a matter of decades, overcoming seemingly insuperable odds to create an imperial civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A vivid, illuminating trip through late antiquity

  • By Philo on 11-01-15

"Rambling, poetic prose", but not "a history"

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Very rambling and seems like author was in a hurry to fill another 500-600 page book. Definitely not up to same standards as his previous book "Rubicon". I am beginning to think Tom Holland should start writing fictional novels, poetry, operas , movies or plays instead of history , however even that stuff deserves to be put in some type of chronological order, which this "stuff" wasn't

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Christianity

  • The First Three Thousand Years
  • By: Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 46 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 754
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 539

Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Evolution of a Religion

  • By Troy on 10-09-13

Wow! Exactly what i wanted to buy!

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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: 02-14-18

this Is A VERY well written , thorough study of Christianity. An objective , academic, scholarly one. I thought the narrator was also very good, despite complaints about his "American accent"..he was as good if not better than many british narrators. very sober, well pronounced, objective , clear tone throughout. highly recommend if want to get at the truth of Christianity's rise and power in past 2,000, or 3,000 years.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Arabs

  • A History
  • By: Eugene Rogan
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 27 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

In this definitive history of the modern Arab world, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan draws extensively on Arab sources and texts to place the Arab experience in its crucial historical context for the first time. Tracing five centuries of Arab history, Rogan reveals that there was an age when the Arabs set the rules for the rest of the world. Today, however, the Arab world's sense of subjection to external powers carries vast consequences for both the region and Westerners who attempt to control it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Book About the Arab World

  • By IRP on 05-29-16

"Political Fluff" history

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I thought it was very boring, not a scholarly done history on the subject.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Enlightenment

  • Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
  • By: S. Frederick Starr
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 25 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful find!

  • By Julia on 11-10-13

"Political Fluff " History

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

not a scholarly history of the subject more like "Political Fluff" history....very tiring and boring.

  • Caesar's Messiah

  • The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus
  • By: Joseph Atwill
  • Narrated by: John Alan Martinson Jr.
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Was Jesus the invention of a Roman emperor? The author of this ground-breaking book believes he was. Caesar's Messiah reveals the key to a new and revolutionary understanding of the origin of Christianity, explaining what is the New Testament, who is the real Jesus, and how Christ's second coming already occurred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Wake Up Call

  • By Alex Close on 09-23-17

not very good (seems almost satirical)

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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: 01-10-18

The author of this books seems to have an agenda. I find it strange that he would not blame the JEWS for creating Christianity instead of blaming a Roman emperor of the Flavian dynasty. His arguments regarding "the code" symbolisms' are beyond exhausting and really ridiculous at times( as if this book is more like a 'satire' of a real argument, that Christianity was indeed an invention, though, not by the Romans as much as the Jews themselves). Also, i wonder why he would also write that one of the goals of Christianity was to create "anti semitism' (..hmm...that seems like a 'clue/code word' there that makes me wonder if he happens to be jewish author perhaps?), and this tedious , nonsensical series of arguments he puts forth seems to me a waste of time. I am sure there are better books out there (or hopefully, some day there will be) on similar subject written in a more coherent , serious way.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dynasty

  • The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
  • By: Tom Holland
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901

Author and historian Tom Holland returns to his roots in Roman history and the audience he cultivated with Rubicon - his masterful, witty, brilliantly researched popular history of the fall of the Roman republic - with Dynasty, a luridly fascinating history of the reign of the first five Roman emperors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Accessible, enjoyable history

  • By Mary on 01-28-16

Seems to be more "style" than substance

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

In "Dynasty", Tom Holland seems to concentrate more on simply rehashing past historical gossip written about the Julio-Claudians in his own 'flowery', dramatic, & (at times) bombastic & excessively vulgar prose instead of focusing on writing a clearer, more insightful historical account with his own independent analysis & conjecture.

I much enjoyed the beautifully descriptive portrait of Ancient Rome Holland "painted" in Rubicon , however this attempt seems to be a bit repetitive in style & not as well thought over perhaps and sometimes it seems Holland is writing for a novel, play, opera or movie and to be less of a historical writer (and sometimes , Edward gibbon's rambling "witty & floral' style of writing comes to mind, which I really hated having to continuously decipher in his many distracting footnotes ). Holland is a very talented "writer", but as far as a historian, a "historical writer",.. I am not sure yet. I think Rubicon was his best "artistic" masterpiece that I have listened to so far..as I listened to it on audible, this one I am also listening to, but it just seems that my mind keeps wandering off and this historical account seems to have a harder time at grabbing my full attention . It will try harder and I will edit this book review after it does.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Foundations of Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas F. X. Noble, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. X. Noble
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906

What is Western Civilization? According to Professor Noble, it is "much more than human and political geography," encompassing myriad forms of political and institutional structures - from monarchies to participatory republics - and its own traditions of political discourse. It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Mike Keith on 08-08-16

Professor Noble, an Excellent thinker & speaker!

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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: 12-09-17

I love listening to his courses. Him along with Professor Kenneth Harl and as well, Professor Daileader all are just great at what they do. hope they make some more courses!