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  • A History of the Middle Ages

  • By: Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Aaron on 12-04-04

Facile, superficial history

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

The book suffers from painfully shallow descriptions of events. Broad generalizations are strung together without analysis, documentation, or reference to alternative interpretations. Causality is unaddressed. One gets the impression that this could be the script for an illustrated comic book version of the period's history.

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  • The Spell of the Sensuous

  • Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
  • By: David Abram
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

For a thousand generations, human beings viewed themselves as part of the wider community of nature, and they carried on active relationships not only with other people but with other animals, plants, and natural objects (including mountains, rivers, winds, and weather patterns) that we have only lately come to think of as "inanimate". How, then, did humans come to sever their ancient reciprocity with the natural world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar introduction to a revolutionary approach to language, nature and the human embedded in the natural world.

  • By Dick on 01-25-18

Stellar introduction to a revolutionary approach to language, nature and the human embedded in the natural world.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

This book, exquisitely written and perfectly narrated, presents the impact phenomenology - as developed by Merleau-Ponty - has on our understanding of the language of humans and the roles language has played in both archaic and contemporary times as a controlling expression of our embeddedness in the natural world.

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  • The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story

  • Pivotal Moments in American History
  • By: Elliott West
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

This newest volume in Oxford's acclaimed Pivotal Moments series offers an unforgettable portrait of the Nez Perce War of 1877, the last great Indian conflict in American history. It was, as Elliott West shows, a tale of courage and ingenuity, of desperate struggle and shattered hope, of short-sighted government action and a doomed flight to freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Insights Into An Old Story

  • By Flavius on 05-17-10

A fuller history: not merely the featured characters and the war action, but the national cultural context in which it occurred.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Excellent broad view of the entire cultural landscape on which the war was conducted. This includes perceptive insights into the evolving national psyche that simultaneously demonized and mythologized the Native Americans.

  • The Invention of Nature

  • Alexander von Humboldt's New World
  • By: Andrea Wulf
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. He came up with a radical vision of nature, that it was a complex and interconnected global force and did not exist for man's use alone. Ironically, his ideas have become so accepted and widespread that he has been nearly forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant origin story

  • By Jeremy Fairbanks on 03-03-16

Exceptional book!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

This is an impressively comprehensive story, not only of the life, researches and theories of Humboldt, but includes many chapters on the seminal thinkers and scientists inspired by him and the many ways they expanded and implemented his views.

  • Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs

  • The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
  • By: Lisa Randall
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city descended from space to crash into Earth, creating a devastating cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. What was its origin? In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Lisa Randall proposes it was a comet that was dislodged from its orbit as the solar system passed through a disk of dark matter embedded in the Milky Way. In a sense it might have been dark matter that killed the dinosaurs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SOME LIGHT ON DARK MATTER

  • By Ray on 11-22-15

Exceptionally thorough and accessible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-16

If you could sum up Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs in three words, what would they be?

Informative, accessible and compelling

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs?

When I realized this was a real scientist explaining real research - the history and foundations of dark matter; the scientific method applied; the evaluation of the available data; the story of how the ideas explained in this book evolved in her thinking and in her work with other collaborators.

Have you listened to any of Carrington MacDuffie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She read it a little fast. I was on 0.75% most of the time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Too much to digest all at once.

Any additional comments?

Especially liked the manner in which she attributed credit to all the cited researchers whose work contributed to the present views.

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