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  • The Byzantine Empire

  • A Captivating Guide to Byzantium and How the Eastern Roman Empire Was Ruled by Emperors Such as Constantine the Great and Justinian
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Duke Holm
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

The Byzantine Empire was founded during the chaotic third century. It was the time when revolts and civil wars were common, and Roman emperors merely lasted for a year. Despite being one of the most captivating historical periods of all time, the Byzantine Empire is a lesser known one.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator can't pronounce basic words like Croatia

  • By JasonGreyman on 09-18-18

Narrator can't pronounce basic words like Croatia

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Narrator seems to read like a robot, pausing too long on commas, not pausing on natural breaks in the paragraphs, and leaving gaps where you are confused which sentence starts where. One of the worst "audiobooks" I've ever listened to. It's barely 2 hours long, and is more like some person who knows nothing about history or the world, reading snippets of Wikipedia to you. I am rating a 1-2 star and returning this "book" to get my money back. Not ordering any Captivating History books ever again. Super scammy, and I should have listened to the sample! But the reviews were so good, which makes me wonder who would actually give this a good review? Literally every single sentence that he reads, with commas making a list, cause him to read in the strangest inflections and distracting pauses.

Some words that the narrator seems to have never seen before reading this: Croatia, sepulcher, etc.

  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • By: Edward Gibbon
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 126 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

Here in a single volume is the entire, unabridged recording of Gibbon's masterpiece. Beginning in the second century A.D. at the apex of the Pax Romana, Gibbon traces the arc of decline and complete destruction through the centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean. It is a thrilling and cautionary tale of splendor and ruin, of faith and hubris, and of civilization and barbarism. Follow along as Christianity overcomes paganism... before itself coming under intense pressure from Islam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The European Civilization

  • By Marcus on 03-03-16

Good. one error (repeats a line)

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

8hours 11minutes a line is repeated about Persian hunting camps. Not a big deal, really.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Peloponnesian War

  • By: Thucydides
  • Narrated by: David McCallion
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Compiled by Thucydides, an Athenian historian and general during the Peloponnesian War, The History of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) is considered to be one of the first scholarly historical works ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Allison on 06-22-17

Narrator needs work on Greek words

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Narrator needs help with Cambyses and Croesus, etc. Book needs no review, as it’s Thucydides’ dry history.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ancient Greece

  • A Captivating Guide to Greek History Starting from the Greek Dark Ages to the End of Antiquity
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Duke Holm
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

The culture and events of Greece were so influential they have a significant effect on modern-day people all over the world. The ancient Greeks gave birth to democracy, a political system frequently used and considered by some as the best form of government. Great minds from Greece also made incredible and vital discoveries such as the water mill, the basics of geometry and using medicine to cure illness. The ancient Greek philosophers laid the groundwork for a whole new field of thought and study.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice introduction to Ancient Greek history.

  • By Alexander on 04-02-18

narrator terrible

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

this guy can’t pronounce anything, like he did zero research before reading Greek names. how did no one pay a professor to review these 2 hours? i’m getting this refunded :/

  • Medical School for Everyone

  • Grand Rounds Cases
  • By: Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roy Benaroch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586

There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralled!

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-09-14

Wrong defibrillator usage 11hours 2mins

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Great course along with the emergency medicine one by the same doctor. But at 11:02:00 the narrator implies that cardiac arrest/heart failure warrants a manual defibrillation. This isn't a one-time mistake, since he shocks two more times as the patient's heart stops. Defib is indicated during arrhythmias like ventricular fibrillation or "V-Fib" ... the electric current absolutely does NOT restart the heart, but only resets the fibrillations. Still a great listen, minus a silly reference to marijuana that implies it is harmful in any way at all :P

  • Herodotus: The Father of History

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Witness the "works and wonders" of the ancient world through the eyes of its first great historian in this sparkling series of 24 lectures from a much-honored teacher and classical scholar.Herodotus (c. 484-420 B.C.E.) was a Greek who was born in what is now the modern Turkish resort town of Bodrum and who died, so tradition says, in the south of Italy. In between, his tirelessly inquiring mind took him from one corner of the known world to another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Loved It

  • By Betsy on 09-15-13

Vandiver!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Professor Vandiver is the best...download all of her lectures :) Great Courses have been amazing so far

  • The Aeneid

  • By: Virgil
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

The Aeneid represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic in every sense of the word

  • By James on 01-06-05

Best audiobook as of 11Sep2017

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Appears to be the best audio version of a prose Aeneid. Story was not for me, compared to Iliad and Odyssey, but I have wanted to listen to this for years.

  • The Problems of Philosophy

  • By: Bertrand Russell
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

The Problems of Philosophy discusses Bertrand Russell's views on philosophy and the problems that arise in the field. Russell's views focus on knowledge rather than the metaphysical realm of philosophy. The Problems with Philosophy revolves around the central question that Russell asks in his opening line of Chapter 1 - Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Either be smart or be not smart

  • By Gary on 01-18-18

Eh

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Did not enjoy or realize anything profound or interesting...try reading/listening to the first pages and see what I'm talking about.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Bible and the Believer

  • How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously
  • By: Marc Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, Daniel J. Harrington
  • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Can the Bible be approached both as sacred scripture and as a historical and literary text? For many people, it must be one or the other. How can we read the Bible both ways? The Bible and the Believer brings together three distinguished biblical scholars--one Jewish, one Catholic, and one Protestant--to illustrate how to read the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament critically and religiously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Content

  • By BDemme on 01-27-15

Religiously, yes...but not really critically

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-17

For those of us who have read the Bible enough to not believe, the lack of secular or agnostic viewpoints in this book about Theology leaves much to be desired. If you want to see how so-called scholars are failing to be critical of scriptures (in order to get a glimpse into a religious person's mind), then this book might be useful. Also for this audiobook, the narrator seems to have never read it previously, and pauses throughout sentences rather than reading it naturally. Overall it was alright, the content was biased toward faith, and the narrator seemed like he was chosen randomly from a group of people who read sentences for a living.

  • Generation Kill

  • By: Evan Wright
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715

They were called a generation without heroes. Then they were called upon to be heroes. Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the 23 Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Proud of the new breed.

  • By John OBrien on 03-15-16

Narrator should have been a military guy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-16

Reads a little unnaturally, mispronouncing stuff like Mk19 and POG. Story was different than adapted in the miniseries.