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  • From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

  • By: Kenneth J. Hammond, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth J. Hammond
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791

For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.You'll learn about the powerful dynasties that ruled China for centuries; the philosophical and religious foundations-particularly Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism-that have influenced every iteration of Chinese thought, and the larger-than-life personalities, from both inside and outside its borders, of those who have shaped China's history. As you listen to these lectures, you'll see how China's politics, economics, and art reflect the forces of its past.From the "Mandate of Heaven," a theory of social contract in place by 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years before Western philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the development of agriculture and writing independent of outside influence to the technologically-advanced Han Dynasty during the time of the Roman Empire, this course takes you on a journey across ground that has been largely unexplored in the history courses most of us in the West have taken.In guiding you through the five millennia of China's history, Professor Hammond tells a fascinating story with an immense scope, a welcome reminder that China is no stranger to that stage and, indeed, has more often than not been the most extraordinary player on it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Only powerful people have liberty." Sun Yat-sen

  • By Kristi R. on 07-25-15

New info for me.

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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: 01-06-19

I learned many things. The material was well organized, and presented with the human touch. My only disappointment was the public speaking skills.

  • Ancient Civilizations of North America

  • By: Edwin Barnhart, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edwin Barnhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027

For the past few hundred years, most of what we’ve been taught about the native cultures of North America came from reports authored by the conquerors and colonizers who destroyed them. Now - with the technological advances of modern archaeology and a new perspective on world history - we are finally able to piece together their compelling true stories. In Ancient Civilizations of North America, Professor Edwin Barnhart, Director of the Maya Exploration Center, will open your eyes to a fascinating world you never knew existed - even though you’ve been living right next to it, or even on top of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different perspective - civilizations not tribes

  • By Steve Goppert on 07-26-18

He is an excellent teacher

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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: 11-22-18

I have lessened to his central and south American lectures several times. Each time I learn something new. This class is even more enjoyable because there are so many facts I did not know. I will be listening several times to set the info in my mind.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Braiding Sweetgrass

  • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many thanks for this gift

  • By Jessica Mayer on 01-04-17

A Joy to lesion too. With much learning in it.

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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: 09-12-18

This book was full of lesion's to learn. Joy to see and batty hear. A soothing look and a different life stile that existed today. A counter balance to the kayos killing and suicides of this asphalt world. This book is very well don.

  • The Girls of Atomic City

  • The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
  • By: Denise Kiernan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,789

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than Just the Girls

  • By Jane Mcdowell on 01-14-14

What second class people did in WWII

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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: 05-28-18

What a human side of the atomic bomb! The constant work of thousands of people (Most Women ) to make the active ingredient of a bomb we are still trying to get rid of. As well as more of man's inhumanity to man. We sure have a lot of it in human history. What a shame!

  • The Celtic World

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Jennifer Paxton PhD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

Following the surge of interest and pride in Celtic identity since the 19th century, much of what we thought we knew about the Celts has been radically transformed. In The Celtic World, discover the incredible story of the Celtic-speaking peoples, whose art, language, and culture once spread from Ireland to Austria. This series of 24 enlightening lectures explains the traditional historical view of who the Celts were, then contrasts it with brand-new evidence from DNA analysis and archeology that totally changes our perspective on where the Celts came from.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wish this had a different title

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-20-18

I like the subject, like the Prof! Well don!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

The music is wonderful, the history is enthralling. Many things from literature were made clear. I learned a lot. Thank you!

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Worlds of South America

  • By: Edwin Barnhart, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edwin Barnhart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

Buried by the centuries on soaring mountain slopes and beneath arid deserts and lush jungles of South America, the remains of extraordinary, majestic civilizations-many unknown until recent decades-are now coming to light and raising tantalizing questions about what else may be awaiting discovery.Take an adventurous trek to these wilds of South America and the great civilizations of the ancients. In 24 eye-opening lectures, you'll take an in-depth look at the emerging finds and archaeological knowledge of more than 12 seminal civilizations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost Worlds Rediscovered

  • By L.L. on 09-30-14

I learned many new things, this was a joy.

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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: 04-20-18

The information was presented in a very smooth and interesting method. I leaned a lot of new things and now have a better understanding of South America .

  • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

  • By: Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972

The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding - Informative AND Entertaining

  • By Matt on 11-20-13

It's nice to hear of other cultures and times.

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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: 04-12-18

I have learned much and had questions answered. New views on old cultures. This is good!

  • Louis L'Amour Collection

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Willie Nelson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

More than any other writer before or since, Louis L'Amour brought the American West to life. His action-packed stories deal with eternal themes: honor, deceit, passion, betrayal, loyalty, courage, love. His settings are historically accurate, his prose riveting, and his characters colorful: good guys, bad buys, toughs, roughs, sidekicks and saints.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Musical Interludes

  • By Elizabeth Mastre on 01-01-13

Nelson is Very good, stories exhalant.

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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: 03-22-18

Very well read! Simple but nice. L'Amour is best at short stories. Verity in subject and seating. An eye for detail. YA!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Contact

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkoe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884

The future is here...in an adventure of cosmic dimension. In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who - or what - is out there? In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future - and our own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story with a Few Glitches

  • By Kyle on 03-27-17

I learned much and got a good story too.

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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: 06-16-17

Sagan is as good on paper as he was on TV. This is a very moving story. The determination of a woman in the mail dominated discipline . I enjoyed this book very much.!!!!

  • And Both Were Young

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Flip doesn't think she'll ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school. Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn't sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied. Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains. But the day she's out walking alone and meets a French boy, Paul, things change for Flip.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic coming of age story

  • By Adam Shields on 08-01-12

A realistic story after WWII for two Yong ones

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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: 01-30-17

This Holocaust story gives us of today a window into the aftermath for the young and the countries and people of the time. We should not forget there pain!