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J. F. Uccello

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  • Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

  • By: John R. Hale, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John R. Hale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 202
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    5 out of 5 stars 181
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    5 out of 5 stars 178

Over the years, Classical archaeology has evolved from a pastime of collectors and antiquarians to a mature science. Today, the field is a multidisciplinary effort that involves not only traditional diggers, but also geologists, geographers, anthropologists, and linguists.These 36 lectures introduce you to this fascinating field of study. Professor Hale guides you through dozens of ancient sites with the skill of a born storyteller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fantastic!

  • By Bookworm on 10-21-14

Magnificent and Inspiring

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Reviewed: 04-12-18

This course is absolutely great in content and delivery. A wonderful journey. Would listen again.

  • How Forests Think

  • Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human
  • By: Eduardo Kohn
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    4 out of 5 stars 20
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

Can forests think? Do dogs dream? In this astonishing book, Eduardo Kohn challenges the very foundations of anthropology, calling into question our central assumptions about what it means to be human - and thus distinct from all other life forms. Based on four years of fieldwork among the Runa of Ecuador's Upper Amazon, Kohn draws on his rich ethnography to explore how Amazonians interact with the many creatures that inhabit one of the world's most complex ecosystems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Book, Great Narrator

  • By J. F. Uccello on 01-22-18

Fascinating Book, Great Narrator

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Reviewed: 01-22-18

This book is fascinating, thoroughly enjoyed it and gleaned much knowledge. The reader, Malcolm Hillgartner, is the best in the business.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Autumn of the Black Snake

  • The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West
  • By: William Hogeland
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

In 1783, with the signing of the Peace of Paris, the American Revolution was complete. And yet even as the newly independent United States secured peace with Great Britain, it found itself losing an escalating military conflict on its borderlands. The enemy was the indigenous people of the Ohio Valley, who rightly saw the new nation as a threat to their existence.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • reader ruins book

  • By J. F. Uccello on 09-21-17

reader ruins book

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Reviewed: 09-21-17

quite a lot of interesting information here ruined by rank amateur reader with no ability to enunciate or render the story properly. printed version the way to go in this case.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Shinto: The Way Home

  • Dimensions of Asian Spirituality
  • By: Thomas P. Kasulis
  • Narrated by: Dean Sluyter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Nine out of ten Japanese claim some affiliation with Shinto, but in the West the religion remains the least studied of the major Asian spiritual traditions. It is so interlaced with Japanese cultural values and practices that scholarly studies usually focus on only one of its dimensions: Shinto as a "nature religion", an "imperial state religion", a "primal religion", or a "folk amalgam of practices and beliefs". Thomas Kasulis' fresh approach to Shinto explains with clarity and economy how these different aspects interrelate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Limited information on actual Shinto practice.

  • By John O'Neill on 05-03-17

Tedious

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Reviewed: 02-16-17

Absolutely tedious and excruciatingly circular account of a subject that should be fascinating, full of lame metaphors and academically precious prattling. Hope there is another book on this subject that is palatable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath

  • By: Tony Iommi
  • Narrated by: Bev Bevan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath, dubbed "The Beatles of heavy metal" by Rolling Stone. Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi's humor, intelligence, and warmth. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, bandmates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Straightforward chronology

  • By Mr_Improvement on 02-21-15

Inspiring

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Reviewed: 12-31-16

Great stories, hilarious pranks, perfect narration. Give this a listen then dive into the Sabbath albums.

  • Origins of Life

  • By: Robert M. Hazen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert M. Hazen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Four billion years ago, the infant Earth was a seething cauldron of erupting volcanoes, raining meteors, and hot noxious gases, totally devoid of life. But a relatively short time later-only 100 million to 200 million years-the planet was teeming with primitive organisms.What happened? Now you can find out-in a series of 24 vibrant lectures from a leader of the NASA-supported team studying the origins of life in the universe and also one of the nation's foremost science educators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Lecture of Life's Origins

  • By Kevin on 07-06-15

Captivating

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Reviewed: 10-20-15

This set of lectures is a boon to the general listener and scientist alike. As an artist I use it to become inspired by the barely imaginable sweep of life's history on Earth. The images and processes conjured by Professor Hazen are unmatched in vividness and open mindedness. Highly recommended.

  • The Origin and Evolution of Earth

  • From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence
  • By: Robert M. Hazen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert M. Hazen
  • Length: 25 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Fantastic

  • By Blokoe_Geo on 05-01-14

Absolutely Magnificent

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Reviewed: 10-11-15

Poetic, inspiring, deeply informative. Such an impassioned and solidly structured work; worth multiple listens. Like an epic poem or titanic work of fiction, but it's science...

  • The Story of Human Language

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,114
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,072

Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again

  • By SAMA on 03-11-14

Not as advertised

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Reviewed: 10-05-15

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and John McWhorter and/or Professor John McWhorter?

There are many great lectures in The Great Courses. This is not one of them.

Has The Story of Human Language turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor John McWhorter’s performances?

No.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. For a lecture entitled "The Story of Human Language", this feels like a collection of cute factoids and verbal ramblings by a smug professor who prefers to show off his knowledge than present an engaging through-line on the subject suggested by the title.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Conquest of the Americas

  • By: Marshall C. Eakin, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Marshall C. Eakin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Was Christopher Columbus's voyage to the Americas in 1492 the most important event in the history of the world? Professor Eakin's provocative answer is a resounding "Yes" - as he presents his case in an intriguing series of 24 lectures. These thoughtful lectures will remind you that when Columbus completed his voyage, he found a people unlike any he had ever known, living in a land unmentioned in any of the great touchstones of Western knowledge. You'll learn how the European world, animated by the great dynamic forces of the day, Christianity and commercial capitalism, reacted to Columbus's discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Cássio on 12-04-14

Highly engaging

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Reviewed: 08-26-15

Very absorbing, impassioned, logical, and a great voice. The professor brings across to us a real sense of the people and worlds he's recounting.

  • The Medieval World

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,105
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904

Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out.These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages: one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start

  • By Occasional Barista on 05-26-15

Strangely unlikable

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Reviewed: 08-26-15

This series of lectures feels patronizing and dull. The narration has an unnerving quality, and feels lifeless, as if read directly from notes instead of spoken to a real listener.