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  • Great World Religions: Islam

  • By: John L. Esposito, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John L. Esposito
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 367

How familiar are you with the world's second-largest and fastest-growing religion? In these 12 lectures, Professor Esposito guides you through the facts and myths surrounding Islam and its more than 1.2 billion adherents. Many in the West know little about the faith and are familiar only with the actions of a minority of radical extremists, but this lecture series will help you better understand Islam's role as both a religion and a way of life, and its deep impact on world affairs both historically and today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Introduction with depth and without bias

  • By Richard C. on 06-18-15

required listening for thinking people

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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: 01-29-19

As a lifetime student of history and one who is politically-aware, I was no stranger to Islam - however, getting this comprehensive view has really helped me understand it in new ways. Through the course I had several major revelations (which I will not share here lest my perspectives be conflated with the author's words). Some of this course may rub you the wrong way, but this is true of any complicated subject. I am very glad I listened to this and think that most people in our society would benefit from doing the same.

  • The Normans

  • From Raiders to Kings
  • By: Lars Brownworth
  • Narrated by: James C. Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

In The Normans, Lars Brownworth follows their story, from the first shock of a Viking raid on an Irish monastery to the exile of the last Norman Prince of Antioch. In the process, he brings to vivid life the Norman tapestry's rich cast of characters: figures like Rollo the Walker, William Iron-Arm, Tancred the Monkey King, and Robert Guiscard. The Normans presents a fascinating glimpse of a time when a group of restless adventurers had the world at their fingertips.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Norsemen in Palermo

  • By Jim on 02-23-15

SO great.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

The often overlooked but essential history of the southern Normans. I'm so much smarter now.

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  • The Story of the Volsungs

  • The Volsunga Saga
  • By: Anonymous
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

Originally written in Icelandic in the 13th century AD by an anonymous author, The Story of The Volsungs is a legendary saga based on Norse mythology. The epic describes the legendary history and heroic feats of several generations of mythic Viking families and derives from many sources, including preexisting Edda, or heroic poems, Norse legends, historical events, and orally transmitted folklore. The saga is imbued throughout with themes of power, jealousy, love, vengeance, and fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Passionate, Poetic, Bloody, Heroic, & Tragic Saga

  • By Jefferson on 03-28-12

meant to be listened to

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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: 08-22-18

so good to finally hear (and as it was meant to be listened to I think the audible version was probably better than reading) what is so often referenced. This work offers tons of insight into the life and culture of the Migration Era and Viking Age.

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