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  • The Peloponnesian War

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 453

The Peloponnesian War pitted Athens and its allies against a league of city-states headed by Sparta. The ancient Greek historian Thucydides captured this drama with matchless insight in his classic eyewitness account of what was arguably the greatest war in the history of the world up to that time. These 36 half-hour lectures draw on Thucydides' classic account as well as other ancient sources to give you a full picture of the Greek world in uneasy peace and then all-out war in the late 5th century B.C.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, not for Greek newbies...

  • By The World's Greatest on 04-26-16

I would recommend if looking for a good overview

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Overall, this was quite educational. At times, it seemed like there were a bit too many digressions, but Professor Harl typically used them to help with context and background.

  • One's Aspect to the Sun

  • By: Sherry D. Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Shannon Burgess
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Captain Luta Paixon of the far trader Tane Ikai needs to know why she looks like a woman in her thirties--even though she's actually eighty-four. She isn't the only one desperate for that information.

The explanation might lie with her geneticist mother, who disappeared more than sixty years ago. But even if her mother is still alive, it's proving to be no small task to track her down in the vast, wormhole-ridden expanse of Nearspace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By June Moore on 01-18-15

Fresh perspective

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

What made the experience of listening to One's Aspect to the Sun the most enjoyable?

I liked the relationships between the lead character and her family members. I also enjoyed the concept of a person who doesn't appear to age, but doesn't know why.

What other book might you compare One's Aspect to the Sun to and why?

I can't think of anything really comparable. It's tempting to try to find comparisons to Honor Harrington, due to the female ship captains as main characters. However, the differences in themes, plot, characterizations, and motivations are significant. Also, writing style and methods are quite different.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shannon Burgess?

I think the author would done better. I don't have any other specific female actor in mind.

Any additional comments?

I'd been "warned" about the reader in advance by looking at a few reviews on Audible, and I have to agree with them. It seems clear the reader was also her own director and sound editor, and has some work to do if she will continue to read books. Her voice acting wasn't bad as narrator and Luta, but her other voices ranged from absurd to annoying to hilariously stereo-typed. At times, I wanted to both laugh out loud as well as pull out my hair. I think the biggest problem was that she tried too hard to make each voice extremely distinct, and the male voices were almost all very silly and/or overdone.

The other issues I had were with pacing and pronunciation. Sentences tended to run together, and the cuts and splices were often done with almost no silence in between, causing the words to come on so fast that it was unnatural. A person couldn't start with the next sentence or paragraph so quickly without pausing for a breath. One common example of a pronunciation issue was the word "jettison". It was pronounced "jetson" every time. Also, the main character's named was spoken so it sounded like "Luda", and I didn't know for sure how it was spelled until I checked the book synopsis/teaser.