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Craig

Elmhurst, IL, United States
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  • The Aeneid

  • By: Virgil
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

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

Excellent narration added to the experience.

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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: 04-18-13

This was VERY well acted, narrated which added immensely to my understanding. I found myself looking forward to a flight so I could listen to a few hours uninterrupted.

Glad I first listened to The Teaching Company "Aeneid" course by Elizabeth Vandiver, else I wouldn't have followed the action. Suspect I would have been lost without that preparation.

Very high body count in books 7-12. I'm still stunned at the variety of ways to describe splattered brains.

Expected this would be a chore, but thoroughly enjoyed it.

Highly recommended.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Aesop’s Fables

  • By: Aesop
  • Narrated by: Samantha Worthen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

These classic fables use simple allegories to convey universal truths. Though it is unkown if Aesop ever actually existed, dating back to the sixth century, BC, these fables are known in cultures throughout the world and have been translated into many languages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed it

  • By Evangeline on 05-13-16

Proverbs give the lesson, Aesop the backstory

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-13

The narration has not been adequately rehearsed. The presentation is stiff and takes effort to follow. It sounds like it was read once, then recorded.

The material is interesting from a historical view and is representative of its time. It is useful for insight into ancient thought.

Most of the fables do not have concluding summaries. I suppose in the 500 BC the messages would be clear. This is wisdom literature along the lines of biblical proverbs, but not as clear or helpful. Lots of animals interacting, representative of human behaviors and attitudes seen today. Proverbs state the lessons learned, Aesop gives the background stories.

4 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,639

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a how to guide ..

  • By Ricardo on 03-19-13

Amusing takes on timeless truths, entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Interesting snippets of history with sometimes conflicting and often overly generalized conclusions. The lessons are valuable "Don't outshine the boss", "play your cards close to your vest", some lessons are harsh "crush your enemies lest they crush you". The "lessons" are all generally valid and useful to hear now and then, but not very deep. I found the swarmy vocal presentation and the "Godfather" musical transitions amusing and comical.

Yet the book was well worth the $6 sale price, mostly for the historical anecdotes, which will prompt more research on your own. I had never heard of Count Victor Lustig and how he swindled Al Capone out of $5000.00 without getting himself killed.

I agree with another reviewer that most of the wisdom is in the Biblical Proverbs. If you read Proverbs with the idea of:"How have others in history, and how can I personally profit materially from these truths of human nature?" you will get this book. If you want see what life looks like when lived according that idea, read Ecclesiastes.

  • Augustus

  • The Life of Rome's First Emperor
  • By: Anthony Everitt
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774

Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient biographies are hard

  • By Orson on 09-29-10

Good survey of a life and Roman history BC63 AD14

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Well narrated, very enjoyable. Does a good job of describing the transition of Roman society from Republic to Empire. Lengthy discussions of Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. Interesting insights into family relations/politics after the death of Anthony.