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  • Jacksonland

  • President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
  • By: Steve Inskeep
  • Narrated by: Steve Inskeep
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men - President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross - who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Jacksonland is their story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and Thoughtful

  • By Elizabeth Westbrook on 05-05-16

Not history but biased personal opinion

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I was appalled that a well known journalist would mock and pillory Jackson with every mention of his name. This isn't history. There is no context presented for white settlement of the sacred hunting grounds of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek etc. There is no explanation of decades of slaughter, brutality, and excessive violence on both sides leading to wave after wave of revenge killings. Even after Doublehead and a Cherokee delegation meet personally with President George Washington and signed a peace treaty, Cherokee attacks continued. Federal troops permitted the slaughter of seven Cherokee chiefs meeting with federal agents under a flag of truce. The men responsible for this heinous act were excused and never punished. This occurred time and again on the frontier called the Old Southwest. It had nothing to do with Jackson and pre dated his military service. If you want sensationalism and yellow journalism, this is your book. For actual history and an understanding of Indian issues and Jackson's interaction with native tribes look elsewhere.

  • 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 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

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

First half is dull and pedantic

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Prof made potentially interesting info boring in an attempt to impress us how scholarly and academic she is. The last third was interesting when she dropped the pedantic attitude and had fun with the material. I bought the course because I was interested in the early origins and theories regarding Celts.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Japantown

  • A Thriller
  • By: Barry Lancet
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 297

In this "sophisticated international thriller" ( The New York Times Book Review), an American antiques dealer turned reluctant private eye must use his knowledge of Japanese culture to unravel a major murder in San Francisco - before he and his daughter become targets themselves. San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie receives a call one night from a friend at the SFPD: An entire family has been senselessly gunned down in the Japantown neighborhood of the bustling city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lancet is about to be discovered

  • By David Shear on 12-20-13

very violent

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Good cultural information but the level of violence is way out of my comfort zone.

  • Native Peoples of North America

  • By: Daniel M. Cobb, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel M. Cobb
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

The Great Courses has partnered with Smithsonian to bring you a course that will greatly expand your understanding of American history. This course, Native Peoples of North America, pairs the unmatched resources and expertise of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian with the unparalleled knowledge of Professor Daniel M. Cobb of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to provide a multidisciplinary view of American history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could be much better

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-26-17

Not North American just partial US

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-17

Narrator had unrelenting cadence. not North American only US and really only Eastern seaboard. Very little information about Spanish contact with native peoples other than De Soto. Minimal info about contact in New Mexico, Arizona. really nothing about contact in Northwest or California. This is a high school level course.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of British India

  • By: The Great Courses, Hayden J. Bellenoit
  • Narrated by: Hayden J. Bellenoit
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

No era is more pertinent to understanding how present-day India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh evolved than the nearly 200 years of British rule. This colonial period was a time of deep change and transformation - for India and for the world. These 24 engrossing lectures offer you new perspectives on the history of European imperialism, on world economic history, on the features of British colonialism, and on the rich cultures of the Indian subcontinent.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • High school level

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-18-17

High school level

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

This is a fascinating period dominated by larger than life personalities, but this course doesn't do it justice and the prof functions at a high school level. He would do better to highlight specific personalities in each lesson and give more details. General statistics and overviews are important for context but the story needs to be fleshed out. Continual use of "remember', "think about it", rhetorical questions punctuated by a puerile "you got it" is annoying and patronizing. No profiles of individual maharajas, only a few eccentricities mentioned. Only major characters and incidents well known to anyone who knows even a little of Indian history are discussed. He gets animated with Gandhi and the National Congress. But this course either needs to be reworked for adults, both style and content, or recategorized as introductory. He hints numerous times that something is a subject for "another course". Oh my.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Locales like Mesopotamia or the Indus Valley, peoples like the Hittites or Assyrians, or rulers like Sargon, Hammurabi, and Darius are part of a long-dead antiquity, so shrouded with dust that we might be tempted to skip over them entirely, preferring to race forward along history's timeline in search of the riches we know will be found in our studies of Greece and Rome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, but too short.

  • By M. Brian Burchette on 01-01-15

Great survey of three ancient civilizations

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

Prof Harl is a master of distilling vast amounts of information and arranging it into a fascinating story. He adds details, dates, and gives a context for the main story. He explains the why of events. Clearly he knows oodles more than the scope of this 12 lesson course can embrace. But unlike other survey courses, he gives more rather than less. Truly my favorite professor of many I've listened to on The Great Courses. Witty, engaging, he doesn't dumb it down. He doesn't talk too fast for those who grew up in the NE US, but for those who can't keep up trying slowing down your player. This course filled in lots of details for me, showed the interrelation between Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Indus civilizations, and gave a solid foundation for further study.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Emperor

  • Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America
  • By: David O. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

A spellbinding storyteller, historian David O. Stewart traces the canny and charismatic Aaron Burr from the threshold of the presidency in 1800 to his duel with Alexander Hamilton. Stewart recounts Burr’s efforts to carve out an empire, taking listeners across the American West as the renegade vice president schemes with foreign ambassadors, the U.S. general-in-chief, and future presidents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • America's Apocalypse Now

  • By Jeffrey L. Gingold on 01-07-13

He Tried to Shatter America for Personal Gain

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

Surprisingly contemporary in his blind, selfish political pursuits, Aaron Burr sought to strip America of its western territory and set up his own country or something similar. Who knew!?! You sure don't learn this in high school. Historically accurate and full of detail and dates for the interested lay person like me. I'd read about this plot in other books but David Stewart has fleshed out the rich details. Secondary characters are well described and the puzzle pieces neatly put together in a fascinating story. The narrator does a great job keeping the action moving. Makes the book pleasant to hear.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What's So Funny?

  • My Hilarious Life
  • By: Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,295

Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim, that is what's so funny!!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-05-14

Funny and Sweet

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

If you've laughed at Tim Conway when you were younger, you will laugh out loud listening to this book. Hearing his take on his parents was hilarious. I've been to his home town and could picture it perfectly from his descriptions. Sweet natured and good humor without the angst and nastiness that plagues some bios.

  • The Ambassador's Wife

  • Inspector Samuel Tay, Book 1
  • By: Jake Needham
  • Narrated by: Steve Marvel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

When bodies of American women start turning up, Singapore CID calls in Inspector Tay. It's a high profile case, and he's the best they have. Then why is it, Tay soon begins to wonder, that nobody seems to want him to find the women's killer? Not the FBI, not the American ambassador, not even his bosses at CID. When international politics takes over a murder case, the truth is the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • tay is not your usual detective

  • By Curious Reader on 08-01-14

Outstanding on so many levels

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

I've been to Singapore so the location originally drew me to the book. This is a complex thriller that dips into ethics and moral issues from the first chapter. Made it much more interesting than some run of the mill mystery, and kept me off center considering the underlying social, political, international intelligence issues as much as the plot. Loved the lead character Inspector Tay, subtle, refreshingly humane and moral. The story took a bit to wind up but the background means something so don't doze. I thought this book was outstanding. Loved the narrator. He helped me picture the international nature and cultural mix of characters. Definitely left me wanting to read/hear the next book in the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful