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Informative and Great New Perspective

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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: 09-30-17

I've gained a better perspective on the Ottoman Empire after completing this course. The author / narrator concentrates a considerable amount of attention on the political and military history of the O.E. I tend to enjoy this aspect of the course, but for those interested in cultural history this course has much to offer in this respect too.
Probably the best insight that I took away is a new view of Ottoman history from their perspective and not from the Euro-centric perspective that I was taught in most of my high school and college courses. Highly recommend this course and the professor!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Worst Audible Decision

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-17

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I've downloaded over 100 titles from Audible and this was one of the few I've regretted opening. I was hoping to learn more about nutrition and the interaction of the food we consume with our bodies. I was looking to use the information to make more informed choices related to my diet and to live a healthier lifestyle.The first couple lectures are anthropology related. While interesting, this is not what I hoped to hear about. However, the lectures soon take a bizarre turn. I stopped listening after Professor Crittenden advocated eating bugs, so I can't say if the course continues to decline from that point. However, this wasn't out of the box advice offered after presenting more mainstream information on the western diet. Bug eating is what Professor Crittenden decided to open with. There are many other offerings that are informative and don't open with encouraging you to go into your backyard and eat bugs. I'm going to try one of those instead with my next Audible credit.

16 of 28 people found this review helpful

A 360 degree view of Ancient Persia

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-15

This is a great course for people new to studying ancient history or people that have studied it for years.
For periods I was familiar with, like Alexander's invasion of Persia, Prof. Lee does a great job of presenting the Persian viewpoint which is very thought provoking.
Topics like the role of women in Persia, the economy of the period, and the daily lives of everyday people were covered in penetrating detail with reference to the ancient sources.
The downside of the overall excellent presentation is that Professor Lee is too in love with the topic and appears to sometimes dismiss Greek sources completely while presenting Persian sources with little criticism.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful