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  • Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea

  • Why the Greeks Matter
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Best selling history writer Thomas Cahill continues his series on the roots of Western civilization with this volume about the contributions of ancient Greece to the development of contemporary culture. Tracing the origin of Greek culture in the migrations of armed Indo-European horsemen into Attica and the Peloponnesian peninsula, he follows their progress into the creation of the Greek city-states, the refinement of their machinery of war, and the flowering of intellectual and artistic culture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this Audiobook; a good model

  • By Mike on 04-13-04

I liked it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-06

Since I gave such a cranky review of Don't Know Much About Mythology...I need to express my enjoyment of Cahills Sailing the Wine Dark Sea. You know the juicy parts of Greek history you were sure your teacher was not discussing? They were tucked away here in Cahills book. No, I did not find the book enjoyable for it's more salacious chapters. I found it enjoyable because it was written with the passion of someone who really enjoys history and sharing. I thought the reader was pleasant to listen to also.

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  • Don't Know Much About World Myths

  • By: Kenneth C. Davis
  • Narrated by: Jason Harris, John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Whether it's the adventures of Greek gods and goddesses or Norse trickster tales, we all love to hear a good story. Best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis gives readers a taste of these enchanting myths and the diverse people who tell them. In his trademark question-and-answer style peppered with entertaining sidebars and quotes, he also shows how almost every civilization's mythology shares common themes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Informative but that's more or less it

  • By Kai Bong on 01-05-06

Uninspiring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-06

This reminded me of that public school garbage in garbage out kind of learning. No soul. If a child was to be inspired to learn more about mythology it's not going to be from this linear recitation of dates and spockian facts. Just my disappointed opinion. Maybe I Don't Know Much About Teaching Kids.

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