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  • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889

Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit. What are these "greatest of the greats"? Find out in these 32 richly detailed lectures that take you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces that continue to live at the center of our musical culture.These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If they cut off both hands, I will compose music..

  • By Kristi R. on 02-01-15

The course, and the professor, are AMAZING

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

Reviewed: 11-05-13

Where does The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

#2, just behind the Renaissance and Reformation course

What did you like best about this story?

The professor - his enthusiasm, knowledge and delivery....and the music, of course!

Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Greenberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I'm about to get several of his others...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

May the Forte be With You

Any additional comments?

Thank you...I'll listen to this whole series time and time again.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders

  • By: Craig H. Heller, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Craig H. Heller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

Sleep is the subject of intense scientific debate among biologists and neuroscientists. Why must we spend about one-third of our lives asleep? What exactly is sleep? Why does a lack of sleep impair our cognitive abilities and leave us vulnerable to a host of medical issues ranging from obesity to reduced resistance to infectious disease?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is what to listen to BEFORE you see a doctor!

  • By DaemonZeiro on 06-03-15

Not a SELF HELP selection...

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

Reviewed: 10-17-13

What would have made Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders better?

I applaud the professor. His knowledge, organization and delivery are excellent. BUT....I did not buy this title to learn about the science of sleep. I bought this title to understand the root causes of sleep problems and how they can be addressed. This was a hardcore technical science series of lectures. No offense to the professor but sometimes just listening to them helped me get to sleep. There are a few lectures in the series that are good for the non-scientist/layman like me, who just wants to understand sleep problems and solutions...not the myriad scientific names and concepts of parts of the brain that do this and that.....honestly the dreams chapter was good but didn't go far enough, the pharmacological lecture was somewhat useful, and every so often the professor would offer a bit of advice that had practical benefit. Again, I don't fault Professor Heller, I fault Audible and Great Courses for marketing this as a self-help title.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Dreams and drugs.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final one.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders?

Most of them and replaced with anecdotes and success stories that may have translated into practical benefit to me.

Any additional comments?

Remove from self-help and leave under science.

9 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

  • By: Andrew C. Fix, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Andrew C. Fix
  • Length: 24 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

Between 1348 and 1715, western Europe was fraught with turmoil, beset by the Black Plague, numerous and bitter religious wars, and frequent political revolutions and upheavals. Yet the Europe that emerged from this was vastly different from the Europe that entered it. By the start of the 18th century, Europe had been revitalized and reborn in a radical break with the past that would have untold ramifications for human civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! (...but the ending could be improved)

  • By FN2187 on 09-12-13

Excellent! (...but the ending could be improved)

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

Reviewed: 09-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations to be better than the print version?

No idea. I didn't read the print version.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The narration is very good, the organization of the lectures is excellent. Key points are well emphasized so you end the course with a solid "big picture" perspective of several centuries. The ending was disappointing however. I'm not sure why, but I was caught up in the political and religious themes that dominate most of the course, and when science came towards the end it was a difficult transition. For me the best parts were Professor Fix's deep dive into the drama of the Reformation, as well as the reasons why different political traditions formed in each European nation during the Renaissance. You'll swear it's Bill Clinton speaking to you at times...uncanny how much he and Professor Fix sound alike! But then at the very end it just seems...to end. No summary of the course, wrap up of key points made over the 30 odd hours you spent listening. I wish there had been a final 30 minute session devoted just to summarizing the course. Hint hint...

What does Professor Andrew C. Fix bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Just a naturally good lecturing style. Emphasis at the right points. Not overly dramatic. Very easy to listen to. I'm struggling to get through "The English Novel" now simply because of the narration style...so it drives home the point of how important the narration is for these courses.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire discussion around the Reformation. Speaking as a non-practicing Protestant, it made me uncomfortable with all Protestant denominations not to mention the Catholic Church. Professor Fix makes it crystal clear why Luther and others like the Calvinists found a ripe audience for their movements against Catholicism. When you hear about the "Indulgences Crisis" you'll see just how much the Catholic Church deserved the Reformation! But every movement was corrupted and became to some degree intolerant and oppressive. The only characters that, for me, emerge from this entire narrative as "noble" are the political minds that formed the Dutch republic. I had never really considered how remarkable Holland was for its ability to form Europe's (the world's) first republic. I'd like an entire course now on the political history of the Netherlands!

Any additional comments?

Excellent experience, excellent value. Would really suggest a final session that summarizes the course...not just this course but all the Great Courses.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful