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  • 36 Big Ideas

  • By: The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman, Daniel W. Drezner, and others
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman, Daniel W. Drezner, David Sadava, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111

The Great Courses has produced thousands of lectures that have introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest and most fascinating ideas that humans have ever thought. Now, enjoy 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get an interesting learning experience across a wide range of disciplines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 36 Random Ideas

  • By David on 05-19-15

A Great Courses Sampler

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-29-18

This was a wonderful exposure too many of the Great Courses. each of them was sufficient in broadening your understanding of the subject matter. Now I'm going in deeper to listen to many of them in their entirety.

  • How the Mind Works

  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 26 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 916
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 903

In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, but a difficult listen.

  • By David Roseberry on 12-11-11

Relevant to better understanding.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Meaningful information and definitely worth listening. The book does get off into the weeds at times which added to the length. it could be much less verbose and still convey the message, maybe an abridged version.

  • Seventh Heaven

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Nora Silk doesn't really fit in on Hemlock Street, where every house looks the same. She's divorced. She wears a charm bracelet and high heels and red toreador pants. And the way she raises her kids is a scandal. But as time passes, the neighbors start having second thoughts about Nora. The women's apprehension evolves into admiration. The men's lust evolves into awe. The children are drawn to her in ways they can't explain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Changing Times

  • By RueRue on 02-05-15

Mundane

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Not up to her usual novels. The narrator was okay but not great. I remember the 50s, but don't see how this was worth writing about. generally I enjoy Alice Hoffman books, this one let me down.

  • Missing Microbes

  • How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
  • By: Martin J. Blaser
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin J. Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome, where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances-antibiotics-threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enlightening and information well supported

  • By James on 05-03-15

Micro Biodiversity

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Reviewed: 03-24-18

This is incredible information and everyone should listen to it. More importantly, our health care providers.

the destruction of our microbes through broad-spectrum antibiotics is causing both illness and the destruction of our genetic makeup. We are a combination with, and a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria which benefit our human biome.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,757

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Pamela on 09-22-11

Movies Inside Your Head

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Reviewed: 03-22-18

Amazing. So well written that you truly see it in your mind's eye. Generally, I'm not a fan of the semi-fantasy genre but this one is completely different. I was fully engaged from the beginning until the end. Great read.

  • Behave

  • The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456

Why do we do the things we do? More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful, but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: He starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs and then hops back in time from there in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By Doug Hay on 07-27-17

Understand the why

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Outstanding and informative, this book decodes human behaviors. From the individual to the mob, you will have insights into why humans do what they do. It is daunting but well worth it. I plan to listen again.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,990
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,994

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Over the Top

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I saw the movie many years ago. thought the book might fill in some blanks. It not only filled in the blanks, it painted the frame and over the sides. If it is possible for a book to contain too much detail, this is it. Still, entertaining and worth the listen as long as you have the time.

  • Food, Science, and the Human Body

  • By: Alyssa Crittenden, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Crittenden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

What foods did the human body evolve to eat, and why? How does the food we eat affect our genes and our minds? What foods are (and aren't) optimal for our everyday health? How can we use cutting-edge science to end world hunger? In these 36 lectures, get eye-opening answers to these and other perplexing questions about the evolution of the human diet and its relationship to our bodies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading Title

  • By Zach on 10-23-17

Outstanding Infomation

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-17

From the history of Foods to it's role in solving world hunger. An invaluable read.

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  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,894
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,695

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pros and Cons of free porn.

  • By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 08-11-17

Don't bother

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I took an interest because I listened to a TED talks with the author about psychopaths.

This book wasn't at all interesting. I suppose it's some form of investigative journalism but it is truly a sad subject and it is very hard to drum up any interest in the subject or any sympathy for people involved. Pornography??? I can see some might like a bit of smut but interviews about the people who are no longer making money off the smut they produce? It's hard to get any kind of connection here.

Not going to waste any more time on it.

  • Into the Water

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,800
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,780

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously complex.

  • By theflyingtinman on 07-06-17

Loose Ends

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-26-17

Sorry if I seem negative but this book ended so abruptly and with too many loose ends. Yes, you get to know who killed who but not if justice is served and how. I always like to know and this left it all out there undefined. I will not read the Girl on the Train because I don't want to spend time listening only to have a "what the hell just happened" moment in the end. I even listened to the end twice in case there was a malfunction.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful