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  • Ancient Civilizations of North America

  • By: Edwin Barnhart, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edwin Barnhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

For the past few hundred years, most of what we’ve been taught about the native cultures of North America came from reports authored by the conquerors and colonizers who destroyed them. Now - with the technological advances of modern archaeology and a new perspective on world history - we are finally able to piece together their compelling true stories. In Ancient Civilizations of North America, Professor Edwin Barnhart, Director of the Maya Exploration Center, will open your eyes to a fascinating world you never knew existed - even though you’ve been living right next to it, or even on top of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different perspective - civilizations not tribes

  • By Steve Goppert on 07-26-18

Interesting $ Informative

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Reviewed: 02-07-19

The narrator was great. he was obviously engaged in the information.

I was amazed at the amount of civilization in North America which happened before Europeans ever arrived. I didn't realize that roads and large complex multi-level structures were built by these Native American cultures.

Thanks to archaeologists for sharing the lost history of our country and persevering in trying to piece together our lost cultures.

  • The Gene

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,073
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,638
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,598

The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific history blended with humanity

  • By S. Yates on 05-23-16

Where it Began to Where it's Going

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Reviewed: 12-12-18

This was well written and beautifully delivered by the narrator. I'm on my second time listening and getting even more from it. If you want to fully understand the steps, both small and large that brought us to our current status in the science of Genetics, this will take you there. I've listened to a number of books on this subject but this one is by far the most detailed and complete. It covers everything from our earliest questions about how we and every other plant or creature on this earth manage to recreate and still evolve.

The brief personal anecdotes about the scientists, what motivated them, and the setbacks they experienced gave it color and life. You will learn about each step which brought us closer to our current understanding of DNA, RNA, Viruses, and the complexities in a growing knowledge base which would seem to provide the keys to our future and the resolution of how to cure so many of our debilitating ills. This book gives you the setbacks and advances that paved the way to a deeper understanding of this incredibly complex and personal science.

  • The Violinist's Thumb

  • And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

From New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean come more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much to think about!

  • By Traci on 08-18-12

Knowing is great.

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Reviewed: 09-25-18

I enjoyed The Disappearing Spoon more but The Violinist’s Thumb was informative and interesting. The more you know, the more you want to know. Knowledge has become an addiction for me.

  • The Disappearing Spoon

  • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,218
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,240

Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By James on 10-12-10

Incredibly Informative

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Reviewed: 08-13-18

This is an OUTSTANDING book. There is an incredible amount of information in it and it's served up in a way that makes in both interesting and enlightening. It makes understanding the science behind chemistry and the elements bold and exciting. I'm on my third listen and each time I have the sensation of viewing an unfolding mystery. Who knew science could be so amazing. The book gives you insight into the nature of the elements, how they join together to make all things, and the people who helped us to understand why.

  • 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 41 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4 out of 5 stars 147
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    4 out of 5 stars 126
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 124

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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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 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,212
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    4 out of 5 stars 997
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    4 out of 5 stars 982

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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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.

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  • Seventh Heaven

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 71
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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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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
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

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 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,296
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,487
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,495

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 Anonymous User 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 27 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,155
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898

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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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.