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  • Conductor's Guide to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

  • By: Gerard Schwarz
  • Narrated by: Gerard Schwarz
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Of the many remarkable violinist-composers Italy produced during the Baroque era, the most remarkable of all was Antonio Vivaldi. An artist of astonishing vigor and productivity (he wrote more than 450 concertos, 40 operas, and many solo, chamber, and vocal works over the course of his career), Vivaldi was one of the most innovative and influential musicians of his day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful series; fave piece of music

  • By EmilyK on 02-10-19

Wonderful series; fave piece of music

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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: 02-10-19

I really enjoy this series to lean more about favorite pieces of music. The author/narrator does a great job of conveying information about the music but also about the composer and the background. Vivaldi, Venice, and the Baroque era are all well-covered. I would highly recommend this, especially to someone who is planning on attending a live performance.

  • Influence

  • Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill
  • By: Kenneth G. Brown, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth G. Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 887

Don't just let influence just happen to you. Instead, take charge of your life by grasping the science behind how influence works and by strengthening your own skills at using it to your advantage. In this dynamic 12-lecture series, you'll discover how to tap into the hidden powers of influence - and use these powers to enhance your life in ways you never thought possible. Using clear and accessible language, Professor Brown teaches you how and why influence works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Marshall Peter Cline II on 04-02-15

Interesting lecture series

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

The best part for me was the lecturer - I enjoyed his presentation style, voice, and would have loved to have had him as a professor. I also found the content interesting, but I would say this had less impact on me than the humanities-type Great Courses. He did couple what I would say are common sense observations with studies and research, and that part was fascinating. Completely enjoyable but not as educational for me as compared to more traditional subjects. If you are in the market for one of the business/self-improvement type Great Courses, I would definitely recommend this one.

  • Russian Roulette

  • By: David Corn, Michael Isikoff
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the US election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a sleeper with critically important info

  • By luvdata on 05-07-18

Great recap of the Trump Russia scandal

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This book was helpful to me to have an in-depth explainer on the Russian meddling in our election and government. Often news is dominated by hot takes, and I needed a refresher on how we got here and how disturbing the Russian meddling has been - and continues to be. After a slow start, the book consistently held my interest and was well-paced. I got used to the narrator but it might be worth listening to a clip before purchase to make sure you are fine with the narration.

  • America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

  • By: Edward T. O'Donnell, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edward T. O'Donnell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

America stands at a dramatic crossroads: Massive corporations wield disturbing power. The huge income gap between the one percent and the other 99 percent grows wider. Astounding new technologies are changing American lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great course by Professor O'Donnell

  • By Quaker on 06-17-15

Parallels to our own time

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This is one of the best Great Courses on history, covering a less discussed part of American history. One of my best aspects was the many parallels to our time - great wealth disparity, rise of populist movements, generational differences, concerns over immigration, technological revolutions causing worker displacement - but the professor doesn't present the similarities in any overt or political way, so it is there for the listener to discover. He has an interesting lecture style that always kept me engaged.

As other reviewers have noted, it is more of a social history than one focusing on politics, though I felt the political aspects of the time were covered appropriately.

  • The Art of Conflict Management: Achieving Solutions for Life, Work, and Beyond

  • By: Michael Dues, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Dues
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066

In 24 lectures brimming with practical tips, tools, and techniques everyone can use to better manage conflict in his or her professional and personal lives, gain the essential skills of conflict management. As presented by Professor Dues, these lectures will show you how to effectively deal with conflicts of all kinds, using the "win-win" model that has dominated the field for the past six decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Frameworks

  • By Brendan on 09-21-13

informative overview of conflict resolution

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I very much enjoyed this lecturer's style and speaking voice. It is a pleasure to listen, either while commuting or at bedtime.

If this is a topic that you are interested in for work or personal relationships, I would recommend it. For me, it wasn't as intrinsically interesting as a history or literature Great Courses, but I found it useful, especially in thinking about resolving conflicts at work.

As some of the other reviewers have noted, I found the example dialogues a bit cheesy, but they were easy to fast forward through.

  • Day 3: Find Your Peace

  • Meditation
  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Jade Alexis
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Release negative thoughts from your mind and hold on harder to the positive ones in preparation for a peaceful sleep. In this class, you'll learn about body scanning and how releasing tension in the body can help you calm the mind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Day 3

  • By Maverick’s Trove on 02-15-19

Skip this one

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Overall, I really enjoy these Aaptiv programs. This one was a miss for me. It involved counting sheep which was too much of a cliche for me to stay in the moment. Finally, I really wish Audible would not use the loud “Audible hopes you have enjoyed this recording” at the end of relaxation audios. Too jarring.

  • Brainwave Symphony

  • By: Jeffrey Thompson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Thompson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

We all experience many states of consciousness, from ordinary waking and sleeping states to extraordinary states in which we are more at peace, particularly aware, or unusually creative. Each state has a unique pattern of brainwaves that can be mapped and measured. Brainwave Symphony uses inaudible pulses of sound, based on these brain maps, to trigger your brain to produce the state you want to experience.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give me a hint

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-18

not an audio book but helps me to sleep

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Interesting choice to be on audible, since there are no words - just music with some other noise put in. That said, and I don't know how it works, but it really helps me to sleep when audio books (my usual go to) don't work.

Agree with the other reviewers that it would be helpful if it contained some indication of the different CDs, since some are more conducive to sleep. I used to own the CDs and then you could choose the style/mood you wanted.

Overall, great experience and makes me want to check out some of the other audios.

  • Ep. 6: The Battle of Cable Street (Days that Changed the World)

  • By: Carrie Gibson
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

On 4th October 1936, hundreds of people from London’s East End protested against Oswald Mosely and the UK’s growing fascist movement. One of the very few living veterans, 99 year old Ubby Cowan, tells his story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting history podcast

  • By EmilyK on 01-01-19

interesting history podcast

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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: 01-01-19


My family listened to this on a recent car trip. We weren't familiar with this story but found it fascinating. Really enjoyed this whole series!

  • Ep. 4: The Gulf of Tonkin Incident (Days that Changed the World)

  • By: Carrie Gibson
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

On August 4th 1964 an incident involving a US battleship in the Gulf of Tonkin launched America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Whistle blower Daniel Ellsberg, who started work at The Pentagon that day, tells the story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting podcast - new light on a history topic

  • By EmilyK on 01-01-19

interesting podcast - new light on a history topic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

My family and I really enjoyed listening to this on a recent car trip. It was a wonderful balance between podcasts and audio books. This episode in particular was interesting to all, whether knowing the story or not. Even those of us generally familiar with the period learned something new.

  • Ep. 3: The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute (Days that Changed the World)

  • By: Carrie Gibson
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

On November 16th 1968 a demonstration at the Olympics in Mexico City took the US civil rights movement to a global stage. Sprinter Lee Evans, who was in the stadium that day, tells the story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating history podcast

  • By EmilyK on 01-01-19

Fascinating history podcast

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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: 01-01-19

My teenager really enjoyed hearing about this historic episode which isn't typically covered in schools. His middle aged parents learned something more about what happened as well. It sparked an interesting family discussion about the parallels to football players kneeling and other protests today. Highly recommended.