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  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,676

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

Perhaps my fave book on Audible; amazing narration

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

This is probably my favorite audiobook yet, and I was sad to have it end. Molina provides the perfect reading voice - wonderful to listen to, lovely pronunciation. I was skeptical about the art aspect in an audiobook, but when convenient, was able to look at the PDF accompaniment on my ipad or phone. If I was listening somewhere I couldn't look, it was easy to look later, or at images coming up. I felt I lost nothing on audio, and gained Molina's lovely voice.

The book focused in roughly equal measures on Leonardo's art, science, and the world and times he lived in. I felt fully immersed in the beauty and anguish of his life, even all these centuries later. His flaws were fully explored but made the bittersweet aspects all the more acute. I feel a bit of grief at his death and the works that were lost or never completed!

  • Rebel Fire

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Lane
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes knows that Amyus Crowe, his mysterious American tutor, has some dark secrets. But he didn’t expect to find John Wilkes Booth, the notorious assassin, apparently alive and well in England - and Crowe somehow mixed up in it. When no one will tell you the truth, sometimes you have to risk all to discover it for yourself. And so begins an adventure that will take Sherlock across the Atlantic, to the center of a deadly web - where a friend is in peril and a defeated army threatens to rise again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than # 1

  • By Lisa on 05-04-12

enjoyable young Sherlock for kids and adults

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

My son and I really enjoyed this installment in the younger Sherlock series, even more than the first installment. The narrator is excellent. The story and characters were appealing to both adult and younger audiences. The listed age is 8 to 10, but I think this could appeal to tweens and teens.

  • Understanding Japan

  • A Cultural History
  • By: Mark J. Ravina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark J. Ravina
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467

In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents these 24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture. Professor Ravina, with the expert collaboration of the Smithsonian's historians, brings you a grand portrait of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and informative

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-04-16

Interesting Mix of History and Culture

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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: 09-04-18

Although this wasn't what I expected, I ended up loving it. It was a mix of history and culture - I see some reviewers have expected one or the other, and been disappointed. One thing I thought was particularly interesting here was that he addressed the historical topics chronologically but used each of them as a jumping off point to discuss some aspects of Japanese culture. This would be especially good listening for someone planning a visit to Japan.

  • The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

  • By: John R. Hale, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John R. Hale
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 622

Being a great public speaker can put you on the pathway to success, whether you're looking to teach, inform, persuade, or defend an idea. Yet many of us live in fear of public speaking. As you'll learn in these 12 invaluable lectures, all it takes is confidence, practice, and the knowledge of techniques and strategies used by history's greatest public speakers. Whether you want to finally become the confident public speaker you've always wanted to be or are just looking for fresh advice on how to strengthen your skills, this inspiring course is packed with practical advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Learn from history's success stories.

  • By Ron W. on 06-16-14

thought-provoking lecture series

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This Great Courses lecture series is a bit different than what I expected. I have enjoyed this professor's lectures on classical history and archaeology. This was an interesting mix of historical speeches and a how-to series on how to give (or review) a speech. Overall, loved it and this is one of my favorite professors, but be prepared for the mix of history and speech-giving tips and tricks.

  • The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages

  • Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers, From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor
  • By: Melissa Rank, Michael Rank
  • Narrated by: Anne Day-Jones
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

The idea of a powerful woman in the Middle Ages seems like an oxymoron. Females in this time are imagined to be damsels in distress, trapped in a high tower, and waiting for knights to rescue them, all while wearing traffic-cones for a hat. After rescue, their lives improved little. Their career choices were to be either docile queens, housewives, or be burned at the stake for witchcraft. But what if this image of medieval women is a complete fiction? It turns out that it is. Powerful female rulers fill the Middle Ages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable light history

  • By EmilyK on 09-04-18

enjoyable light history

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I enjoyed this quick tour of the stories of prominent medieval women. The narrator was excellent. I have preferred other medieval history that I have listened to lately, including various Great Courses and the Dan Brown and Susan Wise Bauer books.

  • Churchill

  • By: The Great Courses, J. Rufus Fears
  • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

In these 12 inspiring lectures, Professor Fears presents a well-balanced portrait of Churchill that does not whitewash his flaws. Yet he also draws on the most recent historical scholarship and material from Churchill's writings and speeches to make the case that Churchill belongs with Pericles of Athens and Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest statesmen in the history of democracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Churchill

  • By Cliente de Amazon on 07-12-13

"great man" view of Churchill

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Fears is a fun and engaging lecturer. Yes, he subscribes to a conservative and "out of fashion" view of history, preferring the Great Man lens to view the currents of history. While not my perspective (or politics), I enjoyed this greatly. There was something nostalgic to me to hear this perspective - one of the joys of history is the variety of perspectives on the same events, and I'm not sure Fears' approach gets as much airing these days.

This is very much in lecture style, which I enjoy and is the hallmark of the Great Courses. This will differ from reading an audiobook, and has pauses and a variety of inflections. I loved it.

Fears seems like he was a real character and a fun professor. I was attracted to learn more about Churchill after a recent spate of film and TV presentations. This was a great length - an overview, but got into enough depth that I learned something about the different phases of his life. Although I was aware of the adult Churchill's flaws, and triumphs, I had forgotten what a damaging childhood he had. That changed my perspective on some of his adult weaknesses.

  • How the Crusades Changed History

  • By: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Centuries have passed since the last crusader knight laid down his sword, but the Crusades continue to hold sway over our world. Because the Crusades have been so consequential to history, it's essential to understand the context, motivations, and preconditions of these dramatic military campaigns. In doing so, you'll not only get a fresher understanding of the Crusades, you'll discover surprising truths about why (and how) they were fought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am so pleased that Teaching Co is now on Audible

  • By D. Littman on 08-24-13

compelling lectures on the Crusades

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I was already a Prof. Daileader fan from his three-part Middle Ages lecture series, and this was another hit. I'm surprised at the negative reviews. If you like Teaching Company college-style history lectures, you will love this. (I find lectures easier to listen to than audiobooks at times, but I realize tastes vary on that.)

If you enjoy this, you would also enjoy the Thomas Madden lectures on the Crusades (through Modern Scholar on audible). Each professor chooses to emphasize different details.

Strengths here include an increased emphasis on causes and later impacts, while not skipping some of the interesting stories along the way. The lectures changed my perspective in many ways. He does a good job presenting the different schools of thought among historians on these issues, which seems especially prevalent in this time period with limited sources.

Overall, one of the better TC history lecture series.

  • The Decisive Battles of World History

  • By: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

Throughout history, military engagements have altered the course of historical events. In these 36 dynamic lectures, Professor Aldrete leads you in discovering the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of events and defining our world. Across 4,000 years of history, you'll explore nearly 40 key military engagements, from the milestone battles of Western civilization to their counterparts in the Middle East, India, and Asia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Course- Needs Battle Maps

  • By IRP on 05-23-14

fascinating vignettes of key battles

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

This is an engaging overview of key battles. I enjoyed the professor's speaking style, and the format of picking battles from key periods in world history. By necessity, no one period gets in depth treatment, and it is helpful to have some general historical background. I appreciated the PDF reference in my library to help visualize names of people and places with which I was unfamiliar. Highly recommended especially for Great Courses history fans.

  • How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication

  • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,627

Regardless of age or occupation, conversation can be tricky. But like it or not, it's one of the most important things you do on a daily basis. Successful conversations help you advance professionally and make, maintain, and deepen relationships. Moreover, research shows that talking, when done on a substantive level, is correlated with a feeling of happiness and general well-being.In just six lectures, Professor Curzan teaches you key strategies that can dramatically improve your ability to converse with anyone, from strangers to supervisors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Information

  • By Jake on 07-11-14

interesting lectures on conversational strategies

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Overall this was great:
-professor is enjoyable to listen to and keeps the audience engaged
-I learned some names for conversational strategies and issues; got me excited to learn more about linguistics
-moved quickly through interesting topics.

Critiques:
-perhaps in an attempt to appeal to a broad range of listeners, it was too basic at times
-related to that, at times seemed a "how to" for someone lacking social skills

Despite these criticisms. I very much enjoyed these lectures and look forward to hearing this professor on future topics.

  • The Modern Scholar: The Norsemen - Understanding Vikings and Their Culture

  • By: Professor Professor Michael D.C. Drout
  • Narrated by: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Professor Michael D.C. Drout of Wheaton College immerses listeners in the extraordinary legacy of Viking civilization, which developed in what is now Scandinavia during the early Middle Ages. During the course of these lectures, Professor Drout explores how these peoples conquered all of Northern Europe, traveled as far as Byzantium in the East and North America in the West, and left a literary legacy that includes numerous works studied and enjoyed to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best download in months!

  • By Margaret on 12-23-12

great professor on Norse culture

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Highly recommended for all Great Courses/ Modern Scholars fans. He's one of the best professor-lecturers and this course was very interesting. Because there is little written record of the Viking Age, this focused on the literary and cultural history through the sagas and related sources. While my son was mildly disappointed this wasn't straight history, anyone who loves mythology and literature -- or just the lectures of a sterling professor -- will enjoy this a lot. He's funny, keeps your interest, and has a pleasant voice to listen to. I'm looking forward to checking out his other lecture series.