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  • Day 1: Settling Down

  • Meditation
  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Ceasar F. Barajas
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

In this quick, seated meditation, you'll learn about breathing meditation and be introduced to the importance of consciousness of breath.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor phone and Windows App Experience

  • By Code Toad on 08-27-18

Helpful meditation

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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: 12-03-18

I found this meditation helpful. I enjoy the voice and attitude of the narrator. I appreciated that it got to the point of the meditation as opposed to having a lengthy preamble as some books do. Hoping that audible brings us more of this sort of content.

  • History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983

Mutiny. Disease. Starvation. Cannibals. From the ancient wayfarers to modern astronauts, world explorers have blazed trails fraught with danger. Yet, as History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration vividly demonstrates, exploration continues to be one of humanity's deepest impulses. Across 24 lectures that unveil the process by which we came to know the far reaches of our planet, you'll witness the awe-inspiring and surprisingly interconnected tale of global exploration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating from start to finish!

  • By Quaker on 04-19-15

must listen for Audible history Great Courses fans

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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: 12-03-18

This was absolutely enthralling and I can't imagine a Great Courses history lover who wouldn't enjoy this. The professor is an enjoyable and animated lecturer.

The most compelling part was the material - the choice of stories, the progression of exploration, the different types of explorers considered, and the balanced view of the choices and consequences. Just fascinating.

The other aspect I enjoyed was that each lecture was fairly self-contained, so if you are listening while commuting, before bed, etc. you can hear a complete story and not be too bothered by interruptions. This would also be a fun one to listen to on a long trip, imagining yourself as a modern explorer.

  • Roman Emperors - Good, Bad, and Crazy

  • By: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Follow the fortunes of the empire during the two centuries following Augustus and Tiberius, which included not only some of Rome's wisest and most conscientious emperors, like Trajan and Marcus Aurelius, but also some of its most notorious and deranged tyrants, like Caligula and Nero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First English Audio book

  • By Hasan on 12-04-18

Fast moving and interesting lecture

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-18

This excerpt from a longer Great Course is fascinating and well worth listening to. Great professor and very interesting topic.

  • The Wars of the Roses

  • The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

The 15th century saw the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history. The crown of England changed hands five times as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. Now, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors. Some of the greatest heroes and villains in history were thrown together in these turbulent times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous story; but need a scorecard.

  • By R. on 06-01-15

Tied for my favorite Audible book

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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: 11-24-18

This is one of my favorite Audible book for many reasons:
- The topic is fascinating and the author does a great job of making the intricacies understandable. I learned a lot not just about the Wars of the Roses time period, but also what led to it, and what the consequences were. I'm also a fan of the Shakespeare history plays, and this gave me a much deeper and more balanced historical background.
- The writing is surprisingly funny at times and always entertaining.
- The narrator is just the best and adds to the humor, while also having a wonderful voice that would be suited to almost anything.
- On the scorecard versus not needed, I would have appreciated a family free and a timeline. That said, it in no way impaired my enjoyment that I sometimes got confused, so it would be fine to listen while commuting, or as I did, before bed, without text in front of me. If you are using this for a class for a homeschooler or college student, you would want to find those tools on the internet to memorize all the relationships.

  • Frederick the Great

  • By: Jonathan Steinberg
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Steinberg
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

This monarch's 46 years of rule embody the principle of rational autocracy and reveal its limitations, for no ruler, no matter how brilliant, can avoid the paradoxes built into mortality and human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • short bio of fascinating figure

  • By EmilyK on 11-24-18

short bio of fascinating figure

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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: 11-24-18

This lecture is typical of the best of the Great Courses. Prof. Steinberg is a captivating lecturer and this one concerns a fascinating historical figure. Only wish it were longer!

  • Conductor's Guide to Stravinsky's Petrouchka & The Rite of Spring

  • By: Gerard Schwarz
  • Narrated by: Gerard Schwarz
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

As the 20th century winds to its close, Igor Stravinsky stands securely as its most important and influential composer. For more than six decades his works defined modernism in music, just as Picasso's canvases showed the essence of modernism in painting. Like that great Spanish artist, who was almost his exact contemporary, Stravinsky attained a dominating stature in his field. Only a handful of composers rivaled him in significance during his lifetime. None surpassed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting introduction to Stavinsky works

  • By EmilyK on 11-24-18

interesting introduction to Stavinsky works

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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: 11-24-18

I loved this lecture - I listened to it after a live performance of Petrouchka and I wished I had listened to it beforehand. I got so much of a deeper understanding of the story behind the music and the music itself. The lecturer is interesting and it is well-produced.

Just to be clear, this is similar to a lecture you would get by a conductor before a performance, written at the level of an interested layperson.

  • La Traviata

  • By: Thomson Smillie
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

La Traviata owes its enduring popularity to a superb story of young love and fatal sacrifice, set to music by Italy’s master melodist at the peak of his powers. Interest and poignancy are added by the fact that this is a true story - the baritone ‘heavy’ is Alexander Dumas who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo. But it is the central figure, the heroine Violetta, the archetypal ‘whore with the heart of gold’ who dominates the piece. It is her opera and we love her for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting and educational look at the opera

  • By EmilyK on 11-23-18

interesting and educational look at the opera

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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: 11-23-18

This series is great for learning about an opera, in this case the Verdi classic. I listened to this before I attended a live performance and it helped immeasurably. The narration is wonderful and there's a lot of humor as well.

  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897

Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe - she of a sizeable fortune, and so recently remarried to a man 20 years her junior. When Emily's sudden heart attack is found to be attributable to strychnine, Hastings recruits an old friend, now retired, to aid in the local investigation. With impeccable timing, Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance into the pages of crime literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully read, engaging mystery

  • By Calliope on 04-28-15

fun listen; perfect narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-18

This is a fun Agatha Christie. Although I had read it years ago, I had forgotten how funny and dim-witted Hastings is in this book. The country house setting is classic Christie and it was a quick, cozy listen, wonderful before bed or on a rainy day.

The narration from Hugh Fraser was perfect and only enhanced by his role as Hastings in the TV installments.

  • Napoleon

  • By: Jonathan Steinberg
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Steinberg
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Learn how Napoleon implemented - by force - the principles of the French Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun short bio of Napoleon

  • By EmilyK on 11-23-18

fun short bio of Napoleon

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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: 11-23-18

This is an enjoyable overview of Napoleon's life, an excerpt from one of the better Great Courses. Prof. Steinberg is a great lecturer, and it passes too quickly.

  • The Vikings

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,296

As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling Presentation of a Fascinating Subject

  • By AppleCedAR on 09-14-13

Fascinating and deeper look at the Vikings

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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: 11-23-18

Prof. Harl iis one of the best presenters of the Great Courses and this one is no exception. He gives a comprehensive look at the history of the Viking Age and somewhat beyond. He covers the prehistory, and the settlement age, and what is known of Viking history and Norse Mythology and sagas.
Interesting to me - and different than other books - he also focused on the transition of these lands into Christian kingdoms and what that transformation meant politically and economically. I also learned a lot about what happened to the settlements they made in Russia and other places, which helped fill some of the gaps from the medieval and Byzantine history I had read previously.
Highly recommended if you have an interest in Medieval history or plan to travel to Scandinavia.