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  • Death on the Nile

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: John Moffatt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068

John Moffatt stars as the famous Belgian detective in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of one of Christie's most popular novels. Linnet Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a devoted husband, she has everything anyone could wish for. But as the happy couple set out on an idyllic honeymoon cruise on the Nile, storm clouds are gathering. Linnet's former friend, Jacqueline de Bellefort, follows her and Simon wherever they go and Linnet senses she is in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot

  • By Lady M on 04-07-15

fun abridged production of a classic

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This is an excellent radio play adaptation of a Christie classic. I found it fun and absorbing, as did my teenager. The cast was wonderful and the humor was evident. My only concern is in the shortened adaptation it was bit harder to follow, and it helped that I had read the original.

  • A Curious Beginning

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,007

As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of Elizabeth Peters and Gail Carriger

  • By L. Williams on 06-29-16

Intelligent scientist heroine

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Although I get the criticism that the heroine is unlikable (more so than the author's other books), I enjoyed the characters and the setting too much to be bothered by that. (And I have enough friends like that in real life that it didn't concern me.) She is a fascinating scientist, as is the male protagonist, and they have a thrilling adventure that isn't quite a mystery, or quite a romance. The minor characters are a hoot, and the settings are fascinating, and all together it was a wonderful ride for this history/mystery lover.

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  • Strategic Thinking Skills

  • By: Stanley K. Ridgley, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Stanley K. Ridgley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 590

Start making savvier decisions and outsmart your competitors with greater confidence and ease with this simple and comprehensive guide to the skills, tactics, techniques, tools, case studies, and lessons behind strategic thinking. Professor Ridgley has crafted these 24 lectures as an accessible way to engage with thinking that will help you think-and act-more strategically in business and in your own life, whether you're the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or you're preparing to embark on a new career path.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly Fluff, Could be much shorter.

  • By Robert on 08-30-16

historical and business view of strategy

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

The best part of this course for me were the examples, many drawing from interesting chapters of military or political history, or from the business world. I'm not sure I really learned anything of interest for my business career. However, since I'm a great courses history fan, I actually found this more interesting than I expected.

I know many great courses are used for home schooling and I think this one would be of interest to my teens, despite being categorized as a business title.

I enjoyed the format (typical for the great courses) where each topic was a self-sufficient 30 minute chunk. For me, that's a great format for commuting or before bed.

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,879

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

Overall
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
    4.5 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

Overall
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 1,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484

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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

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

Overall
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

Overall
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 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

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

Overall
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 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

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.