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R. Hays

Atlanta, GA USA
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  • Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

What did the "other" Scriptures early Christians followed say? Do they exist today? How could such outlandish ideas ever be considered Christian? If such beliefs were once common, why do they no longer exist? These are just a few of the many provocative questions that arise from these 24 thrilling lectures. Join the dramatic search for lost Christianities and learn why it's considered such an appealing subject to study.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally Understanding Bart Ehrman

  • By Michael on 08-16-13

Professor knows his topic, but hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

I loved the topic. I've always wanted to know why some writings made it in to the cannon and others didn't. Dr. Ehrman went a long way toward explaining, although I think it would take a semester (if not a degree) to really get a handle on it it.

I think the professor did as well as he could for the time he had and the complicated topic he had to explain to the layman, such as myself. There were times when his narrative skills just were not up to the challenge, and I still was left trying to sort out what he had just said (while he was already onto the next puzzler).

With that being the only caveat, I highly recommend this course. In fact, I think my next course from The Great Courses will come from him!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 566

Tap into the power of effective writing by developing the fundamental critical and analytical skills that transform your writing from "good" to "great." Regardless of your subject, goal, or occasion, these skills will help you organize your thoughts into a coherent piece, make a persuasive argument rooted in facts, and make responsible use of research materials.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • None of my professors has ever been this helpful!

  • By R. Hays on 03-01-15

None of my professors has ever been this helpful!

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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: 03-01-15

I have two Master's degrees, but none of my professors have ever been able to explore the art of essay, rhetoric, fact and support, pathos and ethos, quite as well as Dr. Armstrong. Nevertheless, it's never too late to learn.

Thank you. Again, The Great Courses continues to live up to its tradition odd excellence in teaching.

Gratefully,
Richard F. Hays

47 of 48 people found this review helpful

  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,014

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conrad's Brilliant & Wild Novella

  • By Darwin8u on 11-21-12

Conrad and Branagh are both without parallel.

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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: 01-16-15

I've always loved Joseph Conrad's stories. For a boy, a young man, a man of any age, they are a necessary element on the bookcase.

But who would have thought you could get more than mediocre entertainment from having such a work of fiction "read" to you? It's not just any reader who can send chills with a whisper and laughter with a roar! But Branagh is one of the consummate entertainers of our time. If he is performing, you know it will come close to perfection!

And this Audible book, combining two matters of their arts, comes as close to perfection as any book I've heard from Audible.com yet!

Bravo, Mr. Branagh! And thank you!