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  • William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

  • By: Peter Saccio, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter Saccio
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Shakespeare's plays - whether a comedy like A Midsummer Night's Dream, a history like Henry IV, or a tragedy like Hamlet - are treasure troves of insight into our very humanity. These 36 lectures introduce you to Shakespeare's major plays from each of these three genres and explain the achievement that makes him the leading playwright in Western civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle.."

  • By Kristi R. on 07-01-16

Shakespeare's genius explained

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

Reviewed: 04-25-14

Where does William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of the very best Great Courses offerings; recorded a while ago, yet still very relevant

What does Professor Peter Saccio bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Professor Saccio offers terrific insights into key themes, not linear narratives, and communicates his passion in his lecture. He employs just enough performance in the readings to keep the plays themselves a living part of the course, not something dead to simply be studied.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His treatment of the histories, the part of Shakespeare's oeuvre with which I was least familiar, was particularly engaging, including his heartfelt treatment of Falstaff.

Any additional comments?

I would consider this relevant for the "intermediate" Shakespeare enthusiast. Enough depth for those who have read/seen a fair amount, but not assuming full fluency in the playwright. An excellent offering.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Apostle Paul

  • By: Luke Timothy Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Luke Timothy Johnson, the best-selling author of The Real Jesus, offers a fresh and historically grounded assessment of the life and letters of Christianity's "apostle to the Gentiles" in this 12-lecture series. "One of the most fascinating, important, and controversial figures in the religious history of the West, Paul the Apostle continues to find champions and detractors, sometimes in surprising places," says Professor Johnson. Coming to grips with Christianity means coming to grips with Paul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good overview of Paul and his works.

  • By Justin H on 03-23-14

Outstanding and Concise

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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: 03-25-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, a very objective and insightful survey of a significant historical figure.

What did you like best about this story?

Since Paul's letters do not provide an obvious narrative, it was interesting to see how the lecturer approached the subject and the various themes he distilled out.

What does Professor Luke Timothy Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His cadence and inflection added a lot of meaning to what would come off as very dry and abstract on the page. Like the letters themselves, meant to be spoken and not read!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World

  • By: Steven L. Goldman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven L. Goldman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

What is the greatest scientific idea of all?Because science has so dramatically altered how we live and how we think about ourselves, the answer may well be the very idea of science itself, because-just like science's most important achievements-it, too, needed to be thought about, perfected, and invented.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing

  • By Neil Brightwell on 05-11-15

Plenty for both lobes here

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

What made the experience of listening to Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World the most enjoyable?

Great interplay of abstract and practical, and of philosophy and technology. Professor conveyed tremendous excitement and mastery of the material.

What other book might you compare Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World to and why?

History of Ancient Rome, in that the professors had similar storytelling skills, and gracefully stepped out of the chronological narrative for thematic purposes.

Which scene was your favorite?

Relating of Einstein's Doh! moment when he added a fudge factor to the his General Relativity theory that proved extraneous.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The History of Ancient Rome

  • By: Garrett G. Fagan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Garrett G. Fagan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,860

Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accessible

  • By Sean on 10-05-13

Terrific Overview

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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: 02-04-14

Where does The History of Ancient Rome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best

What did you like best about this story?

Well paced, with narrative giving way to thematic discussions toward the end; professor is extremely knowledgeable with sense of humor that leavens the topic just enough

Have you listened to any of Professor Garrett G. Fagan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, but 1-1.5 hours at a time was not uncommon

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487

Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Hard Review to Write

  • By Ark1836 on 11-20-15

Boring

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no

Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

absolutely

How did the narrator detract from the book?

pompous academic

Did The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

could have been interesting, but lost my interest; very wordy rehashing of same vague concepts; should have been more concise and meaty

3 of 11 people found this review helpful