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  • Understanding Nonverbal Communication

  • By: Mark G. Frank, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark G. Frank
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

In Understanding Nonverbal Communication, you'll discover that nonverbal communication is less intentional and harder to control than the words you choose to speak. Because you are less aware of it than you are of your words, it provides better clues to what you are feeling and thinking.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • More of an ad for the personal courses

  • By Dan Hatch on 12-13-16

obvious common sense masquerading as study

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

the narration was done well but the content itself was pretty much common sense. unless you are a sociopath completely incapable of understanding human facial expressions or you're an alien completely unfamiliar with human culture then don't waste your time with this book I don't see how this made its way into the collection of Great Courses material because usually their audio books are fantastic this however was not the case for this item

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How to Win an Election

  • An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians
  • By: Quintus Tullius Cicero, Philip Freeman - translator
  • Narrated by: Doug Kaye
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 258

How to Win an Election is an ancient Roman guide for campaigning that is as up-to-date as tomorrow's headlines. In 64 BC when idealist Marcus Cicero, Rome's greatest orator, ran for consul (the highest office in the Republic), his practical brother Quintus decided he needed some no-nonsense advice on running a successful campaign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to be a politician ...

  • By Benedict on 07-31-13

If only my fellow Americans had read this...

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

If you could sum up How to Win an Election in three words, what would they be?

"How Win Election"

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The truth it provides

What does Doug Kaye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nothing, but he did a fantastic job of narration.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What American political tradition lacks.

Any additional comments?

This should be standard in schools.

  • Spinoza in 90 Minutes

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Spinoza's brilliant metaphysical system was derived neither from reality nor experience. Starting from basic assumptions, with a series of geometric proofs he built a universe which was also God, one and the same thing, the classic example of pantheism. Although his system seems an oddity today, Spinoza's conclusions are deeply in accord with modern thought, from science (the holistic ethics of today's ecologists) to politics (the idea that the state exists to protect the individual).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Useful for the Beginner

  • By Jesse on 05-06-06

Straight to the point!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

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

Yes, I would. This book was a great way to familiarize one-self with Spinoza quickly and efficiently.

What other book might you compare Spinoza in 90 Minutes to and why?

This question does not compute. Clearly audible made poor choices in outsourcing this website. lol

What does Robert Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

WTF? this question is unanswerable.

If you could give Spinoza in 90 Minutes a new subtitle, what would it be?

I would not.

Any additional comments?

Again, great audio book, straight to the point and useful.

  • 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 152
  • 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

Another fantastic course by Goldman

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World to be better than the print version?

Of course not, this is a course, no one would want to read this. lol

Who was your favorite character and why?

WTF? I don't see how I can possibly answer this question. Glad to see that Amazon's outsourcing has produced irrelevant nonsense like this question.

What about Professor Steven L. Goldman’s performance did you like?

CONCURRENTLY. (lol, buy the audio-book and this will make sense)

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

What?!...clearly someone at audible has been smoking crack...

Any additional comments?

The great courses continue to be GREAT!

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Exploring Metaphysics

  • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Examine your existence in an incredible journey!

  • By Grant on 09-21-14

Great topic, good info, lacking on presentation

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

What made the experience of listening to Exploring Metaphysics the most enjoyable?

The information was digestible and on mostly point.

What other book might you compare Exploring Metaphysics to and why?

I would not, its not a book, its a course. Cmon audible, get with the program here, you can not expect to ask these kinds of dumb questions. Stop outsourcing to India for this kind of thing. lol.

What about Professor David K. Johnson’s performance did you like?

Mostly his flow. He was quite good at tying the topics together and getting them to flow into one another, however, the performance left something to be desired...

If you could give Exploring Metaphysics a new subtitle, what would it be?

I would not.

Any additional comments?

Professor Johnson was pleasant to listen to, but at times seemed perhaps confused by his own presentation, I suppose that is the nature of "metaphysics"... quite good though, overall.

  • 36 Big Ideas

  • By: The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman, Daniel W. Drezner, and others
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman, Daniel W. Drezner, David Sadava, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 127

The Great Courses has produced thousands of lectures that have introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest and most fascinating ideas that humans have ever thought. Now, enjoy 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get an interesting learning experience across a wide range of disciplines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 36 Random Ideas

  • By David on 05-19-15

Decent, but not exactly spot on

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Where does 36 Big Ideas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle.

What did you like best about this story?

Its not a story, clearly Audible does not pay much attention to these questions. lol

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

WTF? this question is not even remotely relevant. lol

If you could give 36 Big Ideas a new subtitle, what would it be?

I would not.

Any additional comments?

This is a collection of PARTIAL courses from various Professor's, so its a good "cheese sampler" but its missing the "main course" if you catch my drift. Still quite good indeed, but in no way is it an intellectual "four course meal". Good though, quite good indeed.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey

  • By: Steven L. Goldman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven L. Goldman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

In this fascinating 36-lecture exploration of scientific growth filled with ideas, anecdotes, and insights. You'll see how 20th-century scientists have built on crucial 19th-century concepts such as energy, natural selection, atoms, fields, and waves to assemble a body of knowledge to stun even the most farsighted scientific thinkers of that not-too-distant past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great course from Goldman

  • By Christian Zagarskas on 03-30-16

Another great course from Goldman

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Everything I expected and more, an excellent adventure into science with the reward of wisdom given to anyone who endures ans listens to the end.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful