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  • Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

Integrated approaches to teaching Greek and Roman history are a rarity in academia. Most scholars are historians of either Greek or Roman history and perform research solely in that specific field, an approach that author and award-winning Professor Robert Garland considers questionable.In these 36 passionate lectures, he provides and impressive and rare opportunity to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world in relation to one another-a relationship that has virtually no parallel in world history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content with some caveats

  • By Mountain K9iner on 08-12-14

biased author who uses presentism to alter history

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Reviewed: 06-07-17

The author assumes that they know what historical figures were thinking and feeling. They also provide no evidence for how they are coming to the conclusions they are saying. The author's statements contradict other Great Courses books.

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  • Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea

  • Why the Greeks Matter
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
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    4 out of 5 stars 109
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    4 out of 5 stars 109

Best selling history writer Thomas Cahill continues his series on the roots of Western civilization with this volume about the contributions of ancient Greece to the development of contemporary culture. Tracing the origin of Greek culture in the migrations of armed Indo-European horsemen into Attica and the Peloponnesian peninsula, he follows their progress into the creation of the Greek city-states, the refinement of their machinery of war, and the flowering of intellectual and artistic culture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this Audiobook; a good model

  • By Mike on 04-13-04

From theater to politics, Ancient Greece establish

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

If you could sum up Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea in three words, what would they be?

wine. sex. art.

Any additional comments?

The book also answered those questions that keep us all up at night, like "what's up with all the naked statues?" lol. This was the first book I'd read by Thomas Cahill. I appreciated the manner in which he presented the history of he Greece and the impact of Ancient Greek culture in modern times.

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  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,105

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

Well...by chapter 2, I was uncomfortable

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Reviewed: 08-25-16

What did you love best about Outliers?

Have you ever read a book that forced you to shift your perception on an issue or your way of thinking about life? This one did, and I didn't much care for that, at first. I was like, "what do you mean saying there are other factors that contribute to success which lie outside of the control of the individual!?" I made peace with the book since it acknowledged the necessity of the individual to seize opportunity, and to put in serious (like 10,000 hours serious) time towards mastering a skill. But, after reading all the data, I have to concede that the most successful people, the "outliers", were in the right place, at the right time, to be able to seize those opportunities, and that other people, year of birth, and cultural heritage do play a factor in life outcomes. (I still crinkle my nose at that last concession!) I did love Gladwell's storytelling style and I learned a lot about a lot of varying issues, from hockey all-stars to plane crashes. At least now I know why Asians are better at math than any other people group! Really - there is a legit, simple reason...It starts with the simplicity of the words they use for numbers in their language, combined with their cultural heritage of extreme discipline in work and study.

What other book might you compare Outliers to and why?

An interesting comparison to "Talent is Overrated."

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

It's not just you.

  • Bold

  • How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World
  • By: Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
  • Narrated by: Steven Kotler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,727
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709

Bold is a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By SiuMoi on 02-20-15

mind blowing!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Mind. Blown. You have to read this book! 3-d printing. AI. Robotics. Crowd-sourcing. Asteroid-mining. I was addicted 10 minutes into reading and could hardly wait to get anything and everything that book wanted to tell me into my head. You want to change the world? That particular mission was not on my to-do list before reading this, but now, I'm like "why not?" The advances in technology in the last few years are STAGGERING! I've read tons of business books, but this is the first to be truly current and offer actual sources and resources. 

  • Mayflower

  • A Story of Courage, Community, and War
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312

From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Removing the Blinders

  • By Karen on 07-21-06

finally, the truth about our first Thanksgiving

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-16

Any additional comments?

Hmmm...just finished "The Mayflower" and am left wondering what might have been, had different decisions been made some 400 years ago. This is a thought-provoking read. Start it mid-November and you'll be the hit of conversation at your Thanksgiving dinner. I've always wondered about the real first Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims. I knew enough to be heartsick over the treatment of the Native Americans but also assumed them be an intelligent people, not easily tricked into giving everything away. Besides, how could peaceful, religious-freedom seeking, sweet Pilgrims turn into blood-thirsty Indian-fighters. It never quite added up. This book revealed so much about what actually happened, then took time in the Epilogue to explain the inception of our modern day myths of our Nation's origin. In short, the first generation of Europeans to arrive on the Mayflower managed to create a peaceful way of life with the Indians (if still not quite a Hallmark card Thanksgiving.) This was in spite of horrendous treatment of the Indians by the French in their recent past. It was the next generation of both the settlers and Indians who initiated mass bloodshed and intolerance one for the other. PS. Commercial slave trade in North America began with the export of Native Americans: sad truth.