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  • How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

  • By: Marc C. Conner, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Marc C. Conner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

Shakespeare's works are among the greatest of humanity's cultural expressions and, as such, demand to be experienced and understood. But, simply put, Shakespeare is difficult. His language and culture - those of Elizabethan England - are greatly different from our own, and his poetry, thick with metaphorical imagery and double meanings, can be hard to penetrate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Listen or Not to Listen…

  • By Ark1836 on 10-13-15

A must listen for the starting out!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

If you could sum up How to Read and Understand Shakespeare in three words, what would they be?

Improving your knowledge. This is it. The PDF is a great reference as he touches on so many great part of his works. They layers are so deep an he unfurls them like Russian dolls. I looked forward each day to learning and now have a base understanding of why his work is timeless.

What did you like best about this story?

The professor is passionate through out the course with great cadence and performance. He drills down into all the nuances and detail I would have never known to expand my even deeper appreciation for Shakespeare.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,687

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

Masterful! McCullough Succeeds again!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

What made the experience of listening to The Wright Brothers the most enjoyable?

The author reads the story and I felt transported back in time as if I was there with the brothers. The details and the drama of the story kept me parked in the driveway each night to finish a chapter before coming inside my home. The only thing I hated was the fact the book had to end.

What other book might you compare The Wright Brothers to and why?

If you loved his pulitzer prize winning book "John Adams" you'll enjoy this as much.

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

He weaves the facts with the drama and the tone and cadence of his voice made it a wonderful experience.

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

I would but don't have 10 hours to spare but I listened to it on the drive to work each day and loved every minute of it.

Any additional comments?

If you like great history I would say this is a must read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Real-Life MBA

  • Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career
  • By: Jack Welch, Suzy Welch
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 527

In the decade since their blockbuster international best seller Winning was published, Jack and Suzy Welch have dug deeper into business, traveling the world; consulting to organizations of every size and in every industry; speaking before hundreds of audiences; working closely with entrepreneurs from Mumbai to Silicon Valley; and, in 2010, starting their own fully accredited online MBA program, which now has approximately 1,000 students enrolled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good for beginners

  • By Ernesto V. on 06-30-15

Worth the read

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

As a listener of about 80 books in this zone it has a few good nuggets to add to your brain. Winning is still my favorite from Jack and Good to Great by Jim Collins is always the top pick for this subject.

3 of 3 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 2,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862

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

Fascinating Journey!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

Would you listen to The History of Ancient Rome again? Why?

The material was compelling and a journey into the past by a great professor.

What did you like best about this story?

The profound amount of change and struggle on how Rome evolved. I never knew and so glad I bought this.

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

I thought he spoke very well and for the amount of info I had to learn his cadence and tone was very good and I was hooked and attentive throughout and would buy another w/him.

Any additional comments?

I missed out on this history during HS and College and my curiosity led me to this book. I listened on way to work for about 4 weeks, one lesson each day, before my trip to Italy. I always wanted to know about this history and found it truly fascinating and exciting to learn something I may have missed. I'd never go read this and audio made it the only way to go. I think worth the investment of time if you want to round out your knowledge base on the world this is a must.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Human Stain

  • By: Phillip Roth
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739

It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HUMAN STAIN

  • By CHET YARBROUGH on 12-08-14

A brilliant author and story.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-15

He weaves the complexity of the characters like few other writers can do. The listen is long and the story takes time to evolve so taste is subjective on true value but it was worth it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • People Buy You: The Real Secret to what Matters Most in Business

  • By: Jeb Blount
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

The ultimate guide to relationships, influence and persuasion in 21st century business.

What is most important to your success as a sales or business professional? Is it education, experience, product knowledge, job title, territory, or business dress? Is it your company's reputation, product, price, marketing collateral, delivery lead times, in stock ratios, service guarantees, management strength, or warehouse location? Is it testimonials, the latest Forbes write up, or brand awareness?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it

  • By George on 08-27-13

Worth it

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

Reviewed: 08-27-13

Where does People Buy You: The Real Secret to what Matters Most in Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was a studio executive and now a consultant. I've listened to 35 books on various business subjects. It's a good book with some helpful self motivators to give you an extra boost of confidence as you deal with the probabilities of obtaining more revenue for your universe. You realize you are a brand. I don't recommend many books. If I had to rank my top 5 books of 35 I've read this would be # 4. Worth the listen.

Have you listened to any of Mel Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

good performance

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Rework

  • By: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,630

With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Quick, Timely, Contrarian Advice

  • By Paul on 06-18-10

Good one!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

What did you love best about Rework?

I've listened to about 25 books on business and forward thinking. There are only a handful of books that stick with me and this is one I often gift to people.