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  • World War I: The Great War

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153

Touched off by a terrorist act in Bosnia and spreading all too quickly beyond the expectations of those who were involved, World War I was an unprecedented catastrophe with a ghastly cost. After this first "total war"-the first conflict involving entire societies mobilized to wage unrestrained war, devoting all their wealth, industries, institutions, and the lives of their citizens to win victory at any price - the world itself would never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT SURVEY COURSE THAT NEEDS MORE CHRONOLOGY

  • By Ark1836 on 06-08-15

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-18

One of the best Great Course series I have listened to, comprehensive and engaging. Recommended.

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,616

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Interesting

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-09-18

I agree with other reviewers, in that the first 1/2 of the book contains a plethora of seemingly useless detail. That said, this is a narrative worth hearing, remembering and pondering. The prose is rich and engaging and, I think, the narration is fitting. I enjoyed it.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,300

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Timeless, Inspiring and Engaging

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Reviewed: 12-15-17

This might be, perhaps, the most compelling survival story ever so throughly documented. Join the expedition, you won't be disappointed.

  • Outlaw Platoon

  • Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
  • By: Sean Parnell, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,393

At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!

  • By Chris on 04-09-12

Outstanding, Eloquent and Humbling

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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: 08-17-17

As someone who has not served our nation in uniform, this book has given me a more meaningful context to understand the sacrifice given by those that do. The book is eloquently written and expertly performed.