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    • Ancient Civilizations of North America

    • By: Edwin Barnhart, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Edwin Barnhart
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 181
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 182

    For the past few hundred years, most of what we’ve been taught about the native cultures of North America came from reports authored by the conquerors and colonizers who destroyed them. Now - with the technological advances of modern archaeology and a new perspective on world history - we are finally able to piece together their compelling true stories. In Ancient Civilizations of North America, Professor Edwin Barnhart, Director of the Maya Exploration Center, will open your eyes to a fascinating world you never knew existed - even though you’ve been living right next to it, or even on top of it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Left me wanting more in the best possible way.

    • By Matthew Dennis on 10-29-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steven Novella
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,549
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,908
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,825

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Same Material Different Title

    • By rkeinc on 09-21-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
    • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937

    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great addition to my counseling practice

    • By Stephanie-Samantha on 01-09-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Garland
    • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,768
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,734

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tantalizing time trip

    • By Mark on 08-21-13

    Regular price: $52.95

    • Building a Better Vocabulary

    • By: Kevin Flanigan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kevin Flanigan
    • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275

    Building a Better Vocabulary offers an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English, teaches you the etymology and morphology - or the history and structure - of words, and delves into the cognitive science behind committing new words to long-term memory. By the end of the 36 enjoyable lectures, you will have a practical framework for continuing to build your vocabulary by discovering new words and fully mastering the nuances of familiar ones.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply amazing. Also, bad reviews can be explained.

    • By Christie on 09-29-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Why You Are Who You Are

    • Investigations into Human Personality
    • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark Leary
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 569
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 506
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 499

    To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As an addict, I listened to this book. Very Helpfu

    • By Happy Husband on 05-15-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,479
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995

    Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good lectures on mindfulness!

    • By Mike on 09-19-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Story of Human Language

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,054
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,774
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,734

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again

    • By SAMA on 03-11-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Great Mythologies of the World

    • By: The Great Courses, Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, and others
    • Narrated by: Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, Kathryn McClymond, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,457
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445

    The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • mostly awesome

    • By Dan on 03-16-16

    Regular price: $59.95

    • Changing Body Composition Through Diet and Exercise

    • By: Michael Ormsbee, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael Ormsbee
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      3 out of 5 stars 5

    Changing Body Composition Through Diet and Exercise presents the latest scientific research about changing your body composition, along with diet and exercise recommendations in incremental steps that men and women of all ages and fitness levels can follow. Led by Professor Michael Ormsbee, Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine, you will gain access to cutting-edge research that demonstrates what does - and doesn’t - work.

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Critical Business Skills for Success

    • By: The Great Courses, Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, and others
    • Narrated by: Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, Michael A. Roberto, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 18 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711

    What does it take to reach success in business - the kind of success that lasts? How do you set yourself apart from competitors or venture out into different markets? What does it take to develop streamlined processes, become a stronger team leader, and work your way up the corporate ladder?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Epic! It's like a complete 1st year MBA Curriculum

    • By Quaker on 05-22-15

    Regular price: $59.95

    • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ken Albala
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485

    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my top 3 favorite courses!

    • By Jessica on 12-28-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark Leary
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774

    Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors. What makes you happy? Where did your personality come from? Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors? Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent?Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Nowhere near the depth of typical Great Courses

    • By BryanW on 04-05-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: James Hynes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143

    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Theory AND Practice

    • By Madeleine on 11-19-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The American Civil War

    • By: Gary W. Gallagher, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Gary W. Gallagher
    • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,688

    Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Series

    • By Rodney on 07-09-13

    Regular price: $52.95

    • The Vikings

    • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
    • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,324
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309

    As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enthralling Presentation of a Fascinating Subject

    • By AppleCedAR on 09-14-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    • 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

    • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

    With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • History brought to life

    • By Joshua on 07-10-13

    Regular price: $9.95

    • 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 1,566
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376

    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

    Regular price: $59.95

    • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

    • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John Medina
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082

    In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

    • By Charles on 07-22-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Effective Communication Skills

    • By: Dalton Kehoe, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dalton Kehoe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 994

    From asking a waiter for an unusual substitution to urging a service manager to get your car finished sooner to swaying your significant other toward a particular film or show, many of the decisions you make are decided by talking. And no matter why you engage in face-to-face talk, there's no way to insulate yourself from the dangers of miscommunication. These 24 mind-opening lectures are your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so, and how you can improve your own effectiveness.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting Lectures with a Misleading Description

    • By James Garritano on 08-25-13

    Regular price: $34.95

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