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  • A Way With Words, Part II

  • Approaches to Literature
  • By: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
  • Narrated by: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In A Way with Words II: Approaches to Literature, Michael D.C. Drout leads a series of lectures that focus on the big questions of literature. Throughout, he introduces the major schools of literary and critical thought and employs illuminating examples from the world's most important literary works. This course proves a wonderful exploration of one of humankind's most cherished pursuits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding Literary Critics

  • By Irena on 24-03-09

Understanding Literary Critics

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-09

This course is about literary criticism and its different schools and theories. Actually it was not exactly what I expected. I think it should have been named "Understanding Literary Critics" instead of "Understanding Literature". There are many interesting ideas, insights and tidbits but in my opinion it lacks the narrative skeleton, especially in comparison with "The Way With Words, Part 1" which is devoted to rhetorics. But anyway, professor Michael Drout is such an brilliant lecturer and talker that I have come to the point when I would gladly listen to his lectures about anything, they are never boring regardless of the subject.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Tyrannosaurus Sue

  • By: Steve Fiffer
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

In 1990, Peter Larson, with his team of commercial fossil hunters from the Black Hills Institute, discovered the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex specimen in history. He dubbed it "Sue" after the field paleontologist who first saw it sticking out of a sandstone cliff on the ranch of Maurice Williams, a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member in South Dakota's badlands. Because the skelton was 90% complete, its study promised to yield up priceless information on the life and habits of the T Rex.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suing for Sue

  • By Irena on 24-03-09

Suing for Sue

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-09

The story of the discovery of the legendary T-Rex Sue and of the following legal battle of "suing for Sue" is amazing but the narrative is so overwhelmed with legal details I am sure I would never reached the end of this book if I were actually reading it and not listening to an audio book.

Sometimes the narrative jumps to the general aspects of paleontology and history of the dinosaurs discovery and it is a welcome relieve from the legal proceedings but I am glad it wasn't the first book I read on this subject. It is not so easy to figure out a clear picture from these jumps.

  • Behold the Mighty Dinosaur

  • Behold the Mighty Dinosaur
  • By: John Kricher
  • Narrated by: John Kricher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Before their extinction, dinosaurs dominated Earth's terrestrial habitats for about 160 million years. They present the ultimate puzzle in forensic science, but we have learned a great deal about them in the last 50 years. This lecture series will explain the evolutionary and ecological relationships among dinosaurs, what it might have been like to be present in their time, and the question of what ultimately brought about the total extinction of dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Irena on 27-10-08

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-08

This is an extremely interesting set of 16 30 minutes lectures about dinosaurs
that recently has become available for download at www.audible.com.
A lecturer practically brings dinosaurs to life in all their glory and ore.
He is not only an insider in paleonthological research but also a great storyteller and the course is full not only with descriptions of different dinosaurs species but also with stories about people that discovered and reconstructed dinosaurs and with many amazing topics like evolving of life on earth, evolution of dinosaurs, dinosaurs in pop culture, birds as modern dinosaurs, warm blooded dinosaurs, Bone Wars and of course disappearance of dinosaurs. The story of Bone Wars alone which I never heard about before makes the course worth listening.
I did not have great expectations from these lectures but I ended up enjoying every minute of listening.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful