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  • Popes and the Papacy: A History

  • By: Thomas F. X. Noble, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. X. Noble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Despite the papacy's enormous influence, how much do you really know about this ancient and powerful institution? Catholics and non-Catholics alike will enjoy these 24 illuminating lectures about this remarkable institution. Professor Noble gives you priceless insights into the dramatic history of the papal office and the lives of the men who represented it. Filled with interesting stories and remarkable insights, this course promises to educate, enlighten, and entertain you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is what it is

  • By Ian on 28-04-16

Is what it is

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

Reviewed: 28-04-16

Would you listen to Popes and the Papacy: A History again? Why?

Yeah, but it was really clear the first time around

What about Professor Thomas F. X. Noble’s performance did you like?

He's really knowledgeable and enthusiastic. If he has ideological biases, it doesn't bleed through. He touches on controversies (some centuries old), but he presents both sides fairly.

Any additional comments?

It's a perfect intermediate level history of the papacy. Each unit could probably also use a lecture series, but that's no the point of this. He also ties the papacy into concurrent events very well.

  • Heroes and Legends

  • The Most Influential Characters of Literature
  • By: Thomas A. Shippey, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas A. Shippey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Society Shapes Heroes

  • By Storfod on 08-07-14

For those who slept through English literature

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

Reviewed: 23-02-16

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beowulf and Bond.

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent way to frame a history of literature overview. Good for literature newbs, but also likely informative for those who want a bit of reading inspiration.

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  • Free Will

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mind blowing book

  • By Dom on 22-04-15

Heavy

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

Reviewed: 23-02-16

Where does Free Will rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top tier.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a readable and substantial case for the lack of free-will.

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

I did. Bears repeating and demands full attention.

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  • Everything's Eventual

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Judith Ivey, Boyd Gaines, Justin Long, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Nothing is quite as it seems. Expect the unexpected in this veritable treasure trove of enthralling, witty, dark tales that could only come from the imagination of the greatest storyteller of our time. In this eerie, enchanting compilation, Stephen King takes listeners down a road less travelled (for good reason) in the blockbuster audiobook Riding the Bullet. Terror becomes deja vu all over again when you get 'That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cracking.

  • By EMily Seaman on 28-02-15

Acceptable

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Where does Everything's Eventual rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I will never be able to explain my love of Stephen King, but it runs deep. Adjusting for aforementioned bias, a solid 7.
Full Dark and Bazaar are better.

What did you like best about this story?

Great pacing.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not too scary, but good fiction.

Any additional comments?

If you're not a Gunslinger fan, one of the stories is in that universe and is thus tortuous to get through.

  • Wilderness and Other Stories

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill, MacLeod Andrews, Will Damron, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

"Wilderness," a darkly intriguing short story first published as an e-book original, was written as prelude to Dean Koontz’s novel of mystery, suspense, and strange wonder - Innocence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Collection

  • By Ian on 18-02-16

Very Enjoyable Collection

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Where does Wilderness and Other Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A solid 8/10 in the horror/thriller short story collections. However, these are barely horror if you're looking for linger scares.

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

It's got a good pace, some short and sweet, some longer stories.

Any additional comments?

Many of these stories feel like they should be made into larger tales.

  • No Country for Old Men

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First time author for me

  • By Mark on 28-05-08

The Greatest Book of Ever

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Would you listen to No Country for Old Men again? Why?

Yes, and I have

Who was your favorite character and why?

At first, its Anton, but upon repeated listens the Sheriff and Llewelyn grow on you.

Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favourite?

He nails 'em all.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not without spoilers.

Any additional comments?

I can't explain why this is such a fantastic book. With the exception of Anton Chirgurh, who is amazing, this is a fairly straightforward story. However, you will spend this book alternating between hanging off of the edge of your seat and questioning the meaning of life.

  • The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]

  • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Olde English classic

  • By Zoe on 07-04-13

A Spot o' Banter

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only for those who liked good rhyming schemes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]?

The friar's tale

Any additional comments?

I want to translate all future books into rhyme.
Also, its not olde or middle English, very listenable.

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  • Foundations of Eastern Civilization

  • By: Craig G. Benjamin, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Craig G. Benjamin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

China. Korea. Japan. Southeast Asia. How did Eastern civilization develop? What do we know about the history, politics, governments, art, science, and technology of these countries? And how does the story of Eastern civilization play out in today's world of business, politics, and international exchange?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overall good but details need checking

  • By lilith_farrell on 12-02-16

China! China! China!

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

What did you like best about this story?

It paints a really good portrait of the Sinosphere, with China as the Sun and the other countries floating around it, each definitely their own country, but inexorably drawn in towards China's cultural mass.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, the description of imperial Beijing as a cosmopolitan hub was really well done.

Any additional comments?

The book has a great flow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Struggle, Book 1

  • By: Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett - translator
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

My Struggle: Book One introduces American listeners to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By Monsaraz on 17-05-15

Holy Existential Crisis Batman!

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

What did you like best about this story?

It makes a normal life sound epic. I've yet to listen to the whole series, but I suspect there will be a whole field of literature dedicated to this author-as-character story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The books is a series of really mundane vignettes told with such crazy detail. I have two or three really sharp moments, but every reader who has been a teenager will have their own moments of "Holy Guacamole! I totally know that feeling"

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  • How the Crusades Changed History

  • By: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Centuries have passed since the last crusader knight laid down his sword, but the Crusades continue to hold sway over our world. Because the Crusades have been so consequential to history, it's essential to understand the context, motivations, and preconditions of these dramatic military campaigns. In doing so, you'll not only get a fresher understanding of the Crusades, you'll discover surprising truths about why (and how) they were fought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Great Courses I've listened to

  • By Paul on 07-07-14

Thrills and spills!

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because they're all history nerds.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of the tales of Crusader hardship are amazing to listen to. Less about the appalling conditions, but also the spaceflight levels of chuztpah that these journeys entailed. And he gives a very balanced description to everyone.

Any additional comments?

The "historical" part was a good overview of the crusades in order, but the hook came with all of the sundry details. Also, really good at expanding the view from Muslims vs. Crusaders to West vs. Religious Orders vs. Byzantium vs. Levantine states vs. Arabs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful