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  • The Foundations of Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas F. X. Noble, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. X. Noble
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

What is Western Civilization? According to Professor Noble, it is "much more than human and political geography," encompassing myriad forms of political and institutional structures - from monarchies to participatory republics - and its own traditions of political discourse. It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it - I'll be ordering more

  • By First Impressions on 21-09-16

Really entertaining!

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Reviewed: 11-04-19

The lecturer has got the balance just right between detail and keeping the flow going.I was completely hooked as a absolute novice to most of the content. I thoroughly recommend it as great value!

  • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

  • By: The Great Courses, Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, and others
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 43 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent overview

  • By Richard Batty on 28-09-14

So informative and enjoyable!

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Reviewed: 19-02-19

Great series of well written and narrated lectures. each captured a view as America stepped through its history. Brilliant!

  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

Pure brilliance and entertainment.

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Reviewed: 19-02-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this! Captivatingly written and read. I really feel I have learned so much about the Roman way of life and psyche.

  • The Abolition of Britain

  • From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana
  • By: Peter Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Peter Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Prominent English social critic Peter Hitchens writes of the period between the death of Winston Churchill and the funeral of Princess Diana, a time he believes has seen disastrous changes in English life. The Abolition of Britain is bitingly witty and fiercely argued, yet also filled with somber appreciation for what the idea of England has always meant to the West and to the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Depressing

  • By Anonymous User on 19-12-18

Disappounring right wing diatribe.

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Reviewed: 19-02-19

I was hoping for a balanced historical, evidence based view. Unfortunately its a horrendous far right diatribe. Great if you are a Tommy Robinson follower. Not great if you are interested in balanced analysis anf inference.

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  • The Collected Short Stories of H. G. Wells

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A spine-tingling collection of the greatest short stories by the father of science fiction, H. G. Wells. 'The Time Machine', 'The Empire of the Ants', 'The Crystal Egg', 'The Sea-Raiders', 'The Door in the Wall', 'A Dream of Armageddon', 'The Country of the Blind', 'Under the Knife', 'The Stolen Body', 'The Plattner Story', 'The Stolen Bacillus', 'The Magic Shop', 'The Inexperienced Ghost', and many more short fiction masterpieces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Litterature - woeful narration

  • By Smeg on 19-04-18

horrible robotic voice.

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Reviewed: 19-02-19

Narator had a horrible robotic voice. Could not listen for more than 5 minutes. Avoid!