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  • The Iliad of Homer

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

For thousands of years, Homer's ancient epic poem the Iliad has enchanted readers from around the world. When you join Professor Vandiver for this lecture series on the Iliad, you'll come to understand what has enthralled and gripped so many people.Her compelling 12-lecture look at this literary masterpiece -whether it's the work of many authors or the "vision" of a single blind poet - makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read and informative

  • By rbooler on 25-07-18

Grabbed my attention!

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Reviewed: 06-02-17

Thoroughly enjoyed prof Vandiver's argumentation of the Iliad. I highly recommend it for its exposition.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature

  • By: Arnold Weinstein, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Arnold Weinstein
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

What if you could travel anywhere, whether Europe, South America, or the remote reaches of the African continent? And what if you could choose not only your destination, but your era, as well-so that you might choose from the sparkling court society of 18th-century France, a 19th-century whaling ship out of New Bedford, or the streets of Dublin in the early part of the 20th century?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful content and lecturer

  • By professor robin matthews on 20-09-17

Thoroughly enjoyed it

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Reviewed: 24-11-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature to be better than the print version?

Can't say.

What did you like best about this story?

Prof Weinstein is really passionate about the subject and challenges you to look deeply into the meaning of things expressed in books.

What about Professor Arnold Weinstein’s performance did you like?

Prof Weinstein's knowledge on the subject.

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

The audiobook made me think differently.

Any additional comments?

This was my first book from the The Great Courses and it definitely made an impression on me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great course. so much info. loved it.

  • By M J North on 14-05-17

Interesting story

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Reviewed: 29-08-16

What made the experience of listening to The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague the most enjoyable?

The presenter tells the story with a lot of enthusiasm which grabs one's attention.

What did you like best about this story?

The story made it clear how the Black Death had economic, social, and cultural relevance to the way human history changed and developed.

What does Professor Dorsey Armstrong bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Prof. Armstrong brings in a lot of enthusiasm and vivacity while telling the story. Her familiarity with the subject is well expressed in various cross-subject references prof. Armstrong makes.

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

The lecturer kept me listening with interest.

  • Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative

  • By: Arnold Weinstein, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Arnold Weinstein
  • Length: 32 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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The major texts of Western culture are a gateway to wisdom that can widen your views on self and society in enduring ways. And now you can examine its most important works - whether drama, poetry, or narrative - in this series of 64 penetrating lectures that reveal astonishing common ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, Informative English Literature course

  • By Farniboy on 21-04-15

Very enjoyable narrative to listen

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Reviewed: 01-04-16

Prof. Weinstein's way of presentation is engaging and interesting. The lectures are chronologically structured and different literary genres are introduced. I would definitely recommend the course.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful