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  • Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian

  • By: Don Howard, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Don Howard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

These 24 lectures present a wide-ranging intellectual exploration of this iconic scientist, genius, and champion of social justice. More than just a biography of Einstein's life, Albert Einstein provides you with an inside look at how this brilliant thinker arrived at his various revolutionary breakthroughs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing, vivid account of Einstein's life.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-04-16

fulfils the three expectations raised by the title

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I found this a great series of lectures. The theoretical chapters are not easy, that's not possible, but Dr. Howard makes the ideas clear. His lectures complement other great courses in physics – Sean Carrol and Wolfson - they mutually clarify one another.

  • The World of Biblical Israel

  • By: Cynthia R. Chapman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Cynthia R. Chapman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

From Genesis to Job, the Hebrew scriptures contain some of the most influential stories in Western civilization. But what do these stories tell us about daily life in ancient Israel? And why do they still speak to us today? In 24 captivating lectures, Professor Chapman introduces you to the stories of the Judeans in exile and grounds them in their historical context, giving you a grand vision of history as presented in the scriptures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and informative but a bit too serious

  • By Jonathan on 11-10-14

interesting, intelligent, coherent, fascinating

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Dr. Chapman's lectures provide a background to the Old Testament stories that I've never been aware of until I listened to this series. it complements at least two other great courses – Jesus in Jewish influences, and the Old Testament.

I found it quite enthralling. Somehow her lectures enabled me to imagine the situations she describes. She has a real feeling for what she's talking about. As an English person it took a little while to get used to the accident, but not long.



  • A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Martyn Whittock
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

A fascinating new portrait of Medieval Britain that brings together the everyday and the extraordinary. Using wide-ranging evidence, Martyn Whittock shines a light on Britain in the Middle Ages, bringing it vividly to life. Thus we glimpse 11th century rural society through a conversation between a ploughman and his master. The life of Dick Whittington illuminates the rise of the urban elite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back in the dark ages.

  • By Teresa Cooper on 07-05-15

Kennen had a great career. His diary disappointing

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

What could Martyn Whittock have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He made the best of the book

What about John Telfer’s performance did you like?

Ditto

Any additional comments?

Kennen was a very astute man who wrote well
But not here

No comparison to the wonderful Maisky diaries in audible collections

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Traitors

  • A True Story of Blood, Betrayal and Deceit
  • By: Josh Ireland
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

September 1939. For years now Britain has been rudderless, divided and grievously unequal. Successive governments have floundered as they struggled to cope with economic misery at home and machinations abroad. Many of the country's citizens are seduced by fascism; others are simply left alienated by leaders who seem unwilling or unable to take the decisive action that is so desperately needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reading ok makes the best of a weak book

  • By professor robin matthews on 20-09-17

Reading ok makes the best of a weak book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Fewer cliches and more understanding

Really its invective

If the author has such a low opinion of the characters -why write about them?

Maybe they are very limited people, with little to recommend them but they must have had some complexity.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Gareth Armstrong?

Perhaps

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Traitors?

Tell the author to do some research or choose a topic he approved of.

We know the characters are limited and lack for the most part authenticity - but why??

  • 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
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    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

Wonderful content and lecturer

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

What made the experience of listening to Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature the most enjoyable?

The entire set of lectures are thought provoking The passion of prof Weinstein for the novels he chooses is quite infectious You want to share it

Really creative thinker

What was one of the most memorable moments of Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature?

All good/excellent but the. Interpretation of Emily. Bronte was exceptional

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

There are many moving moments

Any additional comments?

Thank the Prof

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Henry VIII: King and Court

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 25 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

This magnificent biography of Henry VIII is set against the cultural, social and political background of his court - the most spectacular court ever seen in England - and the splendour of his many sumptuous palaces. An entertaining narrative packed with colourful description and a wealth of anecdotal evidence, but also a comprehensive analytical study of the development of both monarch and court during a crucial period in English history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and absorbing biography

  • By Kirstine on 04-07-17

Outstanding popular history

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Henry VIII: King and Court to be better than the print version?

Probably yes

What other book might you compare Henry VIII: King and Court to, and why?

The great courses on tudors and stuarts would be a great companion to this and her other books

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey

  • By: Steven L. Goldman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven L. Goldman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

In this fascinating 36-lecture exploration of scientific growth filled with ideas, anecdotes, and insights. You'll see how 20th-century scientists have built on crucial 19th-century concepts such as energy, natural selection, atoms, fields, and waves to assemble a body of knowledge to stun even the most farsighted scientific thinkers of that not-too-distant past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent. Amazing range. Recommend most highly

  • By professor robin matthews on 05-06-17

Excellent. Amazing range. Recommend most highly

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey to be better than the print version?

A fascinating comprehensive overview of modern science.

What does Professor Steven L. Goldman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His intelligent lecturing style. He loves his subject. His ability toi interpret is outstanding

Any additional comments?

I listend 3/4 times. the notes were very good and close to the lectures

  • Classics of British Literature

  • By: John Sutherland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Sutherland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

For more than 1,500 years, the literature of Great Britain has taught, nurtured, thrilled, outraged, and humbled readers both inside and outside its borders.Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Swift, Conrad, Wilde-the roster of powerful British writers is remarkable. More important, Britain's writers have long challenged readers with new ways of understanding an ever-changing world.This series of 48 fascinating lectures by an award-winning professor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive Survey of English Literature

  • By GC on 28-07-13

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Classics of British Literature to be better than the print version?

Cant say. the notes are helpful though. Lecturing style interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Great consistent coverage.

Have you listened to any of Professor John Sutherland’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

I suppose Jane Austin for whose work the author has real affection.

Any additional comments?

Recommend highly

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

  • By: Robert Bucholz, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Bucholz
  • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 112

During the 229-year period from 1485 to 1714, England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called "the first modern society" and emerged as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world. Those years hold a huge and captivating story. The English survived repeated epidemics and famines, one failed invasion and two successful ones, two civil wars, a series of violent religious reformations and counter-reformations, and confrontations with two of the most powerful monarchs on earth, Louis XIV of France and Philip II of Spain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be ready to press pause ...

  • By Mr on 28-07-14

amazingly good

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

What did you like most about A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts?

The coverage is immense; coherent theme, informative and illuminating. Great

What did you like best about this story?

All aspects, lecturing style, information, research marvellous.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

difficult to say. All lectures of a great standard

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

Yes. But that would not to justice to the content.

Any additional comments?

Congratulations and thanks.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anthropology and the Study of Humanity

  • By: Scott M. Lacey, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Scott M. Lacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

What does it mean to be human? Where did we come from? And what unites us in our diversity today? Anthropology and the Study of Humanity is your chance to tackle these big questions as you survey one of the world's most engaging - and human - sciences. Taught by acclaimed professor and field researcher Scott M. Lacy of Fairfield University, these 24 wide-ranging lectures are the ideal guide through the world of anthropology, or the study of humanity across time and space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging tour through anthropology

  • By a reader on 14-06-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Would you try another book written by The Great Courses or narrated by Professor Scott M Lacey, PhD?

No. The lecturer is irritating and dumbs down a fascinating subject matter.

What will your next listen be?

Historical great courses most of which are really outstanding.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Patronizing style.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Fascinating subject matter. What a pity

2 of 8 people found this review helpful