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  • Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

What did the "other" Scriptures early Christians followed say? Do they exist today? How could such outlandish ideas ever be considered Christian? If such beliefs were once common, why do they no longer exist? These are just a few of the many provocative questions that arise from these 24 thrilling lectures. Join the dramatic search for lost Christianities and learn why it's considered such an appealing subject to study.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • as always full of insights

  • By Ed on 05-07-17

as always full of insights

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-17

this course expands on a theme that is often referred to in histories of early Cgristianity; variations frim orthodoxy.

I paired it with a history if Judaism in the late Second Temple Period which worked well fir me.

I have tried to find fault with Professor Ehrman's logic many times and inly occasionally made it as far as raised eyebrows.

  • Jesus and His Jewish Influences

  • By: Jodi Magness, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jodi Magness
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Follow an acclaimed archaeologist to unearth the roots of Jesus' actions and teachings within the traditions and beliefs of ancient Judaism. These fascinating 24 lectures approach the subject of Jesus from a historical, rather than scriptural, perspective; one rooted in ancient texts and archaeological discoveries. This investigation reveals hidden insights into how the tumultuous events of early Jewish history shaped an individual - and a movement - whose legacy endures to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insights into ancient Jewish world

  • By Rustler Balfe on 31-12-15

A most most misleading title.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-17

this is a history of Judaism with limited references to Jesus. interesting anyway. tough going

  • The Mysterious Etruscans

  • By: Steven L. Tuck, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven L. Tuck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
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    4 out of 5 stars 33

How much do you know about the Etruscans? Many people, even those who are fascinated by ancient history, are less familiar with this intriguing culture than with the history of Greece and Rome - but the story of the Etruscans is equally captivating and far more important than you may have known. This ancient civilization prospered in the region of modern-day Tuscany, maintaining extensive trade networks, building impressive fortified cities, making exquisite art, and creating a culture that, while deeply connected to the Greeks and Romans, had striking contrasts.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but repetitive.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-07-16

fascinating exploration of an often missed topic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-17

this is a course that probably best serves those who already have a good understanding of the ancient world.

For those who think they know Rome, think again. Every chapter was an eye opener and filled in major gaps that I didn't know I had in my knowledge.

I found myself immersed in the story of a really likeable civilisation and I shall certainly explore them further as they deserve to live in our memories.

Highly recommended .

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  • 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 1,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401

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

entertaining and passionate

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-17

Ms Beard defines this book as belonging to a period ending before the decline of paganism and the origins of the early medieval christian world so there is little or nothing for the student of late antiquity.

The book excels in its account of the decline of the Republic and the vivid descriptions of everyday life in a fascinating chapter on rich and poor.

I found the book delightful and accessible and highly recommend it to the casual reader

  • The High Middle Ages

  • By: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 72

At the dawn of the last millennium in the year 1000, Europe was one of the world's more stagnant regions-an economically undeveloped, intellectually derivative, and geopolitically passive backwater, with illiteracy, starvation, and disease the norm for almost everyone.Yet only three centuries later, all of this had changed. A newly invigorated cluster of European societies had revived city life, spawned new spiritual and intellectual movements and educational institutions, and had begun, for reasons both sacred and profane, to expand at the expense of neighbors who traditionally had expanded at Europe's expense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent course from Professor Daileader

  • By David on 08-01-15

very disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-17

Compared to the first book in the series (which was wonderful) this history disappointed me on several levels.

Much of the content lacked any clear sense of time or place to the point where the descriptive sections lost some meaning.

at the very end there is a rather lame apology for narrowness of content. I agree that the content was limited. Almost no mention of Spain or the Islamic empire. very little about the territories to the east of modern day Germany or the middle east. Instead the last chapter concluded with a bit of hand wringing as to the volume and diversity of modern thought.

some interesting themes emerged such as demographics and Aquinas but these moments were fewer than I would have hoped. the speaker has an engaging presentation style.

I trust that the third in the series will be an improvement. please remember that the people buying these books are not academics but rely on these for clear presentation against busy professional lives.




  • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

  • By: Jeremy McInerney, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jeremy McInerney
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

This series of 24 lectures examines a crucial period in the history of the ancient world, the age ushered in by the extraordinary conquests of Alexander the Great. In all the annals of the ancient world, few stories are more gripping than those from this era. In the opening lectures, you'll explore the enigma of Alexander, son of a brilliant father, yet always at odds with the man whom he succeeded. Just as important to these lectures are the in-depth discussions of the bounties of Hellenistic culture, which contributed landmark ideas in everything from philosophy, art and architecture, and religion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Thematic Introduction

  • By Jurgen R Gatt on 26-01-19

fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-16

I have listened to this lecture series twice now. It is an excellent introduction to a vital period of antiquity and I recommend it for content and delivery

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  • The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Explore the dramatic interaction between Judaism, Christianity, and paganism in Rome from the 1st to the 6th centuries. Why did pagan Rome clash with the early Christians? What was it like to be a Jew or a Christian under Roman law? And how did Christianity ultimately achieve dominance in the Roman Empire?Over the course or 24 lectures, Professor Harl enables you to grasp the full historical sweep of this critically important era and its key figures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daunting title. Captivating analysis

  • By Ed on 26-01-16

Daunting title. Captivating analysis

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 26-01-16

If you could sum up The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity in three words, what would they be?

Clear reasoned humble

What did you like best about this story?

Professor Harl is passionate about his subject and delivers a compelling and poised appraisal of a complex process that he sees as descernible in shape speed and direction.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Professor Harl is careful to keep the listener away from presumptions drawn from the modern world but rather to configure the story of this transformation by careful analysis of culture economics and politics of the time.

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

No, there is too much material. I have listen to this book twice and will undoubtedly do so again. In addition it pays to read other authors too to see that this is a contribution to the profession of history more than an asserted viewpoint. There are other writers such as Bart Ehrman who I would read after reading Professor Harl

Any additional comments?

Professor Harl is particularly knowledgable about coinage which adds an element I have not encountered before

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  • The Alan Ayckbourn Collection

  • By: Alan Ayckbourn
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, Rosalind Ayres, Martin Jarvis, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
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    4 out of 5 stars 16
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    4 out of 5 stars 17

Six plays from the Olivier, Tony, and Moliere Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn: The legendary The Norman Conquests trilogy; as well as a brand new recording of his play Henceforward… starring Mad Men's Jarred Harris alongside Anne Heche; Just Between Ourselves starring Alfred Molina; and a remastering of L.A. Theatre Works’ recording of Man of the Moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this

  • By Fryer Ceramics on 20-07-16

tedious

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-15

Not a fan. I found the plays dull and the characters corny. maybe it's just not my thing

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  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barchester comes alive!

  • By Ian Henderson on 05-06-08

A classic for all generations endearingly performe

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-15

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

Fantastic to see all six books of the Barchester Chronicles presented with a full cast of excellent actors. Perfect for winter evenings. Perfect for the beach in summer.

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  • Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle

  • By: Robert C. Bartlett, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert C. Bartlett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
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    4 out of 5 stars 32
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    4 out of 5 stars 32

For more than two millennia, philosophers have grappled with life's most profound and "eternal" questions. It is easy to forget, however, that these questions about fundamental issues like justice, injustice, virtue, vice, or happiness were not always eternal. They once had to be asked for the first time.This was a step that could place the inquirer beyond the boundaries of the law. And the Athenian citizen and philosopher who took that courageous step in the 5th century B.C. was Socrates.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to hear their philosophy

  • By Steve on 22-09-16

A dry and unsatisfying slice of a vast pie

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-15

Would you try another book written by The Great Courses or narrated by Professor Robert C. Bartlett?

Covering the three greatest philosophers of Ancient Greece in one lecture series is ambitious to say the least. It started off well with Socrates but then the lectures jumped straight to Aristotle and I got very little sense of Plato's own contribution. That is my first criticism. My second is that the coverage of Aristotle was almost exclusively confined to the Nicomachean Ethics which is fine and perhaps should have made up an entire lecture series in its own right but this emphasis left me no wiser about Aristotle's other works.

Professor Bartlett is not the most captivating speaker. He crams a lot into each sequence so that your head is quickly reeling as it tries to capture points and facts and keep pace at the same time. I shall buy another couple of books and then come back for another go at this rather dry lecture series. My aim was to be equipped to tackle Augustine and Aquinas and I don;t yet feel up to that monumental read so this book has taken me less far than I hoped for.

By no means a waste of time. Not for the faint hearted but it does add enough value to be worth a listen by dedicated students of the subject.

What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

See above

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Robert C. Bartlett?

This question is ridiculous. Get a grip Audible

Could you see Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

This question is ridiculous. Get a grip Audible

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