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  • The Ottoman Empire

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

By understanding the dramatic story of the Ottoman Empire - from its early years as a collection of raiders and conquerors to its undeniable power in the 15th and 16th centuries to its catastrophic collapse in the wreckage of the First World War - one can better grasp the current complexities of the Middle East. Befitting a story of such epic scope and grandeur, every lecture is a treasure trove of historical insights into the people, events, themes, and locales responsible for shaping the story of this often-overlooked empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, Comprehensive and very balanced!!

  • By Sammy E on 09-02-19

Extremely biased, Pro Ottoman/Turkey

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

Reviewed: 18-01-18

Without a doubt the most biased "historian" I've ever encountered. I understand that the people researching an empire, most likely have a stake in toning down the worst qualities of said empire. I do however expect, at least a resemblance of, objectivity from your Professors, wich most of them attain. Not so i this Course, unfortunately... "Through no fault of the Ottomans" is probably the most spoken or implied sentence in this travesty.

I was looking forward to learn more about this once great empire, as I've successfully done with so many others, but this simply became an example on how NOT to act... when the Professor at times refer to the Ottomans as "we", and also tries to blame the Armenian genocide ON THE Armenians... that was the last straw of an already empty experience.

Also, the entire lecture seems a bit unordered, and can be hard to follow, due to his over enthusiasm and badly structured planning.

Hope you will be more selective in the future, but all other courses I've listened to, has been an absolute pleasure :)

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics. After that, you'll follow along as Professor Wolfson outlines the logic that led to Einstein's profound theory of special relativity and the simple yet far-reaching insight on which it rests. With that insight in mind, you'll move on to consider Einstein's theory of general relativity and its interpretation of gravitation in terms of the curvature of space and time.From there, you'll embark on a dazzling exploration of how inquiry into matter at the atomic and subatomic scales led to quandaries that are resolved-or at least clarified-by quantum mechanics, a vision of physical reality so profound and so at odds with our experience that it nearly defies language.By bringing relativity and quantum mechanics into the same picture, you'll chart the development of fascinating hypotheses about the origin, development, and possible futures of the entire universe, as well as the possibility that physics can produce a "theory of everything" to account for all aspects of the physical world. But the goal throughout these lectures remains the same: to present the key ideas of modern physics in a way that makes them clear to the interested layperson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitched at just the right level, very engaging.

  • By C. Mccartney on 07-08-13

Great insight, made for video

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

He often refers to his visual material, wich makes it a bit hard to follow at times (other than the obviously abstract ideas of quantum Sciences).

Still a great course, would recommend, a lot of interesting thoughts and facts :)

  • The Science of Discworld III

  • Darwin's Watch
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures who lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't stop reading

  • By X. Luo on 16-09-15

Interesting thoughts, but a bit on the abstract.

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

Reviewed: 25-01-17

It was an interesting assortment of thoughts and ideas. I was entertained and educated, but some of the topics were on the the more abstract level of theory.

  • The Light Fantastic

  • Discworld 2
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292

The Great A'Tuin, the heroic turtle who supports the weight of the entire Discworld, not to mention four giant elephants, swims through the galaxy day and night with the burden of being the only creature who knows exactly where the universe is going. Philosophers have long debated where this is, and are due to find out in about 2 months. Shall they worry?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The start of the legendary series...

  • By J Whitney on 05-10-07

Bad Recording

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

Reviewed: 15-07-16

The recording was absolute rubbish!, However the story was as always captivating and great fun.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,864

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A short Review of Nearly Everything

  • By Roy on 08-08-05

Great Inspiration

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

It's great for finding partikular subjects that captivates the individual reader/listener. I've found some new areas i definitely need to explore further.

  • Snuff

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,740
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,736

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse. And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder. He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More true to life than fantasy should be!

  • By Mr. C. Horsfall on 31-03-12

Exciting and fun

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

For the fans of Commander Vimes it is an awesome development into his new "relationship" and Willikins is badass as ever! ;)

  • Lords and Ladies

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 864

On a hot midsummer night in Discworld, everything seems perfect - crop circles are turning up everywhere, the witch Magrat Garlick is getting married the next morning, and everyone's buzzing with excitement. Unfortunately, the Lancre All-Comers Morris Team has gotten drunk on a fairy mound, and the elves have returned with the traditional traits of the magical realm of Fairie: evil, malice, murder, cruelty, and kidnapping.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Away with the fairies

  • By Beccameriel on 26-11-14

Great story, bad Performance/Recording

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

As always, the story was great!

Unfortunately, as with most of the other older recordings, there were irritating background noise and the performer makes it hard to differentiale between characters at times.

  • Feet of Clay

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,428

Who's murdering harmless old men? Who's poisoning the Patrician? As autumn fogs hold Ankh-Morpork in their grip, the City Watch has to track down a murderer who can't be seen. Maybe the golems know something - but the solemn men of clay, who work all day and night and are never any trouble to anyone, have started to commit suicide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovely

  • By Ann Ingham on 14-06-15

Bad recording

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

The sound was awful, there were a few bits missing and the narrator's voice does not range sufficiently to the number of characters.

The story itself was great as always :)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Men at Arms

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,777

The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving! These underdogs need all the help they can get, for they've been given only 24 hours to clean up the war-torn town.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, shame about the audio quality

  • By Daniel on 11-05-12

A blast :)

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

As always, awesome and brillant writing. I've probably just gotten a bit too used to Steven Briggs, he's better at distinguishing between the characters voices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of War [Blackstone Version]

  • By: Sun-Tzu, translation by John Minford
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver, Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A so-so read that could of been improved

  • By Francis on 30-05-06

Too much boring nonsese i this version.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-15

It was an incredibly boring way to explain this perfect manual... I simply had to skip the parts where she explains the history, to avoid hating the actual book! I am highly dissatisfied with my purchase!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful