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Ruben Brooke

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  • The Path to Power

  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 40 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 117

This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story of a complex man

  • By PauseToThink on 14-10-15

Masterful

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Reviewed: 24-10-18

Well-read. Evocative and granular study of the early part of Lyndon Johnson’s life. A hard figure to pin down, but Robert Caro does an excellent job.

  • Churchill

  • By: Roy Jenkins
  • Narrated by: John Sessions
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

From the admiralty to the miner's strike, from the Battle of Britain to the Nobel Prize, Churchill oversaw some of the most important events the world has ever seen. Roy Jenkins faithfully presents these events, while also managing to convey the contradictions and quirks in Churchill's character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Ruben Brooke on 06-09-18

Excellent

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Reviewed: 06-09-18

A brisk yet vivid portrait of the life of the great man is colourfully narrated by John Sessions, including surprisingly accurate impersonations of Lloyd-George, Attlee, Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill himself.

  • The Odyssey of Homer

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44

What is it in Homer's Odyssey that has so enthralled readers from around the world for thousands of years? By joining Professor Vandiver for these 12 lectures on the Odyssey, you'll find out why.This literary exploration centers on a single provocative question about the epic poem's protagonist, Odysseus: Why does he long so powerfully to go home? To probe the depths of this question, you'll embark on meticulous, insightful examinations of the most important episodes in the Odyssey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Ruben Brooke on 23-07-18

Highly recommended

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Reviewed: 23-07-18

Elizabeth Vandiver has an approachable yet thorough approach to her subject matter. Pulls out some of the key themes and moments over the course of 11 hours of lectures.

  • Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

  • By: The Great Courses, Elizabeth Vandiver, James A. W. Heffernan
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver, James A. W. Heffernan
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

From the anonymous author of the Epic of Gilgamesh in ancient Mesopotamia to William Faulkner writing about Mississippi 3,600 years later, many of Western culture's greatest figures have been writers. Their landmark themes, unique insights into human nature, dynamic characters, experimental storytelling techniques, and rich philosophical ideas helped create the vibrant storytelling methods we find reflected in today's authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent lectures

  • By Meg Pajak on 21-05-16

A good, though inconsistent, general overview,

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-18

The best lectures were those that covered the ancient world and the Renaissance. The last lecturer, who covers the modern period, did a much worse job (stylistically and substantively).

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  • Metamorphoses

  • By: Ovid
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

The Metamorphoses by Publius Ovidius Naso (43 B.C. - A.D. 17) has, over the centuries, been the most popular and influential work from our classical tradition. This extraordinary collection of some 250 Greek and Roman myths and folk tales has always been a popular favorite, and has decisively shaped western art and literature from the moment it was completed in A.D. 8. The stories are particularly vivid when read by David Horovitch, in this new lively verse translation by Ian Johnston.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not at all what I was expecting.

  • By Tifrap on 30-04-17

Well Read

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Reviewed: 22-07-17

A good performance and lively translation. The stories themselves are timeless but many of the references, particularly to genealogies, are lost on the modern reader.

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