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Arnold Cossor

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Quite superb.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-16

Where does The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a superb introduction to the subject.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The discussion on genetics was particularly good.

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Not brilliant.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-16

This book, which is not brilliantly read, is just a school level argument setting out the reasons to accept evolution as a fact rather than a theory which is likely to be true.
There is no discussion of the different theories of evolution or why Darwin moved towards a more Lamarkian approach with successive editions of his books. He turned out to be wrong about this by the way. The lack of a proper discussion on genes is especially alarming.
The author also seemed to miss that it was human evolution and not evolution generally that prompted the great conflict in the USA about the teaching of evolution in schools.
He also completely ignores some of the issues that fuelled the arguments against evolution, for example social Darwinism and eugenics.
Generally I found it had an overly simplistic approach to a subject that is far more interesting than it would appear from this book.
Instead of this book I would recommend the Great Courses audiobook on the Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy by Edward J. Larson.

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The Story of the Wooden Horse read by super Tony Robinson

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Reviewed: 10-02-16

I like this audiobook because it has a lot of information, it is very long and it is read by Tony Robinson.
My favourite part is the battle between Achilles and Hector.
My favourite character is #Odysseus because he is intelligent and clever and cunning.
(Dictated by my 8 year old son.)

Superb

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Reviewed: 24-12-15

This is a superb book outstandingly read. Certain ideas may seem dated and even wrong to the listener but it is a fascinating storey which captures a part and view of history increasingly being lost .

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Superb Course

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Reviewed: 29-11-15

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

Recommend this audiobook to a friend because it is a superb study of the subject and extremely well presented.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Each lecture was self-contained and a very interesting in its own right but if I was asked to pick one favourite area it would be the study of Zoroastrianism. This was a subject that I knew virtually nothing about. However the study of the Vikings, Chinese and early American peoples was just as fascinating.

What does Professor John R. Hale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Professor John R. Hale is a superb lecturer and continually keeps you interested by varying the perspective on the subject.

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

Far too long to listen to in one go! I was able to listen to 2 lectures in one day but any more than that and you will lose the impact of the information being presented.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to all of this lecturer's courses in the great courses range now and each one has been extremely good. I really do hope that he does some more of these courses in this format.

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Bit too long!

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This was a good course but it felt like it was a course that had been stretched out and it could easily have been two thirds of the length that it actually was. I also felt that different theories and explanations were not considered, compared and explained enough.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Good in places but was a bit one dimensional.

Not the best course on ancient history in the Great Courses series by any means.

Concise and interesting introduction

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-15

Good introduction .
It is well read and its shortness is refreshing as many audiobooks on ancient history and history in general can be excessively long.


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The best audiobook that I have ever listen to?

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Reviewed: 14-05-15

It is hard to imagine a better audiobook about contemporary music than this. This book covers a subject that many will feel familiar with. However throughout this book there is a feeling of authenticity and accuracy that it is hard to imagine being beaten in regard to this subject.
It really takes you into a time and place and makes it all real to you. It does not put forward detailed theories and interpretations but lets you decide how you use the material.
It somehow makes you feel that you are there but makes you forget the incredible impact that this period was ultimately to have on popular music and western culture overall subsequently.
I would also like to say that the reading is particularly good. The story is told in quite a leisurely way that again, seems to fit the material.
A great book on a very important subject. And audiobook that was a real pleasure to listen to.
Now for volume two................