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  • The Aeneid of Virgil

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The Aeneid is the great national epic of ancient Rome, and one of the most important works of literature ever written. And with Professor Vandiver's 12 instructive lectures, you'll enter fully into the gripping tale that Virgil tells. Join Aeneas on his long journey west from ruined Troy to the founding of a new nation in Italy, and see how he weaves a rich network of compelling human themes. Your encounter with the Aeneid focuses on careful, detailed examinations of the epic's background, main themes, and significant episodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and lucid series of lectures

  • By Mr. D on 10-01-15

Extraordinarily Well Taught.<br />

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Reviewed: 03-12-18

Anyone moved to read the Aeneid with understanding should take this remarkable course. Prof. Vandiver is a wonderful guide to the riches that this timeless classic contains.

  • China: A History by Keay, John (2009)

  • By: John Keay
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 25 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 14
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Despite the recent rise of China to a position of dominance on the world economic stage, Chinese history remains an elusive subject. Yet it is this vast narrative of appalling loss, superhuman endeavor, and incredible invention that has made China the superpower it is today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really bad narration, computer generated?

  • By Anonymous User on 29-10-18

Fascinating!

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Reviewed: 08-07-18

To anyone curious about this extraordinary country, or, indeed, coming to it for the first time, this masterful book is the place to start.

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  • The Popes

  • A History
  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Well known for his histories of Norman Sicily, Venice, the Byzantine Empire and the Mediterranean, John Julius Norwich has now turned his attention to the oldest continuing institution in the world, tracing the papal line down the centuries from St Peter himself – traditionally (though by no means historically) the first pope – to the present Benedict XVI.Of the 280-odd holders of the supreme office, some have unques­tionably been saints; others have wallowed in unspeakable iniquity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stroll through 2,000 Years of European History

  • By R on 15-09-11

A most interesting catalogue.<br />

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Reviewed: 06-06-18

This book, together with many others, illustrate just how much the world of letters has lost with the recent death of John Julius Norwich. Probably the last of,what the Victorians called, 'the learned gentleman ' John Julius saw and recorded the broad sweep of history in an elegant but unfussy prose. I cannot recommend his work too highly

  • The Borgias

  • The Hidden History
  • By: G. J. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Enn Reitel
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
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    4 out of 5 stars 33
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    4 out of 5 stars 32

The startling truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a remarkable new account by the acclaimed author of The Tudors and A World Undone. Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G. J. Meyer offers an unprecedented portrait of the infamous Renaissance family and their storied milieu.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horses for Courses!

  • By Clementi on 27-07-15

The Real Borgias

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Reviewed: 06-05-18

An important Book for any interested in Renaissance Italy, it's Popes and politics. A book that debunks centuries of myth regarding the Borgias and places the family within the context of their age.

  • A Brief History of Time

  • From Big Bang to Black Holes
  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite, or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos, from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the big bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and intelligible

  • By Anthony on 21-03-17

An Extraordinary Work.

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Reviewed: 16-10-17

l was completely bowled over by this book. However, I am going to listen to it again, this time with the book itself to get my poor head round some of the concepts.

  • The History of Western Art

  • By: Peter Whitfield
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Comberti
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 34
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

What is art? Why do we value images of saints, kings, goddesses, battles, landscapes or cities from eras of history utterly remote from ourselves? This history of art shows how painters, sculptors and architects have expressed the belief systems of their age: religious, political and aesthetic. From the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece, to the revolutionary years of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the artist has acted as a mirror to the ideals and conflicts of the human mind.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not entirely what was expected

  • By Crocker on 28-01-12

Thought Provoking

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Reviewed: 22-09-17

A splendidly thoughtful exposition on the world of western art. Highly recommended for anyone with a passing interest in Art.

  • The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad

  • By: Joyce E. Salisbury, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Joyce E. Salisbury
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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    4 out of 5 stars 51
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Spain has played a unique and essential role in Western civilization. To understand the unfolding of Spain's epic history is to come to terms with one of the West's great cultures, and to grasp its enduring presence and impact on the world stage. In these 24 accessible lectures, Professor Salisbury presents a broad and enthralling panorama of Spanish history, covering the centuries from the first prehistoric settlement of the peninsula to Spain's 20th century civil war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-18

An enthusiasm shared,<br />

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Reviewed: 07-09-17

As an extramural resident for many years, I approached this course with some trepidation given perceived American attitudes towards Islam and Communism. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and centeredness of the lectures. The carefully told story of the second Republic and the subsequent decades of Franco was well done given the complexity and the polar opinions these issues still maintain. I would warmly recommended this course to anyone interested in this remarkable country.

  • Wittgenstein: Philosophy in an Hour

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Wittgenstein in just one hour. Ludwig Wittgenstein saw himself as ‘the last philosopher’. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished. A superb logician, Wittgenstein distrusted language and sought to solve the problems of philosophy by reducing them to the purest form of logic. Everything else - metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, finally even philosophy itself - was excluded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sassy but balanced

  • By ls822 on 11-07-18

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 04-03-17

In my view, the best analysis of Wittgenstein, the man and his philosophy, since Ray Monk. Enjoy.

  • The Life and Work of Marcel Proust

  • By: Neville Jason
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    5 out of 5 stars 12
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This, the first audio-biography of Marcel Proust, tells the story of one of the world's most original and admired literary geniuses. From his youth in the salons of Belle Epoque Paris, we follow his progress through to his later years when, as a near recluse, he writes through the nights in his cork-lined bedroom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painless, unpretentious, insightful introduction

  • By Mary on 28-08-14

Wonderful!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-16

A remarkable tour de force. A difficult and complex subject treated with such gentle awareness. I would recommend this audio book unreservedly.

  • 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 1,531
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

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

History as it should be taught.

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Reviewed: 04-12-15

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

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a 'good read'. Mary Beard tells the gripping story of Rome with great verve and a feeling for the subject that marks her out as one of our finest classicists.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cicero, without doubt, and I guess that this politician and political fixer is one of Mary Beard's too!

What about Phyllida Nash’s performance did you like?

Beautifully delivered in an English that I thought was lost in a mire of Americanisms. Phyllida Nash's reading was an additional pleasure.

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

There was nothing that moved me beyond awe at the way in which Mary Beard presented her subject.

Any additional comments?

My only further comment would be to anyone who loves History, not just ancient history, to get Audible's rendition , sit back and be transported!

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