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  • Native Peoples of North America

  • By: Daniel M. Cobb, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel M. Cobb
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
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    4 out of 5 stars 9
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    4 out of 5 stars 9

The Great Courses has partnered with Smithsonian to bring you a course that will greatly expand your understanding of American history. This course, Native Peoples of North America, pairs the unmatched resources and expertise of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian with the unparalleled knowledge of Professor Daniel M. Cobb of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to provide a multidisciplinary view of American history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too short!

  • By kevinsuperstar on 07-11-17

Too short!

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Reviewed: 07-11-17

This was a good course, but there is so much depth missing. Could have been twice as long.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Empire of Things

  • How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First
  • By: Frank Trentmann
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 33 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British Empire to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reflections on what we own and how it owns us.

  • By Wras on 07-03-16

A detailed history with importance for our lives.

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Reviewed: 29-08-17

This book was at times facinating but others, excruciatingly dull. It is a well written and expansive history that examines the social factors and implications of consumption. After the first chapter I thought I might find the content a heartbreaking indictment of consumer society and my own lifestyle, but the author manages to discuss the difficulties of consumerism without vilification.

You may not enjoy every minute or be swept away, but it is a worth your time to read this.

  • Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

  • By: Mark Berkson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Berkson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

According to polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Forum on Religion & Public Life, the majority of Americans fail basic tests about religion, including tests on their own faith. This is troublesome because religious literacy is about so much more than naming deities or knowing the stories of ancient history. For many of us, religion is a way to examine and understand ourselves. These 24 enlightening lectures offer you the chance to experience the world's religions from all angles – historical, theological, and cultural.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great overview of the world's major faiths

  • By Mr on 23-07-15

Good but too short

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Reviewed: 27-02-17

This is a great course but too short. I understand it's an intro level but compared to many of the great courses I felt like it was brutally breif.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A History of the Arab Peoples

  • By: Albert Hourani
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
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    4 out of 5 stars 20
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    4 out of 5 stars 20

Despite the turmoil of Arab nationalism and fundamentalism, Middle Eastern wars, and oil crises, the history of the Arab world has been little known and poorly understood in the West. One reason may be that, for more than half a century, there has been no up-to-date single volume work that chronicles the story of Arab civilization - until now.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A History that should have been abridged!

  • By Samuel on 23-11-06

A good thought provoking history

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Reviewed: 04-02-17

The one thing I dislike about this excellent history is that it equates Arab with Muslim. This is a great read for a history of Islam and the Islamic peoples and powers. But, while it makes regular mention of non-muslims, and overviews how the groups related, the history begins with the birth of Islam. Nessisarily, a huge part of the political and cultural makeup of the region is excluded to allow a detailed discussion of Islamic history. I missed this information at several points though.

I began this book because I felt I lacked a great deal of knowledge regarding the cultural history that makes this area so important in political life today. As a lay person, it was at some points overly detailed for my needs, but it remained interesting and thought provoking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alphabetical

  • How Every Letter Tells a Story
  • By: Michael Rosen
  • Narrated by: Michael Rosen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 60
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    4 out of 5 stars 52
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    4 out of 5 stars 51

From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this book will change the way you think about letters forever. How on earth did we fix upon our 26 letters? What do they really mean? And how did we come to write them down in the first place?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • read beautifully, gorgeously interesting

  • By Stephen on 15-06-14

So good I've listened to it 3 times.

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Reviewed: 09-11-15

Rosen tells a facinating story every chapter. After I first read the book, I thought all histories of English would be be engaging and I tried reading a few others but haven't finished one of those yet. He makes language present and noticible in ways I never considered.