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  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great course. so much info. loved it.

  • By M J North on 14-05-17

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 08-04-19

A really compelling narrative and the tutor's voice is so easy to listen to. One of my two favourite Great Courses tutors (the other is Prof M Hazen). Dorsey Armstrong delivers the news that the Black Death in many places killed 50% or more of the population then explores the many ways this shaped human experience and subsequent history and culture. I found myself reflecting on post apocalyptic and super hero fiction genres and wondering to what degree we owe these to the xhock of the plague.

  • The Long Take

  • By: Robin Robertson
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

A noir narrative written with the intensity and power of poetry, The Long Take is one of the most remarkable - and unclassifiable - audiobooks of recent years. Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can’t return home to rural Nova Scotia, and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he moves from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco we witness a crucial period of fracture in American history, one that also allowed film noir to flourish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May give you nightmares

  • By Sally P on 17-02-19

May give you nightmares

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Reviewed: 17-02-19

I loved the beautiful writing and this novel brought WW2 and its impact on survivors of combat alive for me in a totally new way. It ranges over three American cities as well as the battlefields of France, reaching into the 1950s and homelessness, hate crime, property development and earthquakes in California. An amazing creation - just be aware that some of the violence is very vividly drawn and may stay with you. Fascinating and unforgettable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Les Misérables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 67 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Les Misérables is set in Paris after the French Revolution. In the sewers and backstreets, we encounter "the wolf-like tread of crime", and assassination for a few sous is all in a day's work. We weep with the unlucky and heart-broken Fantine, and we exult with the heroic revolutionaries of the barricades; but above all we thrill to the steadfast courage and nobility of soul of ex-convict Jean Valjean, always in danger from the relentless pursuit of the diabolical Inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful though sound quality poor

  • By Sally P on 10-09-15

Wonderful though sound quality poor

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-09-15

There are some very slow chapters of pontification in Hugo's unabridged novel and this is the first time I have wondered whether abridged might have been shoos idea. However, I might have missed hearing some fascinating background about Paris, the Republic, and the labyrinthine Parisian sewers. A powerful story, the more so because the recording is so long. Great and skilful reading.

The files appear to lose quality by being over compressed - no problem through headphones but not great through a car stereo.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Wisdom of the Breath

  • Three Guided Meditations for Calming the Mind and Cultivating Insight
  • By: Bodhipaksa
  • Narrated by: Bodhipaksa
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The answers to the most profound spiritual questions lie within us-but how do we gain access to our deepest wisdom? "Breathing is the gateway to insight," reveals Scottish-born teacher Bodhipaksa, "and meditation gives us the key." In The Wisdom of the Breath, this master teacher guides listeners through breath-centered meditations for opening to the inner core of spiritual awareness we all possess.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended meditations

  • By Michelle on 14-10-11

Very good

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Reviewed: 24-06-15

Bodhipaksa has a beautiful voice. Good meditations and not too heavy on the direction. A good one to move onto after a while with his mindfulness recordings on counting the breath. At the end of the last meditation, "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this..." In a harsh voice, is very jarring. It needs a longer pause.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 407

Tsukuru Tazaki's life was irreparably changed when his relationships with his high school best friends became severed during Tsukuru's college days, with no explanation. Now at 35, Tsukuru's girlfriend Sara suggests he goes to talk to these high school friends in person to mend the relationships. Tsukuru visited his friends in Nagoya and Finland one by one, and uncovers the real reason as to why their relations were broken off.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Colorless Tsukuru is just that.....

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-09-14

Compelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-15

Several reviewers seem to have assumed that because the main character designs railway stations, watches trains coming and going and questions his value to the world, he must therefore be dull. Murakami's actually showing us the courage, strength and uniqueness that this lonely character doesn't know he has. I loved it and had to listen to the whole book in a day. It speaks to all of us who have ever been teenagers worried about our friendships. It leaves one question unresolved, and I'd like to have known what happened there, though we can guess.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful