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Andrea Zuvich

England, United Kingdom
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  • The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

  • Muslims, Christians, and Jews Under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain
  • By: Dario Fernandez Morera
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Scholars, journalists, and politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain - "al-Andalus" - as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: It is a myth. In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its "multiculturalism" and "diversity", Fernández-Morera sets the record straight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A harrowing account of Islamic Spain

  • By Alex on 10-07-17

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Brilliant, engaging, and meticulously researched, this book ought to be required reading in high schools and for any adult who wishes to be more knowledgeable about the true Islamic impact on Spain.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries

  • By: Alan Charles Kors, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Alan Charles Kors
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Revolutions in thought (as opposed to those in politics or science) are in many ways the most far-reaching of all. They affect how we grant legitimacy to authority, define what is possible, create standards of right and wrong, and even view the potential of human life. Between 1600 and 1800, such a revolution of the intellect seized Europe, shaking the minds of the continent as few things before or since. What we now know as the Enlightenment challenged previously accepted ways of understanding reality, bringing about modern science, representative democracy, and a wave of wars, sparking what Professor Kors calls "perhaps the most profound transformation of European, if not human, life." In this series of 24 insightful lectures, you'll explore the astonishing conceptual and cultural revolution of the Enlightenment. You'll witness in its tumultuous history the birth of modern thought in the dilemmas, debates, and extraordinary works of the 17th- and 18th-century mind, as wielded by the likes of thinkers like Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Pascal, Newton, Locke, Hume, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau.And you'll understand why educated Europeans came to believe that they had a new understanding-of thought and the human mind, of method, of nature, and of the uses of knowledge-with which they could come to know the world correctly for the first time in human history, and with which they could rewrite the possibilities of human life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing and enlightening

  • By Andrea Zuvich on 28-04-15

Absorbing and enlightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-15

What made the experience of listening to The Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries the most enjoyable?

The amount of information included in this course was excellent - even though I study all these things, I still found it fascinating and I came away thinking about the philosophical topics in a better way.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

What does Professor Alan Charles Kors bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Some other reviewers have been overly harsh about Professor Kors’s delivery and pronunciation. It’s a lecture series and he has a regional accent. Get over it. Honestly, some of the negative reviews nearly made me refrain from purchasing the series altogether and I’m glad I didn’t do that. I would have missed out. I actually find the professor’s pronunciation quite endearing really. And anyway, it’s supposed to be about the content – and that is great. Professor Kors obviously has a lifelong passion for the intellectual history of the 17th and 18th centuries and his enthusiasm is wonderful to listen to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Frenchman's Creek

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: John Castle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Seeking peace of mind, Lady Donna de Colomb flees the stews of London and the Restoration court for remote Navaron. There she finds the boundless passion her spirit craves - daring to love the pirate hunted by all Cornwall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pure delight

  • By Anne on 25-05-11

Escape into a world of adventure and romance...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-15

Would you listen to Frenchman's Creek again? Why?

Yes, yes, and yes. What a moving story! The first thing I thought after I finished was that this was rather like The Bridges of Madison County - a woman is married to someone and has children with him, but her true love comes later and she must ultimately decide between her family and her lover.

If someone like me - a person who studies 17th-century piracy - can get swept away by Aubery, I don't know who wouldn't. I want to go on La Mouette with him and sail into the sunset. All the characters are delightfully created and although I had a strong dislike of Dona in the beginning, I soon warmed to her (which I think was the intention). It didn't take long to warm to the Frenchman - crikey! What a character. I absolutely loved this book, which I am sure I'll reread again because it is such a treasure.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Frenchman's Creek?

Every scene in which Dona was with Aubery. Wow.

What about John Castle’s performance did you like?

As for me, I hope John Castle has recorded a lot more because he was absolutely PHENOMENAL in his reading - every single character came to life so perfectly. The man is superb.

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

Yes, but I could only manage to listen to it in chunks - so that took a week. I wanted to listen to it straight through!

Any additional comments?

If you love historical fiction set in the 17th-century (or in any time period), adventure and romance - don't miss this book!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Roxana

  • By: Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Beautiful, proud Roxana is terrified of being poor. When her husband leaves her penniless with five children, she must choose between being a virtuous beggar or a rich whore. Embarking on a career as a courtesan and kept woman, Roxana passes from man to man in order to maintain her lavish, glamorous lifestyle. But this life comes at a cost; she is torn between sinful prosperity and the respectability she craves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was wonderful!

  • By Andrea Zuvich on 24-04-15

This was wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-15

What did you like most about Roxana?

I'm surprised at the negative reviews for this classic. I thoroughly enjoyed it and though Juanita McMahon's delivery was excellent - she brought the characters to life with her masterful delivery.

Published in 1724, and in the first-person as a memoir, “Roxana” describes her youth, marriage to a whom man she often refers to as “a fool” and the dire straits she found herself in following her abandonment by this man (the brewer).

I would, however, recommend potential readers who listen to this audiobook to also seek the full 1745 edition – as this gives a fuller ending (a common cause for complaint is the abruptness of the ending in the original and in the abridged versions).

I have to say, by the end of the story I was sad to be parted from Roxana's world. I had grown so attached; it surprised me!

Which character – as performed by Juanita McMahon – was your favourite?

She was excellent with Roxana and the two male characters who stood out the most because of her great delivery were the Prince in France and the Dutch merchant.

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

When she reunites with the Dutch merchant.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sentimental Education

  • By: Gustave Flaubert
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Frederic Moreau is a law student returning home to Normandy from Paris when he first notices Mme Arnoux, a slender, dark woman several years older than himself. It is the beginning of an infatuation that will last a lifetime. He befriends her husband, an influential businessman, and their paths cross and re-cross over the years. Through financial upheaval, political turmoil, and countless affairs, Mme Arnoux remains the constant, unattainable love of Moreau’s life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Andrea Zuvich on 11-12-14

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-14

What about Michael Maloney’s performance did you like?

Michael Maloney - a brilliant actor - gives an excellent performance in everything he does, and his reading of this maintains the standard awesomeness we have come to expect from him.

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

The final scene between Frédéric Moreau and his long-time love Madame Arnoux was tender and brought a tear to my eyes. I love the story because it's like a slice of life - nothing contrived or fantastical, but real and all-too-human.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful