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

  • Written by: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
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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
  • wonderful knowledge

  • By Quinn musgrave on 2018-09-21

Informative and Fascinating

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Reviewed: 2019-04-26

This is one of the best courses I've listened to yet! Prof. Armstrong is an engaging and passionate teacher. Her delivery and thorough understanding of this material is easy to absorb. I really enjoyed this course

  • The Silence of the Girls

  • Written by: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
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The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting: Briseis. She was a queen of this land until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. Now she is Achilles' concubine: a prize of battle. Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war - the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead - all of them voiceless in history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must-Listen!

  • By Jesslovescoffee on 2019-01-09

A Must-Listen!

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Reviewed: 2019-01-09

I couldn't stop listening to this book! Wow. It was so well written. It was intelligent: you can tell this author knows the story of the Iliad and Trojan War backwards and forwards. The prose was so engrossing, so lyrical. The two narrators were both fantastic. I was imagining everything being described, down to smell of salt and feeling of hot sand. It was chilling and brutal in its matter of fact descriptions of the reality of war and sexual slavery and how we like to put a palatable sheen on HIStory. This book feels like a voice in the wilderness crying out to be heard. It's an ancient story but it reflects our modern times so eerily. The narrative choice to give Briseis an active first person narration and the male characters third person, more passive voice was brilliant. This is not their story, that one has been told before a thousand times. This one belongs to the girls, to the women forgotten in the sands of time.

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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • Written by: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
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Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Audrey Beattie on 2018-12-17

A Heartwarming Christmas Tale

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Reviewed: 2018-12-17

There is a beauty to the prose of this novel. Though the story is fairly predictable, it is lovingly told and there is a poetry to the descriptions and dialogue that you don't get anymore. Richard Armitage's performance was wonderful. He has a warm and inviting voice and his character dialogue isn't as destracting as many other narrators. I very much enjoyed this audiobook.

  • The Story of Human Language

  • Written by: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
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Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By Jesslovescoffee on 2018-11-23

Fascinating!

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Reviewed: 2018-11-23

I really enjoyed this course. It was insightful and illuminating. I learned so much about how languages changed over time and how that effects us today. My only quibble was the weird jabs and odd stereotyping the professor injected at surprising times. I suppose it was for humour's sake but it was a little off putting, especially since it would just come out of nowhere.

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  • Irish History for Dummies

  • Written by: Mike Cronin
  • Narrated by: Patrick Moy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
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Putting history into a perspective, Irish History for Dummies is an engaging, entertaining and educational trip through time, packing in equal parts fun and facts, providing listeners with a riveting history of this ancient land. The history of Ireland has shaped the world far beyond its borders. And few stories have a greater need for a balanced and light-hearted telling than the complex and often controversial saga of Ireland and her people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Overview for the Absolute Beginner

  • By Jesslovescoffee on 2018-06-13

Excellent Overview for the Absolute Beginner

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Reviewed: 2018-06-13

This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. I learned SO much. I knew only snippets of Irish History prior to listening. The book is informative but also very engaging. The reader was very good. His speaking style was interesting and relaxing. I very much recommend it for those who know nothing about Irish History.