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Alicia Roy

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  • The Golden Ass

  • Written by: Apuleius, E. J. Kenney - translator
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

In this ancient picaresque adventure, Lucius, an insatiably curious young man, finds himself transformed into a donkey after his fascination with black magic and witchcraft goes awry. While trapped in his new body, he becomes the property of thieves, farmers, cooks, soldiers and priests, and observes the hypocrisy and ineptitude of Imperial Roman society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Lit is not too serious

  • By Alicia Roy on 2019-03-02

Classic Lit is not too serious

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-02

Okay, I am still trying to process what I just listened too. This story is a wild ride and I enjoyed every moment of it. It is well written, you will not guess what happens next and David Timson was a joy to listen to.

  • Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World

  • Written by: Scott McCormick
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi, Samantha Turret, Khristine Hvam, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Did you know that most of our dinosaur fossils were discovered because two grown men absolutely hated each other? It’s true! Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World is a riotous audio exclusive, like if Monty Python taught your history class. Each volume of four 30-minute histories will dig into the petty name-calling and grumbling grudges that led to many of the world’s greatest advancements, all delivered with a cheeky sense of humor. Choose sides: Cope or Marsh, the jerks who discovered so many dinosaurs; Hamilton or Burr, whose rivalry fueled American politics; and many more....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • history and humour

  • By SJW2015 on 2019-03-03

Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-28

Seriously buy this. This is a such a fun listen. The narrator is great and the random voice actors and sound effects make a great impact and reinforce what the narrator says.
As for the content, they are classic rivalries and I need a movie or play about the bone wars and the Puma vs Adidas rivalries. They are wonderful stories.
Personally, children younger then 8 could listen to this, a lot of the jokes are childish. But some jokes could be a little riské and there is mention of womanizing and seducing of people.

  • The Silk Road

  • A New History
  • Written by: Valerie Hansen
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

In The Silk Road, Valerie Hansen describes the remarkable archaeological finds that revolutionize our understanding of these trade routes. The Silk Road is a fascinating story of archaeological discovery, cultural transmission, and the intricate chains across Central Asia and China. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wish It Was Better

  • By Alicia Roy on 2019-01-02

Wish It Was Better

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-02

First the positive, the content was interesting. The book was more about the inbetween cities and villages on the Silk Road, instead of the major cities. Hansen spoke about the archeology and the history we know about the places. It made me want to know more about the smaller communities making their living on the Silk Road.
However, Jo Anna Perrin was a really boring narrator. As well as the writing style was meh. As interesting as the subject matter is, the narration and the writing style was just boring.

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  • 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

  • Written by: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1066

  • By Alicia Roy on 2019-01-02

1066

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-02

This was the first Great Courses course I’ve listened too and because I had such a good experience with this course I started buying more and more courses. I devoured this one morning and I was unable to stop listening. Professor Jennifer Paxton was a joy and I wish she had more courses. I’m still impressed by how much information she was able to pack in 3 hours.
It was a great purchase.

  • Music as a Mirror of History

  • Written by: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In Music as a Mirror of History, Great Courses favorite Professor Greenberg of San Francisco Performances returns with a fascinating and provocative premise: Despite the abstractness and the universality of music - and our habit of listening to it divorced from any historical context - music is a mirror of the historical setting in which it was created. Music carries a rich spectrum of social, cultural, historical, and philosophical information, all grounded in the life and experience of the composer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and entertaining

  • By May Fung on 2018-09-13

It's Great!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-29

This was pretty relaxing to listen to. I liked Robert Greenberg. He was engaging and made me laugh, my favourite joke was when he called Putin Voldermort's lookalike. As well as during these lectures I got lost in his telling of history only to wonder why is he talking about a composer or why is concert music playing all of a sudden, only to remember that's why I am listening to these lectures. It's a compliment because I like it when I can get lost in one of the Great Courses and just learn something new.
The point of these lectures is to learn about the historical contexts of someone music's great pieces (as well as one of music's no so great pieces) and it did it's job extremely well. It made me feel a greater appreciation for the composers and their work, enough that I went on youtube to listen to the pieces.
I would have liked some older music included, but as it stands it is great.

  • The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon

  • Written by: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

What different kinds of books are in the New Testament? When, how, and why were they written? And why did some books, and not others, come to be collected into what Christians came to consider the canon of scripture that would define their belief for all time? With these 12 lectures, get a fast-moving yet thorough introduction to these and other key issues in the development of Christianity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Making of the New Testament Canon

  • By Alicia Roy on 2018-12-26

The Making of the New Testament Canon

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-26

This was very interesting and makes one think about the New Testament. Not only do I wonder what could have been if Infancy Gospel of Thomas or the Apocalypse of Peter was added, but also I understand better why the New Testament is organized like it is. Honestly, it makes you look at it and think about it in different ways. You start to understand that each gospel was written for a different audience, which now it makes sense that they were are so similar but also why they have their differences.

Like the best of the Great Courses, it makes me wonder and think.

Honestly, I'm a little disappointed that there isn't one about the Old Testament.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • Written by: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

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

Precious

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-24

I got this because it was free, and honestly, I thought it was going to be okay. I was pleasantly surprised by the charm of the story.The story was extremely predictable but the journey was worth it. Also, it's shortness worked in it's favour, if it was longer, the story would have overstayed it's welcome.
This story was precious, warm, charming and familiar, like Christmas.

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  • English Grammar Boot Camp

  • Written by: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language. But what is grammar? In fact, it's the integral basis of how we speak and write. As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Strange Boot Camp But Helpful One

  • By 101mystic on 2018-09-19

English Grammar Boot Camp

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-23

When I saw the title "English Grammar Boot Camp" I thought this course would be dry and strict. Honestly, I am pleasantly surprised that this course was enjoyable and engaging, something I don't think anyone would have thought courses on grammar would be. This was seriously great and it's all because of Anne Curzan. Her voice was wonderful, it was gentle and also passionate about the subject. She loves grammar and you can tell by her voice (also she mentions it a few times). And it goes without saying but she was extremely knowledgeable about the subject. I didn't know how much history there was about certain grammar and usage rules there are. I wish they taught the history in school, probably would have made a lot more of these rules easier to learn.

I would use the course guide while listening to this.

As an aside, after listening to a few Great Courses courses about linguists, I do bemoan the death of the singular second person in English. I'm also more self conscious on what I use for the plural second person. I stopped mid thought to go, "Did I just use you guys?"

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

  • Written by: Simon Armitage
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The famous Middle English poem by an anonymous Northern England poet is beautifully translated by fellow poet Simon Armitage in this edition. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" narrates in crystalline verse the strange tale of a green knight who rudely interrupts the Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love This

  • By Alicia Roy on 2018-12-19

I Love This

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-19

Medievalist call this a masterpiece and yes it is.

The Audiobook begins with some author notes, which is always appreciated. I like to know more about the books I read or listen to. Not only that, Simon Armitage explains why he translated the text as he did.

Then, the audiobook goes to the text itself. Anyone you likes King Arthur or mythology should read this text. It’s a great story. As most Arthurian text, King Arthur is barely in this, but he has such a presence and he seems so joyous and fun. Also, Sir Gawain is my favourite king of the round table and this is one of my favourite versions of Gawain. When I first listened to this, I was a little shocked by the anti-climatic ending but the more I listens to the text, the more I love it. It’s actually funny. Be honourable and honest, however we are not perfect especially when we don’t want to die. As long as the reasons are honourable, it’s okay not to be perfect.

Then, the audiobook goes into the Middle English original version of the text. While it’s hard to actually understand the Middle English, it’s nice to fall asleep too. It has a nice melody that helps me sleep.

I loved Simon Armitage’s translation so much, not only did I buy the physical book, I bought his other Arthurian translation, the Alliterative Mort D’Arthur.

  • How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals

  • Written by: William Lidwell, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: William Lidwell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

A must-have course for corporate leaders, design professionals, marketers, and anyone else who communicates visually, How Colors Affect You tells you everything you need to know about the science of color and its impact on all aspects of human experience. These lectures will give you a beautiful new perspective on color - one rooted in credible scientific knowledge and not popular myth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Review

  • By Alicia Roy on 2018-12-19

Review

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-19

These lectures were enjoyable and with the Great Courses, there is always something new to learn. Like the rating says, it's pretty good. I like some the advice Professor Lidwell gives, like don't wear green or yellow on a date, it will subconsciously make your date think you more sickly. However, it doesn't seem long enough. I would have like more. Also, I why is there not a pdf with lecture notes and extra material?
If you are interested in the subject I would suggest to listen to this course because you will learn something.