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  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • Written by: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 97
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
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    5 out of 5 stars 87

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting!

  • By Meredith on 2018-12-25

Gripping Reading

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Reviewed: 2019-02-24

I felt the narration of this most interesting book was excellent. While much of the content demonstrated man's inhumanity to man there were also examples of wonderful sacrifice, particularly that of Father Damian. If I have a complaint it is that I felt at times Jennifer overstated her case. Lobotomy was a very dark page in medical history but I wonder whether some of the proponents were not simply children of their age rather than basically evil people. One remembers the quote from "Woodbine Willie" of First World War fame, "I'm a man and man's a mixture right down from his very birth. For part of him comes from heaven and part of him comes from earth".
Roy Godber

  • Why You Are Who You Are

  • Investigations into Human Personality
  • Written by: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Leary
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly classification, less causation.

  • By Richard on 2018-08-07

Excellent Reading

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Reviewed: 2018-12-18

I really enjoyed this book and found it full of useful information. Mark, or whoever was the reader, spoke with great clarity and with compelling diction. Much of the content was not new but there were also new insights which I appreciated.
Roy Godber