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really worthwhile course !

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2021-02-11

great course that I would highly recommend. the instructor is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also accessible and engaging. food and culture are so inextricably linked that so much of the material in this course is great for general knowledge and also remains relevant to our everyday lives. definitely a good listen for people interested in history, culture, and gastronomy.

only okay...

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

Reviewed: 2021-02-06

I chose this book as it seemed well reviewed and a new take on the famous fall of Rome. That said I was not a huge fan for the following reasons :
- the author's objective is clear to change the narrative that the Roman Empire is seen as the 'good guys'. That said he does not present a more balanced account, he just flips the script with the Romans seemingly being all bad and the Goths being a tolerant and good people. He also seems to judge the Romans very harshly by modern standards of pluralism.
- as the author admits at the start, there are major gaps in the information about Alaric's life. So it feels to me as not a story about him, but a story about this time in the Roman Empire with random facts and assumptions about Alaric.
- I found the author's tendency to jump around in time to make this book difficult to follow especially in audio form.
To summarize this is not a bad book, but it is not one I really enjoyed or would recommend

good reporting

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2021-01-18

interesting and important story. worth the listen for sure. very easy time commitment needed

the room where it happens...

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2021-01-17

I'm not a fan of political biographies or autobiographies, so I was not sure what I would think of this. Overall it is a great book, well written with awesome narration from Obama himself. That said a few minor notes are
- it does a bit of his pre - politics history which was not my favourite.
- very detailed! This long book only ends at the Osama raid in 2011 and will be followed by a entire second volume.
-this book is good for a behind the scenes look at presidential decision making and as such is very political, so be careful if you have no interest in politics.

Overall, as long as you know what you are getting into, this is a great book! Thank you Mr. Obama for setting such a good example for our leaders.

awesome lecture series

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2020-12-15

This is really a great lecture series that would be of interest to anybody who appreciates history or the grand scale of the human experience. The lecturer is both erudite and engaging. The only thing to warn of is there is no reference to eastern societies (Chineses, Japanese, Mongol, etc) it sticks to more well known ones (Egyptian, Greek, Roman etc.).

a mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 2020-10-09

Mr. Harrigan's Phone - okay, but nothing special

The Life of Chuck - great story. one of the best short stories I have heard from King. some very cool ideas.

if it Bleeds- a continuation of the storyline from Mr Mercedes. I did not like that book, andwas not a fan of this story.

Rat- really great storytelling. classic King here!

decent book

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

Reviewed: 2020-09-14

Good book, without being great. As mentioned by other reviewers, this book does not go in chronological order but jumps around in time depending on what each chapter is about. this can be a bit confusing, but still overall a decent listen.

great lecture series!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-09-14

When I first saw this lecture series, I thought it would be hours of dry academic lessons. That could not be further from the truth. The teacher is young and enthusiastic which makes the lessons always interesting. The length of each of them (about 30 mins) is perfect for being able to dive into a topic but not too long that it's overly burdensome. Overall great subject matter that is all the more relevant due to our current pandemic. Definitely recommend.

Good, but not without its problems (SPOLIERS)

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

Reviewed: 2020-06-19

This is a very interesting story, but should not be mistaken for a traditional ‘survival’ story. It is most relevant for relating how a person could live without human contact for decades. Although this was no small feat of survival, the fact the so many supplies were stolen from cabins, mitigates that aspect of the story. It is clear that Knight likely has some different mental make-up which ensures that he is fine without human contact, but also very difficult to interact with (as the author found out). And this relationship is where I have my objections...

I was originally going to give this story a higher rating, but the actions of the author near the end I find to be very bothersome. I get that he wants to explore the reasons behind Knight’s unusual lifestyle, but he then seems to forget the some of the main points of Knight’s lifestyle were that he had complete autonomy and privacy. Knight could easily have died any winter day, but the author seems to be completely dismayed by the fact that he may one day make the choice to kill himself by going back outside. Similarly, Knight repeatedly asks to be left alone, and the author just disregards these requests. I will now do what the author seems to have difficulty doing and leave this story (and Knight himself) alone.

Great but, not great format

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-06-18

I love this book and Fukuyama's ideas and writing, but due to length and the material covered, I do not believe it is well served as an audio book. I recommend getting the paper version for reading.