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    • Great Mythologies of the World

    • Written by: The Great Courses, Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, and others
    • Narrated by: Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, Kathryn McClymond, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By oleg on 2018-09-17

    Price: CDN$ 80.58

    • Sapiens

    • A Brief History of Humankind
    • Written by: Yuval Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,633
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      5 out of 5 stars 2,293
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285

    In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'll definitely listen to this again.

    • By Shea Earl on 2017-11-25
    • A Brief History of Humankind
    • Written by: Yuval Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 2017-09-13
    • 5 out of 5 stars 2,633 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 48.81

    • The Story of Human Language

    • Written by: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    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

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • Helter Skelter

    • The True Story of the Manson Murders
    • Written by: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great "read"

    • By Tony on 2018-02-21

    Price: CDN$ 53.70

    • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • Written by: Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Informational, but at times dull

    • By Steve on 2019-03-12

    Price: CDN$ 37.53

    • The Story of World War II

    • Written by: Donald L. Miller, Henry Steele Commager
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 24 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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      5 out of 5 stars 51

    Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought - and whose outcome was in greater doubt - than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to previously censored testimony.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing!!!

    • By Justin Mullin on 2018-12-09

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • The Fall and Rise of China

    • Written by: Richard Baum, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Richard Baum
    • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 75
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      5 out of 5 stars 67
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      5 out of 5 stars 67

    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect Summarization of Modern China

    • By Ryan McGregor on 2018-02-05

    Price: CDN$ 71.17

    • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • Written by: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ken Albala
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 36
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    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By tc on 2018-11-17

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • Written by: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bob Brier
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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      5 out of 5 stars 63

    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Moderately Entertaining Dive

    • By 101 on 2018-10-03

    Price: CDN$ 71.17

    • An Economic History of the World since 1400

    • Written by: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A lot of very interesting information

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-10-01

    Price: CDN$ 66.36

    • Homo Deus

    • A Brief History of Tomorrow
    • Written by: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 852
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      5 out of 5 stars 741
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 733

    Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Accept minor defects and enjoy this book

    • By Anonymous User on 2017-12-10

    Price: CDN$ 48.81

    • A World Undone

    • The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
    • Written by: G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      5 out of 5 stars 29

    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good book

    • By Anonymous User on 2019-02-17
    • The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
    • Written by: G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 2012-05-24
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 30 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

    • Written by: Nelson Mandela
    • Narrated by: Atandwa Kani
    • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Arrested in 1962 as South Africa's apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, 44-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next 27 years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, Mandela wrote hundreds of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and, most memorably, his courageous wife, Winnie, and his five children. Now, 255 of these letters, a majority of which were previously unpublished, provide the most intimate portrait of Mandela since Long Walk to Freedom.

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    • Written by: Kenneth J. Hammond, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth J. Hammond
    • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.You'll learn about the powerful dynasties that ruled China for centuries; the philosophical and religious foundations-particularly Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism-that have influenced every iteration of Chinese thought, and the larger-than-life personalities, from both inside and outside its borders, of those who have shaped China's history. As you listen to these lectures, you'll see how China's politics, economics, and art reflect the forces of its past.From the "Mandate of Heaven," a theory of social contract in place by 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years before Western philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the development of agriculture and writing independent of outside influence to the technologically-advanced Han Dynasty during the time of the Roman Empire, this course takes you on a journey across ground that has been largely unexplored in the history courses most of us in the West have taken.In guiding you through the five millennia of China's history, Professor Hammond tells a fascinating story with an immense scope, a welcome reminder that China is no stranger to that stage and, indeed, has more often than not been the most extraordinary player on it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Comprehensive review of China's history

    • By Trent T on 2019-01-07

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

    • Written by: Francis Fukuyama
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • worth revisiting

    • By Anonymous User on 2019-03-21

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    • Written by: Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
    • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More of a European perspective.

    • By Han on 2018-07-31

    Price: CDN$ 71.17

    • The Radium Girls

    • The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
    • Written by: Kate Moore
    • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
    • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4 out of 5 stars 23
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      5 out of 5 stars 23

    The year was 1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Swallow

    • By Jenn N-T on 2019-02-10

    Price: CDN$ 37.53

    • The Ottoman Empire

    • Written by: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
    • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 11

    By understanding the dramatic story of the Ottoman Empire - from its early years as a collection of raiders and conquerors to its undeniable power in the 15th and 16th centuries to its catastrophic collapse in the wreckage of the First World War - one can better grasp the current complexities of the Middle East. Befitting a story of such epic scope and grandeur, every lecture is a treasure trove of historical insights into the people, events, themes, and locales responsible for shaping the story of this often-overlooked empire.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great material but terrible speaker.

    • By Leslie on 2018-10-26

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • The Right Stuff

    • Written by: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid
    • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure; namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers that made The Right Stuff a classic.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great History, Mediocre Reading

    • By Austin Fusilier on 2018-09-13

    Price: CDN$ 37.53

    • America Before

    • Written by: Graham Hancock
    • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
    • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 7

    The concluding volume of the Fingerprints of the Gods trilogy. Could shattering secrets about the deep past of humanity await discovery in North America? Until very recently there was almost universal agreement amongst scientists that human beings first entered the Americas from Siberia around 13,000 years ago by walking into Alaska across the Bering landbridge. Thanks to scientific advances, and to archaeological and geological discoveries, we now know that the Americas were populated by humans for tens of thousands of years before the previously accepted date.

    Price: CDN$ 34.16

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