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Publisher's Summary

What if you could travel anywhere, whether Europe, South America, or the remote reaches of the African continent? And what if you could choose not only your destination, but your era, as well - so that you might choose from the sparkling court society of 18th-century France, a 19th-century whaling ship out of New Bedford, or the streets of Dublin in the early part of the 20th century? And what about the most remarkable journey of all: the voyage inside the mind of another human being, in which you plumb the thoughts and emotions that usually remain hidden deep within?What remarkable secrets would you learn about the puzzling, sometimes shocking thing we call human nature? The lives lived in distant lands and eras? And, most important, ourselves-the human race of which you are a part?
If you're a serious reader, you already know that these are the kinds of adventures that await you in the classic novels of great literature. And if you're not, the 36 spellbinding lectures of this series, delivered by a gifted and prize-winning teacher, might just convince you why you ought to be, as you take an epic journey through three centuries, sojourn in foreign lands, and enter remarkable realms of the imagination.
The lectures take you beyond what is often offered in literary courses-plots, anecdotes, facts about where and when a novel was written. Instead, you'll gain something far more profound: an opportunity to experience the startling brilliance that makes each of these works-from geniuses like Dickens, Joyce, Tolstoy, Balzac, Proust, and many others-a classic.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses
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5 out of 5 stars
By W Perry Hall on 01-31-14

No Course Credit; Just Ivy League Lit Appreciation

You love books and majored in business or medicine or dropped out of school to become a multi-millionaire salesmen?

Now, you just wish you had paid more attention and that you would have taken that American or British Lit course instead of taking the easier route?

If so, or if you just love lit and don't care if you'd taken it in college or not, this is a perfect chance to listen to hours and hours of a mild-mannered but lively Ivy League (Brown) professor Arnold Weinstein searching the meaning and imparting his knowledge of many of the Classic Novels.

If you haven't read a lot of these novels, don't worry. For a few I hadn't read, Professor Weinstein inspired me to read these books and his teaching method doesn't require you to have read these to enjoy the course.

I'd definitely recommend the Professor Weinstein lit courses. I've bought all of them and I'd say that just an hour or so out of the course's many is worth what you'll spend to make the purchase.

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4 out of 5 stars
By taofpaul on 12-13-15

Excellent summary.

What did you like about this audiobook?

Getting an expert's summary on these books was enlightening for me. I was looking for which ones to read or re-read so this is also a great way to decide which classic might fit my next few choices in audio books. There is also something about these old school professors which can't be replicated. I ran this at 2 and 3 times speed and kept up with it so the listener can go through the 36 lectures quickly. Enjoy.

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By professor robin matthews on 09-20-17

Wonderful content and lecturer

What made the experience of listening to Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature the most enjoyable?

The entire set of lectures are thought provoking The passion of prof Weinstein for the novels he chooses is quite infectious You want to share it

Really creative thinker

What was one of the most memorable moments of Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature?

All good/excellent but the. Interpretation of Emily. Bronte was exceptional

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are many moving moments

Any additional comments?

Thank the Prof

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5 out of 5 stars
By Magdalena on 11-24-16

Thoroughly enjoyed it

Would you consider the audio edition of Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature to be better than the print version?

Can't say.

What did you like best about this story?

Prof Weinstein is really passionate about the subject and challenges you to look deeply into the meaning of things expressed in books.

What about Professor Arnold Weinstein’s performance did you like?

Prof Weinstein's knowledge on the subject.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The audiobook made me think differently.

Any additional comments?

This was my first book from the The Great Courses and it definitely made an impression on me.

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By The McBeans on 06-21-16

Superb series of lectures

This is a beautifully constructed, hugely enjoyable literary voyage that will whet your appetite for the novels discussed in each lecture. Highly recommended to anyone interested in tackling great novels they may have up to now found too daunting.

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