36 Books That Changed the World : The Great Courses: World Literature

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Andrew R. Wilson, Brad S. Gregory, Charles Kimball, Daniel N. Robinson, Jerry Z. Muller, John E. Finn
  • Series: The Great Courses: World Literature
  • 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Certain works of literature, history, science, philosophy, political theory and religion offer powerful examples of how books can spark revolutions, birth great religions, spur scientific advancements, shape world economies, teach us new ways of thinking, and much more. And with this fascinating collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, you can now get a single course that represents 36 of our best lectures on literary works that changed the world.
In the company of an unparalleled roster of award-winning professors from a range of disciplines, you'll get fresh perspectives on books you only thought you knew - and intriguing introductions to some works you may not have known played key roles in getting us to where we are today. These include The Analects, the Liber Abaci, A Dictionary of the English Language, The Jungle, The Feminine Mystique, and more.
If you've taken another course with these professors before, get a reminder of just why you enjoyed them. And if you've never heard some of them before, who knows? You may just discover your next favorite Great Courses professor. More than that, you'll rediscover just how powerful the printed word can be. You'll also learn how the mark of a truly great book isn't that it just changes the lives of individual readers-but the lives of entire civilizations.


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Good Except One Lecture

Would you consider the audio edition of 36 Books That Changed the World to be better than the print version?

Print version is not available so cannot comment on this.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the lectures from the Great Courses of TTC. Some lectures are excellent. The language clear and soothing.

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

The first five lectures soothing, clear, authoritative

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

Little upset with the 6th lecture, as the presenter was reading the text breathlessly, instead of narrating, unlike other lecturers. I could hear her labored breathing. Yet she wouldn't stop.

Any additional comments?

Never thought hearing could be so tiresome until I heard the lecture of Dr. Elezabeth Vandiver. Stopping after every sentence is very important in audio books and lectures as it takes time to take-in what is heard and make sense of it.

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- Rekha Reddy

Cut and Paste version will disappoint!!

This and its companion 36 Revolutionary Figures that Changed the World, is a compilation of material created for clearly different purposes and then pasted together under a flimsy rationale. I bought both, excited by the potential, but was very disappointed. GREAT COURSES has produced many excellent, educational and informative lecture series - this is NOT one.
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- george "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2014
  • Publisher: The Great Courses