Study more than three dozen works that span the timelines of Western history, from ancient Greece and Rome to the modern age. Whether written 2,000, 200, or 20 years ago, the enduring works of literature still speak to us and place our unique experiences into a larger perspective, offering invaluable lessons for every important moment in life. Every Great Book you explore over these 36 insightful lectures - from the Odyssey and the Gospel of John to Hamlet and Animal Farm - is a unique expression of the human spirit and a fountain of advice, from how to conduct yourself in times of trouble to how to better appreciate the simple moments in your life. You´ll discover six broad themes that run through history´s most compelling stories: the unconquerable human spirit, youth and old age, romance and love, adventure and courage, laughter and irony, and patriotism. In exploring these themes within the context of these Great Books, you learn new ideas about both the works themselves and the broad scope of the human condition. If you haven´t read these Great Books before, the warmth of Professor Fears´s storytelling and his insightful approach to literature will have you heading to the library to learn more. And if you´ve already read these works, you´ll discover new themes and ideas that will help you get more out of them. Regardless of your previous familiarity with these works, you´ll come to understand why these masterpieces remain eternal testaments to the variety of human experience and the powerful ways in which literature can guide and inspire us. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. Rufus Fears. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000180/bk_tcco_000180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Change the way you think about some of the greatest stories ever told with this examination of the most important myths from more than 3,000 years of history. The ways in which the human imagination can transform historical events, people, and themes into powerful myths that endure through the ages is nothing short of awe-inspiring. To examine the core of the world´s greatest myths and tales is to confront some of history´s most basic human truths. These 36 captivating lectures comprise a powerful work of storytelling prowess and historical insight, exploring events and individuals that so gripped civilizations, they transcended to the level of myth and played an important role in shaping culture, politics, religion, and more. Looking at myths from ancient Greece and Rome, from the Near East and the Middle East, from early and modern Europe, and from the United States, Professor Fears shows how myths convey higher truths too profound to be described in ordinary language. Decoding them, Professor Fears reveals how they serve as enduring sources of wisdom. For example, the rich tapestry of supernatural events in the Epic of Gilgamesh provided support for Mesopotamian politics, including the need for a divinely appointed kingship. The furious battles in Beowulf played an important role in cementing Germanic ideas of courage, heroism, glory, and honor. And the dramatic last stand at the Battle of the Alamo emphasized for Americans that liberty is worth any price. The search for wisdom is one of life´s great purposes, and there is much wisdom to be gleaned from the world´s great myths. By the final powerful and stirring lecture of this course, you´re sure to find yourself wiser than you were before you started. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. Rufus Fears. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000181/bk_tcco_000181_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Honesty is the best policy. Beware a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Look before you leap. A bird in the hand. These and countless other everyday expressions originated centuries ago with Aesop, the slave and storyteller of ancient Greece. With humor, irony, and commonsense philosophy, Aesop’s Fables illuminates the follies, frailties, and resilience of humankind to this day. Scale a vine with a hungry Fox, join the race between the Tortoise and the Hare, and tread as softly as a Mouse in a Lion’s lair, to discover the meaning of sour grapes, the rewards of persistence, the might of the meek, and more in this enduring collection. Revised edition: Previously published as Aesop’s Fables, this edition of Aesop’s Fables (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Merriman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011833/bk_brll_011833_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ken Campbell, Windsor Davies, John Bird, and John Fortune star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. When Alice´s wish to visit the Looking Glass world comes true, she can´t resist delving deeper and deeper into a land of caustic characters and twisted logic. So begins a game of chess on a grand scale, where the inhabitants of each square have their own set of rules. In her bid to become Queen of the Chess Board, Alice takes advice - and sometimes downright criticism - from such peculiar folk as Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Lion and the Unicorn, and very helpful gnat. Even when she has earned her crown, the ordeal awaits of dinner with the Red and White Queens - and Alice learns an important lesson about not eating food you´ve been introduced to. This witty adaptation of Lewis Carroll´s enduring children´s classic boasts the much-loved Jabberwocky poem amongst its sparkling collection of gems. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Campbell, John Bird, Windsor Davies, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/002105/rt_bbcw_002105_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Three Kingdoms is one of the Chinese Noble Classics. The great empire of China is in turmoil. As the government becomes increasingly incompetent, warlords and nobles battle for power. In the north is the Kingdom of Wei, headed by cunning and manipulative Cao Cao. In the southeast is the Kingdom of Wu, ruled by masterful and charismatic Sun Quan. In the west is the Kingdom of Shu, commanded by kindhearted and humble Liu Bei. Cao has committed murder and betrayal on his way to glory only to see his family’s throne overthrown by other scheming crooks. Sun and his advisor, Zhou Yu, have established a military stronghold but are no match against Liu’s military strategist, Zhuge Liang, who wisely advocates tolerance and mutual respect. Full of thrilling action, sophisticated stratagems, passionate brotherhood, and loyalty, The Three Kingdoms sums up all the most important lessons of history. If you enjoy this, three other Real Reads Chinese Noble Classics are also available: Dream of the Red Chamber, Journey to the West and The Water Margin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michelle Tate. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rlrd/000027/bk_rlrd_000027_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Actress Glenn Close reads Washington Irving´s eerie tale of romantic rivalry along the Hudson. The story pits the new schoolmaster Ichabod Crane against the local hero and bully, Brom Bones, for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel. This haunting drama climaxes with the appearance of one of the great, legendary ghosts of all time: the headless horseman. Music by Tim Story amplifies Close´s spellbinding reading. This spirited adaptation reflects all the wit, fun, and drama of the early American classic. Ages six and up. Part of the award-winning Rabbit Ears series, Holiday Classics. Rabbit Ears stories open a door to the world of great literature. These are timeless and beloved stories that have delighted generations, and continue to offer powerful lessons for today´s audiences. Listeners of all ages will explore faraway lands and cultures through folktales. You will walk alongside heroes of long ago legends. And discover master storytellers such as Beatrix Potter, Hans Christian Andersen, and Rudyard Kipling. Great stories. Great family memories. Get the entire Rabbit Ears library! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Glenn Close. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068830/bk_acx0_068830_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kidnapped from his safe California home. Thrown into a life-death struggle in the frozen Arctic wilderness. Half St. Bernard, half Shepard, Buck learns many hard lessons as a sled dog: the lesson of the lash, of the cold, of near-starvation and cruelty. And the greatest lesson he learns from his last owner, John Thorton: the power of love and loyalty. Yet always, even at the side of the human he loves, Buck feels the pull in his bones, an urge to answer his wolf ancestors as they howl to him. Can Buck resist the lure of the wolves? 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Ian Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/onvo/000083/bk_onvo_000083_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The capers of Katy and her friends bring joy and mischief to their lives. Then a terrible accident forces her to learn some very important life lessons and discover an inner strength that she never knew existed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Flo Gibson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbk/000390/bk_adbk_000390_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.