Summary

The overwhelming success of the Lord of the Rings films and the Harry Potter series aptly demonstrates that the fantasy genre is alive and well in the new millennium. The names of authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Terry Brooks evoke ripe tales of heroism and the clash of good versus evil in magical, faraway lands. The rich collection of King Arthur tales have also captured the imagination of millions and resonates with audiences to the present day. Should fantasy be considered serious literature, or is it merely escapism? In this course, the roots of fantasy and the works that have defined the genre are examined. Incisive analysis and a deft assessment of what makes these works so very special provides a deeper insight into beloved works and a better understanding of why fantasy is such a pervasive force in modern culture.
©2006 Michael D.C. Drout (P)2006 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 26-07-15

A fantastic lecture

Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Amongst the best

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

I enjoyed listening to the heroes quest section.

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances? How does this one compare?

From Here to Infinity - I feel this was the better of the two.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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4 out of 5 stars
By Bernd on 20-07-15

Very enjoyable explanations and narratives.

If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

I't always an delectation to hear one of The Great Courses. I bought a lot of them and appreciate all of them. As a German without former English experience I could improve my language knowledge und learn parallel many interesting stuff to diverse fields.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

It was the moment when I finished my first book of the "Great Couses. Starting it as a beginner of English I had concluded it as a advanced learner. The same is true for some other works by the Great Courses.

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, I heard about 6 books from the same narrator (he is also the author). It`s always high quality.

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

It was instructive and very good to hear for hours. But cause all the books are nonfictional, there was sparsely emotion to appreciate. But sometimes it was very amusing.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book without reservations.

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