As much as I love listening to audiobooks in my car, sometimes I just long to hear a human voice talking, rather than reading to me. That means it’s time to take a break from the books on CD and check out something from Modern Scholar or Great Courses . These two series present audio recordings of college lectures from some of the country’s top professors, and while that may sound a little dry and uninteresting, these CDs are anything but.
Covering a wide variety of subjects – from history, literature, and music, to science and social issues – these lectures are entertaining as well as enlightening. The greatest teachers are also great speakers, and that is part of the appeal. But the best part is turning your car into a classroom without any tuition fees, research reports, pop quizzes, group projects, or final exams.
Here are some titles to try:
No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life , by Robert Solomon
Mozart--His Life and Music , by Robert Greenberg
A Brief History of the World , by Peter N. Stearns
Classics of American Literature , by Arnold Weinstein
Modern Economic Issues , by Robert Whaples
The Grandeur That Was Rome: Roman Art and Archaeology , by Jennifer Tobin
Islam and the West , by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
The History of Ancient Egypt , by Bob Brier