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Saud

Saud United States Member Since 2007

Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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  • "Breaking New Grounds"

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    There are very few books that seem to take advantage of audiobook technology as this one has. It is a lecture explaining the origin of music, as well as the developments and changes of schools of thought behind each form of music and how to develop an ear for it, with snippets of the music discussed broken down in each lecture to clarify the lecturer's point, followed by the full piece discussed at the end.

    I feel like I can understand music, even modern music, better.

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    How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

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    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

    Lee the reader says: "Wonderful, I've wanted this for so long...but..."
  • "Not a Good Reference, a Good Spring..."

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    This is not an encyclopedia of all Doctor Who incarnations, companions and villains. It is a brief history of the Doctor both on-screen and off-screen from the beginning, focusing especially on the politics behind the scenes.

    There is an entire chapter on the Daleks, and an emphasis on Gallifrey. As a viewer of the modern series with no knowledge of the classic Doctors, this was a brilliant journey through time (pun intended) which helped me appreciate the show even more.

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    Premiering the day after the JFK assassination, Doctor Who humbly launched one of the entertainment world's first super-brands. We begin with a look at TV programming of the day and the original pitch documents before delving into the Daleks, which almost didn't make the cut but inspired many monsters to follow. After three years, First Doctor William Hartnell left, prompting the BBC to recast their hit rather than end it, giving us the first "regeneration" and making TV history.

    Saud says: "Not a Good Reference, a Good Springboard"
  • "Useful to escape demonic alien psyc..."

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    I was trapped in a horror movie with devil worshipping psychopaths from another dimension who wanted to destroy earth by casting a curse that would kill everybody in seven days. This book worked great!

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    How To Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills

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    Seth Grahame-Smith delivers the definitive, essential guide to making it through a horror movie in one piece. As hilarious as it is useful (if you’re trapped in a scary flick, that is), How to Survive a Horror Movie covers all the bases. Trapped in a haunted house? Check. Stalked by an evil doll? Check. Wandering aimlessly through the remains of the old world as a plague of zombies sweeps over the planet? Check.

    Wil says: "Entertaining. What I expected"
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  • Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art

    "It reads like fiction – GREAT!"

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    I LOVED IT! If only more non-fiction books were written in this style; it reads like a story. Brilliant. It’s not dry and textbooky like most non-fiction books I have read (and that’s a lot, just check my library).

    Most of the time non-fiction tends to be pretty dull, emotionless and little more than a long boring litany of: Fact. Fact. Date. Date. Fact. Date. Fact. You read it because you are interested in the information, but the presentation dulls your curiosity.

    That’s not the case for this book, thanks to the story-style-set-up, it held my attention the entire way though... I never once got bored, or felt lost, or was mired down in a well of names and dates. I was captivated from the beginning to the end.

    Kudos!

  • Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV

    "A Fun Flashback of 90s TV!"

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    I’m the kind of person who buys DVDs for the special features; I love behind-the-scenes scoops and gossip!

    It was great fun to learn how these shows came to be - a reminder of good times! If you liked Seinfeld, Frasier, Friends, Cheers, Mad About You, Will & Grace, ER etc you’ll get a kick out of it too.

    It was a great trip down memory lane.

  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    "Nice For Fans"

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    I enjoy this type of Anecdotal Celebrity Biography, it feels more personal than the typical bio format of: born here, went to school here, caught a break, got married, had 3 kids, had dinner with my celebrity friends, The End.

    First hand anecdotes and recollections are much more enjoyable to read.

    Overall, the book reminded me a lot of Betty White’s book “If You Ask Me”, and my feeling on this book are the same: If you are a fan you’ll love it, if you are not then don’t bother.

  • Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV

    "Not What I Hoped"

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    I should have known better! I don’t watch morning TV so from my perspective this book could never really be THAT good.

    After having read “Top of the Rock” I wanted something equally as juicy surrounding Morning TV. I suppose this book does supply that element, but it’s missing a very important ingredient: my interest. I know all about the scandals through pop-culture media, but because I don’t watch any of the shows I don’t feel like I know the people involved - so ultimately the book was not that interesting.

    Lesson learned, I am not going to read “The War for Late Night” . I am tempted, but I think I’ll be disappointed for the same reasons (haven’t watched Late Night TV since the early 90s!)

Matthew

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Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.

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  • "Well, that was a surprise"

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    Truth be told, I felt a little duped when I first started "I Capture The Castle". It had been recommended to me by one of those "You Might Like" algorithms, and I made the purchase impulsively (and uncharacteristically) with absolutely zero research. Almost instantly I realised “Capture” was unlike any other novel I'd read before, and I was baffled by the recommendation. I'm not drawn to novels in this genre, but all I can say is that I absolutely loved every moment inside Cassandra’s journal. I even feel a small sense of loss that I won't be spending any more time with the inhabitants of Scoatney Village, who feel so incredibly alive to me now.

    I've subsequently done a little research on the book, and I can see it featuring on lists like "Classics All Young Girls Should Read" etc... This makes me a little embarrassed, as I'm a middle-aged man. I suppose I can understand some dismissing this as a “charming little girls book"—it is a tad heavy on young romance, first loves, stolen kisses, exciting marriage proposals (Dear God, I'm cringing as I write). But what a pity if they did pigeon-hole it that way; it has way more to offer. It is witty, thoughtful, clever and genuinely laugh-out-loud funny at times. And the characters are so deeply drawn, I guess I didn’t mind all the accompanying histrionics.

    I should say that I did live in the UK for many years, so I know my nostalgia for the English countryside enhanced my enjoyment. My favourite quote: “It came to me that Hyde Park has never belonged to London - that it has always been , in spirit, a stretch of countryside; and that it links the Londons of all periods together most magically - by remaining forever unchanged at the heart of a ever-changing town.”

    Loyal fans of the book have admired this audio version, and I totally support all praise for Jenny Agutter. This is a flawless narration and I can’t imagine a better way to enjoy this book.

    Oh and—by the way—I think I’ve now realized why the algorithm recommended the book to me in the first place. I had “Cold Comfort Farm” listed as a favourite, and it’s only now that I’m starting to see the synchronicities between these two novels.

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    I Capture the Castle

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    "I write this sitting at the kitchen sink" is the first line of a novel about love, sibling rivalry, and a bohemian existence in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Cassandra Mortmin's journal records her fadingly glamorous stepmother, her beautiful, wistful older sister, and the man to whom they owe both their isolation and poverty: Father. The author of one experimental novel, and a minor cause celebre, he has since suffered from writer's block and is determined to drag his family down with him.

    Matthew says: "Well, that was a surprise"

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