Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
Although the author tries to give layman an over view of music and how it works, if you don't know anything (or practically anything) this book is not for you. This book should be read, not listened to. This is the kind of book where you have to read some concepts over and over, and you also have to do some practice on your own (even though there is some demonstration at the end of each chapter, but it feels too theoretical).
When I purchased this book, I thought I was going to learn about psychology of music, or even some concepts of music therapy, but this book is not about that. This book gets very technical at some points, and some dumb at others. I feel a little disappointed.
I would listen to this again so that I could brush up on some of the very helpful points this book makes.
Rather lifeless narration, as others have said. His voice is quiet and tedious. I also felt for much of the book that this company had discovered a man incapable of humor. Wasn't there a Saturday Night Live sketch about a disease where people were incapable of finding anything funny...He tells these jokes like he has no idea what a joke is. There is very little change in voice. The information was pretty interesting though, somewhat basic. But it will teach you to tune a pentatonic harp, and I learned enough that I felt my money was well spent. I'd have listened to it all in a few days if I could have kept my head up for more than two hours straight through the narration. Though he seemed more subtle and understated than stodgy by the end, when I'd adjusted to him.
I expected meatier content. It was interesting to learn about the vibration cycles that constitute sounds or notes, but after that the author did not seem to have much to say. Lots of attempts at "humor" which I felt were only there to increase the word count (because the jokes were not funny.) Sorry to leave a crummy review, but I was very disappointed.
Good narration. Kept me listening long after the content went missing.
Simplified, yet detailed explanations of Music Theory, lightened with occasional British humor. The overall tone of the lecture is to encourage the listener to further exploration and a greater appreciation of all kinds of music.
Very interesting for novice and expert alike. Audiobook is great because it provides music samples to illustrate points.
John Powell and the narrator Walter Dixon do a great job explaining the physics and other mysteries of music. I had so much fun listening to this. If you want to understand why music is music, this is a great book to start.
Thanks for the Fun information buffet on sounds, music, with great why and how explanations. The author served dessert at the end of each chapter with musical examples.
Wish there was actually more music theory in here, as well as more actual music (there is a bit), given that this is an audiobook. As an amateur guitarist of several years, knowing the basics of chords and scales, I don't feel like I learnt very much about music, other than a few tidbits.