As a musician, I soak up almost anything related to music. This presentation is somewhat of a music 101 on various levels - so if you personally have a solid understanding of music fundamentals, you could easily pass by this book as it will likely be extremely repetitive regarding music fundamentals. That said, I still picked up a couple of interesting tid bits here and there, though not sure the trade of time for this book was personally a good use of time. There are also multiple attempts to spice up the book with humor - you'll either be amused or will be rolling your eyes when those offerings emerge.
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.
This was mostly an entertaining and educational explanation of what it says on the label: How music works. I enjoyed it and learned a lot.
As for the narrator, what were they thinking? If you made a recording of Huckleberry Finn would you cast actors with posh English accents? No, because that would sound stupid wouldn’t it? Similarly, in this book, the author uses many English expressions about going to pubs and eating chips with gravy, and these sound ridiculous out of the mouth of the American narrator.
Whenever I wasn’t distracted by this conspicuous miscasting, I was enjoying the audiobook.
Easly explained diference between ordinary music listener and those with perfect pitch, why some sounds match together and others not. How acients tuned their instruments and why it was standardized just in 1939. It's must have! for everyone who like to play or just learn to play an instrument.
Yes, it was.
I live in Thailand, and love to listen to audible.
Actually I liked it read by an American with intermittent blurbs read by the British author. It was really neat. I learned a lot and had fun listening. Highly recommended! The narration is wonderful. Add a little multi media with some music thrown in, and you have a winner! Loved it.
Interesting explanation of many musical concepts. Music was a "magical talent" to me until I listened to this book.
First I didn't get the humor, but quickly got used to the British humor and started enjoying the book.
I thought the narrator was annoying and that, unfortunately, didn't change much till the end of the book.
the material is excellent
Wrong narrator. Pauses too often without a need. The most unnecessary pauses are often between "the" and what comes after it. Why do you need to say "the pitch"???
absolutely not. couldn't even get past the first 20 minutes, tried skipping ahead, no better. speaker was very amateurish, like he was speaking to a 6 year old. substance of book much, much more simple than it needed to be.
no, only that I could return it
I have only been through the audible version
The explanation of connection between the various frequences
Everything was ok, very clear reading
It was lively and as an amateur musician, I found it to be very informative.
Explains many musical ideas in sound and theory.