Since this was a book about music and it was an audio copy, AND a tv series exists, the book should have been illustrated with musical excerpts. How can one relate to theoretical information about the structure and development of music, without auditory examples? Very, very disappointing.
I enjoyed Tandia very much and it ranks highly among the stories I've listened to.
Apart from getting involved in the characters of the story, I was interested in the depiction of the social context (South Africa) of the story, including the draconian laws that governed and impacted every aspect of life for all the people of the country, the White oppressors as well as the many colored communities.
Humphrey Bower read the book very well, and his characterization was excellent.
My only 'caveat is that the book does not tie up all the pieces and leaves one hoping for a sequel which will take up the story through the fall of apartheid and the cataclysmic changes of its aftermath. How does Tandia's story end? What happens when the Blacks realize their freedom to participate fully in the management of their country? This is an exciting story that would have been well told by author Bryce Courtney - and I wish that he'd done so.
Have not read the printed version - nor would I. I imagine this could be a very dry subject unless told in an entertaining way, which Professor Dorsey does well.
I enjoyed the discussion about Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and all the chapters about the daily life of people in the medieval world.
FiIrstly, I enjoyed and learned from the book. However, I was disappointed to find that the history and contribution of the Jews during this period was almost entirely overlooked except with reference to the frequent violent pogroms against them. While the medieval period was in some senses a dark period of history, for the Jews it was a Golden Age, particularly in Spain before the Inquisition. In the discussion of the development of medicine, no mention was even made of the contributions of Maimonides and in the discussion of the development of the silk trade, nothing was said about the Italian Jews, who certainly contributed to this advancement. Nor was there mention of the Jewish role played in trade. Finally, while the Jews were not part of the Feudal system in Europe, they most certainly lived in these countries, enjoying a unique social mobility and they provided significant services to the community, notably to the Nobility. In short, their valuable contribution to this history, is completely overlooked and I can't understand why.On a different point entirely, it would be helpful a) if the chapter headings were given in the list of chapters provided and also if important names were written because it was usually not possible to discern exactly the name of the historical figures alluded to. In itself and notwithstanding, it is a helpful and informative text, well read.
Professor Greenberg's lectures cover an incredible scope and make the history of Western music comprehensible. I learned an enormous amount and understood concepts e.g. 'key' and 'circle of 5ths' that I'd never completely understood before. Prof. Greenberg brought the composers to life and introduced me to many I barely knew and I enjoyed the many anecdotes he shared about the personal lives of the great composers.
Professor Greenberg - for his erudition, his passion and his playfulness. I so enjoyed his lectures that I have now purchased another series.
Well, yes - it certainly kept my interest and I looked forward to my daily listening.
I didn't find the story interesting.
Probably - but I will be careful what I choose.
The narration was okay.
THere were times that I felt like returning the book and getting a credit. After reading So Much For That, which I found brilliant, I approached The Female of the Species, with excitement and anticipation of a good read. But I was disappointed.
Ari Shavit, the author, who pulls together the story of modern Israel from a multidimensional perspective and leaves the reader with a sense of excitement, fascination and confidence.
Paul Boehmer reads the story with enthusiasm, sincerity and just the right intonations.
Yes, when author Shavit brings all the varied currents he has elucidated, together, revealing the incredible miracle of modern day Israel and Israelis, he brought tears of admiration and incredible pride, to my eyes.
I wish that everyone would read this wonderful book, and especially for anyone who is Jewish , Ari Shavit writes with such depth and intelligence, making sense of a highly complex and challenging situation, and he does so in an interesting and easily readable way. At times his writing is sheer poetry. If you want to gain a real insight into the Israeli psyche, you can do no better than to read Ari Shavit's book: Israel, The Promise.
Great plot, characterization, pace.
What made this story most especially interesting was that its main character was a very floored and complex individual who got into some very bad things, but was poignant, human and loveable. It was a story about the the unpredictability of life and how the only choice one may have, is how to live it. It is this which gives the story such great humanity.
No, it was my first listening of a David Pittu performance and I'd love to hear him read more. His management of the different characterizations was simply amazing.
Yes, let me know when new books by Donna Tartt become available!
No, I did not enjoy it and didn't finish 'reading' it.It reads like a long, overly detailed character sketch about an unusual and not very likeable, character. But there's no real plot or development - quite unlike Conroy's later books which are wonderfully constructed and resonant with plots, surprises and characters who grow and develop.
Dick Hill's performance was great - it was all that saved the book and made me read on for some while.
Yes, I got impatient with the book and looked at the movie.I didn't enjoy it all that much but at least it told it's story in one sitting.
I loved this book from beginning to end.
Firstly, it's not just one story but a patchwork of many intersecting stories. Reading it is like peeling an onion as the author skillfully uncovers layer after layer and reveals its secrets. The dialogue is brilliant, the stories told with great passion and sincerity and I found myself laughing out loud in some of the scenes and I cried as the author personalized the impact of the holocaust on a Southern family.
Probably the scene of the four friends on the fishing trip, when they find themselves in the grip of terrifying nature and they can do nothing to avoid or control. Pat Conroy skillfully reveals levels of character, world view and spirituality in the way the characters endure their trial by water.
Yes, I couldn't put it down and it made me crazy every time my smartphone battery went flat and I had to stop reading till it re-charged.
In particular I would like to praise the reader of the book. I so enjoyed his beautiful Southern drawl and the way he expressed the different personalities. I would love to read more narrated by Jonathan Marosz.
I have not read the printed version and I prefer to listen rather than to read. The reader of this book does an excellent job and it was a pleasure to listen to him. He made the book come alive.
For me, as a Jew, the story had special significance in highlighting the history of the wealthy Jewish community in London, Vienna and Paris before the world wars, and illustrating the dreadful antisemitism which overwhelmed them and sought - for not good reason - to exterminate them. I never knew about such an educated, cultured and wealthy Jewish class in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and their incredible contribution to the societies in which they lived, and which despised them simply for their 'otherness'.
I enjoyed his compassionate voice , his ability to make the different characters come alive - to act out the story.
I was physically upset by the descriptions of the antisemitism and of vileness of the Nazis in the Time of Hitler. I was also upset by the descriptions of how ordinary Germans; so called friends, neighbors; so called decent, cultured people - could stoop to such degradations whether they purported individual acts of savagery themselves, or benefited from the murder of millions of people and their theft and destruction of the property and art treasures that the Ephrussi family amassed and which would have been a gift to mankind.
I found the first 50 or so pages, quite repetitive and could not understand such a prolonged peon to the arts and artifacts that are so passionately described. The story came alive to me when it moved into greater depth about the Ephrussi families and particular characters - and the circumstances that befell them. The fact that is based on fact, was very interesting to me.
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