I recommend this book to everyone! It is complex enough for those who know music and simple enough for beginners.
The sound quality of the musical examples is not the best, but you should buy and listen to the complete recordings of the pieces after the lecture anyway, if you don't already have them.
Also, Prof. Lependorf is not a professional voice artist, that is clear. However, his love and enthusiasm for the subject shines through and his delivery is very relaxed and friendly. Prof. Lependorf gave new depth to pieces that I thought I knew well, and turned me on to others that I had neglected for one reason or another.
These are fascinating lectures that include both the technical music theory behind the pieces, as well as the human stories of the people that created them and just enough audio examples to demonstrate his points while enticing us to seek out the full recordings to hear more.
This audiobook suffers from Holiday's terribly inexpert reading. His is not a professional voice.
However, the strength of the message carries through. Once Ryan explains the cynical way in which information is manipulated on the internet you will never look at another sensational story the same way again.
This is an important work for our age. Read it...or remain vulnerable.
This is one of the best, most concise and useful books on writing that I have ever read...or heard, in this case!
I am a documentary filmmaker and routinely write my own voiceover for my videos. Every one of these tools is relevant to my craft, not only to the writing, but to the editing of the video as well!
Roy Peter Clark is not a professional voice over artist and so his delivery is sometimes a bit overly deliberate and full of pauses. But this is a very small criticism of an otherwise engaging and worthwhile audiobook. His reading style is easy enough to get used to, and may even be preferable to those who need the time to absorb the material.
Roy Clark knows his stuff and I am considering purchasing one of his other audiobooks.
Steven's delivery is essential to this book! If you love his show, you will like this.
I would definitely recommend this book
Of course I laughed out loud! It's Colbert!
The book seemed a little short, maybe that's because I was enjoying it so much. Stephen can make deep insights into the current political and pop culture scene that make you think and laugh at the same time!
I will definitely listen to this audio book again and again. It contains much useful information but, more than that, Prof. Drout is probably one of the best teachers of any kind that I have encountered.
He made what could have been a dry subject entertaining and interesting, injecting his passion and personality into every lecture.
After a particularly energetic diatribe against the misuse of the word "literally" Prof . Drout stopps, somewhat out of breath, and said, "Okay, I'm done ranting now."
"No I'm not!"
And then he launches into another screed against more of his linguistic pet peeves. LOL!
"Don't tell them what you need to say; tell them what they need to hear."
This is not only an important point to remember when writing or speaking, but can be applied to other aspects of life as well!
Prof. Drout is such a good teacher that I am considering buying more of his lectures, even about subjects which do not particularly interest me, because I know that it will be fascinating mostly because Drout will be at the microphone.
This has been one of my favorite audiobooks I've listened to so far. It was one of those that I couldn't stop listening to and came back to over and over in my spare moments until it was done.
No one but Kevin could have read this story. "Silent Bob" is actually one of the most eloquent and entertaining speakers and writers around today.
If you are a fan of Smith's films this is a must-have. Even if you are not, there are plenty of behind-the-scenes Hollywood stories and just plain good insights about his life and life in general to make this worth your while.
Be warned, Kevin Smith is often raunchy and profane, but he is always sensitive, intelligent and funny. Also, some of the material has been presented in his live Q&A videos before (I've watched all of them) but the stories are here clarified and polished for the book.
I highly recommend this to Smith fans, those interested in filmmaking or anyone who likes biographies.
I enjoy the audio version because I can listen to it on my iPod while doing chores. I am beginning my second pass through the book right now!
I have not heard Christopher Lane before but he is a fine a voice performer as you can get! His reading of this book was perfect, in my estimation.
I found his application of fiction writing techniques to non-fiction a revelation. I am a documentary filmmaker and often write the voice over for my films. This book has transformed the way I view that task.
Every writer MUST read this! Even if you do not aspire to become a writer, listening to this book will enhance your enjoyment of good writing.
This is one of the better audiobooks I have downloaded and one of the best of Gladwell's work.
Malcolm is a master storyteller as well as a sociologist. I find his narration of his own work essential to helping create the tone of wonderment and mystery-solving that he brings to everything he does.
I found it hard to stop listening and I often played the book while carrying my iPod around my apartment in my pocket!
Although I feel that Gladwell stretches a little bit to make his thesis at a few points, this is an overall interesting book and well worth your listen. It is entertaining and enlightening.
I would recommend this audiobook. David Foster Wallace had a knack for insight that is rare. I was sad to see that this book was abridged. The essays were wonderful as always but it was over too soon.
David's reading was not the best I've heard. He's a little monotonous. But it was nice to hear his voice and it worked well enough for these essays.
I wanted to save this book for an upcoming car trip but I could help myself and I ended up listening to it all before I left!
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