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Linköping, Sweden | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
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  • 62 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014

  • The Music of Richard Wagner

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg

    In these 24 lectures filled with musical excerpts, enjoy a rich and multifaceted exploration of the trailblazing works and outsized life of this historically pivotal composer. The sheer outlandishness of Wagner's life makes for an endlessly intriguing story, from his desperate escapades outrunning creditors to his obsessive personal relationships to his utopian artistic schemes.

    Chris Reich says: "Missed Opportunity"
    "Wagner for "dudes""
    If you could sum up The Music of Richard Wagner in three words, what would they be?

    Extensive but bantering.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wagner, because he is one of the most interesting personalities in history of western art. Sometimes you can hardly believe that such a person was real. An extreme man in an extreme century.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Greenberg tries really hard to make this lengthy course interesting and fun by constant wisecrack comments. If I had a penny for every "dude"… While his motive is admirable, it is very unnecessary; the history of Wagner is interesting enough on it's own. Maybe it is more suited for American listeners.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The most moving parts are the operas themselves. They are such a contrast to the man behind them.

    Any additional comments?

    Greenberg leaves nothing open for interpretation. He offers one truth and one only. Every opera has one objective meaning as well as all Wagner's actions. On the other hand, Greenberg is a veritable quoting machine which gives him a lot of authority.I learnt so much from this audio book and finished it within a week but the populistic style (and language) will make seek other authors for similar topics.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Beatles: The Biography

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina

    Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now.

    James says: "Put Away Your, Hunter Davies"
    "The ups and downs (and downs) of Beatles"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a good start for anyone who wants to get an overview of the history of the Beatles. A word of warning though: few persons come out looking good in the end so if you harbor a idealized image of the band it might get smudged.

    What other book might you compare The Beatles to and why?

    The focus of this book is the drama and personal relationships. A supplementary book would be Ian MacDonald's "Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties" which focuses entirely on the recordings (each and every one of them). That one is a must-have for any Beatles fan.

    Any additional comments?

    Alfred Molina does a good job but I can't help to wonder how it would be if it was read by someone with a northern accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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