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Greg

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  • Neil Young's Harvest (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sam Inglis
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Neil Young's Harvest is one of those strange albums that has achieved lasting success without ever winning the full approval of rock critics or hardcore fans. Even Young himself has been equivocal, describing it in one breath and his "finest" album, dismissing in the next as an NOR aberration. Here, Sam Inglis explores the circumstances of the album's creation and asks who got it right: The critics, or the millions who have bought Harvest in the 30 years since its release?

    Greg says: "Just a long record review."
    "Just a long record review."
    Overall

    Before I bought this book, I thought it would contain interesting facts and anecdotes about the recording of Neil Young's Harvest. Instead, this is basically a long-form review of Harvest, like you would read in the Rolling Stone album reviews section. It's like listening to an opinionated, but uninformed, friend talk about what he likes or dislikes about Harvest.

    The author talks about what he thinks is good or bad about the songs, where Harvest belongs in the Neil Young catalogue, and how the album arose from and fit into the time of its creation. What is missing is more detail about how the album was recorded, any interesting stories about the people involved in making the album, or any real facts about the album.

    The bottom line is that you won't learn anything new about Harvest by listening to this audiobook.

    A minor problem is that they never play any songs or clips from songs. I suppose its a licensing thing, but its inconvenient and weird to have someone talk about music for so long, without actually hearing any of the music.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans: Colorful Characters Stuck in the Footnotes of History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Farquhar
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Best-selling journalist Michael Farquhar, popular author of A Treasury of Great American Scandals, ransacked the archives to rescue 30 almost-famous Americans from the dust bin of obscurity. These colorful figures range from Mayflower Murderer John Billington (1624) to Dick Fosbury, father of the "Flop" (1968).

    Greg says: "Ok book - frustrating audiobook"
    "Ok book - frustrating audiobook"
    Overall

    Each chapter of this book covers a different person, so it would be a perfect book to skip around. However, the track breaks on the audiobook don't mirror the chapter breaks, so you pretty much have to listen to the whole book consecutively to know who is the subject of each chapter.
    The content is interesting enough - just basic anecdotal history.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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