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  • The History of Classical Music

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Fawkes
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    From Gregorian Chant to Henryk Gorecki, the first living classical composer to get into the pop album charts, here is the fascinating story of over a thousand years of Western classical music and the composers who have sought to express in music the deepest of human feelings and emotions. Also available: The History of Opera.

    Walter says: "highly recommend"
    "Great Introduction with well-placed sample clips"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The History of Classical Music to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the audio edition has the distinct advantage of inline samples from important pieces being discussed, which makes it interactive in a way that a print version (even one that includes a CD with samples) cannot be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since this was a historical survey, it's hard to choose a favorite character! But I did enjoy learning about the Red Priest, Giuseppe Verdi.


    What does Robert Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Experience pronouncing the sometimes difficult foreign words.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I enjoyed the episodic nature, though I found some of the chapters to be rather long (upwards of an hour), which made it difficult to put down when I needed to do something else!


    Any additional comments?

    I'd make sure to download this in High Quality, since it includes orchestral samples that would be less satisfying in a more muffled/lower-quality setting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Yuri Rasovsky
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Inspired by the classic silent film of 1919, this original audio play won the Independent Publishers Award in 1998 for best direct¿to-audio production. John De Lancie stars as a young poet who visits a fair one night with his friend and girlfriend. Entering Doctor Caligari¿s tent, they meet the mysterious Cesare, a kind of zombie, who is neither alive nor dead¿and who forecasts doom for our high-strung protagonist and his friends.

    Diane says: "cool story"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    I purchased this looking for a nice diversion, and was sorely disappointed. The audio quality is terrible - there is no equalization of volume among voices, which makes it annoying to listen to. I had to keep turning it up and down to even hear what was taking place, which meant that my ears were blown out when characters screamed (which seems altogether too often).

    Even worse, though the play is clearly set in Germany, the character accents are all 19th-century English, making for a particularly jarring performance.

    Save yourself the time and pain.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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