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  • Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gary Marcus
    • Narrated By Gary Marcus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (72)

    Just about every human being knows how to listen to music, but what does it take to make music? Is musicality something we are born with? Or a skill that anyone can develop at any time? If you don't start piano at the age of six, is there any hope? Is skill learning best left to children or can anyone reinvent him-or herself at any time?

    Alex says: "Entertaining if somewhat superficial"
    "Helpful for adults seeking to learn music"
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    If you could sum up Guitar Zero in three words, what would they be?

    encouraging story about an adult man who managed to learn music in the second half of his life


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    some details are kinda boring/trivial. He could have skipped these with no impact to the message.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Powell
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (163)

    Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry? Now, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don’t break it first), and more.

    C. Beaton says: "Great book - wrong narrator"
    "excellent material - so so narrator"
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    If you could sum up How Music Works in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting explanation of many musical concepts. Music was a "magical talent" to me until I listened to this book.

    First I didn't get the humor, but quickly got used to the British humor and started enjoying the book.

    I thought the narrator was annoying and that, unfortunately, didn't change much till the end of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the material is excellent


    What aspect of Walter Dixon’s performance would you have changed?

    Wrong narrator. Pauses too often without a need. The most unnecessary pauses are often between "the" and what comes after it. Why do you need to say "the pitch"???


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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