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Listener Since 2008

  • 2 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 142 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson

    In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an enthralling journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.

    Case says: "Hotly debated new theories, but NOT revisionism"
    Where does 1491 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top with others in your great series. From the age of eight, I could never believe the Columbus discovery myth. Freedom from propaganda is truly beautiful.

    What other book might you compare 1491 to and why?

    The book is incomparable.

    What about Peter Johnson’s performance did you like?

    He breathed fascinating life into the spoken word.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It gave me chills.

    Any additional comments?

    The book casts a beautiful, illuminating light into previously deeply shadowed history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bill Messenger

    Jazz is a uniquely American art form, one of America's great contributions to not only musical culture, but world culture, with each generation of musicians applying new levels of creativity that take the music in unexpected directions that defy definition, category, and stagnation.

    Now you can learn the basics and history of this intoxicating genre in an eight-lecture series that is as free-flowing and original as the art form itself.

    Saud says: "Get a video course"
    "A Disappointingly Distorted, Myopic View Of Jazz"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An honest presentation of the subject!The lecturer's fast forwarding through the segment on modern jazz, brushing aside or even ignoring such universally recognized Jazz Giants as: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Lambert, Hendridks & Ross, Cannonball lAdderly, Max Roach, Oliver Nelson, J.J. Johnson, Eric Dolphy, and too many more to mention in this small space, and replacing them with time wasting mediocre and mundane musical samples and seeming shameless self promotion is unconscionable , The lecturer mentions Beat author Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind. But he reminds me of another book popular around that time, titled Advertisements for Myself. Had I not been a life long lover of jazz - and especially modern jazz - and gotten my introduction to the subject through the lecturer's course, I would not have touched the music with a ten foot pole.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Bill Messenger

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Bill Messenger?

    The subject material, not the narrator was the problem.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Hard to tell. The author so warped the section on modern jazz, that I can not trust any of the rest of the course.

    Any additional comments?

    Most of the Audible books and The Great Courses material I have purchased have been excellent and well worth the money. I just ordered a DVD: Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World course about an hour ago.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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