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  • Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Will Hermes
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Punk rock and hip-hop, disco and salsa, the loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists—in the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of modern music were reinvented, all at once, from one block to the next, by musicians who knew, admired, and borrowed from one another.

    t says: "Great stories... no fact checking (pronunciation)"
    "Great text, fine voice, hilarious mispronunciation"
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    Any additional comments?

    If you're interested in the art and culture of 1970s NYC, you'll love the book, but you will also laugh out loud more than once at Verner's mispronunciations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    The word "barbarian" quickly conjures images of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan. Yet few people realize these men belong to a succession of nomadic warriors who emerged from the Eurasian steppes to conquer civilizations. It's a part of ancient and medieval history that's often overlooked, but for an accurate view of how the world evolved, it's essential. Covering some 6,000 miles and 6,000 years, this eye-opening course illuminates how a series of groups pushed ever westward, coming into contact with the Roman Empire, Han China, and distant cultures from Iraq to India.

    Mike says: "Attila the Hun demands you read this book!!!"
    "Needs to include the guidebook"
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Kenneth W. Harl?

    Without the guidebook, this lecture series is not a complete, coherent learning experience. Skip it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    Without the guidebook, this lecture series is not a complete, coherent learning experience. Skip it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Without the guidebook, this lecture series is not a complete, coherent learning experience. Skip it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Without the guidebook, this lecture series is not a complete, coherent learning experience. Skip it.


    Any additional comments?

    Without the guidebook, this lecture series is not a complete, coherent learning experience. Skip it.

    8 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture since 1830

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By LeRoy Ashby
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    With Amusement for All is the first comprehensive history of two centuries of mass entertainment in the United States, covering everything from the penny press to Playboy, the NBA to NASCAR, big band to hip hop, and other topics including film, comics, television, sports, and music. Paying careful attention to matters of race, gender, class, economics, and politics, LeRoy Ashby emphasizes the complex ways in which popular culture simultaneously reflects and transforms American culture.

    Paul says: "So Much Fun!"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of With Amusement for All to be better than the print version?

    Best to have both


    What did you like best about this story?

    Transportive strangeness of "old weird America"


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His voice and performance are just fine


    If you could give With Amusement for All a new subtitle, what would it be?

    ....


    Any additional comments?

    ....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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