If I had bought this novel as a book, it would have been only half the fun, because I would have skipped over at least 100 pages. In his comments Anthony even admits that he had to fill in text to meet the expected length. Anyway, it's a "typical Anthony": The craftsmanship of his story telling is great, the pace is even (which can be seen as a minus), you won't get a heartache from surprise (there's no surprising turn in the story).But George Guidall, the narrator of this audiobook, makes listening to it a really nice experience. He even gives the more ... sorry: boring ... parts live and vividness.
If you are looking for an audio book to listen to while doing something else: This is one of them. It won't distract you, but it may make a routine job much more fun.
Guidall does not over exaggerate (like so many Audible narrators do, misunderstanding their "actor routine"), but manages to still give the characters live and individual nuances. His pace is just right for the story, his dramatic does support the style of the book.
Even Death needs a Love to not die from boredom ...
Don't get me wrong. I really like Anthony's books, because he is a talented writer with a great routine. A little less "constructed, 100% predictable" story, a bit more (real) humor, some suspense would be more than salt to most of his novels. This one is a good example.
I used to fall asleep to this audiobook, since the narrator seems to simply read the text from sheets, repeating the same intonation over and over again (may be, but not necessarily, due to the nature of pop songs that repeat themselves over and over again?). While on some pages she seemed to be alone at home, calling out her words to the mike, in other times she seemed to have to keep quiet to not wake up the kids.
Well, I found out the Audible player could speed up playback. 1.25 speed made listening not so dry.
As for content: There's nothing new in here, everyone who ever read or heard about creative writing or anything the like knows all there is in this book (and considerably more, I bet). Also, the perspective is rather limited to mainstream music, mainstream business, mainstream genres, mainstream production and mainstream "how to". Legal advice is applicable to US listeners only, although, with a bit of brain, you can "translate" what little help on rights & cie is there (although it wouldn't help you much if you were, like me, German and had to suffer from the absurd German creative rights system. Ask YouTube about that).
Ok, too many words from me already: The book is ok for the money spent (much less than for a cheap lunch), but I won't listen to it again.
That's it? Erm, ok.
The book could benefit (a bit) from a professional narrator, who could bring live, color and dramatic to the content.
If you didn't know that in order to write songs now you have to write songs now, you really should read this book (listen to it), because it basically tells you that in order to write songs now you should write songs now. And not listen to books that tell you to write songs now.
Sorry for being lame, I guess there are people out there who need the "kick in the butt" the author tries to give the reader/listener (but somewhat fails). I just expected a little more insight into how professionals run their job - I happen to know a few professional song writers who see their job as a 9-5 daytime business with routine, know how and creativity. 30 minutes of chatting with them gives me more than a couple of hours of "Write Songs Right Now".
Having stopped listening several times because my own historical understandings differed from what Mr Dolnick tells and at other times because I just felt dizzy from the narration, I am sure that I won't buy another book from the author, but maybe a fantasy tale narrated by Mr Sklar.
There had to be a circle back to the beginning. Somehow it felt really forced.
I adore Mr Sklar's educated voice, his timbre and warmth. It just is the wrong-most choice for a historical essay (like this), being much more suited for a tale of elves and orcs and sleepy hollows.
If you are completely unfamiliar with the world of the 16hundreds, you may get a glimpse of how science "worked" back then. If you are interested in the philosophical debates of the days or want to learn more about Newton and his time-companions - or if you want to learn anything about physics, mathematics or the likes ... get a good book.
It isn't BAD. It is just far too long without any "news", any well crafted narration (talking about the author, NOT the narrator), it seemed to have many small flaws in recherche and/or detail (even in the scientific departments).
The book does make you want to look for better biographies of its subjects, though. And that is NOT the worst one can say about any book.
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