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Russell Bernard

Salt Lake City, Utah United States

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  • The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kent Hartman
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
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    If you were a fan of popular music in the 1960s and early '70s, you were a fan of the Wrecking Crew - whether you knew it or not. On hit record after hit record by everyone from the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees to the Grass Roots, the 5th Dimension, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel, this collection of West Coast studio musicians from diverse backgrounds established themselves as the driving sound of pop music - sometimes over the objection of actual band members....

    Diana Haynes says: "Fascinating Story Well Told"
    "Fasinating history of 60 and 70 rock'n roll"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wrecking Crew the most enjoyable?

    The information of the different bands was fascinating and a real eye opener to the music business in the 60's and 70's. Interesting to find out who controlled the business and the caliber of musicians at that time.


    What other book might you compare The Wrecking Crew to and why?

    Me the Mob and the music by Tommy James although a different story, studio muscicians played a huge roll in the outcome of the music.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    I will view all my rock idols differently after listening to this book. Especially the Beach Boys.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen for anyone interested in rock history. I wish I could see the film that was made about the same group of musicians. Check out Carol Kaye on utube.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angels: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Neil Peart
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    For more than two centuries, the land of Albion has been ruled by the supposedly benevolent Watchmaker, who imposes precision on every aspect of life. Young Owen Hardy from the village of Barrel Arbor dreams of seeing the big city and the breathtaking Clockwork Angels that dispense wisdom to the people, maybe even catching a glimpse of the Watchmaker himself. He watches the steamliners drift by, powered by alchemical energy, as they head toward Crown City....

    Amazon Customer says: "Great with the album, decent YA novel alone"
    "Rush fans will love this maybe,"
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    I am a huge Rush fan having all their albums. I was underwhelmed by this book. and found all the references to rush lyrics to be stupid and uninspiring.
    OK, I know Rush fans will love this book and that Neal Peart is an amazing drummer that can do no wrong. This book left me uninspired and disappointed in the simpleness of the characters and the pour plot development.
    what ever happened to the Anarchist and the Timekeeper? I guess they just went on doing there stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark Obmascik
    • Narrated By Del Roy
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    Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year: a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, "extreme" 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North American birding record.

    Carolyn says: "Not for the Birds"
    "The book is better than the movie"
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    The movie is not bad and funny at times, But the book is very interesting. I enjoyed it very much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Have you ever wondered how the lives of great composers-especially when set against the social, political, and cultural context of their world-influences their music?After listening to this perceptive series of eight lectures on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, you will likely find that you hear his work in an entirely different way, your insight informed by new knowledge of how Beethoven was able to create masterpieces from the crises of his life.You'll learn about the years of progressive hearing loss-ultimately to produce total deafness-and the understandable agony and rage such a fate would bring upon a composer. About his deep depression over the end of his relationship with the woman he calls his Immortal Beloved. About his pathological hatred of authority, his persecution complex, even delusional behaviors.But you'll also learn how each of these crises, and many others, served to drive Beethoven inward, to reinvent himself and redeem his suffering through art, creating disruptive works of profound passion and beauty that reinvented the nature of musical expression in the Western world.

    Paul says: "Ahh... Beethoven"
    "Great lecture about a very onery guy"
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    Robert Greenberg does a wonderful job. If you are into music his lectures are not to be missed. This is the seventh lecture I have enjoyed from the composer great courses.Two more to go Mahler and Shostakovich. Get them all you will love them and learn all the good stuff about how music is written and the lives of these amazing dysfunctional men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Robert and Clara Schumann - Their Lives and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    In all the annals of Western music, there has never been a couple like the Schumanns: he a pioneering critic and composer (the only ever to achieve greatness as both), she one of the leading concert pianists of Europe, as well as a composer of no small talent herself. This series of eight lectures by an award-winning composer and acclaimed teacher includes excerpts of works by both of the Schumanns as part of an introduction to an extraordinary couple and the musical legacy left to us in spite of the difficulties that dogged their marriage.

    Russell Bernard says: "Soap Opera Lives of the Great Masters"
    "Soap Opera Lives of the Great Masters"
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    This lecture has it all domineering father making his money from his daughters talents. Sound just like some the child stars of our lifetime. Husbands jealous of his wife's talent and career. Stories of the stars hob nobbling together. What more could you ask for?
    And the music oh the wonderful music and history about how it was conceived and composed.

    This is my fourth lecture in this series hope to listen to them all before years end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter M. Vishton
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    Your senses aren't just a part of you-they define you. Nothing you experience would be possible without the intricate power of your senses. But how much about them do you really know? Your ability to sense and perceive the world around you is so richly detailed and accurate as to be miraculous.

    Douglas says: "Another Absolutely Marvelous..."
    "Very Informative"
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    I was a newbie to this subject, I found it very interesting and inforamtive.
    I will never view the Fedex logo the same. Understanding how the human brain works is very cool.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen T. Sinatra, Jonny Bowden
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
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    Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

    Z. Karpinski says: "Easy to understand, helpful in practice"
    "Very Informative"
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    This book was very informative and helped me decide if I should take statins. I enjoyed the information in this book, And learned the dangers of lowering Cholesterol to far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
    "Thank You For Your Bravery"
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    Where does My Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First position. This is an amazing story of courage, faith, love of family and forgiveness. Other stories that I have read that have shown this type of courage are A Captain’s Duty Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea, Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand and South by Earnest Shackleton. Each of these books shows great courage against unbelievable odds. Each of these books has given me the strength I needed to go on with my own battles in my live.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Smart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Elizabeth thank you for reading your own story, your voice inflection said it all, and story telling was wonderful. I live in Centerville and remember the search for you. Having four daughters some your age I can’t imagine the pain your parents felt for nine months.


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth's mother's advice is some of the best I have ever heard. I am inspried by her advice to not give Brian and Wanda any more time or energy from her life.I will try and apply this in my life when something difficult happens.Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Haydn - His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Almost from the moment it was first set to paper, the music of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - technically superb, rich in quality, and widely imitated - has exemplified the Classical style, creating not only the Classical-era symphony but setting the standard, through his own 68 string quartets, against which that form has ever after been judged. And yet Haydn, despite the influence left by more than 1000 works, seems to no longer get his due, Now, in a series of eight vivid lectures, you can learn to understand and appreciate the music of one of the most original and influential composers of all time.

    Russell Bernard says: "Wonderful & Inspiring"
    "Wonderful & Inspiring"
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    What made the experience of listening to Great Masters: Haydn - His Life and Music the most enjoyable?

    Robert Greenberg's knowledge of music form and in depth information of Haydn's life. The discription of how a piece was written and how it related to events in the composers life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Masters: Haydn - His Life and Music?

    Haydn's relationship with other composer's, Mozart and Beethoven.
    Why is it that composers have messed up love lifes and seem to chase the wrong women?
    Brhams, Haydn, Tchaikovsky


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Greenberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my forth composer lecture of the series and I have three more to listen to. All have been very informative and inspiring.


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

    I love the jokes, I love the enthusiasm, I love the lectures of Robert Greenberg.


    Any additional comments?

    Order these lectures today they are inexpensive, Then go buy some great music you can't go wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Tchaikovsky - His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Although we often think of an artist's work as a window into their own inner world, that is not always the case.In the life of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, however, we can see perhaps the closest link to be found anywhere between a creative product and the shifting moods of a turbulent soul, which found its outlet through the glorious music created by the great Russian composer.To know his music, you must know the man, and this fast-moving series of eight lectures from an award-winning composer and accomplished teacher offers an insightful look into both the circumstances of Tchaikovsky's life and the impact that life had on his music.

    Russell Bernard says: "12000 love letters to someone you never met"
    "12000 love letters to someone you never met"
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    Would you listen to Great Masters: Tchaikovsky - His Life and Music again? Why?

    I don't know if I would have the time again with all the other Dr Greenberg courses I am listening to. I have listend to about fifty four hours and counting. These courses are most invormative.and give you a very good idea of the composers life and the history of the area in which he lived.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Masters: Tchaikovsky - His Life and Music?

    His relationship with Van Meck is very interesting, and the story about his Romeo and Juliet.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Greenberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ihave listened to Dr Greendergs lectures on Brahms, Stavinsky and how to listen to and understand music 3rd addition I have several others of his courses that I will listen to in the future.


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

    Why to long for one sitting. nice to have it in dailey lectures.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Brahms-His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Johannes Brahms was a man of contrasts. His serious Teutonic music was balanced by joyful dance music. His kindness to working people with a biting, malicious wit reserved for those he encountered in artistic and aristocratic circles. Yet you can know this enigmatic genius though this 8-lecture series, which uses biographical information and musical commentary to link the complexities of Brahms the man with the electrifying music of Brahms the composer.

    Jane says: "First class introduction to a wonderful composer"
    "Listen to my music and leave me alone"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Dr. Greenberg does a wonderful job brining these composers to life. This is my third course by Dr. Greenberg and I have enjoyed each one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr Greenberg's jokes might be adolesant, yet at the same time he does enliven these courses. He also knows his stuff.


    What about Professor Robert Greenberg’s performance did you like?

    his enthusiasm is fantastic


    Any additional comments?

    These courses are a great way to learn about composers and classical music. I plan on listening to all his courses and many others in the great courses series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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