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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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    (104)
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    (97)
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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....

    Lee says: "Familiar names to any 70's rock fan"
    "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
  • 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
    Overall
    (208)
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    (177)
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    (177)

    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
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (391)
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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
    Overall
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    (9)
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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
  • Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It.

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitch Joel
    • Narrated By Mitch Joel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
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    The DNA of business has changed. Forever. You can blame technology, smartphones, social media, online shopping and everything else, but nothingchanges this reality: we are in a moment of business purgatory. So, what are you going to do about it? Mitch Joel, one of the world's leading experts in new media, warns that the time has come to CTRL ALT DELETE. To reboot and to start re-building your business model.

    Laura says: "Cemented my opinion about tech"
    "I could not agree more"
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    What did you love best about Ctrl Alt Delete?

    This was very informative and enjoyable, as a small business owner I have found the necessity to adopt many of the things the author talks about.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are in business I think it is very important that you listen to the ideas of this book.
    There is no going back either we adapt to the new computer age or we will go out of business and someone else will take our place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
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    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Gave me a thirst for more"
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    Where does The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first Great Courses book. What a treat to learn so many things that I had no real Idea about. I have bought several courses since then and find that if I speed up the voice to 2 times the normal speed I can digest all kinds of information rather quickly. If I had payed more attention in school, this info would not be so new to me. The narrator was very interesting to listen to and gave a perspective of the common man that I found very enjoyable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Browne
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
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    January 1970: the Beatles assemble one more time to put the finishing touches on Let It Be; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are wrapping up Déjà Vu; Simon and Garfunkel are unveiling Bridge Over Troubled Water; James Taylor is an upstart singer-songwriter who's just completed Sweet Baby James. Over the course of the next twelve months, their lives---and the world around them---will change irrevocably.

    Kathy says: "Fascinating information, easy to listen"
    "A walk down memory lane for a baby boomer"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A history of that year and the interaction music had with the social issues at that time was completely intertwined for me as teenager at that time. Remembering all the unrest in the nation and the music seemed to match the feeling of the youth. If you are in your 50's or older you will relate to this book. I think the younger generation will be lost if they listen although it would be good for them to see how music influenced us. If you love rock &roll listen to this book


    What other book might you compare Fire and Rain to and why?

    Music me and the Mob or the Wrecking crew.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    JOhn Lennon


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

    Yes but did not have the time


    Any additional comments?

    This brought back many memories of my youth. I was 11 years old that year and music was playing a major part of my consciousness. I would read books in the back yard listening to CSN's first album. I loved the song Guinevere and Abby road was my first album I ever owned.
    I think the author was right on in the end when he commented that today there are to many things that interfere with music listening like video games and access to instant movies. Music was all we had in those days and three channels of TV so the music shaped a generation.

    Not so today! We worshipped these musicians

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tommy James, Martin Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (28)
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    Everyone knows the hits: "Mony Mony," "I Think We're Alone Now," "Crimson and Clover," "Crystal Blue Persuasion." They are nuggets of rock and pop history. However, few know the unlikely story of how these hits came to be. Tommy James had been performing in rock bands in the Michigan area since the age of 12. Prompted to record a few songs by a local disc jockey in 1964, Tommy chose an obscurity titled "Hanky Panky," which became a minor local hit that came and went.

    Dave says: "What a ride - excellent story, well told"
    "Mobsters in Rock and Roll?"
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    Would you listen to Me, the Mob, and the Music again? Why?

    I would if I had the time. Great book, very interesting to find out how the industry was in those days.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tommy James. It appears that he was very talented and that his talent was stiffeld because of drugs and his relationship to Morse.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Tommy James


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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