Joy! Joy! Joy!
I did love the collected Stories Of William Faulkner, which is longer, but this is more fun. This was my first Great Course, but it won't be my last.
He is so exuberant, so talented, and so full of interesting tidbits about the composers who wrote the great American Music that I was devastated when I realized that I had heard it all so many times that I know what comes next. I just wish he would do one now on British Theatre. I couldn't wait to tell friends what fun the course is, and to give a copy to a close friend who loves music.
I laughed at the stories of the ego of Al Jolson, and wanted to cry at the loneliness of Irving Berlin. It's fun now to go to youtube and see Al Jolson and Banjo Eyes, Eddie Cantor, sing the songs that made them famous, and now I know more of their backgrounds. His discussions of the great musicals made me want to get them from Netflix and see them again. If I were younger, I would want to began writing music. Professor Bill Messenger is so talented, it is fun to hear him play selections and sing them. In addition he has other experts play and sing selections. I may want to also get his course on Jazz. My only criticism is that I wish the course was twice as long.
You don't have to know music or anything about musical Broadway to enjoy this course. You will learn a lot. Who knows? If you are young, you may change your career path to become an Andrew Lloyd Weber, or Rogers or Hart. I believe that the impact of these musicians will outlast the memory of Hitler.
Gay NYC Jewish Humor
I'm 75, female,straight, from a tiny. 2000 population, Southern town, The first adult book I ever read when in the third grade, (my poor little elementary school didn't have a library) was my mother's book club edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I learned that a book can carry you to another world, country, city--into another's mind. I loved it.
So here is a story by a Gay Jewish Man who hates dogs, knows nothing about the outdoors I have loved, doesn't enjoy Christmas or quaint B&Bs in New England, yet, the third time I heard it, we connected. I grew to like the book and him, although I'm sure that had we met in an elevator last December in Rockefeller Center, he would have ignored me as I managed a sideways peek at him. It would have been a longer peek had I known he was an author--but then this book--while a BOOK is still sort of a fraud, as he well knows.
Still he chose to climb a mountain in December for a magazine article. Was horribly out of comfort and place, But he did it, and shared the experience.
This book was out of my comfort zone. I began feeling sorry for this sad man, and ended understanding that people are different, They have different life experiences. Different approaches to life. I found that he and I share many values, drreams, and goals. Hear the book.
The author explors the subject in many unique ways. He opens the reader's mind to show how it works.
His quirkey humor
The reader is excellent. Every word is clear.
A ride through the brain to explore the mind.
This is our second Pinker book. A gifted researcher, a brilliant mind, and an interesting writer.
Maybe. I'm looking for funny and laughter. Can't find much to laugh about doing cancer.
Am still looking.
No real problem with narrator. Material just not that funny.
Actually, I liked "1000 Years of Laughter" better, and it started with monk's riddles.
I have already listened to it several times, and will listen several more times. I use these book to give my brain something happy or funny to think about as I go to sleep. I use soft earphones, and it doesn't disturb husband. This one works fine.
Who ever thought Gerald Ford could be so funny?
Ronald Reagan's quick retorts. I didn't vote for him, and didn't like a lot of his policies, but he was quick to polk fun at an opponent--or himself: not in the angry hateful way of too many current politicians.
I play all the books from Audible aoll night long. Eventually, I manage to hear them all awake.
I'm looking for happy, funny books. This is certainly one.
This is by far Number 1. A delightful experience for those with quirky tastes.
OK, it's my first, but i am hungry for more.
It is one of a kind.
Am torn between Dickens and P. G. Wodehouse.
Well actiually, I bought it to keep my brain from worrying about my very recent cancer diagnosis. I need something to occupy my brain when going to sleep and yet not keep my husband awake, so I put on earphones and turn on my iphone and try to occupy my brain with something happy until I doze off. This book worked wonders. I figure I heard all of it the whole way through four times before I was awake more than the dark ages.
Then, yesterday, I had a 430 mile solitary drive in the car and had to stay awake through the whole time and heard the whole book. Thoroughly delightful. Just what the doctor ordered.
The short musical interludes are great, the selections entertaining. I loved the readers with their mild British Accents and dramatic flair. Dickens, Hardy, P. G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Parker. Not gut wrenching laughter like Jeanne Robertson, or the best of Garrison Keillor, but mild, lip lifting smiles--and restful, no nightmares, sleep.
Now I have to find another
Wish I hadn't already read Shoot Low Boys, They're Riding Shetland Ponies. It would be great on Audible
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