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Shimon

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  • The Greatest Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Nagorski
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Based on previously secret documents and eyewitness testimony, this is the shocking account of the most massive and deadliest battle of World War II, which ended in Hitler's defeat and changed the course of the war. Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek's former Moscow bureau chief, reveals that 2.5 million of the battle's 7 million troops were killed, taken prisoner, or severely wounded.

    Shimon says: "Misleading"
    "Misleading"
    Overall

    I bought this title expecting a detailed military history with descriptions of the battle for Moscow. Instead the author details everything that was going on around Stalin at the time except for the actual battle. This was actually moderately interesting. However, the author steadfastly avoids talking about the actual battle. It is lucky for Nagorski that there are no laws that the title of a book has to reflect its content.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (169)

    Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does - humans are a musical species.

    Shimon says: "A must for music lovers"
    "A must for music lovers"
    Overall

    This book is a must for all music lovers. Readers of Sacks' previous works will recognize his wonderful style that has managed to popularize neurology. This book covers both normal and pathological reactions to music.

    My only grumble is that he provides far too many examples of musical hallucinations which caused the book to drag a little. The other topics (and there are many of them) are covered in just the right detail.

    The narrator is superb and does justice to this marvelous work.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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