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Lloyd

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  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (309)

    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

    Lee the reader says: "Wonderful, I've wanted this for so long...but..."
    "Enjoyed."
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    Where does How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I never understood why people like classical music. The title delivered what it promised. I now have an appreciation of the music


    What does Professor Robert Greenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has an enthusiasm for music which he shares. He shared the historical context of the music which gave it meaning in the
    Human experience


    Any additional comments?

    It was long but I had the time available for it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (242)

    In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association....

    rebekah says: "Good premise, but reads like a text book"
    "Great Listen. Recommended it to everyone."
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    If you could sum up The Language Instinct in three words, what would they be?

    It was a great book. I am a speech therapist so my interest in this topic would probably be greater than other listeners. It can not be stressed enough, the ability to use language is such a driving force, its is what makes is human. Why wouldn't everyone want to know more about it? The fair use doctrine get a bit bruised in the Great Courses on the same topic by borrowing so heavily from this book. I would recommend using this as a great source.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Language Instinct?

    I really like his viewpoint when discussing how monkeys have DNA that is 99% identical to human. His discussion on evolution was insightful. It really put it in prospective.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    IT was Fine. His frontal lisp (distortion of "s") was noticeable but not a distraction. I only mention it because others made a big deal about it.


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

    It was a book I did not want to stop listening. But I am unique in my appreciation of his book. I think the average person who is interested in the topic would really like it. It get a bit boggy around chapter four. It's readability level might require someone to possess an undergraduate or graduate degree.


    Any additional comments?

    It does listen like a text book but is that bad?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2018)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1161)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Great book"
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    Where does Lolita rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lolita and her character development from prey to the predator.


    What about Jeremy Irons’s performance did you like?

    Jeremy was excellent. His accent and inflection perfectly reflected my imaginings of the character.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (709)

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    Jason says: "Clear thinking is valuable beyond measure!"
    "A great guide"
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    What did you love best about Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills?

    IT covered a lot of ground and did so well.


    What does Professor Steven Novella bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I do a lot of driving and it covered the topic without the need for visuals.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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