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Andrew

Collingswood, NJ, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • How Music Works

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Byrne
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

    Daniel says: ""David Byrne is a Human" by a Talking Heads fan"
    "Not a survey of music history. Just Big Ego Byrne."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Byrne and/or Andrew Garman?

    Absolutely not. As a book on music per se, it is terrible. Byrne has absolutely has no clue of the origins of classical music in liturgy, the development of harmony, etc, although he is pompous as heck about knowing it all. He reduces classical music, ballet and opera to status tokens for robber capitalists while 'hip hop' artists who blast their music out the car windows are said to be generous "sharing" their worthy music. Africans can be spiritual, yet Bach who wrote the most spiritual music ever, and inscribed each piece with "only for the glory of God", can't be, and is presented as essentially a buffoon. For Byrne, classical music is synonymous with the symphony, which is a minor part of it all. Solo artists, people who play classical music for pleasure, minimum wage listeners to NPR, etc, aren't considered. In short, Byrne sets himself up as the beginning and end of all that's worthy in music. The narcissism and lack of scholarship in "How Music Works" is appalling. This had me running back to Taruskin for a real music history, and both John Butt and John Eliot Gardiner for another look at Bach. Why did David Byrne wear a big suit in Talking Heads? To match his BIG HEAD.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A serious book on music.


    What three words best describe Andrew Garman’s voice?

    Clear, articulate, accurate.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a good description of Mr Byrne's personal history with the recording business.


    Any additional comments?

    Not recommended. The book should be retitled so people actually looking for a general book on music won't be misled.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (300)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "Could the romance plot have been more shallow?"
    Overall

    I know it's a "potboiler", if you pardon the expression in this context, but come on! The "love story" was ridiculously stupid, derivative, pathetic. Of course, any character who indulged in homoerotic behavior was weak, or morally weak, etc, etc, etc. The author has to be congratulated for taking a story we already all know to a new level of predictability. And the narrator reminded me of a friend who went to England to study for a semester and came back with an accent....

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast on Pluto

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Patrick McCabe
    • Narrated By Patrick McCabe
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Twenty years ago, Mr. Patrick "Pussy" Braden escaped his hometown of Tyreelin, Ireland, fleeing his foster mother Whiskers - prodigious Guinness-guzzler, human chimney - and her mad household, to begin a new life in London. There, in blousy tops and satin miniskirts, Pussy plies her trade, often risking life and limb amongst the flotsam and jetsam that fill the bars of Piccadilly Circus.

    Andrew says: "Tour de force"
    "Tour de force"
    Overall

    McCabe delivers not only a brilliant novel, but a brilliant performance as well. I found myself listening to this nonstop on a car trip across the US, twisting the key in the dashboard to keep the CD player going even when I stopped for gas. A little Jobriath, a litte slang, and many memories of the rural Ireland of those years...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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