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Andrew

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  • Concert Masterworks

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (20)
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    (19)
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    (18)

    Have you ever thought about the creative process that boiled inside geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Liszt-or any composer, for that matter?What goes through a composer's mind when a musical composition is being set to paper? Are those magical weeks or months spent in an agonizing creative blur of ideas first tried and then discarded, or it a matter of pure inspiration?

    Andrew says: "A great way to add to your concertgoing experience"
    "A great way to add to your concertgoing experience"
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    This is the best credit I've spent in a long time. Rather than just providing technical details and historical context, Professor Greenberg explains exactly what another composer would be listening for in each of these works. The result is eye-opening, even for someone who regularly attends orchestral concerts.

    If you've listened to Professor Greenberg's "30 Greatest Orchestral Works" in the same series, Concert Masterworks is deeper and more engaging in every way.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3631)
    Performance
    (2597)
    Story
    (2623)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "I don't understand the number of good reviews!"
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    What disappointed you about Old Man's War?

    When things are nominated for Hugo awards, I expect them to be good fiction. This wasn't. It felt vaguely like a YA version of Starship Troopers, until it started including poorly written sex scenes and dumb-jock-style military dialog. Then I wasn't sure what it was. Would it have an ironic twist? Or perhaps some carefully constructed conceit that made it read better than a throwaway Star Trek novel from the early '80s? Nope. It was just dumb.

    John Scalzi has written several sequels, so someone must be into this kind of thing. I'm going to go dig up some more early '80s Star Trek novels instead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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