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clayton, MO, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 35 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The History of Classical Music

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Fawkes
    • Narrated By Robert Powell

    From Gregorian Chant to Henryk Gorecki, the first living classical composer to get into the pop album charts, here is the fascinating story of over a thousand years of Western classical music and the composers who have sought to express in music the deepest of human feelings and emotions. Also available: The History of Opera.

    Walter says: "highly recommend"

    When I have trouble going to sleep, I turn on my computer and hook up my good speakers, and listen to this history. It is like a review of western civ. with music in the background. Instead of lying awake, I learn something, and I fall asleep. If you are feeling frustrated with the everyday grind, the beautiful music and the celebration of human achievement will give you a peace of mind.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Sleep Every Night

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Glenn Harrold
    • Narrated By Glenn Harrold

    Join the thousands of people who have overcome their sleep disorders and insomnia by using this superb, high-quality hypnosis audiobook by Glenn Harrold--the UK's best-selling self-help audio author. Insomnia and other sleep problems are often caused by stress, anxiety, and a busy mind at bedtime. Glenn's highly acclaimed hypnotherapy techniques and audio production will help you overcome these problems in a completely safe and natural way.

    Leslie Catt says: "Almost perfect"

    He is in what sounds like an auditorium. At first I thought, This is gonna make me sleep??

    But he engages the mind, and the high-quality recording makes him impossible to ignore, and easy to follow. He offers messages that are interesting, and relaxing.

    I?m glad I got this recording.

    One caveat ... *he* doesn?t do anything to you. There is no magic or miracle in any hypnotic recording, if you don?t engage yourself with it, and believe.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of Troy and Greece

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrew Lang
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Andrew Lang drew upon his classical learning to recreate the Greek myths for children. He follows Ulysses from his boyhood, thorugh the Trojan Wars, to his voyage to seek the son of Achilles. The story of Helen of Troy, and the Trojan Horse, is told with the pace of a modern adventure. Lang's collection of retold myths includes Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece, and recounts the lives and heroic deeds of two other major figures: Theseus, who slew the Minotaur; and Perseus, who freed the princess Andromeda as one of his many tests, with the helo of the gorgon's head. Perseus, Andromeda, and her parents, Cephus and Cassiopeia, are remembered in the constellations of the summer sky. Not only will theres tales bring to life for children of all ages the quest for good and the struggle against eveil embodied in the myths, they also reveal the roots of characters referenced throughout Western litereature from Shakespeare's time to the present day. In the true spirit of adventure, Lang dedicated his book to H. Rider Haggard.

    Anne says: "I hate to do this . . ."
    "I hate to do this . . ."

    I found this work to be a bit boring. I regret having to write a bad review but I have to be an honest person. I found that the stories were hard to follow, and they don't meet the contemporary audience at its level. Most people these days aren't schooled in the classics. I think that this book is about a hundred years old, if I remember correctly. The narrator's voice is very dry, and I don't think he identifies with the material very well. So, I would not recommend this book to a person who is not familiar with the classics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Jeff Wooden

    When Don't Know Much About History first appeared, it created a sensation. With humor, great stories, and a trademark conversational style, the audiobook brought Americans a fresh new take on history. Davis proved that Americans don't hate history - they just hate the dull textbook version they were force-fed in school.

    Tom says: "Great listen. Great information."
    "socialist rhetoric - Nonsense"

    This history is divided into 3 parts. His first one, on our colonial past really brought it to life. It was very fun to listen to and informative. It was easy to visualize this era, which I originally learned about through boring puritan journals. He brought the pioneers' experiences to us, and I realized how harsh the Am. terrain was. Survival was a real challenge then, and it helped me understand how the colonies and the indigenous peoples must have appeared to them. Also, he talks about England, and spends a considerable amount of time on Spain, - moving away from the traditional Anglo-centric angle on history.

    Nineteenth century was also interesting, he literally guides the listener through how the US was pieced together from a rather regional and agrarian society. I finally understood the tensions that lead to the Civil war. The question of slavery finally was in a context that was away from "Good" vs. "Evil". The issue was moral, but also economic, and ideological. He outlines the atrocities of our agrarian and colonial past, but good or bad? I'd say he is very objective.

    I found the first part of the twentieth century a bit sporadic for my tastes, he literally rattles off statistics and dates, and gets away from a "foundational" approach. Ideologically, he admits that he is toward the 'left' but he warns his readership about his sympathies. I actually found very little that could be construed as idological programming.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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