I wanted to hear the music and then about how it worked. Instead I got a lots of talk from someone who is full of himself and likes to hear himself talk.
Greenberg's annoying attempts to be funny and to use silly metaphors to try to explain the music. He sounded like he has spent too many years trying to appeal to uninterested undergraduates. He talked down to his audience and did not explain the music. I finally quit listening.
Disappointment. And annoyance that I spent the money and did not get value.
I will not purchase any Great Courses again as this one is such a dud.
Excellent story, well told, well realized characters. Really good quality writing. Suspenseful, good sex scenes without being prurient. Ending too good to be true, but that is always the hardest part for any novelist. Juliet Stevenson, one of the best narrators , does a superb job.
Funny, thoughtful, timeless.
The wonderfully realized Dickensian characters.
He depicted each character distinctly.
I loved it for its sympathetic view of human foibles. I have listened twice and will listen again in the future.
This is a feel good book for when you want something that is intelligent and well written, but not dark and sad.
No, once was enough. The story puts your teeth on edge, but it was fascinating to read another of the Bronte sisters' novels.
The most interesting was the frank depiction of debauchery in a marriage, and what that did to all those involved. But it was a case, of "why does she stick around" that can be irritating - you want to give her a shake and tell her to move on from the loser!
Both performers are excellent and they did a very good job in this case.
It is a classic and of its time. If I was a literature student and needed to know the story, this would be an easy way to get the story. But right now, it is turgid.
Probably a good mystery, as after this I am ready for some snappy plot development and characters speaking in modern speech.
I missed reading this when studying comparative literature, and always wanted to add it to my canon. So, that is done. But I missed Moby Dick as well, and I don't think that I am going there!
The novel gave me the entire history of Paris in accessible form. It was easy to listen.However, the plots and characters were clearly contrived to just happen to be in situ at every conceivable historical moment - from the Revolution to Impressionism. The characters were wooden and the writing style clunky.
I might because I like really long novels to listen to while I quilt and knit. But the bad writing turns me off, so not soon.
Jean Gilpin sounded stilted, although the french pronunciation was excellent. I would have preferred Simon Vance, Malcolm Hillgartner, or Elizabeth Peters for example.
Rutherfurd packed it all in, but it sounded like he took a history outline from an encyclopedia and built a novel around it. He is definitely NOT as skilled an historical autor as Patrick O'Brian
An excellent listening experience. Good performance and of course inimitable Dickens characters.
Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend. If you love Dickens, and long well written novels, then Little Dorrit is great, although not as moving as David Copperfield.
Mr. Dorrit, the father, was particularly well realized by both the author and the performer.
Quicksilver appeals to me because of its subject matter: the history of the Scientific Revolution in Britain, Europe and the American colonies around 1650 to 1750. Stephenson writes a "good yarn" with interesting characters that are well developed, but he is not a literary author. I would rate Quicksilver much better than some mediocre mysteries that I have listened to, but it is not up to the level of audiobooks of Charles Dickens or Tolstoy, or Samuel Pepys diary.
Neal Stephenson's books are great to both read and listen to. Quicksilver is not as entertaining as Reamde or Cryptomonicon, but it is a "must" for any Stephenson fan. There are characters and themes that repeat in Cryptomonicon. Quicksilver is for readers who are interested in mathematics and science, the history of both, and generally have inquisitive minds
I like a narrator to not intrude on the story. If I notice the narrator, then there is a problem. I did not notice in this case, so do not know if I have heard other books by him - that is a good thing!
Isaac Newton is very well realized here. Stephenson creates an amusing, complex and often infuriating character and does a good job of answering the question: "What is genius and how is it manifested?"
I am listening to Quicksilver for a second time before I go on with the second book in the Baroque Cycle. There is so much to take it, that I need to repeat to make sure that I get it all. And it is definitely worth listening to again, as are all of Stephenson's books - which makes them good value.
Subject matter fascinating: Alan Turing and the origin of computers via cryptography during WW II, Douglas MacArthur and the war in the Phiilppines, modern day Internet commerce. Written in an engaging style with well drawn characters and amusing dialogue.
Neal Stephenson is a math/computer geek and his books are full of that stuff, which I like although it makes them guy lit vs chic lit.
The characters and their relationships really come alive. The plot is great too.
The reader keeps a good pace, has a voice with suits the subject matter, and keeps the dialogue believable and fun to listen to.
The scenes of tunnelling to hide gold during WW II are amazing.
I will listen to this several times over, as there is so much to get out of it each time.
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