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Daniel Neal

Florida | Member Since 2008

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  • Gaudy Night

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the "Gaudy", the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: scrawled obscenities, burnt effigies, and poison-pen letters - including one that says, "Ask your boyfriend with the title if he likes arsenic in his soup." Some of the notes threaten murder and one of them involves a long Latin quotation, which makes Harriet suspect that the perpetrator is probably a member of the Senior Common Room. But which of the apparently rational, respectable dons could be committing such crazed acts?

    Daniel Neal says: "Unabridged? Uh-uh!"
    "Unabridged? Uh-uh!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, this version of Gaudy Night is disappointing. If this book were unabridged, the answer would be a resounding yes--but it's abridged, and a very distorted version of the real novel by Dorothy Sayers which is one of my favorites.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Dorothy Sayers always gives enough hints to keep me intrigued and guessing--her style and the revelation of the characters keeps me turning the pages.


    Which character – as performed by AudioGO Ltd – was your favorite?

    Lord Peter of course--but Harriet is a close second


    Do you think Gaudy Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, but Busman's Holiday is great!


    Any additional comments?

    I do not think I will buy any other books by AudioGO Ltd--if I do not trust a company, I do not support it.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (95)

    Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit. What are these "greatest of the greats"? Find out in these 32 richly detailed lectures that take you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces that continue to live at the center of our musical culture.These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music.

    Jacob says: "Really happy with the format"
    "A delightful journey"
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    Would you listen to The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works again? Why?

    I feel that I am learning to listen to some of my favorite music but enjoying it more--like visiting a cathedral after first reading about it.


    Any additional comments?

    Dr. Greenberg has a marvelous way of presenting concepts and history. He made me feel I was sitting in his study listening to a story teller. Learning this way is addictive and such fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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