Extensive but bantering.
Wagner, because he is one of the most interesting personalities in history of western art. Sometimes you can hardly believe that such a person was real. An extreme man in an extreme century.
Greenberg tries really hard to make this lengthy course interesting and fun by constant wisecrack comments. If I had a penny for every "dude"… While his motive is admirable, it is very unnecessary; the history of Wagner is interesting enough on it's own. Maybe it is more suited for American listeners.
The most moving parts are the operas themselves. They are such a contrast to the man behind them.
Greenberg leaves nothing open for interpretation. He offers one truth and one only. Every opera has one objective meaning as well as all Wagner's actions. On the other hand, Greenberg is a veritable quoting machine which gives him a lot of authority.I learnt so much from this audio book and finished it within a week but the populistic style (and language) will make seek other authors for similar topics.
The introduction to this chapter is very telling. This is not a book about George Lucas, this is a book about a cultural phenomenon. Taylor gives as much reverence to the fans, the co-creators and the John Does who just happens to pass in the way as to George Lucas himself.
Sometimes it's clear that Taylor gives voice to his own subjective opinions but since they equally gives praise and criticism I found it welcome.
I was raised with Star Wars during the 80's but never expressed my fandom in an organized way. As many other fans of the original trilogy I started to loose interest after the prequels. This book helped me gain some perspective on my own feelings and opinions about Star Wars.
I really liked the premise of the book: a space age Robinson Crusoe. The biggest problem is the repetitive prose. Time and time again the main character calculates and explains how many liters of oxygen, how many hours of electricity, how many calories of food, how many kilometers of distance for something or another. I understand that this is essential in the characters fight for survival but repetition isn't best friends with suspense.
This is a good start for anyone who wants to get an overview of the history of the Beatles. A word of warning though: few persons come out looking good in the end so if you harbor a idealized image of the band it might get smudged.
The focus of this book is the drama and personal relationships. A supplementary book would be Ian MacDonald's "Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties" which focuses entirely on the recordings (each and every one of them). That one is a must-have for any Beatles fan.
Alfred Molina does a good job but I can't help to wonder how it would be if it was read by someone with a northern accent.
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