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  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    (523)
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    (468)
    Story
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    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

    Lee the reader says: "Wonderful, I've wanted this for so long...but..."
    "Wonderful, I've wanted this for so long...but..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition to be better than the print version?

    There is no print version!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shall I say Beethoven? or Bach? :)


    Which character – as performed by Professor Robert Greenberg – was your favorite?

    I must have missed this.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Good music is always moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been wanting this for YEARS... but audible has made this affordable for me. MORE intellectual Teaching company! These Great Courses were the reason I signed up for audible initially, but have found so much more here.

    This is a marvelous course, and I will definitely purchase more by this professor. I spent my college years pursuing practical courses in my scientific field, so this is an opportunity for me to finally take the "I wish I could" classes, in a way, that I never was able to before. Thank you so much for offering these.

    However, I DO have one major problem....

    Please, audible, can you have your software let people break things up into chapters, or lectures? I download these, and to have 36 lectures break up into 6 parts (For example; for the first section is: 1-Music as a Mirror; Sources—The Ancient World and the Early Church; The Middle Ages; Introduction to the Renaissance; The Renaissance Mass; The Madrigal) - well, that's just impossible to search or list on my media player! When I want to go back and find an area, it's very difficult to find - the chapters are just very tiny increments apart on the "bar".

    The sections should be listed by lecture I can easily find what I am looking for, or at least an option should be given. This is a course, after all. Could they not be:

    1 - Music as a Mirror
    2 - Sources - The Ancient World and Early Church
    3 - The Middle Ages
    4- Introduction to the Renaissance
    5- The Renaissance Mass
    6- The Madrigal

    See how much nicer and cleaner? That would make me so much happier! I have the same problem with chapter books. I just listened to Anne of Green Gables (marvelous, by the way) and wanted to find the part where Anne dyed her hair green. It was so hard to do, as a 9 hour book is only in one piece! Please find a way to let us break the courses into smaller, more practical parts, such as by lecture and chapter.

    112 of 112 people found this review helpful
  • The Housewife Assassin's Handbook: The Housewife Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Josie Brown
    • Narrated By Melissa Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (368)

    Every desperate housewife wants an alias. Donna Stone has one - and it happens to be government-sanctioned. But Donna earned it the hard way: Her husband was killed the day she delivered their third child. To avenge her husband's murder, Donna leads a secret life as an assassin. But espionage makes for strange bedfellows, and brings new meaning to that old adage, "Honey, I'm home...."

    kimberlee says: "Unique"
    "How I Wish We Would Be Warned of Explicit Sex"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I could not possibly recommend this to any of my friends, because of all the sexual mentions and sexual anatomy. I was so disappointed. There IS still a population who thinks a "lighthearted mystery" about a housewife is better without such things. I know the world has changed, but my friends and I haven't....


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

    I stopped after about hearing - well, I can't write it. It would be considered porn if I wrote it in a review. I would have LIKED to finish the book for the plot's sake, but really. Let's just say the shock at the sexual descriptions overcame any interest I had at finding out the ending. I hate when I am blindsided by a book when the description leads me to think it is one thing and I feel it is something different. I thought it would be a fun spy novel with a housewife - doesn't that lead you to think satire? - but I guess my thoughts are different than others. Maybe I better stick to Mrs. Pollifax.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator is good; in my mind she is lacking a little- I don't know - emotion? tempo? I have personal favorites a bit better, but she does a good job. She is good for the genre.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    There is always so much that depends with that question it is impossible to answer. I've maybe seen about ten movies in my life they haven't wrecked from the book.


    Any additional comments?

    My comments are all in my first paragraphs. I cannot finish this book, because I do not like to hear about male anatomy swellings and all the things that go on in the bedroom. I always go to the reviews to see if anyone mentions these things and I did not see anything in the first few, and I didn't see anything in the descriptions that would give me an idea of this.

    Now I have bought a book I have to go through the hassle of deleting and asking for a refund for which I do not like to do. Plus, I am sure no author likes to have their work "judged", so to speak, on a side topic- but if I don't put this down, other purchasers may find themselves in the same position.

    50 of 66 people found this review helpful

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