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Miss DIckens

Miss Dickens

SAN RAMON, CA, United States | Listener Since 2008

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 508 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Bach and the High Baroque

    • ORIGINAL (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg

    Though unappreciated in his own time, Johann Sebastian Bach has ascended to Olympian heights, the verdict of contemporary audiences long since overruled by succeeding generations of music lovers. But what makes his music great? In this series of 32 lectures, a working composer and musicologist brings his exceptional teaching skills to the task of helping you hear the extraordinary sweep of Bach's music. You'll understand the compositional language that enabled him to compose such extravagant, unbridled music while still maintaining precise control of every aspect - beat, melody, melodic repetition, interaction, and harmony.

    Flapjack says: "Depth and Entertainment"
    "Bach Treasure Box Opened by a True Enthusiast"
    If you could sum up Bach and the High Baroque in three words, what would they be?

    Apart from one or two Toccata and Fugues, I really could not "hear" Bach. Professor Robert Greenberg has enabled me hear Bach's music, and has turned me into a Bach enthusiast. Professor Greenberg is a gifted lecturer who imparts both knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject. He is also a charismatic lecturer. I am so glad the Great Courses have been added to Audible. They are not only educational, they make a refreshing change from current fiction of all genres, which for the most part has become predictable and mostly uninteresting.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Johann Sebastian Bach, because of his prodigious talent and productivity. Bach's life is a clear demonstration that genius can be applied to the demands of the workaday life.

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

    Professor Robert Greenberg himself as the lecturer. He combines depth of knowledge with enthusiasm and a polished presentation style. Always interesting.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it is way to long, and the subject matter to meaty to be listened to in a single sitting. This is an audio product that I will listen to over and over again.

    Any additional comments?

    I plan to use my upcoming credits on more lectures by Dr. Greenberg. Fiction has become too boring.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Couldn't Hold My Attention"
    What would have made Pandora's Star better?

    I listen to recorded books almost daily, and I have heard books I didn't especially like, but this is the first book where my attention constantly drifted; I'd be listening for twenty minutes and realize that I had no clue what had happened. I have listened to the entire first segement (about seven hours of it); and restarted it several times, and I still have no clue what this book is about, and I have no interest in any of the characters. In my ears, the narrator was only reading, not creating a story with his voice, but to be fair, the material seems cumbersome.

    Has Pandora's Star turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Certainly not

    How could the performance have been better?

    Hard to define; for me, the narrator didn't "own" the story.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom; it was too flat for me to evoke much emotion

    Any additional comments?

    I am sure this book is great for some, but I simply had no interest in listening to the rest of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "How Did I Miss This Gem"
    What did you love best about The Warrior's Apprentice?

    As a lover of good writing and as a burnt out science fiction buff, you'd think I would have discovered this literary gem years ago. I can't believe I missed it all these years. Ms. Bujold is first and foremost a writer, that fact that she uses the scifi genre to carry her social speculations should not limit this book and others in the series to the science fiction shelves. But she uses her speculations to carry, not override a corking good story with an unforgettable cast of characters. For me, the hallmark of an outstanding piece of fiction is that the characters stay with me as if they were people I actually know. Not one of the characters, no matter how minor is merely a paper doll used to fill space. Who will ever forget Miles Vorkorsigan, or Seargeant Bothori, or Cordelia Naismith or Aral Vorkorsigan, or Ivan-you-idiot. Last but not least kudos to Grover Gardner for his brilliant narration: I love the clean edginess of his voice and his ability to highlight the humor and the sadness in the story.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot, the fully developed cast of characters, the imaginative vision of the author, and the forward momentum of the story as a whole.

    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Miles Vorkorsigan Sergeant Bothori

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This book can't successfully be made into a two hour film: deserves an 8 hour miniseries on television produced by someone who makes television for something higher than third grade.

    Any additional comments?

    Superb narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Mr. Samuel Pickwick, luminous presence, general chairman and member of the Pickwick Club, an organization devoted to meeting good friends, sharing good stories and spreading good cheer. Join Mr. Pickwick and his friends Mr. Snodgrass, Mr. Jingle and all the rest in Part One of their adventures, which include: the first day's journey, an old-fashioned card party, the action of Bardell against Pickwick, and Christmas.

    Amazon Customer says: "Pickwick Papers"
    "Masterly Reading of a Timeless Comedy"
    If you could sum up The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Listen again, again.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Pickwick Papers is Dickens reveling in the human comedy minus the agenda of social reform found his other novels. IMHO comedy is far and away the most difficult of genres, and this novel, being a comedy from start to finish, showcases Dickens extraordinary skill as a writer and imaginative creator of character. I read Pickwick Papers when I was in my teens, and it turned me into a lifetime Dickens' fan. Patrick Tull, was THE narrator for this novel; he cannot be equaled for highlighting every comic moment in this book.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the Christmas scenes

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out loud until tears came into my eyes

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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