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.
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.
Professor Robert Greenberg himself as the lecturer. He combines depth of knowledge with enthusiasm and a polished presentation style. Always interesting.
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.
I plan to use my upcoming credits on more lectures by Dr. Greenberg. Fiction has become too boring.
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.
Hard to define; for me, the narrator didn't "own" the story.
Boredom; it was too flat for me to evoke much emotion
I am sure this book is great for some, but I simply had no interest in listening to the rest of it.
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.
The plot, the fully developed cast of characters, the imaginative vision of the author, and the forward momentum of the story as a whole.
Miles Vorkorsigan Sergeant Bothori
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.
Listen again, again.
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.
All the Christmas scenes
Laughed out loud until tears came into my eyes
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