It was enjoyable to hear about Black Sabbath from the inside, and Iommi is playing it out like the polite and dry witted englishman he probably is. But I feel that both the actual book and the reading could have been tighter. Too often it's more like hearing Iommi doing a documentary interview than reading (listening to) an actual book. The reading is mostly good, and the dialect perfect, but sometimes he feels a bit uninspired, and sometimes there's a bit too much paper shuffling and quirky edits. But for a fan it's a must read!
Some of these Very Short Introductions are quite good, but this one gets a bit too thin for me. The historical overview is too sparse to be enlightening, some of the basic nomenclature is missing, and there is no real introduction to the theoretical discourse. If you're interested in film music, I see no reason for not move directly to a more extensive account. There are plenty (in printed form).
I was a fan of Malmsteen many years ago, but it kind of faded as I grew older and saw how cartoonish and sometimes ridiculous the 80s heavy metal scene was. I often wish I could go back to the time I didn't speak English and couldn't understand what Manowar sung about.
Malmsteen's biography gives a unique insight into the mindset of those crazy days when heavy metal ruled the scene in Los Angeles. It's about all the clichés, before they turned clichés by a guy who invented many of them.
I also enjoy the fact that after hearing the book I took out many of Malmsteen's old albums (and checked out some of his new ones) and I can testify to that they have aged less than many of his contemporaries. Rising Force is still a killer, and the tale told in this book is a good explanation of why.
The book gives a unique peek into a totalitarian regime before its collapse. But even more it's a story about people making their way and actually live under these extreme conditions.
A bit slow in the first half maybe, but the last half I loved every minute. Great narration, but - and this is my personal taste, i'm not so fond of readers going too far into acting - the voice enactments sometimes went a bit too far.
No. You miss out the images
Samuel L. Jacksons narration
The background music is at best annoying
The mindboggeling dramatic story - the intelligent storytelling.
All the insane details about zoo animals. And all the religious allegory. Is Richard Parker the devil? And do we need the devil to stay alive?
At first I was a bit unsure about the reader. I found him a bit flat and straight forward, and failing when trying to dramatize different characters. But after a while I grew to like him.
Yes - definitely
One of the greatest books in the first part of the 21st century. It clearly reflects our times new interest in spirituality and religion.
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