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Victoria

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Concerto

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    (20)
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    (18)
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    (17)

    The concerto offers a kind of unique excitement no other instrumental music can match. Where a symphony enthralls us with its thematic variations and development, a concerto gives us human drama-the exhilaration of a soloist or group of soloists ringing forth against the mass of the orchestra.In 24 musically rich lectures, Professor Greenberg provides a guided tour of the concerto, from its conception as a child of Renaissance ideals, through its maturation in the Classical age, its metamorphosis in the Romantic era, and its radical transformation in the 20th century and beyond.

    Victoria says: "Better than "How to Listen to...Great Music!""
    "Better than "How to Listen to...Great Music!""
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This course is indispensable for anyone who enjoys concert or symphonic music. Dr. Greenberg's _How to Listen to and Understand Great Music_ was my introduction to The Teaching Company. I saved for years to be able to buy that introductory course, and have listened to it over and over. "The Concerto" is better still, because every moment of every lecture is on point and fascinates me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Concerto?

    As a huge fan of Prokofiev, I was delighted that Dr. Greenberg spends time on the Russians, and particularly on my favorite Prokofiev concerti.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Greenberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It is hard to imagine any performance better than these two courses. The jokes (while silly, sometimes) are amusing and Dr. Greenberg describes music in ways that really help me listen differently.


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

    As soon as I finished the course, I started it over again, for the sheer pleasure of learning more, going deeper, understanding ideas that I missed the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to be able to add more of Dr. Greenberg's courses to my audio library. "The Concerto" is a high point. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed in this course. Get it! Listen to it! Enjoy it! You will thank me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • My Man Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (93)

    My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves. Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments. Where Bertie is impetuous and feeble, Jeeves is coolheaded and poised.

    Ken says: "Jeeves and Pepper"
    "Wodehouse and Simon Prebble Are Unbeatable!"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Man Jeeves the most enjoyable?

    It is unfathomable that finding great narrators for Wodehouse is so everlastingly difficult. Prebble, however, is one of my favorite readers, and he rises to the task here. He is more measured than Jonathan Cecil and handles the tales with a lighter touch. Altogether a lovely experience!


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

    I always want to complete the Wodehouse books in a single sitting. At the same time I want to listen in short segments in order to prolong the anticipation and pleasure.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Wodehouse, buy this book. If you have never tried Wodehouse, this is a perfect introduction. Buy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (323)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "Barbara Being Barbara"
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    If you could sum up Just One Evil Act in three words, what would they be?

    Story Character Development


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just One Evil Act?

    Lynley shows up unexpectedly at Barbara's home.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    I was drawn to the Italian detective, much to my surprise.


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

    Elizabeth George goes international.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought long and hard before choosing this book because of the reviewers who characterized Barbara as not acting like Barbara. Having finished the book (and I confess that I turned it off only to sleep - sigh!), I wonder whether we read the same novel. Barbara acted exactly like Barbara would in a cruelly intense situation. If a character behaved in a way that was not true to his nature, it was Barbara's neighbor, the professor. I loved this book because of the twists and turns, Isabel's curious choices at the end of the novel, and because I see that there are new paths available to Ms. George as she creates the next novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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