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.
As a huge fan of Prokofiev, I was delighted that Dr. Greenberg spends time on the Russians, and particularly on my favorite Prokofiev concerti.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
If you like Wodehouse, buy this book. If you have never tried Wodehouse, this is a perfect introduction. Buy this book!
Story Character Development
Lynley shows up unexpectedly at Barbara's home.
I was drawn to the Italian detective, much to my surprise.
Elizabeth George goes international.
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.
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