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Studied early music (baroque period) and church music as a college student and then worked in high tech for 30 years.

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  • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Anne Curzan
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    From new words such as "bling" and "email" to the role of text messaging and other electronic communications, English is changing all around us. Discover the secrets behind the words in our everyday lexicon with this delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Professor Curzan approaches words like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."

    Cassi says: "So interesting and relevant"
    "A must read."
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    Would you listen to The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins again? Why?

    Yes. Tons of information, almost all of which is interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Incredible scope of topics and word studies.


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

    No. First one.


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

    Took a month to listen to whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely give 5 star reviews to anything. This series is deserving of 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Learn and Memorize the Psalms of the Bible...: Using a Memory Palace System Specifically Designed for Biblical Memorization

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Anthony Metivier
    • Narrated By Ron Phillips
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    If you'd like to improve your ability to learn, memorize and recall the Psalms of the Bible by as much as 100%, 200%, even 300% (or more)...using simple memory techniques that you can learn in 15-20 minutes (or less), then this may be the most important book that you will ever listen to. Believe it or not, it really doesn't matter if you think you have a good memory or not.

    lute player says: "Very little focus on Psalms"
    "Very little focus on Psalms"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Specific attention to and examples of Psalm memorization, rather than passing references (and very few of those). Most of material is selling the authors memory system.


    What could Anthony Metivier have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Focus on topic not on author's memory system and offshoots and support web sites. No listener would guess that this book has anything to do with memorizing Psalms other than by looking at the title.


    Any additional comments?

    There is no way that this book gets 5 stars. See youtube for various videos on the memory palace memorization topic. I found those videos much more concise and helpful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bach and the High Baroque

    • ORIGINAL (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (125)

    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.

    Miss DIckens says: "Bach Treasure Box Opened by a True Enthusiast"
    "Good introduction"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they are new to Bach or novices in Baroque music.


    Would you recommend Bach and the High Baroque to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It covers enough general background on Bach and high Baroque to be a good introduction to many.


    What does Professor Robert Greenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Many music examples.


    Was Bach and the High Baroque worth the listening time?

    Yes, I wish it had more depth into the life of Bach. Maybe that is a different book, but it wasn't deep enough biographically or musically for my taste.


    Any additional comments?

    It's unfortunate that a "secular humanist" choose to do a lecture series on a man who was as devout as Bach. The authors' bias comes across a number of times.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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