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  • This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture

  • The Arts and Intellectual Life in Modern America
  • By: Iain Anderson
  • Narrated by: Paul Steven Forrest
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

This Is Our Music, declared saxophonist Ornette Coleman's 1960 album title. But whose music was it? At various times during the 1950s and 1960s, musicians, critics, fans, politicians, and entrepreneurs claimed jazz as a national art form, an Afrocentric race music, an extension of modernist innovation in other genres, a music of mass consciousness, and the preserve of a cultural elite. This original and provocative book explores who makes decisions about the value of a cultural form and on what basis.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Turn off the text-to-speech

  • By Norman on 03-03-13

Very interesting content but the narration - poor

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Would you try another book from Iain Anderson and/or Paul Steven Forrest?

The author Iain Anderson - sure. I would not listen to another book with this narrator before previewing and reading reviews.

What other book might you compare This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture to and why?

What I especially liked about this book is that it didn't really compare to any other books that I've read on the history of jazz. The insights linking jazz to politics and race relations of the era was unique to me

How could the performance have been better?

the narration was just poor much of the time. The syllable by syllable pronunciation lacked flow and was quite distracting. I would not have been surprised that the narration was really preformed by a text-to-speech program (circa early-2000's)

Do you think This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

A follow-up would be interesting to me.

  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

  • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James Hynes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873

From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Theory AND Practice

  • By Madeleine on 11-19-15

An Excellent Overview of Fiction Writing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-15

What did you love best about Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques?

This course is a very complete coverage of all of the key elements of fiction, with good examples and told in a clear and friendly manner.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques?

There are many insight into aspects of writing like plot, character, setting, point-of-view, revisions etc.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 769

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-30-03

Well Worth Sticking with it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-13

Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

Although I fell asleep many times while listening to the first half of the book and in fact had abandoned listening altogether, I did give it a second try and was very glad I did. I will listen again if for no other reason to pay closer attention to the character development.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities?

The action in Paris during the revolution was all very compelling -sad but very memorable/

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say without giving up part of the plot.

Any additional comments?

The narration is superb!

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,253

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

A disturbing, important book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-13

Would you consider the audio edition of One Second After to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but the narration in the audio book was very good with unique and believable voicing for the many varied characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

There are memorable moments but it would be unfair to future readers of the book to give any hint of how the story unfolds.

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

No, this is a book I could not take in one sitting - too depressing and disturbing the story. Many times I was tempted to abandon the book but I am glad that, chapter by chapter, I did finish it.

Any additional comments?

"One Second After" reminded me of a Stephen King horror novel but without a supernatural element to place the story, comfortingly just beyond the reader's reality. "One Second After" is based on a real technological possibility and a spectrum of very believable human behaviors - that's what makes it so scary!
This is an important book. It will make readers think - and many, many people need to think about the premise of this story.

  • Acing the Interview

  • How to Ask and Answer the Questions That Will Get You the Job!
  • By: Tony Beshara
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

At some point, most people have been caught off guard by tough interview questions. This book helps readers take charge of the situation! In Acing the Interview, the employment expert Dr. Phil called "the best of the best" gives job seekers candid advice for answering even the most unexpected questions.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good Content Overshadowed by Poor Narration

  • By Jason on 01-07-10

More than just the Interview

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-09

Given the title I was expecting this book to focus on just the interview process. However the first half is devoted more generally to the job search process (this is okay if you're looking for an overall guide, not so welcome if you just want to get down to interview preparation). I found it a little annoying to have been referred to the author's other book (which is a more general job search book) to get additional information on an interview topic.
Also a bit annoying was the editing/production on this audio book. There are about half a dozen occasions where the narrator stops and repeats a sentence that should have been edited out.
Overall a useful reference if you know what you are getting.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Nudge

  • Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Expanded Edition]
  • By: Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,417

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An overly long Nudge in the right direction

  • By Jay on 06-08-13

Libertarianism - interesting!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-09

An interesting read/listen. Listeners should be aware that this is essentially a political manifesto, laying out the philosophy of libertarianism along with many real examples of the application of this way of thinking. This book is not so much about how an individual can make better decisions but how a government (or a marketer) can "architect" or present the choices so as to influence the "best" choice. The "best" choice could be with respect to the individual, to society as a whole or who ever is trying to sell you something. This book is eye-opening as a warning against sales tactics that might be employed upon you and also a refreshing alternative to traditional politics.

35 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • By: Robert M. Pirsig
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,794

This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the Intro.

  • By Vicente on 11-10-13

Great Book; Superb Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-07

A great book! I've just completed my second listen (after having first read it 30 years ago). I get more and more impressed with every time through it. What I love about this book is it makes me think - it is so rich in ideas, things to contemplate.
Also very noteworthy is the narrator - I have a difficult time believing he is not the author himself, so natural is his delivery.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful