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  • Basic Music Theory, 4th Edition

  • How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music
  • By: Jonathan Harnum
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Harnum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

What do all those lines and squiggles and dots mean? Basic Music Theory takes you through the sometimes confusing world of written music with a clear, concise style that is at times funny and always friendly. The book is written by an experienced music teacher using methods refined over more than 30 years in schools and in his private teaching studio. Lessons are fun, well-paced, and enjoyable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Music Man

  • By whatithinkofstuff on 09-08-17

ok reference, hardcopy probably better

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

the book continually references illustrations in the hardcopy version as well as material on the website, which makes it challenging if you are listening without access to those materials (walking along or driving in your car). i found it somewhat helpful. his other book, The Practice of Practice, is much better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Valiant Ambition

  • George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

In September 1776 the vulnerable Continental Army, under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle), evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book that every American should read

  • By Ross on 11-02-16

good book

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

reader can be tough to listen to, bur story and research are well done. recommend. philbrick is excellent

  • Guitar Mastery

  • The Ultimate Guide on Guitar Theory, Chords and Techniques for Beginners
  • By: Roland Peipins
  • Narrated by: Paul Cosca
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3

Guitar Mastery is a step-by-step, easy guide which will teach you how to play guitar. All necessary information about guitar is covered in brief in this book. With help of this book, you can learn guitar at the comfort of your home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of money

  • By JF2013 on 10-03-18

waste of money

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-18

i listened to the entire thing, thinking "there must be more to this?" but there isn't. the book provides advice such as "the volume knob is used to increase or decrease volume" and that if you want to get better at timing, use a metronome or drumbeat. there is no "mastery" level information at all

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,713
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,438

There have been 19 years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, and behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • as good as the main trilogy

  • By mohamed on 02-25-16

great book

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

drags on the last few chapters but excellent writing, reader, good plotlines. highly recommended, as well as his other 3 book series

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,662
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,119

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

entertaining, but long and leaves questions

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Entertaining book, great that it is read by the man himself, but for Springsteen fans you already know much of this story. He does get into his childhood and parents quite a bit. There are some tours and albums that did not go well, and he seems to gloss over that. You also want to hear more about his relationships with the other band members. Certain things I have always wondered about, and basics: how exactly did he become such a great writer? What exactly did he read? Who mentored/influenced him in songwriting? Just Dylan and Morrison? He goes deep into his early bands, but other than C and Patti he doesn't say all that much. Still, if you have spent your life listening to Springsteen, this is a great walk down memory lane. Incredibly honest about his current challenges. But it could have been written in half the pages. As a huge Springsteen fan, I felt it was worth listening but there is an awful lot of his story that is and will probably always be off limits due to his respect for people involved in his life. If you are NOT a Springsteen fan, take a hard look at the catalog of his work, read some of his song lyrics, and this book is a must read for you.

  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,246

Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not a runner ...

  • By B.J. on 09-01-09

if you are a runner, u need to read this

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

one of the better books on running i have ever read (in this case, listened to). reader is great, good story line, nice mix of science and passion

  • Soccernomics

  • By: Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

Why does England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn't America play the sport internationally... and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style? Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, Soccernomics reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but older version of the book

  • By Hansi on 05-08-13

honestly: not insightful, boring

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

dont waste your time and money. i gave up after 4 hours of sheer boredom. this is coming from a career quant

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scorecasting

  • The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won
  • By: L. Jon Wertheim, Tobias Moskowitz
  • Narrated by: Zach McLarty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Drawing from Moskowitz's original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at: the influence home-field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships; the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations; the unintended consequences of referees' tendencies in every sport to "swallow the whistle," and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 9 out of 10 people will like this!

  • By steve on 10-11-11

ok book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-17

entertaining and interesting but many of the conclusions are based on very loose interpretation of data. this coming from a career quant and sports junky

  • Killing Reagan

  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,746

Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable - or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ronnie Rat

  • By Jim on 11-02-15

worth listening

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

I enjoyed it, although I felt that there were periods in his career that were left out. For example, it would have been interesting to hear more about how Reagan built his campaign after losing the primary in 1976, and more about campaign strategy in 1989. Also would have like to hear more about some of his other relationships and how those developed (Sinatra, Bush). However, I still liked it and recommended it to a few people already. Decent but not great. Very powerful last few minutes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before They Are Hanged

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,021

Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It's enough to make a torturer want to run - if he could even walk without a stick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The single best fantasy experience I've ever had

  • By Matthew on 10-07-16

recommended, great reader

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

excellent narrator
entertaining storyline
good character development
read the first book "the blade itself" first though, otherwise plot doesnt make as much sense