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  • Here, There, and Everywhere

  • My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles
  • By: Geoff Emerick, Howard Massey
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Geoff Emerick was only 15 years old when he began working with the Beatles as assistant engineer for their early classics "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You". Incredibly, at the age of 19, he was promoted to full engineer, taking the helm for the group's groundbreaking album Revolver. Ten months later, he joined forces with the Beatles for the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest album ever made.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must For Any Beatles Fan

  • By sparkerart on 09-07-08

Fresh angle on The Beatles

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-15

It was refreshing to hear one single person retelling the history of The Beatles from his own perspective. After listening to other Beatles books trying their hardest to be objective I really liked this strictly subjective version.

  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

  • The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise
  • By: Chris Taylor
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382

In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise’s death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy. Taylor provides portraits of the friends, writers, artists, producers, and marketers who labored behind the scenes to turn Lucas’s idea into a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful, in-depth look at the Star Wars

  • By A Mayne on 11-30-14

Fresh perspective on Star Wars

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

The introduction to this chapter is very telling. This is not a book about George Lucas, this is a book about a cultural phenomenon. Taylor gives as much reverence to the fans, the co-creators and the John Does who just happens to pass in the way as to George Lucas himself.

Sometimes it's clear that Taylor gives voice to his own subjective opinions but since they equally gives praise and criticism I found it welcome.

I was raised with Star Wars during the 80's but never expressed my fandom in an organized way. As many other fans of the original trilogy I started to loose interest after the prequels. This book helped me gain some perspective on my own feelings and opinions about Star Wars.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 154,078
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 142,186
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142,034

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Interesting but repetitive

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

I really liked the premise of the book: a space age Robinson Crusoe. The biggest problem is the repetitive prose. Time and time again the main character calculates and explains how many liters of oxygen, how many hours of electricity, how many calories of food, how many kilometers of distance for something or another. I understand that this is essential in the characters fight for survival but repetition isn't best friends with suspense.

  • The Beatles

  • The Biography
  • By: Bob Spitz
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Put Away Your, Hunter Davies

  • By James on 12-05-05

The ups and downs (and downs) of Beatles

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

Reviewed: 10-02-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a good start for anyone who wants to get an overview of the history of the Beatles. A word of warning though: few persons come out looking good in the end so if you harbor a idealized image of the band it might get smudged.

What other book might you compare The Beatles to and why?

The focus of this book is the drama and personal relationships. A supplementary book would be Ian MacDonald's "Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties" which focuses entirely on the recordings (each and every one of them). That one is a must-have for any Beatles fan.

Any additional comments?

Alfred Molina does a good job but I can't help to wonder how it would be if it was read by someone with a northern accent.

  • The Music of Richard Wagner

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

In these 24 lectures filled with musical excerpts, enjoy a rich and multifaceted exploration of the trailblazing works and outsized life of this historically pivotal composer. The sheer outlandishness of Wagner's life makes for an endlessly intriguing story, from his desperate escapades outrunning creditors to his obsessive personal relationships to his utopian artistic schemes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Acteon on 10-14-13

Wagner for "dudes"

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

Reviewed: 08-14-13

If you could sum up The Music of Richard Wagner in three words, what would they be?

Extensive but bantering.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wagner, because he is one of the most interesting personalities in history of western art. Sometimes you can hardly believe that such a person was real. An extreme man in an extreme century.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Greenberg tries really hard to make this lengthy course interesting and fun by constant wisecrack comments. If I had a penny for every "dude"… While his motive is admirable, it is very unnecessary; the history of Wagner is interesting enough on it's own. Maybe it is more suited for American listeners.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The most moving parts are the operas themselves. They are such a contrast to the man behind them.

Any additional comments?

Greenberg leaves nothing open for interpretation. He offers one truth and one only. Every opera has one objective meaning as well as all Wagner's actions. On the other hand, Greenberg is a veritable quoting machine which gives him a lot of authority.I learnt so much from this audio book and finished it within a week but the populistic style (and language) will make seek other authors for similar topics.

11 of 17 people found this review helpful