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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 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

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

A Practical Efficient Tool to Understand Music

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

While growing up I took years of piano lessons (ending my junior year in high school). I also played the clarinet in the school band for five years. I sang in choirs, and as an adult I performed with a barbershop quartet. Therefore, I came to the this book with a reasonable base of knowledge of music.

But in all my musical experience, I felt that I had somehow missed building the solid foundation of music theory that allows for greater musicianship.

Recently retired from a profession that regularly exacted 60-hour work weeks, I bought a classic guitar and started lessons. I bought this book not only (a) to review things I had learned, but also (b) to strengthen my musical foundation.
Sounds like serious work, doesn't it?
Well it is (I can't deny that).

But the author does a fantastic job of making the learning more like a personal one-on-one conversation.

Jonathan Barnum understands musuc deeply, and doesn't cheat the discipline by artificiality. But the journey doesn't feel like an onerous slog.

I highly recommend this book to anyone serious about music. It gets the job done, and has fun alone the road.

A note to those who (like me) purchase the audio book version : I am very glad I got the audio book. And I appreciate the author's extensive effort to provide (via the internet) the visual material essential to the depth of coverage to which this work aspires. But having finished the audio version I intend to also buy the physical book (to use as a reference and review going forward.

To the author I say: "Thanks for the well crafted sharing of so much!"

To the serious student I say:" I highly recommend this valuable resource."

  • The Green Ember

  • By: S. D. Smith
  • Narrated by: Joel Clarkson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,373

Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just for The Elementary Age Group

  • By Chelle on 08-27-15

Glad I Bought it for Granddaughter

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

The story is well - crafted, and the audio performance brings it to life. I believe it will become a childhood favorite for my Granddaughter.

Books such as this make reading magic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

  • The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: Donal Donnelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book

  • By P on 08-15-04

Fascinating Story Well Researched & Read Superbly

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

This is a story we all should know.

A debt of gratitude is documented to the Irish, some of whom (when later refugees from famine) were greeted with signs stating "NINA" (No Irish Need Apply)

  • Russian Roulette

  • By: David Corn, Michael Isikoff
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,597

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the US election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a sleeper with critically important info

  • By luvdata on 05-07-18

Superb Reporting, Clear Writing, Shameful Story

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

This seminal work connects many data points that otherwise seem contradictory or confusing. Perhaps more impressively it adds critical new information that had been hidden or which has been obscured by a fog of lies and name calling.

I believe it was Mark Twain who said "It is easier to fool a man than to convince him he has been fooled." But for those looking for truth (as opposed to trying to obscure it through ad hominum attacks) this work goes a long way toward (1) explaining where we are and (2) revealing much regarding how we got here.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • It's Even Worse Than You Think

  • What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America
  • By: David Cay Johnston
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

No working journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who first met the 45th president in 1988 and has tracked him ever since. Featuring Johnston's renowned skill in bringing government policy to life, this crucial book explains how our daily lives will be affected by the actions of the Trump Administration. This book is essential listening for all Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An important look at America under Trump

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 01-24-18

Thorough Detailed Analysis--Not Just Name-Calling

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

As Mark Twain is quoted to have said,
It is easier to fool a man, than to convince him he has been fooled.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Declutter Your Mind

  • How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking
  • By: S.J. Scott, Barrie Davenport
  • Narrated by: Greg Zarcone
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 744

Feel overwhelmed by your thoughts? Struggling with anxiety about your daily tasks? Or do you want to stop worrying about life? The truth is we all experience the occasional negative thought. But if you always feel overwhelmed, then you need to closely examine how these thoughts are negatively impacting your lifestyle. The solution is to practice specific mindfulness techniques that create more "space" in your mind to enjoy inner peace and happiness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unoriginal and impractical!

  • By Boris Issavi on 07-19-17

Concise Clear Summarization of Valuable Info.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

I have read several books by SJ Scott, who researches thoroughly and writes clearly.

Well worth my time.

I will listen repeatedly, as I consider this work not only a great listen, but also a helpful reference.

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  • Get What's Yours

  • The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security
  • By: Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller, Paul Solman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Want to know how to navigate the forbidding maze of Social Security and emerge with the highest possible benefits? You could try reading all 2,728 rules of the Social Security system (and the thousands of explanations of these rules), but Kotlikoff, Moeller, and Solman explain Social Security benefits in an easy-to-understand and user-friendly style.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very helpful book, but not ideal for audio.

  • By Paz Efrat on 05-31-15

Very Useful & Well-Written - -But Needs an Update

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

I have listened to this book more than once, and found the information so helpful that I bought the physical book to use as a reference. Great job. It helps greatly to avoid pitfalls.

That said, the publication year of the physical book is 2015. In November of that year President Obama signed the "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. This included language intended to close certain perceived loopholes in Social Security Law. I would greatly appreciate an update with the authors' comments on how this new law affects certain of the advanced-planning techniques discussed.

Before you try "file and suspend" or a "restricted application" for spousal benefits with the intention of allowing your benefits arising from your own work history to grow, you need to know about the changes in Social Security law that were hidden in this budget bill.

I still rate it five stars. But don't get too fancy without sophisticated awareness of post-publication legal changes.

  • Devil's Bargain

  • Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising
  • By: Joshua Green
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump - the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just When You Thought You Knew It All

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-22-17

Valuable insights into the campaign

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

The book helped me to understand what happened in the campaign, but only alludes to what has happened, so far, or may be expected in the future from the Trump presidency.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Charlie Munger

  • The Complete Investor
  • By: Tren Griffin
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 888

Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway's visionary vice chairman and Warren Buffett's indispensable financial partner, has outperformed market indexes again and again, and he believes any investor can do the same. His notion of "elementary, worldly wisdom" - a set of interdisciplinary mental models involving economics, business, psychology, ethics, and management - allows him to keep his emotions out of his investments and avoid the common pitfalls of bad judgment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but... one major annoyance

  • By Joseph R. Compton on 02-26-16

Summary of Strategy & Insights an Investment Giant

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

The treatment of the subject was engaging, though somewhat spotty, as it seemed to be based on clippings over the years.

That said the subject matter is of critical importance. Although directed toward investing, I found the principles discussed have great relevance to the solution of many problems of not only business but also life.

The way Charlie Munger thinks can be a valuable template for all problem-solving endeavors.

  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,868

For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

Machiavelli World View Supported by Social Science

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

Science has value commensurate with the real world observations it explains or the future events it accurately predicts.

I don’t want this world view to be true. But I greatly appreciate the work and academic discipline that have led to such an ugly conclusion.