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Liz Myers

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  • Music as a Mirror of History

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

In Music as a Mirror of History, Great Courses favorite Professor Greenberg of San Francisco Performances returns with a fascinating and provocative premise: Despite the abstractness and the universality of music - and our habit of listening to it divorced from any historical context - music is a mirror of the historical setting in which it was created. Music carries a rich spectrum of social, cultural, historical, and philosophical information, all grounded in the life and experience of the composer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique interdisciplinary music-history treatment

  • By Charles J. Bumgardner on 08-06-16

Good Lectures to Listen to Again

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Over the years I have owned this course I have listened over again three times.

  • Great Music of the 20th Century

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg PhD
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

The 20th century was a hotbed of musical exploration, innovation, and transformation unlike any other epoch in history. Ranging across the century in its entirety, these 24 lectures present a musical cornucopia of astounding dimensions - a major presentation and exploration of the incredible brilliance and diversity of musical art across a turbulent century. Far more than simply a series of lectures, the program comprises a huge and many-sided resource for discovering the endless riches of 20th-century concert music across the globe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment

  • By MAdison on 03-11-18

I miss the music

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

I listen to audio books in the car as I travel. I also listen as I walk/hike. I am disappointed that the music is not included. I can't check the URLs while I listen to the audio book.

I like Professor Greenberg's courses..up until now. I own several and have listened more than once to them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Time and Regret

  • By: M. K. Tod
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

When Grace Hansen finds a box belonging to her beloved grandfather, she has no idea it holds the key to his past - and to long-buried family secrets. In the box are his World War I diaries and a cryptic note addressed to her. Determined to solve her grandfather's puzzle, Grace follows his diary entries across towns and battle sites in northern France, where she becomes increasingly drawn to a charming French man - and suddenly aware that someone is following her....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent 4 Star Listen

  • By Lia on 10-16-17

Using two narrators was helpful

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

I liked this book and think that having the two readers - one male and one female was a effective way to keep the 1990's and WWI years separate when listening.

I liked M.K.Tod's two earlier WWI novels and this one was just as enjoyable.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs. Poe

  • By: Lynn Cullen
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

Inspired by literature's most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress's tantalizing confession, and his wife's frightening obsession . . . in this "intelligent, sexy, and utterly addictive" (M. J. Rose) new masterpiece of historical fiction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok book

  • By meredith on 08-17-16

Times and troubles

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

This book is about the lover of Edgar Poe and told from her point of view.

What I enjoyed most, however, were the details of the times and places in which Edgar Allen Poe and Franny lived, the intersections of the authors who also lived and visited in New York, and the glimpse into marriage and health issues.

I liked the narrator, Eliza Foss.

  • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • By: Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,903

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing

  • By Claudine on 12-04-15

Enjoyable but heart breaking

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

I really enjoyed this book, but I did cry a lot. That's the trouble with historical fiction - it's real life stuff. We can't expect real life to be happy all the time.

It was also an eye opener to events in US history that I never heard of before. It's a story of an attempt at ethnic cleansing. The Chinese had been brought to the US to build the railroads. Then the government and white citizens tried to get rid of the Chinese families when the railroads were complete. Could we really pass a law like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882?

I was fascinated by the academic process of finding the historical background of the embroidered sleeve and it's meaning. I liked the way the author moved from the back story to the current day story and back again. This method led the reader to understand the plot in meaningful pieces.

The characters were believable.

I liked the narration, too.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Baker's Daughter

  • By: Sarah McCoy
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her family have been protected from the worst of the terror and desperation overtaking her country by a high-ranking Nazi who wishes to marry her. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep in the dead of night on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door would put all she loves in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story

  • By Stevon on 03-15-15

Loved the parallel stories

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

I noticed the parallels between Nazi Germany's politics and the politics of current day US immigration policies. Deporting one group of peoples from a country based on their heritage is still being used as a political solution. Rikki gave up his job with the Border Patrol and Elsie sheltered a Jewish boy. An interesting parallel in human courage. I also enjoyed the glimpse into the life of people in Berlin as WWII is drawing to a close. Even people who agreed with the Nazi government were short on rations. Notes on specific food shortages - meat, sugar, etc. - and how the people survived without them were interesting.

  • Twain's End

  • By: Lynn Cullen
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

In March of 1909, Mark Twain cheerfully blessed the wedding of his private secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, and his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft. One month later he fired both. He proceeded to write a ferocious 429-page rant about the pair, calling Isabel "a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and salacious slut pining for seduction".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Peeking in the window

  • By Liz Myers on 10-18-15

Peeking in the window

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

The featured woman is Samuel Clemens' secretary, Isabel V. Lyon. I enjoyed the opportunity to peek in the window on the people who visited Clemens at his various homes, especially Helen Keller. The love triangles were lovingly fleshed out. The descriptions of the places, people, interiors of homes, gowns, and activities were well done.

The narration was pleasing to hear. The different voices were distinct enough to follow along effortlessly.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Farewell to Cedar Key

  • By: Terri DuLong
  • Narrated by: Kate Udall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Josie Sullivan adores her Cedar Key home. It's been the ideal place to raise her daughter, Orli, who's just turning 16. Now that Josie has realized her dream of becoming a registered nurse, she's been offered the perfect job too - helping Dr. Simon Mancini run his new practice. Until the clinic opens, Josie is filling in at Yarning Together, where she launches a series of knitting classes for men. Yet for all the vibrant changes, there are some tangled threads.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is hope for the mature single woman

  • By Liz Myers on 05-04-15

There is hope for the mature single woman

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

I went back and listened to Terri's first 5 Cedar Key books before I listened to this one. I like the way the books can stand alone, but love the way they follow each other with a continuing story. I will miss the characters in the series, but look forward to Ms DuLong's new series.

I am 70 years old. The Cedar Key books really appeal to me as a mature woman. They are romance novels for older women - especially ones who have previous relationships. I can relate to the characters in these novels.

Kate Udall is the narrator for all 6 Cedar Key books and I like all her character voices. They were easy to follow and distinctly different enough to make listening a pleasure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rebel Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Michelle Moran
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. India is fractured and divided into kingdoms, each independent and wary of one another, seemingly no match for the might of the English. But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Riverderby on 04-29-15

Pronunciation of names and places helped me

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

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

It really helped me with the pronunciation of the names and places.

Any additional comments?

I loved the book! It is the first time I read anything dealing with the history of India. I want to read more historical Indian novels.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful