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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,790

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

A Masterwork and a Must Read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-19

This book will be a gift to all of my children, when they are old enough to read and understand. The first book in years that i immediately began again.

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,199

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

Excellent!!

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Reviewed: 05-24-16

A wonderful journey through history. Fun and eye opening at the same time. Highly recommend.

  • The Life and Operas of Verdi

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 132

The Italians have a word for the sense of dazzling beauty produced by effortless mastery: sprezzatura. And perhaps no cultural form associated with Italy is as steeped in the love of sprezzatura as opera, a genre the Italians invented. No composer has embodied the ideal of sprezzatura as magnificently as Giuseppe Verdi, the gruff, self-described "farmer" from the Po Valley who gave us 28 operas and remains to this day the most popular composer in the genre's 400-year-old history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Verdi!

  • By Paul on 01-30-15

Viva Verdi!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

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

An excellent review of an amazing man

What other book might you compare The Life and Operas of Verdi to and why?

How to Listen to and Understand Great Operas, Operas of Wagner

Which character – as performed by Professor Robert Greenberg – was your favorite?

Excellent review of Verdi

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

From Italy with Love

Any additional comments?

Prof. Greenberg does and excellent job with these courses. I signed up for Audible 19 months ago and have listened almost exclusively to his courses. Having just finished Verdi, I have listened to all of his courses. It took over 13 days worth of listening according to the Audible clock. My appreciation for music and its composers has been greatly enhanced by listening to Prof. Greenberg's courses. I highly recommend listening to his courses.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Great Masters: Shostakovich - His Life and Music

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 181

Dmitri Shostakovich is without a doubt one of the central composers of the 20th century. Drawing on both the flood of declassified documents from the Soviet Union that began in 1991 and Shostakovich's own extraordinarily frank posthumous reminiscences, Professor Greenberg shows how Shostakovich, who, in the words of a friend, "did not want to rot in a prison or a graveyard" was still unwilling to become a docile instrument of the Soviet regime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Living the Great Terror

  • By Cookie on 08-14-13

awesome!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

What made the experience of listening to Great Masters: Shostakovich - His Life and Music the most enjoyable?

The history that is learned along side of Shostakovich's music.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Masters: Shostakovich - His Life and Music?

His survival in the Soviet Union.

Any additional comments?

This is about the 12th Greenberg lecture I've listened to, and I have enjoyed them all. He is an excellent educator. Starting another today, Bach and the High Baroque.

  • Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Have you ever wondered how the lives of great composers-especially when set against the social, political, and cultural context of their world-influences their music?After listening to this perceptive series of eight lectures on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, you will likely find that you hear his work in an entirely different way, your insight informed by new knowledge of how Beethoven was able to create masterpieces from the crises of his life.You'll learn about the years of progressive hearing loss-ultimately to produce total deafness-and the understandable agony and rage such a fate would bring upon a composer. About his deep depression over the end of his relationship with the woman he calls his Immortal Beloved. About his pathological hatred of authority, his persecution complex, even delusional behaviors.But you'll also learn how each of these crises, and many others, served to drive Beethoven inward, to reinvent himself and redeem his suffering through art, creating disruptive works of profound passion and beauty that reinvented the nature of musical expression in the Western world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The strangest rabbit hole yet!

  • By JaneN on 12-02-14

Ahh... Beethoven

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Reviewed: 09-28-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music to be better than the print version?

n/a

What other book might you compare Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music to and why?

Mozart, his life and music. Excellent overview

What about Professor Robert Greenberg’s performance did you like?

That he didn't edit the ugly with the good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, and think deeply about the man who wrote the music I love to play and listen to.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,046

Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beginning to a Delinquent Education

  • By Ark1836 on 06-18-15

Very worthwhile.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-13

What did you love best about How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition?

Well structured, fun to listen to.

Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Greenberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I have listen to four so far and am about to start a fifth.

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

Too much to digest to listen to in one sitting. A lecture or two per day gives time to chew on the details. (And download some of the works discussed.)

  • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 497

Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic summary of this amazing composer.

  • By Paul on 09-23-13

Fantastic summary of this amazing composer.

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Reviewed: 09-23-13

What did you love best about Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music?

Unedited, unsugar coated, and as it was summary of his life. Very eye opening and it makes me appreciate his music so much more.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891

Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit. What are these "greatest of the greats"? Find out in these 32 richly detailed lectures that take you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces that continue to live at the center of our musical culture.These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If they cut off both hands, I will compose music..

  • By Kristi R. on 02-01-15

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 08-19-13

Any additional comments?

I thought I had my favorite symphonies on my iphone, but wound up buying several versions of pretty much every work highlighted. Sorry Bartok estate.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful