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Nyghtewynd

St. Louis, MO
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Good fan service, but fan service nonetheless

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

Reviewed: 06-25-19

The performance was very good, so don't let that put you off. But the story itself is... Fan service. As a MTG player, the story was predictable and fairly amateurly written. The parts of the story not so tied to the cards (Teyo, Rat, some of the members of the guilds) were actually interesting, so the issues may not be the author's fault but more the constraints of the plot before the book. If you're a player, you'll enjoy the references. If you're not, I don't think you'll see this as a masterpiece.

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

A well reasoned, well researched masterpiece of a book. Both sides should heed its warnings. Most likely, neither will.

Don't just read the title!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The title isn't accurate. This isn't really a "history of rock". It's more of an impressionistic word painting of rock. The writer is trying really hard to be unique and interesting in both the selections and the way they're described. If that's what you're expecting, cool. For me, I couldn't finish it. Read the description, decide whether that's what you're into, and then go from there.

Would you be willing to try another book from Greil Marcus? Why or why not?

Probably not...I'm interested in the subject, but not THIS interested.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Rollins is good for the subject matter and this writing, but not overall. He. Speaks. Too. Slowly.

Was The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs worth the listening time?

Not for me. For someone who was really into the subject and a conaisseur of the genre, sure. I simply found it obscure and pretentious.

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Bonhoeffer audiobook cover art

Comprehensive and informative

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

Reviewed: 07-23-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Bonhoeffer to be better than the print version?

I don't know if I'd say that there's much of a difference...I switched between the two and didn't notice a big difference in experience. Hillgartner is a capable reader and kept everything moving without being overly dramatic.

What did you like best about this story?

Bonhoeffer's life and experience is useful to everyone, especially in the midst of trial and oppression. Excellent life/case study.

Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.