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Roderick A. Guevara

Seattle, Wa. USA
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  • Symphony for the City of the Dead

  • Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
  • By: M. T. Anderson
  • Narrated by: M. T. Anderson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

In September 1941, Adolf Hitler's Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history - almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943 - 1944. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens - the Leningrad Symphony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Eye-Opening, Emotional Tale

  • By A.L.R. on 02-05-16

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

Fascinating biography of Dmitri Shostakovich, paralleling the Russian Revolution, the rise of Lenin and Stalin, and the German invasion, centered around the siege of Leningrad. Great story read by the author, M.T. Anderson, about Shostakovich writing his 7th (the Leningrad) Symphony, a true artist's response to the events and conditions. Lots of detail about the rise of Stalin, his unparalleled brutality towards his own people and his incompetence, and about the invasion and heroic and tragic actions of the Russian people. Truly marvelous.

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  • Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll

  • How One Man Discovered Howlin' Wolf, Ike Turner, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley, and How His Tiny Label, Sun Records of Memphis, Revolutionized the World!
  • By: Peter Guralnick
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 29 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

The music that Phillips shaped in his tiny Memphis studio, with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Rockin' Tonight!

  • By tru britty on 11-16-15

Sun Records

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

Memorable biography of the immortal Sam Phillips & the story of Sun Records, and how Memphis' music helped change the world.