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Soccer For Dummies, 2nd Edition audiobook cover art

Good introduction for newbies, bad pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book covered a lot of topics. I was most interested in the rules and techniques, and when I was reading that part of the book, I was satisfied (I am a complete beginner). That was just a small portion of the book though. There is so much history and descriptions of different teams and competitions around the world. It is tough for the current events to stay current though. The book is looking forward to the 2014 World Cup.

My only complaint is about the narrator. Learn to pronounce people's names. Lionel Messi is an important enough player that you should learn how he pronounces his first name. Ian Harkes is not a household name, but it is an easy one to pronounce. I can see how Thierry Henry might be difficult, but I laughed out loud when I heard how that one was pronounced.

Beethoven's Piano Sonatas audiobook cover art

Informative discussion of amazing music

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

I have listened to several of the Great Courses musical courses, and this is my favorite (so far). Professor Greenberg explains that the Sonatas were Beethoven's laboratory where he explored a lot of his ideas. The music is fantastic, but with 32 sonatas the attention paid to each really helps them come alive and stand apart from each other. In other courses Greenberg talked about the influence that Beethoven had on the composers that came after him, but listening to the later sonatas you can really hear the starting point of a lot of ideas they developed.