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Carla Littleton

Pittsburgh, PA United States
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  • The Golden Ratio

  • The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
  • By: Mario Livio
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. In this fascinating book, Mario Livio tells the tale of a number at the heart of that mystery: phi, or 1.6180339887.... This curious mathematical relationship, widely known as "The Golden Ratio", was discovered by Euclid more than 2,000 years ago. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of places.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious Listen

  • By Amanda Halsdorff on 10-25-14

An eloquent history of mathematics

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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: 03-22-17

This book is an intriguing look at the development of mathematics physics focused on Phi and the golden ratio
Though complex at points the book is interesting and entertaining enough to keep the reader.engaged and curious.

  • 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 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

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

Comprehensive and entertaining

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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: 11-14-14

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

This audiobook covers Beethoven thoroughly and with humorous asides that are interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

I really like the inclusion of first hand materials such as excerpts from letters and legal documents that give Beethoven and his contemporaries voice in the lectures.

What does Professor Robert Greenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Professor Greenberg is spectacular at using voice and tone to express emotion. This further brings to life the readings of first hand sources in a way I wouldn't necessarily experience by simply reading the material myself.

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

I found myself laughing at several points in the lecture due to the turn of phrase or exuberant interjection of emotion in the lecture. i also found that the professor was as good at expressing the sad portions of the lectures as well, such as Beethoven's frustration over his hearing loss.

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