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Brent E. Taylor

Provo, UT USA
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  • A Long Way from Chicago

  • A Novel in Stories
  • By: Richard Peck
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice - two city slickers from Chicago - make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town? Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer trips to Grandma's, each one funnier and more surprising than the year before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful!

  • By Margaret T. on 03-16-10

Not Homer. Not Plato. Not Tolstoy. But...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-18

It is a lot easier to read and much more relatable to us! The storyline is everything most reviewers have already noted, "cute, nostalgic, fun." It is heartwarming and worthy of a place in the family library.

  • Airframe

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266

Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Try it, you'll like it.

  • By Robert Solomon on 04-04-03

Great Read

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Typical of Crichton, the storyline is compelling and intriguing. It might seem, however, a little technical for many readers. Knowing a lot about the technicalities of the aviation world, however, should not dissuade anyone from enjoying the book as they do not distract from the overarching storyline. Dive in! Enjoy the read!

  • Great Masters: Tchaikovsky - His Life and Music

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 188

Although we often think of an artist's work as a window into their own inner world, that is not always the case.In the life of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, however, we can see perhaps the closest link to be found anywhere between a creative product and the shifting moods of a turbulent soul, which found its outlet through the glorious music created by the great Russian composer.To know his music, you must know the man, and this fast-moving series of eight lectures from an award-winning composer and accomplished teacher offers an insightful look into both the circumstances of Tchaikovsky's life and the impact that life had on his music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By ANDRÉ on 05-17-15

Dr. Greenberg is a Musical Treasure

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Tchaikovsky - His Life and Music is the third lecture course by Dr. Greenberg that I have completed. His exhaustive research and compelling delivery of the subject matter guarantees that I will be back for more. Plus the packaging of the course which now includes a PDF of the course outline and other source materials really adds to the professional "look and feel" of the Great Courses product. One suggestion might be that Dr. Greenberg could reveal the specific recordings that he uses. He might hesitate to do that for "professional courtesy" reasons, however, I've been an avid listener since "vinyl" and "Hi-Fi" were the buzzwords of the day so I know that some performances accel and some disappoint. So in the spirit of Dr. Greenberg's encouragement of the "noble acquisition" of good music, would it be appropriate to ask for a list of the best recordings that he uses? Truth be told I'm old enough that I already have everything he references on vinyl, cassette tape, CD, and MP3. I'm just paranoid that I might not have the very best!

  • The Testament

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,479

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Late & Glowing Review

  • By Bee Keeper on 03-13-10

Engaging From Beginning to End

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

The Testament is an engaging tale that pits the best parts of humanity against its evil twin. The unearned quest for fabulous wealth versus the purest desires of a well-meaning heart conspire together to yield to the eternal hope for even the most hopeless amongst us. The delivery by Frank Muller was excellent by any standard. Great read, highly recommended.

  • The Symphonies of Beethoven

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 261

Ludwig van Beethoven is justifiably acclaimed as one of the most revered composers in the history of Western music-a genius once characterized as a "Titan, wrestling with the gods." There is no better way for you to understand the full impact of that description than to not only listen to all nine of his magnificent symphonies, but to do so with a full understanding of what this great composer was saying and the circumstances that drove him up to and beyond what had once been considered the limits of musical expression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Truly the course materials MUST be made available.

  • By Christopher James on 09-23-14

Defining & Redefining Musical Genius

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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: 08-07-18

Metaphorically speaking, Beethoven moved the goalposts of musical expression and expectation. He redefined the symphony as a form of musical expression by boldly presenting to his contemporary audience new ideas and structures to the classical melody, harmony, rhythm, and form of his day. He was able to re-educate his public at large and reshape their expectation of the symphony as a popular musical form.

  • Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

Alexander the Great-one of the most renowned figures in antiquity-has inspired everything from medieval romances to blockbuster movies, and military leaders from Julius Caesar to Napoleon to the U.S. general Norman Schwarzkopf. But who was this great king of Macedon? And why is he so legendary? These 36 spellbinding lectures take you deep inside the world of Alexander to witness the astonishing feats of military genius that made his name renowned for millennia after his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alexander, the Man and the Legend

  • By SAMA on 11-27-13

Alexander the Amazing

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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: 10-01-17

Professor Harl’s intelligent and engaging delivery of this course underscores his personal passion for the subject matter. As a life long learner I have developed an appreciation for this type of education. I enjoyed the thorough background and occasional tangents that brought Alexander into view as a technicolor production, not just a black and white still photo. I’ll certainly be back for more!

  • Music as a Mirror of History

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

In Music as a Mirror of History, Great Courses favorite Professor Greenberg of San Francisco Performances returns with a fascinating and provocative premise: Despite the abstractness and the universality of music - and our habit of listening to it divorced from any historical context - music is a mirror of the historical setting in which it was created. Music carries a rich spectrum of social, cultural, historical, and philosophical information, all grounded in the life and experience of the composer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique interdisciplinary music-history treatment

  • By Charles J. Bumgardner on 08-06-16

More Than a Mirror

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Where does Music as a Mirror of History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As a musician, it is difficult to accept history as a guiding influence on music! After all, should not music be the supreme power that guides history (and everything else for that matter)? However, the less arrogant reality is that "current events" during the lives of some of our most beloved and respected composers (afterward known to us as "history") did, indeed, inspire certain masterpieces. Reviewing the course from that premise makes it intriguing and worthy of serious contemplation.

What did you like best about this story?

From the beginning of the course, I was excited to listen to great masterworks. It was not until lecture three or four that it occurred to me that the premise of the course was deeply rooted, not in music, but in history! Chagrined, I started over. And changing the premise of the course in my own mind made all the difference. Suddenly the course content made sense, and the music, though not ample, came alive through a better understanding of what might have been on the mind of the composer himself as he muddled through the current events of his time. Very enlightening, not only to the musical offerings in the course but by extrapolation, to the other known works the composer.

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

Professor Greenberg is at his best when performing as Robert Greenberg! The good professor has a great delivery as a lecturer. Of particular note is his droll sense of humor as he wades through countless creative metaphors that make the course content come alive.

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

Just watch how the power of music can breathe life and enchantment into an otherwise boring history of the world! Like who knew that only by a quirk fate was the mighty composer Beethoven spared from mandatory conscription into Napolean's army?! But wait, there's more . . .

Any additional comments?

From top to bottom this course is very enjoyable when viewed through the lens of history and its profound effect on the personal lives of composers who lived through the trials of their day. I am looking forward to additional courses with Professor Greenberg. His entertaining style and profound intellect are intriguing, and I welcome the way he inspires and expands my own appreciation of music.

  • The Vikings

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,517

As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling Presentation of a Fascinating Subject

  • By AppleCedAR on 09-14-13

A Very Successful Viking Voyage

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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: 05-25-17

My appreciation of the Vikings and their impact on medieval European history is now several notches higher than before. Knowing of the Viking contribution to literature from the "Icelanders," as well as their conquests throughout Scandinavia and beyond is very gratifying. This is an excellent course for curious history buffs who seek a broader understanding of European heritage. The lectures are well prepared and successfully delivered by Professor Harl who is obviously passionate about the subject matter.