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Kai Kay

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,234

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

great book with echoes in today

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Reviewed: 03-16-19

excellent, well-wrought dystopian vision with plenty of overlap between it and today's scary proto-fascist US regime. An important cautionary tale.

  • The Music Lesson

  • A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music
  • By: Victor L. Wooten
  • Narrated by: Victor L. Wooten
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784

"'Boy, do I have a lot to learn!'" Anyone who's ever picked up a musical instrument of any kind - from the first caveman banging rocks to that little kid at the guitar shop - has thought that. I know I did. I'd been trying for years to break in to the music scene, to show everyone my chops, to make my mark. And I was good. But I wasn't great. I knew that there was something wrong. Then the teacher showed up...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise like no other!

  • By Tomas on 11-23-10

offbeat, but useful guide to understand music

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-18

interesting, unusual approach, but made me think a lot about the depth of musical understanding.

  • Concert Masterworks

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Have you ever thought about the creative process that boiled inside geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Liszt-or any composer, for that matter?What goes through a composer's mind when a musical composition is being set to paper? Are those magical weeks or months spent in an agonizing creative blur of ideas first tried and then discarded, or it a matter of pure inspiration?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down the rabbit hole with Dr. G!

  • By JaneN on 11-09-14

Really loved this. Prof. Greenberg Always great.

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Reviewed: 01-15-17

fascinating, yet accessible and detailed exploration of some amazing masterpieces with helpful background and humor.