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  • Song Machine

  • Inside the Hit Factory
  • By: John Seabrook
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

Traveling from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, John Seabrook visits specialized teams composing songs in digital labs with novel techniques, and he traces the growth of these contagious hits from their origins in early '90s Sweden to their ubiquity on today's charts. Featuring the stories of artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Rihanna as well as expert songsmiths like Max Martin, Ester Dean, and Dr. Luke, The Song Machine will change the way you listen to music.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Want your music canned or in a box?

  • By tru britty on 10-08-15

Pretty good insight into the music game.

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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: 10-18-17

As someone who creates, I head about this book via a recommendation from another music creator. Nice insight into people's processes and the struggles that go into making hits!

My only beef is that he mispronunces some names. The other voices were cool-it added some variety to the story.

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  • A Year to Live

  • By: Stephen Levine
  • Narrated by: Stephen Levine
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

If you only had a year to live, what would you do? In his work with the dying, author Stephen Levine observed the radical changes people can make in the face of death. Levine challenged himself to live an entire year as if it were his last - and in this revealing narrative he shares what he learned.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking and useful

  • By Shawn Wheeler on 03-15-03

Learn to die before you know how to live.

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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: 06-26-16

This is a great study in beginning a year-long practice of what death can be and how death quickly revitalizes what is important to life.

A great listen. But something that needs to be practiced, not just heard.