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Darren E Ryan

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  • A Torch Kept Lit

  • Great Lives of the Twentieth Century
  • By: William F. Buckley
  • Narrated by: Tony Pasqualini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

In a half century on the national stage, William F. Buckley Jr. achieved unique stature as a polemicist and the undisputed godfather of modern American conservatism. He knew everybody, hosted everybody at his East 73rd Street maisonette, skewered everybody who needed skewering, and in general lived life on a scale, and in a swashbuckling manner, that captivated and inspired countless young conservatives across that half century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent...inspiring imagery!

  • By Lisa Hill on 10-14-16

Kept lit indeed

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Any fan of good writing will enjoy this regardless of their political leanings. Buckley was a master without a contemporary equal except for perhaps the editor of this volume who has rekindled that which needs to be kept lit.

  • The Life and Works of Beethoven

  • By: Jeremy Siepmann
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Siepmann, Bob Peck, Neville Jason, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

For many people, Beethoven is the greatest composer who ever lived. In this portrait-in-sound, actors’ readings combine with his music to reveal a titanic personality, both vulnerable and belligerent, comic and tragic, and above all heroic, as he comes to grips with perhaps the greatest disability a musician can suffer. No man’s music is more universal; few men’s lives are more inspiring. In every sense but one - his modest height - he was a giant. The great bonus of this audio-biography is that the development of Beethoven’s music can be heard in the context of his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a Believer

  • By SydSavvy on 10-20-14

A great audible experience

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

A great intertwining of story and the music that is vital to that story. Edifying and thoroughly enjoyable.