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  • Fryderyk Chopin

  • A Life and Times
  • By: Dr. Alan Walker
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Based on 10 years of research and a vast cache of primary sources located in archives in Warsaw, Paris, London, New York, and Washington, D.C., Alan Walker's monumental Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times is the most comprehensive biography of the great Polish composer to appear in English in more than a century. Walker's work is a corrective biography, intended to dispel the many myths and legends that continue to surround Chopin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a masterpiece

  • By Carpe Diem on 02-09-19

This book is a masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

This book is a masterpiece that I could not put down. Scholarly yet entertaining, detailed yet not excessively so, read beautifully with perfect pronunciation. His early life, the love of his father and family, details of his training with Józef Elsner were particularly interesting. I learned for the first time Chopin had a delightful sense of humor. His long affair with Sands was nuanced and detailed and the platonic devotion of Jane Sterling also detailed. Discussions of the music and how to perform it were the most meaningful to this musician. Long lived hoaxes are analyzed and put to rest. Thank you to Alan Walker who created this masterpiece for his depth of insight, even handed approach, and pure enjoyment to discover more about this compassionate, authentic, courtly well mannered, thoughtful, kind and ground breaking composer. Buy this enjoyable and insightful biography without a second thought.

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  • What I Know for Sure

  • By: Oprah Winfrey
  • Narrated by: Oprah Winfrey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,545

After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, "What do you know for sure?" Oprah Winfrey began writing the "What I Know for Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Saying that the question offered her a way to take "stock of her life", Oprah has penned one column a month over the last 14 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Live in the Now!

  • By Jerrinae on 10-02-14

Silly; was hoping for more...

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

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For a woman who has access to and has interviewed so many people of merit accomplished and wisdom, Oprah here is surprisingly shallow and silly sharing regularly about her opulent life style and less about substantive things that could actually inspire and be of significant help to others.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful