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  • Symphony for the City of the Dead

  • Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
  • By: M. T. Anderson
  • Narrated by: M. T. Anderson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

In September 1941, Adolf Hitler's Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history - almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943 - 1944. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens - the Leningrad Symphony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Eye-Opening, Emotional Tale

  • By A.L.R. on 02-05-16

Very illuminating; art is not created in a vacuum

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Reviewed: 07-05-17

This little piece of a story gave me a much greater understanding of the big picture. I have always loved Shostakovich's music but it is even more fascinating to get a glimpse into his heart.
This audiobook also includes some of his music.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How Should We Then Live

  • The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
  • By: Francis A. Schaeffer
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the 20th century, Francis Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. In this brilliant book, he analyzed the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presented the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible's morals, values, and meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Want To Be Left Alone? Better Read Schaeffer

  • By Doug D. Eigsti on 12-09-15

Discover how we got to be a divided nation

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Reviewed: 03-08-17

What made the experience of listening to How Should We Then Live the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed most the artists: musicians, painters, sculptors, playwrights, and architects and how they applied the new philosophies of the day to their craft. It is a fantastic look at the philosophies of the western world and how they influenced the world.

Any additional comments?

The book is not a narrative but a look at world trends and philosophies that have brought our nation and the world to the very divisive place it is today. Quite amazing considering it was written 30 years ago.