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War on Sound

Narrated by: Christopher Harris
Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Kid Centrifuge is a rock band with dreams no bigger than other rock bands: ho-hum, tour and get signed and be famous and change the universe. Alas, unlike their rock-music forebears, our heroes live in a world that has largely moved on to techno, dance and pop. Yes, the music industry is still littered with double-crossers and backbiters, but now they're looking for DJs, and maybe guitar champions need no longer apply. So the kids tilt against the same old windmills musicians have battled forever, but with a suspicion that the same old animating dream - all you need is a guitar and a great song and you'll make a million bucks - is dead.

That gives their grass-roots aspirations more than a little desperation, and bad decisions ensue.

War On Sound gets inside its four featured musicians - Amanda, the singer; Sebastian, the guitarist; Kate, the drummer; and Scott, the bass player and angsty piloting force - the way Don DeLillo did in Great Jones Street and Roddy Doyle did in The Commitments. These talented kids wage war, blinkers in place, faith challenged...they have big success and big failure, and they keep playing. War on Sound is by turns hilarious and profound, and illuminates the contemporary music scene better than any recent novel.

©2016 Christopher Harris (P)2016 Christopher Harris

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  • 01-19-19

Enjoyed

Once I started listening, I couldn't stop. It was so good. Christopher Harris' writing and voice made this book more than a audiobook, it a great experience.

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Great fiction, charming voice!

Would you listen to War on Sound again? Why?

Yes, it was a great story. Great voice reading the book helps!

What did you like best about this story?

Intriguing storyline that makes me wonder what happens next.

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the ending!

If you could take any character from War on Sound out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hoop

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I never thought a fiction about musicians could grab my attention throughout the entire book. But after reading first couple chapters, I was completely engaged and intrigued by the characters and what will happen next.
The characters are electric as the story folds. The conversations that take could replace some of conversations in real life regardless of your profession or family. If you ever tried to do something different or something that needed to win people's approval, you'll be able to relate all characters at different points of this book.
A book that makes you aware of the feelings that we all ignore while pretending living buys lives. MUST READ.

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The characters are so real, it almost hurts.

I resonated intensely with how accurately Harris captures pain, doubt, addiction, and depression. Must listen.

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Epic and Microcosm

If you could sum up War on Sound in three words, what would they be?

Trenchant, poignant, true

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh

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Mr. Harris made a detailed look at the demise of a great American art form, while working in another, and it doubles as a timely look back at our recent past, the acceleration of technology and distance between us, how they add to the economic and cultural anxiety we feel, against a backdrop of perma-war and terror. And it is very funny and well-read. Highly recommended for anyone who cares too much about music.

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Great novel!

This really captures the emotional roller coaster of a stuggling band trying to make it in a dying industry. A+ character development and story telling. Good work Mr. Harris!

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Great listen.

I highly recommend the book as well as all Chris Harris's work. It made my drives to and from work as well as other down time much more enjoyable.

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  • 11-02-16

A Fun Listen/Read

If you could sum up War on Sound in three words, what would they be?

People, Music, Growth

What did you like best about this story?

The character development; particularly the reactions of different people experiencing the same situations.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Harris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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I completed the book on my way to work this morning. It was excellent. I typically have two hours a day commuting, for a total of ten hours per week, in which I can listen/read for pleasure. I listened to the nearly 20 hour audiobook in less than one. It was so good that I listened to it at any available moment.

Elements I particularly enjoyed are, in no order, the scenes Harris painted in each location as if he had lived in those places, the reaping of seeds sowed earlier in the book, the tying of his timeline to the real world events happening around the characters, and the individual perceptions and reactions of each of the characters to the same circumstances, particularly when it involved their reactions to each other's actions and behaviors. They could be so sure they were interpreting a thought or a gesture one way, and of course they would be completely wrong, as we so often are.

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Such a great ride!

The narrator, also the author, does a fantastic job of putting the reader in the story. Loved it!

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must read

great book even for non music lover keeps u glued the characters come to life

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  • Danielle
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  • 10-08-16

Wow poorly written

Wow this book will shrink your brain. It comes off as a poorly written 7th grade creative writing class essay.