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Interesting Novel - very bad audio quality

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

Reviewed: 28-08-13

I really liked this book so I'm sorry to write this relatively bad review but the audio quality was so poor! The narrator is very good but the background sound is terribly loud. I really advise reading the book but, unless audible change the recording, I would definitely not recommend buying it.

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Very informative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-13

Slightly boring but extremely useful and informative book about all that revolves around Opera: role of conductor, role of director, opera history, history of opera voice etc etc. I really recommend this book to all opera lovers who wish to know more about it and be up to par with connoisseurs when some opera talk is needed.

Not my best pick

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-13

I was eager to listen to this audiobook after listening to another title in the same collection (Masterpieces of Western Music) but I was finally disappointed with Mr. Freedman.

The lectures are full of "if you listen carefully you will hear" - which of course presupposes an exercised ear which is not my case - while Mr. Lependorf (Masterpieces) would take small bits of music apart to MAKE you hear.

I have no musical preparation but could enjoy fully from Masterpieces... while felt left aside in these lectures. Probably someone with more musical experience would profit more but I'd say that these classes should be thought for basic students and not for intermediate.

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Enchanting tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

This audiobook was a pleasure to listen to. The Duchess tells the story of her life with a natural elegance and the reader is enchanted while passing through palaces and country retreats.

Very enjoyable read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-12

This book is a pleasure to listen to. Musical extracts are nicely chosen and makes you feel like you want to listen to more music, which in fact I did, buying some operas I knew of but never rally listened to carefully.

I recommend this book especially to those who love opera but are no musicians since it will give them a key to better enjoy their listens.

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Nice read.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-12

Good plot, as usual, with a touch of glamour and a shiver down the spine.

Best Novel EVER!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-12

Such a looooong time since I last read such a delightful novel. Same level as "I promessi Sposi" but, being Italian, The count of Monte Cristo has that little touch of exotic which fascinates me even more.
The reading is perfect, even for the non native speakers (good level required, though, since it is a dated translation and it reads an old fashioned high class Italian).


Not my genre, probably

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-12

I never read anything from LeCarré but the late fuss about the movie made me curious.
I must admit I was disappointed and found it somehow shallow. But it's probably only a question of taste.
The plot is quite intricated and the characters are somehow all alike.
Not my favorite book.

4 people found this helpful

Excellent Read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-11

I was not familiar with Hill's writing. I found the story very very entertaining, easy to listen to and very well conceived.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be entertained with high quality literature!