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  • Music as an Art

  • By: Roger Scruton
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Roger Scruton is a polymath. He has written authoritatively on a huge range of subjects from the environment to wine, from cosmology to the Middle East. He is also an accomplished musician (organ and piano) and a composer of works including an opera and a song cycle. This is Scruton’s second major work on music for Bloomsbury - the first being Understanding Music (Continuum, 2009). 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scruton is delightful as ever

  • By Roger Marlow on 28-01-19

Scruton is delightful as ever

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-19

I am sorry to say I knew next to nothing about music but Music as an Art was a fascinating and enjoyable read. Saul Reichlin is an excellent voice for Sir Roger. Much of the technical discussion was beyond me but film music, the woeful state of modern state subsidised opera, the American song book and jazz all get interesting and insightful treatments. The last chapter on pop is hilarious including a psycho-social analysis of Nirvana and its followers. Good to see even AC/DC and Metallica getting the occasional mention, not sniffily as you might expect from “an old geeza” (his self deprecating phrase) but as technical wizards, albeit churning out music stuck in an adolescent world. The tiniest of nits - Guns and Roses’ Sweet Child of Mine suffers a Freudian slip. All in all highly recommended. You will learn a lot and enjoy superb writing and narration while doing so.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Higgs Boson and Beyond

  • By: Sean Carroll, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Sean Carroll
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

In this 12-lecture masterpiece of scientific reporting, you'll learn everything you need to know to fully grasp the significance of this discovery, including the basics of quantum mechanics; the four forces that comprise the Standard Model of particle physics; how these forces are transmitted by fields and particles; and the importance of symmetry in physics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Miakatt on 14-03-16

Beyond the usual pop science treatment

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-16

I had almost given up on popular expositions of modern physics: clichéd, patronising and hackneyed. This course could not be more different. What a joy to hear an expert in full flow, in full command of the subject and not glossing, skipping over difficult concepts or resorting to feeble analogies. You feel as if he is speaking to you as a peer, as someone who is designing detectors at CERN or working with the standard model. I will be listening again and learning as much the second time round.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful