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Gershwin's musical genius is undeniable and this book explores both the man and his works with extensive material from the Gershwin's family archive, exclusive interviews with musicians and other unique sources.

This fresh account is further livened by a splendid reading from Sheridan Morley who contributes to this entertaining and informed account of one of America's greatest composers.

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Fast, concise overview of the great man's life

Frenetically paced, sometimes frustratingly superficial & under-explained, nonetheless an adequate primer for neophyte Gershwin fans

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  • Tim Gray
  • 10-09-15

Good overview of major works

Fast paced telling of George Gershwin's life and music. Well written and informative. Narration well done.

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  • James Paris
  • 07-06-20

Every George Gershwin Fan should read/hear this book!

This book was truly an enjoyable listening experience for me. The author had taken me on a literal “tour” of Mr. Gershwin’s life and I also learned something about his collaboration with his brother Ira (who was tremendous in his own write as a composer of lyrics) and his family. But I have to admit, at the end of the audio book was a wonderful and unexpected surprise: “Rhapsody in Blue” which was and is my all time favorite composition by this most beautiful and prolific composer. It left me with tears in my eyes. I can only sum up everything for you in one word: “enjoy.”