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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Since this was a book about music and it was an audio copy, AND a tv series exists, the book should have been illustrated with musical excerpts. How can one relate to theoretical information about the structure and development of music, without auditory examples? Very, very disappointing.
Would you ever listen to anything by Howard Goodall again?
I'm musical challenged in so many ways having just start to learn my first musical instrument in my 45th year. I decided I would like to catch up on why music is so embedded in our lives and I searched for 'the history of music' and got 'the story of music'. I found the book interesting from start to finish and I've made multiple notes of other books and biographies I will follow it up with. I listened to it with spotify open and as I needed to reference a piece of music I just added it to a playlist. Well written and at a decent pace throughout.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
What did you like about this audiobook?
Howard Goodall's take on the history of music is fascinating and his descriptions of historical music engaging.
How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?
The book helped me consolidate my interest piqued by Howard Goodall's TV series of the same name.
What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?
The narration was fine, but I was disappointed to have no music within the audiobook. Having seen the TV series by the same name, I thought there would be music. Remembering or imagining music while reading this audiobook wasn't useful for me.
Do you have any additional comments?
I would have paid more for an audiobook with all the music tracks included. I appreciate that the licencing costs for the music might be considered prohibitive, but I would have liked to have had the choice.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
i loved everything about this book EXCEPT there was a great opportunity to add musical samples to compliment the various referenced pieces. if you don't already know what hes talking about in a certain peice you need to either pause and go and find it or just take his word for it.