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What would have made Ludwig van Beethoven better?
I can't really speak to this generally, because this was actually a good work, but my daughter loves stories of composers, but is too young to be hearing about suicidal ideation in such blunt terms, along with alcoholism, etc.... that is part of the content in this story. (More on this in my "additional comments.)
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Horrible ending for children to hear. I won't provide a spoiler, but I'll just say that the inclusion of the raging anger in a particularly significant life moment is not something I'll allow my child to hear again. (I actually recall a pastor referencing this moment, once.)
Have you listened to any of Daniel Philpott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not heard his other performances, but this one was very good, so will search for his others.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
The story felt a bit heavy on facts, a bit low on interior life. It was could have been fleshed out better. I won't play the story again for my young daughter as there was a lot of depressing drama focused on (and multiple references to his suicidal ideations mentioned in a glib/offhand way that is not appropriate for younger ages, nor placed in a context that makes it redeeming for kids to hear about).
Any additional comments?
I appreciate being able to provide a review for Audible, though I wish it also included more of what Common Sense Media offers regarding an age-appropriateness rating. I also would love for there to be more specificity about content and in categories. It's so surprising that an offering of Amazon's (which has such a powerfully robust "suggestions" tool) is so clunky in this regard. It's difficult to search for books at the level of Amazon's book selections allow. Maybe they just need more content for this to be possible.