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4.0 out of 5 stars A book made from sound, 20 Jan 2014
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Jeff Tupholme (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a wide-ranging and interesting (history) book, but it seems obvious that it is very closely tied to the Radio 4 series. Six sections of five chapters each, each chapter about ten pages. Perfect for a regular radio slot, but couldn't the print version have been given a bit more latitude to allow chapters to vary according to the depth of material available? As it is, it seems as though the material has been probably made to fit. On the other hand, the repetitive structure of the chapters creates a certain metre as you read the book, and the author's voice surfaces to move you along in a timely fashion. In this way you can 'feel' the radio in it, which of course is highly appropriate given the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book arrived promptly and in excellent condition. I bought it as a gift for ..., 31 July 2014
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This book arrived promptly and in excellent condition. I bought it as a gift for a future birthday,so have not yet given it, but the intended recipient (a musician) is likely to be pleased. Very good value for money, thank you..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history of sound, 28 Jun 2013
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Can't help thinking this would be better as an audiobook so you could hear the sounds described. However, no such thing exists so this is the next best thing. It's an amazing way to explore history - the everyday human kind, and I'm grateful for that
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read with a click of a mouse, 27 April 2013
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Although the silence is holly the noise keeps us going. This seems to be a motto of the writer who is trying to convince us through an elaborate and in-depth description of sound making to accept omnipresent noise as a token of human activity.
The writer sifted through the centuries to find us some remarkable stories about how people used sound to communicate their feelings, beliefs, and daily grind. The vast research underpins this work, but the book never bores a reader mainly because of the style which is a natural flow and almost campfire chatty storytelling of something what happen in the past but it is also relevant to the contemporary reader, as it helps to understand us why we are as we are. Great read!
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