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Wagnerism

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This program is read by the author and includes excerpts from Richard Wagner's musical compositions throughout.  Alex Ross, renowned New Yorker music critic and author of the international best seller and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Rest Is Noise, reveals how Richard Wagner became the proving ground for modern art and politics - an aesthetic war zone where the Western world wrestled with its capacity for beauty and violence. For better or worse, Wagner is the most widely influential figure in the history of music. Around 1900, the phenomenon known as Wagnerism saturated European and American culture. Such colossal creations as The Ring of the Nibelung, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal were models of formal daring, mythmaking, erotic freedom, and mystical speculation. A mighty procession of artists, including Virginia Woolf, Thomas Mann, Paul Cézanne, Isadora Duncan, and Luis Buñuel, felt his impact. Anarchists, occultists, feminists, and gay-rights pioneers saw him as a kindred spirit. Then Adolf Hitler incorporated Wagner into the soundtrack of Nazi Germany, and the composer came to be defined by his ferocious antisemitism. For many, his name is now almost synonymous with artistic evil.  In Wagnerism, Alex Ross restores the magnificent confusion of what it means to be a Wagnerian. A pandemonium of geniuses, madmen, charlatans, and prophets do battle over Wagner’s many-sided legacy. As listeners of his brilliant articles for The New Yorker have come to expect, Ross ranges thrillingly across artistic disciplines, from the architecture of Louis Sullivan to the novels of Philip K. Dick, from the Zionist writings of Theodor Herzl to the civil-rights essays of W.E.B. Du Bois, from O Pioneers! to Apocalypse Now. In many ways, Wagnerism tells a tragic tale. An artist who might have rivaled Shakespeare in universal reach is undone by an ideology of hate. Still, his shadow lingers over 21st century culture, his mythic motifs coursing through superhero films and fantasy fiction. Neither apologia nor condemnation, Wagnerism is a work of passionate discovery, urging us toward a more honest idea of how art acts in the world.  A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux  

©2020 Alex Ross (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Alex Ross
Author: Alex Ross
Length: 28 hrs and 25 mins
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Listen to This

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Alex Ross’s award-winning international best seller, The Rest Is Noise, has become a contemporary classic, establishing him as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. Listen to This, which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross described his late-blooming discovery of pop music, showcases the best of Ross’s writing from more than a decade at The New Yorker. These pieces, dedicated to classical and popular artists alike, are at once erudite and lively. In a previously unpublished essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history - from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin - through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. He vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters, such as Björk and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and to indie-rock hipsters in Beijing. Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to This teaches us how to listen.

©2010 Alex Ross (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Alex Ross
Author: Alex Ross
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
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Hell or High Water

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Mogul Jack Roman was perfectly happy living the life of a high-powered and charismatic philistine. He had time, money, women, and a penchant for the fast life. Until he met his match in Samantha Wyatt, and his obsession with her would take him to hell and back.... Photographer Wes Elliott's been dreaming of the muse he let go of as a young man - the woman he never forgot throughout his travels and the successes he'd left her to find. He always thought he'd see Sammy again - he just never expected her to be fighting for her life when he did. Now Samantha Wyatt is being challenged by her past, tested by her decisions, and hunted by her nemesis. As her dangerous present and enigmatic past collide, Samantha conducts the riskiest operation of her life, and the men who love her will be forced to decide: Do they trust her enough to let her protect them? And do they love her enough to let her go?

©2014 Alexi Lawless (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
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Complicated Creatures

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From Amazon Top 50 best-selling author Alexi Lawless comes a powerful new romantic suspense thriller unlike any you've ever heard.... Complicated Creatures sets the stage for a trilogy that features a strong female lead character, Samantha Wyatt, who critics are calling a "sexy, female James Bond". Samantha Wyatt heads up one of the most powerful private protection agencies in the world. As a former naval interrogator, she knows firsthand what danger looks like. But when the head-turning, savvy, and challenging Jack Roman comes into her life like hot lightning, she's drawn to him like she's never been to anyone before.... She craves his touch, even though it weakens her. She wants his love despite the fact that she's still haunted by another. When a deadly rival threatens to take everything from her, Samantha is forced to rely on the help of Wesley Elliott, the first man she ever loved, and the only man she could never forgive. With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and an adventure that takes you around the world, Alexi Lawless offers up a taut and intense story in the Complicated Creatures series - one that will leave you breathless and ready for more! Get ready to go deep into this thrilling, powerful Complicated Creatures story!

©2014 Alexi Lawless (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
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Fearless

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In the riveting finale to the best-selling Complicated Creatures series, Samantha Wyatt is back with a vengeance.... Former military interrogator Samantha Wyatt may have won the battle, but she hasn't won the war against Lucien Lightner, her most cunning nemesis yet. For the first time in her life, she's forced to acknowledge she can't do it alone, but who can she trust? The first man she ever loved or the man she never planned to fall for. Chicago tycoon Jack Roman has risked everything to protect Samantha. But he's been holding onto a secret that threatens to destroy his future with the love of his life, and he must decide: are secrets worth keeping if they protect the ones you love? Now a renowned photojournalist, Wes Elliott found his way back into Samantha's life after over a decade apart, but she still doesn't trust him - not yet. When Wes discovers the terrible truth about how her family was murdered, he decides the only way to prove he's back once and for all is to help her exact justice. But will it be enough to redeem him for leaving her all those years ago? Download the audiobook now and get ready to go deep in the thrilling, powerful conclusion to the Complicated Creatures trilogy! Note to the listener: This is the third novel in a provocative romantic suspense trilogy. Recommended for listeners 18+ for mature language, violence, and adult situations.

©2016 Alexi Lawless (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
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