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4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5 4.25 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen Krull Narrator: John C. Brown, Melissa Hughes Publisher: AudioBookShelf Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lives of … Series Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538466889
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It's no secret that Beethoven went deaf, that Mozart had constant money problems, and that Gilbert and Sullivan wrote musicals. But what were these people—and other famous musicians—really like? What did they eat? What did they wear? How did they spend their time? What were they like as children? What were their phobias, obsessions, and bad habits? And what did their neighbors think of it all? Here are the fascinating and often humorous stories of twenty famous musicians—people of all shapes, sizes, temperaments, and lifestyles, from various countries and historical periods, beginning with Vivaldi and ending with Woody Guthrie. Accompanied by brilliant caricatures, Lives of the Musicians will appeal to those who love music, to those who like to hear the story behind a famous name, and to just about everyone else. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engaging and conversational…Families will find these entertaining recordings memorable introductions to the great artistic virtuosos.”

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  • “This book is never dull…fascinating details.”

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  • A 1993 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 7/22/2010

    " Used this book as a teacher. It really helped my students to "get" it. Very informative but fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenifer | 5/31/2010

    " These are really short picture books that are just darling to look at and read. Suitable for children yet interesting enough for adults, they are by no means comprehensive, just plain fun! And check this out; Shumann is a woman! Who knew? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/5/2010

    " Fascinating. Some of this was contradictory so I took it with a grain of salt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/2/2009

    " That was a fun book! They were all pretty crazy, but pretty amazing composers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Syd | 7/17/2009

    " A little more boring than lives of the atheletes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 11/29/2008

    " Lots of text with interesting "facts" about the composers. This book is probably better for older elementary students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/31/2008

    " I like hearing about what nutjobs these people are. It's kind of like the way I feel when I watch "Intervention," except instead of a crack addict it's Chopin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gavin | 4/26/2008

    " Every parent should have this book for their children "

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About the Author
Author Kathleen Krull

Kathleen Krull is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young readers, which includes the successful Lives of … series. She is a book reviewer and former children’s book editor. She lives in San Diego.

About the Narrators

John C. Brown is a narrator of children’s and young adult books. Some of his credits include My Brother Sam Is Dead, Lives of the Presidents, and Lives of Musicians.

Melissa Hughes’ career began in radio, where she was a staff announcer, DJ, and voice-over artist. Working in England for many years, she starred in the BBC Radio drama Trouble Brewing, appeared in numerous plays, and created the screams for the character of Lois Lane, as well as other voices in the film Superman.