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The Best of NPR: A Life in the Arts Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook


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Product Details

  • Series: Best of NPR
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570425248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570425240
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,802,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Often maligned from both sides of the political spectrum, National Public Radio (NPR) has nonetheless earned a place in the daily lives of millions of radio listeners by offering a wide range of interesting programming, usually produced at unarguably high standards. One of the keys to NPR's success has been providing insightful interviews of celebrated guests. In compiling A Life in the Arts, NPR has poured through what must be a fascinating trove of recorded treasures to select a handful of gems from the 25-year-old archive. This wealth of intriguing interviews includes actress Lynn Redgrave discussing the pain and glory of growing up in her celebrated family, Ry Cooder musing about what motivates his eclectic musical styles, Broadway legend Ethel Merman describing her stage life, and Dame Margot Fonteyn reflecting on the world of a prima ballerina. Regardless of one's opinion of the state of public radio, this excellent collection is sure to enlighten anyone interested in individuals who commit their lives to the creative process and inspire those who may be contemplating the same. --George Laney

From AudioFile

There's so much to be thankful for in National Public Radio's programming, so many far-reaching interviews and discussions. Several of such moments have been captured in this volume of The Best of NPR: A Life in the Arts asks nine artists to discuss what it means to be a creative person. For example, Dame Margot Fonteyn, the legendary ballerina, expresses with aristocratic grace the importance of retaining one's sense of self during a life of fame. Don Walser, a retired government worker who found his true calling as a yodeler, instills in listeners the sense that all dreams are achievable. All the interviews reveal the secret to NPR's exceptional quality: intelligent questions asked of real people. R.A.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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