Trevor Cox is on a hunt for the sonic wonders of the world. A renowned expert who engineers classrooms and concert halls, Cox has made a career of eradicating bizarre and unwanted sounds. But after an epiphany in the London sewers, Cox now revels in exotic noises-creaking glaciers, whispering galleries, stalactite organs, musical roads, humming dunes, seals that sound like alien angels, and a Mayan pyramid that chirps like a bird. With forays into archaeology, neuroscience, biology, and design, Cox explains how sound is made and altered by the environment, how our body reacts to peculiar noises, and how these mysterious wonders illuminate sound's surprising dynamics in everyday settings-from your bedroom to the opera house. The Sound Book encourages us to become better listeners in a world dominated by the visual and to open our ears to the glorious cacophony all around us.
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"With a lively voice and British accent, Jonathan Cowley guides listeners through CoxÕs exploration of the world of unique and strange sounds. Whether capturing sounds in subterranean caverns, exploring the challenging acoustics of churches and performance halls, or explaining how to make monuments of sound, Cox provides a rich understanding of the aural landscape that surrounds people. Cowley captures CoxÕs enthusiasm well and provides good pacing and emphasis for the technical parts of the prose. Audiobook listeners will be fascinated to hear about the complexities of sound but will likely be disappointed by the failure to maximize the format by integrating the specific sounds that Cox discusses. L.E. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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