Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved

Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved

by Russell Martin
3.7 10

NOOK BookFile Size: 855KB (eBook - File Size: 855KB)

$14.99
View All Available Formats & Editions
Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
Want a NOOK ? Explore Now

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Beethoven's Hair 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based on the 2 reviews which were previous posted giving it a 4-5 star rating. The first, rather short chapter about Beethoven himself was rather good but then it reall took a turn for the worse. So much time was spent on tiny details that seem to have little to do with the book. These themes and names seemed to be repeated over and over in minute detail throughout the book. I felt as if I was reading in circles. How many times did the author have to mention that Paul Hiller was an opera singer?! This book could have been more than 100 pages shorter and been much better. If the author had taken us on the journey through time in a more concise, linear manner, the book would have been much better. It was acctually extremely boring because the same details were reiterated over and over as well as being out of sequence. The details about the laboratory findings regarding Beethoven's long-standing illnesses and ultimate death were interesting but very little time was dedicated to this. You can find the same information in a concise format on many web sites. Overall - a HUGE disappointment. Do NOT recommend this one. There are other books on Beethoven available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Put on your ear buds and your favorite Beethoven selections and enjoy the read. Enlightening in multiple ways. A comfortable read that reflects the ever curious drive of collectors and where that curiosity can lead them, draw others into thir journeys and uncover obscure, yet fainting and often historically important, facts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RevRenee More than 1 year ago
This book is a treasure for anyone who loves Beethoven! It would never have occured to me, personally, to sacrifice a few, precious strands of irreplacable hairs if they were Beethovens and they would have to be destroyed during the process of DNA testing. I am so grateful for the angst and the heartfelt trepitude with which the scientists cautiously proceeded to unravel the mystery of the catastrophic illnesses that plagued the great genius. Brilliant writing made the magnificent Beethoven come alive and call me overly emotional, but I was weeping while reading the final chapters. Beeethoven was dying and I was greiving as if I was one of the priviledged and precious few that was granted a final farewell.
It is hard to think of anyone who has been awed by the power of Beethoven's music not finding this book a worthwhile, if not an obligatory, read. It will haunt you.( In a good way)