If I had never started reading Rory’s book list I would have said “The Song of Names” by Norman Lebrecht was amazing & it is. However, it is up against a lot of other amazing books on the lists, & the bell curve has to come in effect somewhere. This book is about the power of music & our obsession with the people who create it. There were scenes that took my breath away, but they were few & far between. The problem was mostly with me, I like a clear separation in my books, this book could’ve been part biography & part fiction. The emotions and the love of music was dead on. However, the people were unbelievable & out of character for everything I know humans to be. The characters could’ve sprouted wings at the end & unexpectedly flew away & it wouldn’t have surprised me. This book is still worth reading just for the way it describes music. Not a bad book, it was just up against tough competition. Somebody has to get a three toaster pastry rating.