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Sandra

Sandra JULESBURG, CO, United States Member Since 2003

Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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  • "This is a terrific piece of writing!"

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    Twain's viewpoint on the German language was written a long time ago. He has been one of my favorite writers since I was a child and this is one of his funnier pieces. It is only surpassed by his story about crossing the Platte River near Julesburg CO where I currently live.

    He tells a story about a buffalo climbing a tree after a hunter that makes most people laugh out loud.

    I advocate reading more Twain for the good of your digestive and respiratory system!

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    The Awful German Language

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must read for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country. "The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?"

    Sandra says: "This is a terrific piece of writing!"
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A Peek at Marius's Bookshelf

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  • The Goon Show, Volume 1: Moriarity, Where Are You?

    "Goon with the wind"

    Overall

    No apologies, just a straight 5 stars. If you're a Goon fan, you don't need my opinion. If you've never heard them, please do yourself a favour and try one of the audiobooks. You wont regret it. Anarchic humour at its best.

  • The Goon Show, Volume 4: My Knees Have Fallen Off!

    "Goon control"

    Overall

    The BBC strategy to overtake CNN has now been revealed to the world. It revolves around releasing sufficient Goon Show episodes to subliminally imprint its logo on the brains of the entire world population. CNN has no answer. Their attempt to release Ted Turnip joke book backfired miserably. The power of Milligan has prevailed, and we must all grovel now to the all-powerful BBC. Resistance is useless. The guys with the white coats will arrive shortly, but, who cares?

  • The Goon Show, Volume 21: The Missing Battleship

    "Here today, Goon tomorrow"

    Overall

    At last, the Highly-Esteemed Goon Show is on Audible.com. I've got most of this stuff on my old steam-driven audio cassettes, but will now re-purchase the lot in modern-type mp3 format. For those of you who already know the Goons ... 'nuff said. For those who are unfamiliar with the works of the true masters of comedy, please download any one of the files to try out, settle back with your headphones, and experience the magic. Your life will be changed. Your parents/spouse/partner/siblings will probably send you to a shrink after a few weeks of listening to this stuff, but, hey, who cares?

  • The Goon Show, Volume 7: Ying Tong Iddle-i Po!

    "Bananas and more"

    Overall

    The BBC have ransacked their trashbins and have discovered strange talking-type magnetic tapes. Using modern electronic-type technology, they have converted these to talking-type all-leather mp3 files, and offer them to you, the discerning public, to while away you idle hours. I advise you to download one as an experiment, and feed your ear canals. Your life will be changed forever. You will attract strange glances from this point on, but be brave. Your main challenge in life fron then on will be to bluff your way out of trouble when the guys with the white coats arrive.

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