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    A high energy narration combined with interesting factoids about provenance and usage of letters and words, made for a very entertaining listening experience.

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    Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Rosen
    • Narrated By Michael Rosen
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    From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this book will change the way you think about letters forever. How on earth did we fix upon our 26 letters? What do they really mean? And how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in 26 vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts.

    Andy says: "delightfully entertaining"
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  • The Modern Scholar: A Way With Words Part III: Grammar for Adults

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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    What was most disappointing about Michael D.C. Drout’s story?

    He has a remarkable education and expertise but the book is way too informal rather than informative.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    He expresses his point of view in a very clear way in the last chapter.


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  • 4.3 (307 ratings)

    The Modern Scholar: A Way With Words Part III: Grammar for Adults

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael D.C. Drout
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    Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.

    Johanna says: "GREAT!!!! I learned and was entertained."
  • 4.5 (51 ratings)

    Easy American Idioms: Hundreds of Idiomatic Expressions to Give You an Edge in English

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Living Language
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    Easy American Idioms cuts through the confusion and teaches natural-sounding conversational English. This set contains a 64-page book and four 60-minute audio sections. It focuses on everyday situations: meeting people, expressing likes and dislikes, working, shopping, socializing, sports, television, going out and more.

    ESK says: "Functional and fun"
  • 4.6 (50 ratings)

    Fry's English Delight - Series 3

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these four programmes, as heard on BBC Radio 4. 'The Trial of Qwerty' The ‘Qwerty’ keyboard faces charges of conspiracy to obstruct the English language. But who was Mr Qwerty? 'He Said, She Said' Do men and women really say what they mean? Also Stephen investigates sex, domination, gender, power, and sex changes (as only he can).

  • 3.8 (31 ratings)

    Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Rosen
    • Narrated By Michael Rosen
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    From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this book will change the way you think about letters forever. How on earth did we fix upon our 26 letters? What do they really mean? And how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in 26 vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts.

    Andy says: "delightfully entertaining"
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  • 4.1 (13 ratings)

    Agatha Christie, Woman of Mystery: Oxford Bookworms Library, True Stories, Stage 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By John Escott
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
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    What does the name "Agatha Christie" mean? To many people, it means a book about a murder mystery - a "whodunnit". "I'm reading an Agatha Christie," people say. "I'm not sure who the murderer is. I think it's…." But they are usually wrong, because it is not easy to guess the murderer's name before the end of the book. But who was Agatha Christie? What was she like? Was her life quiet and unexciting, or was it full of interest and adventure?Was there a mystery in her life, too?

  • 3.6 (70 ratings)

    English Pronunciation Program

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Paulette Dale, Lillian Poms
    • Narrated By Paulette Dale, Lillian Poms
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    The Berlitz English Pronunciation Program introduces sounds, stress, rhythm, and intonation in Standard American English. It features sounds in context and uses a listen and repeat approach for maximum practice of basic pronunciation skills. Sounds are stressed in familiar words and sentences to facilitate learning.

    Andrea says: "It's not incorrect, it's AMERICAN pronounciation"
  • 3.5 (46 ratings)

    The Lowdown: Improve Your Speech - American English

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Caven
    • Narrated By Mark Caven
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    Useful tips to help achieve a more professional level of speech. Our speech and voice can say as much about us as the clothes we wear, the car we drive, or even the newspapers and magazines we read.

    kim says: "Fun & Practical"
  • 3.3 (45 ratings)

    Accent Your Character - Standard British English: Dialect Training

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Paul Meier
    • Narrated By Paul Meier
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    Add some kick to your characters with some quick and simple dialect training. Paul Meier has been training actors for over 25 years and now offers his experience to the casual pretender in these entertaining presentations. You will find accent tips, colloquialisms, and charismatic character concepts that will add to your storytelling, roleplaying, or cosplay.

    A. Hawley says: "Worth the price but don't expect actual training"
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  • 3.3 (43 ratings)

    Accent Your Character - Irish: Dialect Training

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Paul Meier
    • Narrated By Paul Meier
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    Add some kick to your characters with some quick and simple dialect training. Paul Meier has been training actors for over 25 years and now offers his experience to the casual pretender in these entertaining presentations. You will find accent tips, colloquialisms, and charismatic character concepts that will add to your storytelling, roleplaying, or cosplay.

    Heather says: "Fun!"
  • 3.3 (29 ratings)

    Accent Your Character - Scottish: Dialect Training

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By Paul Meier
    • Narrated By Paul Meier
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    Add some kick to your characters with some quick and simple Scottish dialect training. Paul Meier has been training actors for over 25 years and now offers his experience to the casual pretender in this entertaining presentation. You will find accent tips, colloquialisms, and charismatic character concepts that will add to your storytelling, roleplaying, or cosplay.

    Alan says: "Nothing but an informercial"
  • The Word I'm Thinking Of: A Devilish Dictionary of Difficult Words

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Gates
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Absquatulate. Flumadiddle. Gongoozler. Squintifego. If you love words, you know the strange byways of memory or reverie that stumbling across a certain word or phrase will take you down. Chances are, you have never encountered words as unusual as those collected in this audiobook. You'll find definitions and parts of speech for each entry. And for each word, the author has also included a quotation to show how the word can be used in context. Amaze your friends with your selcouth vocabulary and indulge your inner logophile!

  • The Modern Scholar: A Way With Words Part III: Grammar for Adults

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael D.C. Drout
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    (307)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
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    Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.

    Johanna says: "GREAT!!!! I learned and was entertained."
  • Easy Pronunciation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Living Language
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    (14)
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    Are you looking to improve your English pronunciation or the way that your English sounds to others? No matter what your level of English is - or if you are simply trying to lessen a strong regional accent - this program will help you sound more natural and communicate with greater ease and confidence.

    Armando says: "Where is the book"
  • Easy American Idioms: Hundreds of Idiomatic Expressions to Give You an Edge in English

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Living Language
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Easy American Idioms cuts through the confusion and teaches natural-sounding conversational English. This set contains a 64-page book and four 60-minute audio sections. It focuses on everyday situations: meeting people, expressing likes and dislikes, working, shopping, socializing, sports, television, going out and more.

    ESK says: "Functional and fun"
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  • Speak Business English Like an American: Learn the Idioms & Expressions You Need to Succeed on the Job!

    • ABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Amy Gillett
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    Be more effective on the job! Communicate like a native speaker of English! American English speakers use many phrases and expressions on the job. If you don’t know these expressions, you’re left out of the conversation. You’re out of it...and nothing makes you feel so much like a foreigner. Speak Business English Like an American will help you speak Business English like an American - quickly and confidently. You’ll hear the idioms & expressions used in everyday speech in American workplaces.

  • ESL Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand English as a Second Language with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
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    English for Spanish Speakers Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information or preferences, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more.

  • More Speak English Like an American: Learn More Idioms & Expressions That Will Help You Speak Like a Native!

    • ABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By Amy Gillett
    • Narrated By Lee Tyler
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    More Speak English Like an American brings you another 300+ idioms and expressions you need to know for everyday life and for business success! If you liked Speak English Like an American, you're going to love More Speak English Like an American! In More Speak English Like an American, you'll follow the story of an American business as its employees come up with new product ideas, travel to China, throw themselves into office romances, and have exciting adventures.

  • Nelson's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. M. Newsome
    • Narrated By Lucian Msamti
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    Award-winning original fiction for learners of English. Nelson Mbizi returns to his home in southern Africa after studying in Britain. When he tries to help a family of orphans he meets Viki, a South African TV presenter. The story of Nelson and Viki's relationship is told against a background of HIV/AIDS and government corruption on the one hand and good humor and wonderful music on the other.

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  • Learn English - Level 1: Introduction to English, Volume 1: Lessons 1-25

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Innovative Language Learning
    • Narrated By Chihiro Nakajima, Ryan Beck
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    This Audiobook will take you through the basics of English with Basic Bootcamp, All About, and Pronunciation lessons. The five Basic Bootcamp lessons each center on a practical, real-life conversation. At the beginning of the lesson, we'll introduce the background of the conversation. Then, you'll hear the conversation one time at natural native speed. After the conversation, you'll learn carefully selected vocabulary and key grammar concepts.

  • Mastering Phrasal Verbs like a Native English Speaker: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gary Kempton
    • Narrated By Gary Kempton
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    This audiobook covers 120 phrasal verbs in everyday use in English. Each of the twenty units contains short passages read at two different speeds. This will help ESL students understand the phrasal verbs, in different contexts, and improve their listening comprehension.

  • Word Power

    • ABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Peter Funk
    • Narrated By Peter Funk
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    Word Power is an easy-to-follow series of vocabulary lessons from master linguist Peter Funk. His proven techniques will dramatically help you to improve your vocabulary and express yourself more clearly and forcefully. You will also gain the confidence that comes from having exactly the right word for every situation.

  • Vocabulary Energizers: Volume 2-Stories of Word Origins

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Popkin
    • Narrated By Robert O’Keefe
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    Like its predecessor, Vocabulary Energizers II builds vocabulary by presenting the fascinating histories behind those words we need for more effective communication and comprehension. Focusing on a core of 100 words and their back ground stories, the author links these words with hundreds of synonyms and antonyms.

  • Fifty Ways to Practice Grammar: Tips for ESL/EFL Students

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Maggie Sokolik
    • Narrated By Kirk Hanley
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    This audiobook is made for students of English as a Second or Foreign Language. Learning another language is never fast, but the Fifty Ways to Practice series will speed things up by showing you how to practice more efficiently and effectively both inside and outside the classroom. It is useful for beginning through advanced levels. You will learn 50 ways to notice, understand, and practice different grammatical structures in English.

  • Anglijskij jazyk. Sekretnye metodiki specsluzhb [English. Secret Techniques of Special Services]

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Majkl Spenser
    • Narrated By Gennady Zaitsev
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    Esli vy ne vyuchili jazyk v shkole ili institute, to ne stoit perezhivat' i dumat', chto vy k jetomu nesposobny: vy i ne mogli ego tam vyuchit'. Ved' uchebnye zavedenija dajut tol'ko bazovye znanija po raznym predmetam – ne bolee togo. Po-nastojashhemu uznat' jazyk vy mogli, tol'ko esli zanimalis' v shkole razvedki.

  • Krylatye frazy na anglijskom [Catch Phrase in English. Idioms, Proverbs, Jokes]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Majkl Spenser
    • Narrated By Gennady Zaitsev
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    Krylatye frazy na anglijskom jazyke Anglijskij jazyk, hot' i schitaetsja ochen' prostym i legkim dlja izuchenija, skryvaet v sebe mnozhestvo podvodnyh kamnej i neozhidannyh slozhnostej. Odna iz nih – krylatye frazy i vyrazhenija, kotorye ochen' chasto ispol'zujutsja v razgovornoj rechi, v povsednevnom obshhenii i v literaturnom jazyke. Esli vy hotite znat' anglijskij na «otlichno». To bez izuchenija frazeologizmov, pogovorok i ustojchivyh vyrazhenij ne obojtis'.

  • Anglijskij za rulem [Learn English at the Wheel]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Majkl Spenser
    • Narrated By Alexander Tkachev
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    Uchit' anglijskij za rulem? Pochemu by i net! Ved' esli ne hvataet vremeni na poseshhenie kursov ili shtudirovanie uchebnikov, vsegda est' vozmozhnost' vkljuchit' audioknigu i vyuchit' neskol'ko novyh fraz i slov! V jetom uchebnike-razgovornike izdatel'stva AB Publishing sobrany osnovnye ponjatija o grammatike jazyka, bazovye razgovornye frazy dlja nachinajushhih. Takzhe predstavlen otdel'nyj razdel, posvjashhennyj slovam i vyrazhenijam o samom blizkom dlja ljubogo avtomobilista, - sobstvenno, ob avtomobile. Uchite anglijskij i sledite za dorogoj!

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  • Ukrainsko-anglijskij razgovornik [Ukrainian- English Phrasebook]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Andrej Lin'ko
    • Narrated By Svetlana Kamyshina
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    Samye vazhnye i poleznye frazy dlja obshhenija na anglijskom jazyke! Dannyj audiokurs real'no pomozhet vam v izuchenii anglijskogo jazyka. Vy uznaete kak pravil'no zadavat' voprosy, objasnjat'sja s ljud'mi v samyh razlichnyh situacijah, izuchite povsednevno upotrebljaemye frazy.

  • Bytovoj anglijskij [English for Everyday]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Majkl Spenser
    • Narrated By Alexander Tkachev
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    Vy tochno pomnite, kak perevesti na anglijskij slovo «vilka»? Smozhete vybrat' podarok mame v zagranichnom magazine kosmetiki? Ob#jasnite masteru, kakaja bytovaja tehnika trebuet remonta? Smozhete rasskazat' doktoru, chto u vas bolit? Rasskazhete drugu po perepiske, kak sil'no vy ogorchilis', kogda vasha ljubimaja komanda ne vyshla v final? Esli net - to jeta podborka slov i vyrazhenij - dlja vas!

  • The Horologican: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    The Horologicon (or book of hours) contains the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to what hour of the day you might need them. From Mark Forsyth, the author of the number-one international best seller The Etymologicon comes an audiobook of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean.

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