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Heather

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • The Enchantment Emporium

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (105)

    The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, and they like to keep this in the family. Alysha Gale is tired of having all her aunts try to run her life, both personally and magically. So when the letter from her Gran arrives willing her a "junk" shop in Calgary, Alysha jumps at the chance. It isn't until she gets there that she realizes her customers are fey. And no one told her there's trouble brewing in Calgary - trouble so big that even calling in the family may not save the day.

    HealingMaven says: "A good fun listen, but an uneven reader"
    "Have to Monkey-pile on the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Someone mentioned the "Canadian" accent and that is exactly what is wrong here. No idea if the narrator actually is Canadian but she sure is trying hard to sound like she is. "About" comes out "Aboot" and the emphasis on the pronunciation is *obvious. I'll add the corollary too that I AM Canadian and I don't say "aboot".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    You'll stop at Europe's most diverting and historic locales and view the Old World through Bryson's tourist eye view in this affectionate, blisteringly insightful, and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul.

    Darren says: "Been There -- Didn't Do That!!"
    "I wish he were my neighbour."
    Overall
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    I loved this book. I read it in paperback originally and it was the first of his books that I read, but enjoyed listening to the audio book as it was narrated by the author (I am in fact disappointed that his other books available from audible are not all narrated by him), I am really only writing this review to rebut something negative said in one of the other reviews.

    The other reviewer talks about him "bragging about his lack of knowledge" but either failed to continue listening to/reading what came after that, or is purposefully being disingenuous. Mr. Bryson talks about how he doesn't speak any language besides English, but goes on to say that what he likes about being unilingual in foreign countries is that it makes him feel how young children must feel; having no real idea what is going on around them but happy to be there nonetheless.

    I feel that that distinction is important as it changes the tone of his comment altogether from 'bragging about his ignorance' to a comment on innocence. I wouldn't want anyone to give this book a miss because of a review written by someone with either poor reading comprehension or an axe to grind. Of course everyone is entitled to their opinions, but those opinions should be based on facts (or the entirety of what the author said) not just snippets taken out of context.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Quick and Simple French for English Speakers

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dr. Paul Pimsleur
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Understand and speak French starting with these eight quick and simple audio lessons. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational French.

    Jake says: "We need French 2, 3, 4, etc."
    "not helpful at all"
    Overall

    this book is fine if you want to be able to order food in public, but if you are actually looking for grammer, pronunciation pointers and verb work, don't buy this book

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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