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  • Michel Thomas Method: French Course Sample

    • ABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By Michel Thomas
    • Narrated By Michel Thomas
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    This is a sample of the best-selling Michel Thomas Method Course, offering you a fast-track introduction to French. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn French in the same way.

    Diana says: "Not worth buying"
    "Not worth buying"
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Actually teach a some useable French.


    Any additional comments?

    He thinks he's teaching French by telling one how many French and English words are similar. He gives a few words to use those similar words is present tense sentences with either the French equivalent of I or you as the subject. He includes almost to grammar instruction, and the learner has very little that can be used in normal experiences. Not to be recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • KJV Complete Bible Dramatized Audio

    • UNABRIDGED (78 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Zondervan
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (172)

    For those who value the timeless KJV translation, this new audio recording offers a rich listening experience. Featuring top voice talent enhanced by original music and sound effects, the KJV Complete Bible Dramatized Audio brings the King James Version to life. World-class narration, a fully orchestrated background, and colorful character renderings engage the ears, the imagination, and the heart. It's ideal for drive time, exercising, or general listening.

    Brian says: "Great production but navigation is lacking"
    "Is a Good Listen"
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    Where does KJV Complete Bible Dramatized Audio rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right near the top; however, sometimes the background music is a little distracting. That's why I gave the performance only 4 stars.


    Any additional comments?

    I initially downloaded this Bible in April 2011 and again in December 2012 when I got my new Kindle Fire. Both times I got the whole book -- nothing missing. It downloads in 11 parts. As some have commented, there is no index, making navigation difficult, but neither does any other audio book that I've downloaded have search capabilities. I find this to be a minor difficulty as I use either my print or my Kindle Bible for study.

    I've added a few bookmarks which lead me directly to particular chapters and verses that I want to return to, and thus have built up a small personal index of a sort.

    As a whole, I would highly recommend this Bible; it's easy to listen to, and the readers have good expression. Where necessary, there's a narator and character voices reading the various parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • French Phase 1, Unit 01: Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (44 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    French Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit.

    Connie S. says: "We are learning French the affordable audible.com"
    "Boring Way to Learn French"
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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed, partly because of the lack of adequate explanations.


    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded this when I was exploring programs for learning French and was immediately turned off. It expects the learner to learn by rote. I was also even a bit bored; consequently, I didn't continue with the program.

    For those of us who are visual learners, Pimsleur offers no written French, and we don't learn to read the language. This also means that when we travel to a French country we are handicapped as we will have trouble reading what we need to read. French has many silent letters that we are unaware of with the Pimsleur approach and that we won't recognize when we see them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Starting Out in French

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Living Language
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Starting Out in French is a beginner-level program that includes short and simple lessons and dialogues. It covers all the basics, with plenty of repetition and practice, making it ideal for audio-only learning. Starting Out in French is perfect if you want to learn while commuting, running errands, or at the gym - or if you want to learn at home and simply prefer an all-audio course.

    Diana says: "French Aimed at the Traveller"
    "French Aimed at the Traveller"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Starting Out in French to be better than the print version?

    The book has a print transcript of the audio, and to get the most out of the audio, one should also consider investing in the full version with the transcript.


    Any additional comments?

    If a person pickes up this book expecting to learn French, he will be disappointed. However, the authors don't pretend to be teaching the French language. The book offers minimal rewiew one lesson to the next, and each lesson is presented as a new entity; that said, latter lessons do use words presented in earlier lessons.

    After reviewing this free lesson, I borrowed the book from the public library. It's not a good book for learning the language but it is good for a review of words and phrases needed to enjoy a trip to a French speaking country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • French for Beginners: Lesson 5

    • UNABRIDGED (18 mins)
    • By Alexa Polidoro
    • Narrated By Alexa Polidoro
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    After many years of developing and harnessing her language-teaching skills with The French Ecole, Alexa has now created an audio treat for people who wish to learn a new language from scratch, without any pressure, in fun, relaxed and manageable chunks. Highlights of Lesson 5 include: some more basic vocabulary and numbers; conjugation revision of the verb "to have"; and building sentences in order to describe yourself.

    Kindle Customer says: "French in your hands"
    "Great for Beginning French Learners"
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    If you could sum up French for Beginners in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, comfortable


    Any additional comments?

    Some say Alexa is wordy, and so she is; however, not everybody catches on with basic explanations. I'm now working on Lesson 15, her last free lesson, and plan to continue. She obviously enjoys what she's doing and her enjoyment is infectious. It's because of her that I've become hooked on studying French

    Her explanations are thorough, sometimes with a bit of overkill, but that's better than being inadequate and having some people give up for lack of understanding. She procedes from one concept to the next at a comfortable rate and offers adequate review. Unlike of some expensive, big name French learning programs, she explains French grammar and verb conjugation, and does so in a context that makes the learner enjoy the language. A person having worked through Alexa's lessons could go to Paris with confidence, without being embarased about the way he/she speaks

    I gave 4 stars on the performance because of the music. My one complaint is this, that her music at the beginning and end of each lesson is a bit loud, but it's also easily skipped over with the computer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • French for Beginners: Lesson 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Alexa Polidoro
    • Narrated By Alexa Polidoro
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (27)

    After many years of developing and harnessing her language-teaching skills with The French Ecole, Alexa has now created an audio treat for people who wish to learn a new language from scratch, without any pressure, in fun, relaxed, and manageable chunks. Highlights of Lesson 1 include: an introduction to the class format and some basic vocabulary; how to say how you are and where you live; talking about the weather; a small quiz; and a French song.

    Melody says: "Surprising easy"
    "Great Teacher"
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    Have you listened to any of Alexa Polidoro’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I downloaded Alexa's 5 free audios and like them. At first, she may appear to be random as was noted by an earlier comment; however, her teaching makes progress. She moves a little more slowly and presents French in smaller bites, than do some other teachers. But she makes learning fun and makes her listener feel as if he/she isn't even working at learing French.

    As for the previous comment about there being so much English: He's right; Lesson 1 has mostly English and little French. It's all about making the learner comfortable and to not feel intimidated by a foreign language. She goal is to take the foreign out of learning a new language. As Alexa progresses, she gradually uses more French, until there is little, or no, English.

    I've completed her first four lessons and look forward to further pleasant, French learning experiences with Alexa.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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