As Paul Noble himself once suffered, so I too have suffered through Spanish lessons before, all to no avail. I found this Spanish course to be vastly different, however, and a great way to break out of the conjugated-verbs-and-memorized-vocabulary Spanish of my past. Paul does a great job of making the lessons more conversational and intuitive, making them easier to remember. I'm usually a very visual learner, but I found this all-audio version to be a great way to beef up my listening and speaking skills. I will note, however, that for anyone looking to really learn Spanish (and not just use it on vacation or conversationally), you will need some kind of text companion to help with things like grammar rules, spelling, and other not-so-fun items. That being said, this is a fantastic audiobook for anyone looking to break out of their beginner Spanish lessons!
I really enjoyed this book. It was such an interesting glimpse of life in the Nazi era and how things got so bad without any intervention. And no matter what you think of the story, Erik Larson does an incredible amount of research, and it certainly shows. I was sad when the story ended, because I wanted to learn more about what happens afterwards.
Jenny is hysterical, even turning her debilitating anxiety into hilarious yet humbling stories about social awkwardness that most people can relate to. Her childhood in rural Texas is nearly unbelievable, unless of course you also grew up in a small town, then you know it's all totally based on truth. There are also a couple of very poignant, personal chapters that made me cry, showing Jenny to be more than just a funny girl - she's also a loving mother, devoted wife, and caring friend. I really enjoyed this audiobook and actually looked forward to my long, daily commute!
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