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Marty

Los Gatos, CA, USA

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  • David Copperfield, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    Of all Charles Dickens' novels, this is perhaps the most revealing, both of Dickens himself and of the society of his time. It is little wonder that Dickens said of it, "of all my books I like this the best; like many fond parents I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield."

    Debbie Yee says: "What an introduction to Dickens!"
    "Great book! Brilliant narration!"
    Overall

    It's Dickens so you know what to expect from the story: an incredibly well written soap opera with deep, rich and expertly developed characters.

    What really stunned me was the narration by Frederick Davidson, he was brilliant! He's the best narrator I've ever heard: to put this in perspective I've listened to over 200 audio books now. This isn't to say that I don't like other narrators, I adore Jim Dale from the Harry Potter books and greatly admire several others. But after hearing this Frederick Davidson has to be my favorite for his rich and heartfelt interpretations of the characters and the way he brought every word to life!

    Thank you Mr. Davidson!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Quick & Simple Spanish 2nd Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Dr. Paul Pimsleur
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Understand and speak Spanish starting with these eight quick and simple audio lessons. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational Spanish! You'll be thrilled to discover you can hold a real conversation in Spanish when you have finished these eight 30-minute lessons!

    LAURIE says: "for the simple mind"
    "Very helpful starter, wish it were longer."
    Overall

    I've used a number of foreign language audiobooks, and this was one of the best. On the down side It had a little too much repetition for me, and it was too short. On the upside, the lessons were presented by way of conversations that built upon themselves that was very effective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Japanese, Level 1

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Oasis Audio
    • Narrated By Linguistics Team
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    You're no idiot, of course. Neither is the team of memory and linguistics experts who have designed the world's most effective foreign language self-study course. International travelers, students, and business people can now learn to converse in a new language in less than half the time they expect.

    Marty says: "Not helpful"
    "Not helpful"
    Overall

    I've tried several language programs for French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. This was one of the worst. The phrases don't stick in your mind. A string of words is thrown out in Japanese with no breakout of individual words. I found a couple of other Japanes language tapes far more helpful.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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