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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (5848)
    Performance
    (3434)
    Story
    (3463)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Stephen Fry does an excellent job reading"
    Overall

    I read "The Hitchhiker's Guide" books many years ago, and when the 2005 movie was released, wanted to read/hear them again. This audiobook version was just excellent. Well-known British actor and comedian Stephen Fry does an incredible job reading, giving subtle distinctions to the voices and personalities without hamming it up. He really brought the scenes to life for me. Highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dutch Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Dutch with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Each lesson in Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.

    Julia says: "Gold Star BEST Language Course"
    "Adequate"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This program seems adequate if you want to learn basic phrases in a new language. The words/phrases are introduced clearly and the pronunciation is broken up into individual syllables so that you can clearly hear how to make each sound. There is a good amount of repetition and enough time in most cases for you to repeat the sounds/words/phrases when prompted.

    This was my first experience with an audio-only program, and I suppose it will do exactly what it says... help you learn to speak and understand the language. However I am a very visual learner. I found that after learning to say the words/phrases, I also wanted to see the words that I was saying, and know how they are spelled. The "reference guide" that accompanies this program is simply a 14 page blurb introducing the Pimsleur teaching concept. It contains no "reference material" at all for the units or language that you are studying. If you are a visual learner then this might be frustrating to you.


    Has Dutch Phase 1, Unit 01-05 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of the narrator’s performance would you have changed?

    Not performance per se, but as noted above, some brief glossary with the spellings of the words we have learned would be valuable.


    Could you see Dutch Phase 1, Unit 01-05 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Rutger Hauer? He can teach me Dutch anytime...


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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