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Richard

Peoria, AZ, United States | Listener Since 2009

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  • Learn Thai - Level 1: Introduction to Thai, Volume 1: Lessons 1-25

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Innovative Language Learning
    • Narrated By Ryan Zander, Rawinporn Taechakumput
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This audiobook will take you through the basics of Thai with Basic Bootcamp, All About, and Pronunciation lessons. The five Basic Bootcamp lessons each center on a practical, real-life conversation. You’ll go from basic concepts to advanced tips and will soon sound like you’ve been speaking Thai your entire life.

    Richard says: "Very Basic Introduction to Thai and Thailand"
    "Very Basic Introduction to Thai and Thailand"
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    This is an extremely basic intro to Thai. If you know anything about the Thai language or Thailand, 90% of this will be 'no-duh' info. I still picked up a few new things. Only 10 out of the 25 lessons are really focused on language, and they don't offer quite enough repetition for my liking.

    I liked the dynamics of the two narrators, an American man and a Thai woman. They joke, share fun facts about Thailand, and teach some new things. There were some good facts about colloquial Thai that I hadn't heard elsewhere. And since I've never been to Thailand, I learned some things about the culture too.

    I can't comment on the written material because I was driving/running the whole time I listened to it and I haven't gotten around to looking at the PDF.


    :: This would be a great audiobook if you were going to Thailand for the first time and wanted to get excited for your trip. You'll learn a few words and phrases, but not anything substantial. ::


    If you were going to Thailand and wanted to learn some useful sentences and phrases, I highly recommend this company's "Learn Thai - Survival Phrases" part 1 & 2. There are some great phrases and really helpful advice for someone traveling in Thailand.


    If you're serious about learning Thai pick up the Pimsleur's Thai lessons 1-30 and listen to all 15 hours twice, doing the exercises out loud. This will give you a great spoken foundation and it has built in reviews. It's perfect if want to learn Thai while commuting or running and don't have time for written material. Once you're done with that go to learnthai podcast and sign up for their premium subscription. I'm finishing Pimsleur and starting learnthaipodcast and they're both great.

    Sorry for being so long winded!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1980)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (779)

    In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

    Christopher Burbridge says: "Life Changing, I Gotta Say"
    "Great ideas and lame presentation"
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    What made the experience of listening to The E-Myth Revisited the most enjoyable?

    The main idea in this book is fantastic - small business owners need to create a system for their business that allows it to run without them. It's the franchise model - you could sell the system to someone else and they could set it all up and run their own successful business. Or you could walk away from your own business and it would be successful without you.

    However the book is told in a weird narrative format that I hated listening to. The author was a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman and I feel like I'm getting sold for half the book. There is also a lot of principles without any real world application.

    I loved the example of the hotel the author stayed at in northern california, and the idea that a small business owner has to be a technician, manager, and entrepreneur. Overall I'm glad I read the book, but I'll never read (or listen) to this cover to cover again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4610)
    Performance
    (2374)
    Story
    (2410)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Fantastic Read"
    Overall

    I loved the story wrapped up with novel research and ideas. This book has changed the way I run and buy shoes for the better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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