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Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 168 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Word Smart II: Building an Even More Educated Vocabulary

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Adam Robinson, Julian Fleisher
    • Narrated By Adam Robinson, Julian Fleisher

    Word Smart II takes up where Word Smart leaves off - with more important words you need to succeed in school and at work. And because this is an audio program, you won't have to worry about correct punctuation or embarrass yourself when you try to impress others with your growing mental lexicon.

    Cesar says: "No PDF"
    "Learn new words, while being annoyed"

    As a budding scientist, I am finding that I already know most words in this book. Nevertheless, brushing up on meanings never hurts. I like the reviews and context stories and have found that I remember the words afterwards--they have found their way into my writing already. However, I am very much put off by the script of the male and female narrators, and some stories. While clearly attempting to be engaging and possibly directed toward younger individuals studying for the GRE/SAT, this style does not suit me. In particular I find it hard to disregard the obvious sexist undertones (e.g., the female narrator is often scripted to adapt a dumb female role, while the male never is portrayed as dumb; one context story is all about pleasing a man and accepting his undomesticated desires). Additionally, there are some quips that are not sensitive to suffering from mental health issues and other difficulties. I must confess that I am a social worker and sensitive to these types of things...but to me this is unacceptable and distracting in the learning process. I am constantly rolling my eyes at the filler information between words, but overall I would recommend this for learning new words if you don't have the time to read.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "BORING!!! Not for me"
    What would have made American Gods better?

    I'll preface with the statement that I have never read/listened to Neil Gaiman's work before. This was very long, and painful to finish (be advised this is 20 hours long). The storyline never takes off, and the much-anticipated god-war is a short snipet. I dreaded listening to this on the way to and home from work (I need to finish books I start). Long, drawn-out unnecessary details-the space could have been better used for moving the story along. The idea is good, I enjoyed the sprinkling of ancient gods-but the god characters were not described in detail for the most part (and in excessive stories for others). I never connected with the major characters, which probably influenced my distaste for the book. Some love this book, others (like me) do not (look this book up on Amazon, look at the 1-star ratings and I pretty much agree with these reviewers-especially it being boring and drawn out).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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