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Maggie Magoo

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  • Spanish Phase 1, Unit 06-10: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (155)

    Spanish Phase 1, Units 6-10 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson 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.

    Robin says: "Still the best I've found!"
    "Written material in PDF doesn't synch with course"
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    Any additional comments?

    After writing an earlier review criticizing the course for lack of written materials, I was pleased to find the PDF that accompanies the last units of Phase 1. Unfortunately, the vocabulary in the PDF differs from the vocabulary that was presented in Pimsleur Spanish 1 downloaded from Audible. I called Pimsleur and learned the version of this course we have available from Audible is an older version of the course, and we have not been given the correct PDF. The PDF available with the last units of Phase 1 is also the PDF that's also avialable of Pimsleur's site, but they don't have previous versions of the written materials there, so we are out of luck.

    Other than this major disappointment, the audio presentation was excellent. Without written materials, though, I have a hard time distinguishing Bs from Vs and other letters. I would help tremendously to have the right PDF to study.

    I have reported this issue to Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 1, Unit 26-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (49)

    Spanish Phase 1, Units 26-30 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson 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.

    Yuankai says: "No reading booklet in PDF?"
    "This course is an older version that the PDF"
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    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    After writing a review at the beginning criticizing the course for lack of written materials, I was pleased to find the PDF at the end. Unfortunately, the vocabulary in it differs from the vocabulary that was presented in Pimsleur Spanish 1 downloaded from Audible. I called Pimsleur and learned the version of this course here is an older version of the course, so we have not been given access the correct PDF. The version we have here is also avialable of Pimsleur's site, but they don't have previous versions of the written materials there, so we are out of luck. I have reported the issue to Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 1, Unit 11-15: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (90)

    Spanish Phase 1, Units 11-15 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson 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.

    Maggie Magoo says: "Pimsleur's supplementary material is missing"
    "Pimsleur's supplementary material is missing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Spanish Phase 1, Unit 11-15 to be better than the print version?

    I'm putting my review here, for the first units for phase 1, even though I'm now on unit 23 because I wish someone had prepared me for what's to come. I sailed right through until later units when verb conjugation began. I was constantly tripped up but the verb "to be" and felt stupid. It was then I discovered through reading reviews for the later units of phase 1 that Pimsleur has created written supplements that Audible doesn't provide. You only get this material if you buy the lessons from Pimsleur's site. The PDF provided by Audible is merely an explanation of the Pimsleur learning method and is not specific to the course. Reading about the missing materials, I realized I needed to see written explanations before I could understand the finer points of verb conjugation. Luckily, this information is readily available on the internet, and I after searching out explanations there I was able to progress. Even found a site that has English/Spanish flashcards. It could be that doing web searches for targeted questions is more effective than passively printing out study guides. I agree with Pimsleur that hearing the spoken language is the best way to learn. After all, that's the way most of us learn how to speak our first language, before we know how to read. By listening and repeating what you hear, we eventually will gain an intuitive sense of what sounds right in phrasing and grammar.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Spanish phase 2 in this series.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes. Hearing the spoken language is the only way to learn to speak it properly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the missing written materials, I recommend buying the course through Audible. It's well worth the points because if you stick with it you will truly learn to speak Spanish. You can work around not having the supplements by doing web searches for answers to your questions as you go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (1281)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1136)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Kept me engaged, but wasn't great"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time didn't drag, but I didn't learn much new, having read many well-researched books about these eras.


    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    I was expecting richer content, total immersion on other cultures and times, like what's in David Hackett's Albion's Seed. This didn't come close to that.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    For a college professor, his delivery was excellent. Could tell he'd rehearsed, researched, and written about the content extensively.


    Could you see The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. This is more for background use by film producers and set and clothing designers.


    Any additional comments?

    If I'd paid Colgate's tuition for this course, I would have been shocked. For one thing, I can't imagine how someone could come up with in-depth exam questions from content this light.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Observations

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Harris
    • Narrated By Jane Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    In this novel, set in Scotland in 1863, Bessy Buckley attempts to escape her past by taking a job as a maid in a big house outside of Edinburgh, where she works for the beautiful Arabella. Bessy is intrigued by her new employer, but puzzled by her increasingly strange requests.

    Angela says: "Great book!"
    "I loved everything about this book"
    Overall

    I loved everything about The Observations: interesting plot, great characters, and the narration is top-notch. I was surprised when I realized it was read by the author. She must also be a professional actress. This is a rare pseudo-Victorian novel that actually feels like it was written in that time. It's one of my favorite audiobooks, right up there with Innocent Traitor, Closing Costs, and In the Woods.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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