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Ivy

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  • Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Japanese Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of Culture Notes in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information or preferences, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more.

    Whaley says: "Worth the effort"
    "Simply the best"
    Overall

    Pimsleur is, bar none, the finest language instruction program on the market. You will need to kern the very com ex writing system elsewhere, but for grammar and vocabulary, this is the top of the line. Every language student should try this program. It works, and this from someone who routinely failed a language as close to English as French. I cannot praise this program highly enough.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Shenk
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its 32 figurative pieces, moving about its 64 black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful intellectual tool?

    bob oneill says: "a must-read for all chess lovers"
    "Buy in print"
    Overall

    A key element of this book is the chess boards that start each section and are scattered about. If you play, but a version where you can see the board. The Kindle version is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Ajay Mehta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Given the volatile state of the world, it is no coincidence that superheroes have captured our imagination like never before. Everywhere you look, superheroes have broken free from their comic book pages and become a dynamic aspect of the culture at large. Superheroes are imbued with magical powers that challenge the laws of space and time, offering us a vision of a world that can change. By exploring the boundaries of energy and awareness, allowing us to better understand ourselves and our potential, superheroes can help us save the planet in a very real way.

    Ivy says: "Is there a worse narrator on the planet?"
    "Is there a worse narrator on the planet?"
    Overall

    First, he sounds like he's reading a script for the first time, so the cadence is wrong. Then he's obviously not a native speaker and his pronunciation is horrible.

    As to the content, it's wrong in some places. As a comic reader for decades, I may be a bit jaded, but I expected some competence. He claims no superhero is motivated by guilt (*cough*Spider-Man) and all superheroes are emotionally balanced (Because Legion is sooo well balanced, and Iron Man is totally immune to addictive tendencies).

    It's not all bad. When Chopra is playing in his accustomed sandbox, he's got his a game on. If you're into that, you might like it. Comic fans, don't bother.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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