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Chad

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

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (76)

    The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat!

    Kelly says: "Very good instruction, good value"
    "One of the best ways to learn a language"
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    I used Pimsleur to learn Italian. When I decided to learn Spanish I decided I wanted to try something different. I spent two years trying multiple different methods and got no where. I finally went back to Pimsleur. I have learned and retained so much more with this first level than all of the other methods over two years. With this you have to make the commitment to study Spanish 30 minutes every day. If you do it this way, not only will you learn and retain vocabulary, but you will learn how to formulate your own sentences with appropriate grammar.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3245)
    Performance
    (2911)
    Story
    (2919)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Imaginative reimagining of a classic"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've had it for sometime now and kept passing it over in favor of other titles. I'm so happy I decided to go ahead and finally give it a try. The story is not only a cleaver reimagining of a classic, well known fairytale, it is very well written and well paced. I highly recommend this to everyone who enjoys SciFi, fantasy, and YA novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 2, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    • Narrated By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (39)

    Phase 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction, and is designed to be used after completing Phase 1. By the end of Phase 2, you’re speaking at a mid-intermediate level with near-native pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

    carolyn says: "It works!"
    "Pick Pumsleur for your language needs"
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    If you want or need to learn Spanish, I highly recommend this audiobook. If you dedicate yourself to listening to this 30 minutes a day you will learn Spanish. I am very busy and always on the go. I don't have time to sit in front of a computer every day to learn a language. I do have 30 minutes in the car. I also listen and practice while I'm cleaning my house or doing yard work. Before using Pimsleur I could say basic words that nearly every English speaker knows. Now that I'm done with level 2 I can carry out basic conversations. pimsleur is not just about memorizing long lists of words like other audiobooks I've tried. It helps you understand how to use the language to say what you want to say; not just pointless phrases like "Where is the library?"
    I recommend this to anyone wanting to learn a foreign language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16160)
    Performance
    (13471)
    Story
    (13466)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "An incredible narration of a well crafted novel."
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    I can't even begin to explain how good this book is without giving away details that may spoil it. I will simply say that you need to read/listen to this book. Paula Hawkins us of words is masterful. I was drawn into this world of unreliable witnesses from the start. I ended up buying the print version of this book while listening to it just so I could go back again and read the words myself. On the second read through the book, you can see how everything was laid out right in front of you from the beginning.
    I will be on the look out for future novels by Paula Hawkins.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (438)

    Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

    Elizabeth says: "The bad reviews are true, alas...."
    "Good book, but no match for the original."
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    I enjoyed this book, but not as much as The Rosie Project. It was still a lot of fun imagining all of Don's crazy adventures but I missed the interaction between him and Rosie. She is just a side character in this book. Hopefully if he makes the series into a trilogy, we will get to see a lot more of Rosie and Don's interactions in that book.

    The narrator does a perfect job with the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Void: Witching Savannah, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (312)

    Mercy and her husband, Peter, are happily preparing to welcome baby Colin into their lives. But their excitement quickly becomes overshadowed by a gruesome discovery: someone has scattered severed limbs throughout the city. After a troubling visit from an old foe, Mercy learns dark magic is at play, and someone - or something - wants her and her unborn child out of the picture.

    Zendegy says: "Ridiculous ending"
    "A nice end to the series"
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    Over all I really enjoyed this book. The writing and structure improved greatly from the first book in the series. Threads that were Kaye's out throughout the series were picked up and woven together to give a fitting ending. These book definitely won't be for everyone but I found them very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Must Love Hellhounds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews, Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, and others
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Follow paranormal bodyguards into Lucifer's realm in The Britlingens Go to Hell. Seek out a traitor in the midst of a guild of non-lethal vampire trackers in Angels' Judgment. Find out why the giant three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades has left the underworld for the real world in Magic Mourns. Embark on a perilous search for the kidnapped niece of a powerful vampire in Blind Spot.

    Chad says: "Interesting Collection of Stories"
    "Interesting Collection of Stories"
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    What did you like best about Must Love Hellhounds? What did you like least?

    The first two stories were really good. Based on this book, I will read the series by Nalini Singh. I found it very interesting. It was nicde having a Sookie book without Sookie.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I did not enjoy the second stories as well. They were well written and Johanna did a great job with the naration, they just were not what I enjoy.


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

    Ms Parker is such an excellent narrator. I first loved her with the Sookie Stackhouse series. She will always be the voice of Sookie for me. It was nice hearing her do other stories as well.


    Could you see Must Love Hellhounds being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would be hard to be made into a movie or TV series because it contains four short stories from established series. They could make a one-off True Blood movie off the Non-Sookie story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2819)
    Performance
    (2520)
    Story
    (2515)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "A wonderful romantic comedy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to several friends. I completely enjoyed the book. It's a nice lighthearted novel. It was amusing and cleverly written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the interactions between Rosie and Don.


    What does Dan O'Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dan O'Grady does an excellent job narrating the story. It is easy to tell who is speaking by his clear changes in his voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10618)
    Performance
    (9618)
    Story
    (9715)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Incredible Conclusion"
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    What other book might you compare Allegiant to and why?

    You cannot read the Divergent trilogy without being reminded of the Hunger Games. They are both Dystopian Series full of teenage angst.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending of the novel was incredible. I loved how she finished the series. With other similar series they try to wrap everything up in a nice complete ending. This one is left incomplete but you understand why the series is finished.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adé: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rebecca Walker
    • Narrated By Janina Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In this stunning debut novel, Rebecca Walker turns her attention to the power of love and the limitations of the human heart. When Farida, a sophisticated college student, falls in love with Adé, a young Swahili man living on an idyllic island off the coast of Kenya, the two plan to marry and envision a simple life together - free of worldly possessions and concerns. But when Farida contracts malaria and finds herself caught in the middle of a civil war, reality crashes in around them.

    Monnie says: "Beautiful Love Story"
    "A Poignant Coming of Age Love Story"
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    If you could sum up Adé in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant Love Story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall story was beautiful. I'm glad that it ended the way that it did. I think any other ending would have been forced.


    Have you listened to any of Janina Edwards’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I would love to hear her perform other books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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