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Chris Hilbig

San Antonio, TX USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 6 reviews
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  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin & The Way to Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Kent Mackamy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The Way to Wealth, originally a preface to the 1758 edition of Franklin's beloved Poor Richard's Almanack, presents a brief fable of a local wise man, Father Abraham, quoting Poor Richard to an eager crowd. In this inspiring tale, Franklin steps out of the past and shares with you his famed maxims about wealth, knowledge, virtue, and all other elements of business success.

    Rusen says: "Good narration but appears incomplete"
    "Great for history buffs, but..."
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    When I purchased this audiobook, I was under the assumption that this was two books in one. Based on my hearing, it's Ben Franklins diary, describing various events in his life. There isn't a "Way to Wealth" anywhere within this audiobook if one ever existed. That doesn't make this a bad audiobook, but misinforming buyers I feel is immoral.

    I've always been a fan of American colonial history. I enjoyed Franklin's view of events during this time. It's interesting how he became such "a pillar of the community", event being pushed into leading men into battle. It was also hearing his take on how the British should best defend the American colonies, utilizing local men instead of importing them from the mother land. The end of the book seem to cut the story short, as if the publisher ran out of diary entries to reproduce.

    Overall I'm copasetic with this purchase. Mr Mackamy did a fine job as the narrator. I saw another audiobook that continues Franklin's life where his diary left off. Maybe I'll get that as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping Like a Baby

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Lyndall Briggs, Gary Green
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    How much have sleepless nights cost you or a loved one? Would you like to sleep like a baby, waking up ready and able to conquer the toughest assignments, improve your health, be free of tension/stress, and have more energy? Listening to the Sleeping Like a Baby program and implementing the guidebook's suggestions will help you get off to sleep faster than ever before and stay there.

    John says: "Outstanding Material that Works!!!"
    "For meditation, not for sleeping"
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    I feel like I've been deceived by the title. For some reason, at the end of each track, you're aroused to wakefulness. If you're trying to get a good night's sleep it defeats the purpose. The whole reason I spent my credit was to help me get over my insomnia. If I had to do over again, I wouldn't of wasted my credit.

    Don't get me wrong, the tracks are good and well produced. But they seem better suited for meditation or boosting self esteem, not sleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Learn Japanese with Innovative Language's Proven Language System - Level 1: Introduction to Japanese

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By Innovative Language Learning
    • Narrated By Peter Galante, Naomi Kambe
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Congratulations! You have just discovered the fastest and most fun way to learn a language! Are you ready to discover the secret to language learning success? Simply use our program and you will find it. Hundreds of thousands of language learners just like you have already discovered the power of our system. This program offers you a brand new way to learn a language. You'll be speaking from your very first lesson with our fun, easy to use, and innovative method.

    Chris Hilbig says: "To be fair...."
    "To be fair...."
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    To be fair to the people at Innovative Language, don't cr@p all over them due to a technical issue on Audible's part. I usually download audio books in Format 4. That version came in corrupt, and I was only able to hear, "This is Audible." The Enhanced version works perfectly.

    Also this is a short, free preview of their box set, which is a rehash of the audio content from Japanesepod101. This maybe more convenient to a few of us. As far as content goes, this is great for the beginner. Maybe even better than Pimsluer's Japanese. I still believe you should use more than one program to learn a language because different programs will tackle a language from different angles. But if you're a newbie, this series is a great start. Then I would incorporate Micheal Thomas. Later on Pimsluer's. As you learn, also immerse yourself in Japanese culture and media. (websites, KeyHileTV, manga, etc) Also learn Kana, Katakana, and Hiragana.

    Don't take my word for it, download all of the freebees, and try out the lessons for yourself.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rapid Spanish: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Earworms Learning
    • Narrated By Marlon Lodge
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Spanish and English a few times, you pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but will be burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.

    Shelly says: "Not for the beginner"
    "A good supplement for Castilian Spanish learners"
    Overall

    I like the concept of Rapid Languages, but it needs to be done with another, more effective language program in mind. Pimsluers, Learning Spanish Like Crazy, or Micheal Thomas would be good options. The Spanish version is much like all of the other versions, they mix up patterns (or blocks of sentences) to music to help you remember. Unfortunately, Earworms didn't try to incorporate each section as a building block, one built onto another for more effective learning. They also use the same music for each language. So if you have listened to the others, you'll get mentally stuck because your mind is bringing up something from another language. Another thing the Earworms team failed to realize is that there's a noticeable difference between Castillian Spanish of Spain and Latin American Spanish. I live in South Texas, so the woman sounds like she has a speech impediment whenever she pronounces spanish words with a C. EX: Cinco sounds like (th-en-ko) in Castillian. Here it's pronounced as (s-en-ko). It would be great if the Earworms team created a Latin American version, so learners on this side of the pond won't be so screwed-up accent-wise. Another thing I notice is that this series seems to be directed towards travelers or vacationers. Listening to this in the background as prescribe will not help you learn the language. You have to participate with that speaker in order to absorb what you're trying to learn.

    Like I said, Rapid Languages is a great concept and has help many, but this is nothing more than an over-glorified supplement to other, more thorough programs.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How You Can Defeat Depression (Hypnosis)

    • ORIGINAL (26 mins)
    • By Janet Hall
    • Narrated By Janet Hall
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Daily depression is like living in a dark hole. Through regular listening to Dr. Janet Hall's positive hypnosis recording, you can break through depression and beat your blues.

    Jill says: "I agree"
    "Another wasted credit..."
    Overall

    This is one of those audiobook that I should had previewed before downloading. (My fault...) Due to my previous success with Glen Harold's offerings, I gave Dr. Hall a try. This has been one of the most poorly produced, if not amateurish audiobooks that I've ever had the misfortune of listening to. It sounded as if this was recorded on her home PC. Instead of making an attempt at helping you through hypnosis, Dr. Hall (plainly) reads off her script which includes a slightly amusing story that involves you killing yourself as you trek up a steep incline, stumbling through a forrest, a fog, a delightful peak, and then back down again. Other highlights include lots of background noises to distract and piano music that gets abruptly cut off.

    In short, this audiobook will not show you how to defeat depression. Most likely it will make it worst for having you feel like a fool after wasting a credit. I seriously can't believe this or any of Dr. Hall's garbage could ever be sold here on Audible.

    Anyways, you have been warned!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud: Free Product

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Earworms Learning
    • Narrated By Marlon Lodge
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Here are 200+ essential words and phrases anchored into your long term memory with great music.

    Andrew E. Mossberg says: "Disappointingly annoying."
    "Nice Preview"
    Overall

    It is what it is, a free sampling of two languages. My only problem is I wished that in the introduction or in the description, they would list what languages are in the freebie. The only one I recognized was the Castilian (or Spain) Spanish. I wished Earworms would finally create a Latin American version for us state-side. But that's beside the point. If you want to listen to a sample that's a little longer then what Audible provides, this is it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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