Mississauga, ON, Canada | Member Since 2004
This was my first "Great Courses" - I have a BA from York University and Sheridan College and I would not really call this a university level course. The learning company is rather targeting people with some or complete post high school education and providing a similar to introductory class level but without the need to master any of the skills of the subject. While the Professor McWhorter talks about books in pasting he is more suggesting further reading. This is more entertainment then education. I wish that learning company actually had listed the books if for no other reason then that audible is a book store and it seems odd that audible won't wish to make suggestions based on the course
The lectures are broken down on the assumption of 30 min chucks. Though I personally found that combining two or three in a row wasn't a problem. McWhorter is a good speaker and is passionate about his subject.
Having already heard his book "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue" some ideas are cover in both but generally they are two different book though in many ways with similar thesis. If you really liked taking grammar in public school and learning all the little rules then pointing out others failing to follow them this is not the course for you; for the rest of us it's a interesting opportunity to think about communication.
This is the type of story I like best - well written characters - with the center figure like able and if a little slower then me rather good company. This is an adventure well written - not a growing story or a morel or horror but fun and exciting. The story is original and even the author admit at one point you likely already worked this out but on the plus side not that much before the character.
This isn't a childern story but likely a older child (grade 6-7) would enjoy it; it not a teen story but if the teen isn't look for a sex story then they would enjoy too.
The book is modern enough to have a few pass reference to more popular books but nothing that is more important that the length of the paragraph. In many way I liked it much better then those book anyway.
Worth it's very high rating.
I won't comment on the book. I not really sure I enjoyed the story but I understand why it is deemed a classic.
The reader is very enjoyable. Frankenstein and the Monster are read so completely differently that it is jarring to return to Frankenstein. I bought this one on sale and I believe this edition frequency is the one selected to be on sale. It still every good.
Nothing is really wrong with this book- the plot is predicable but not too baddly; the characters are reasonable and the magic system has a some level of logic (for whatever that worth). I even wanted to know how the author would unfold the story yet nothing really made me enter the world. IT was just a story. I think another might enjoy it yet it had no link to me.
This is book ten - if you liked the previous 9 books this will be just as enjoyable. If not then start with Cast in Shadow. There are a few inconsistent with the previous books but they are very minor. I really love how this series is able to continue to expand without need to "develop" new rules or myths to keep the books good.
Audible please ask Michelle to add to this series to more international locations.
I am trying to read a collection of books at the moment which given I have a History Degree people seem to feel I should have read. I apporch this book from having taken a couple of second university courses in Greek rule of Egypt and Rome history.
If you are fimilar to with the content then let me say the reader is good and the pace light.
For those like me who don't know about the content then it is rather different then the modern view of many things. If you have strong views on gay taken child to as lovers I suggest you skip this book. It is written from the view that gay sex is the correct and normal course for man. It is interesting to have couples viewed from a different gender normal.
Think book started off really promising then well I feeling there was a bit of character reuses and finally more that it was a different version of Dirk Gently Dec. Agency rather then a story I haven't hear before. It's not really the same plot but the feel very similar.
If you have never read the discword this isn't the book to start with; there are lots of establish story lines going on and you will be much happier starting with Mort.
For those who have read Mort and Reaper Man - you know all about Death and Susan.
This book is about the crowd, music and fame. Something which Pratchett - personal feel - falls a little short on. It's much better then Moving Pictures but somehow need seemed as neat to me as some of the other books.
The story starts pretty weak in the fashion of a child view of a spartan style education - one could wish that the author had spend some time around children and teenagers because the skills the student have are WAAAY to advanced for their age.
Once the book breaks out of the schooling story it gets more interesting about the last third of the book decided me to buy the second book.
The "magic" isn't very well explained or detailed in the book however the story handles it reasonable well. There are no vampires - which some people I talk though it would be based on the title nor is the book grim with split blood. The battles are quick and descriptive (and thankfully) vague about corpse or guts.
It's a reasonable start to a good set of books.
I must admit to having generally mixed feelings about this series. I really like Garth Nix work - Aborhorson &, Keys to the Kingdom but this is weaker. The character in the Troubletwisters have always been more flat and ideas less interesting. Ok so I really liked the cats - who saddly are almost bit parts in this book.
The story starts out promising - the twins are finally going to advance in there training - a mysteries message for help from someone Grammy X knows but then the story flags. All is relived about Grammy X yet it presented in such a way that no suspense is allowed to build up.
Personally I would say there is wiggly room for more books - maybe they just wanted to a sequel series rather then try to keep Jake and Jade.
If your adult for your own pleasure it's about 3.5 - for kids (middle school crowd) it's likely better but not by much.
This is a really good story. I enjoy the whole package - the characters are believable and enjoyable. It is a pity it's hidden in the young reader section! This is about being different and then coming to see that you are not the only one and that your differences isn't the most extreme in world nor does it define you but it does change how you are. But this isn't a moral story it's a actual story - enjoy read. My only question is where are more books by Rachel Hartman?
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