Pretty good material and well written but never should have been read by the author. Her voice is totally annoying especailly her insufferable proclivity to put whole phrases in the middle of very long sentences into questioning inflectives...if it's a question, ask the damn question, if it's not, stop making it sound like one. About one third through it and not sure if I can make it. Please, please, please, listen before you buy!
This is possibly the best audio book I have ever listened to. William Hurt's narration is masterful bordering on dramatization but never losing touch with the classic Hemingway prose. This is one of those rare books that I did not want to end. It is altogether possible I will listen to it again simply because it was such a pleasure.
This book presents a fresh approach to learning language with a different design for each chapter which keeps it interesting. The use of narratives that intertwine English and Italian makes it easier to learn vocabulary baseed on context and throughout, there is a sense of humor lacking in most such texts. I won't know if it works until I go to Italy in a few months and I certainly wouldn't put all my eggs in this or any single basket, but even it it doesn't make me fluent, it has been way less painful than most and I have enjoyed playing it over and over..and over and over...and over and over...
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