Efficient, uncomplicated, natural.
I gave the story a three just because it's a very generic approach to opening up the conversation/learning a language at its most basic.
I would not use this alone - I use Duolingo and Livemocha in conjunction with language learning as well. Another thing is there is the PDF available - you have to download it separately and no, do not use it while driving. However, the program pauses periodically to make sure you're pronouncing the words properly. Also invest in a cheap Italian/English dictionary (and if you're like me, watch some movies and follow Twitter feeds in Italian. Helps solidify your understanding.)
Yes, because she likes fairy tales/fables. I like fables as well and I liked the more sardonic tone of most of them.
Again, the sardonic tone and the variety.
The variety of different actors reading various stories kept me interested in how they individually performed each story. It was rather entertaining.
Essential for artists. I don't mean artists who are professional only; this is valid for hobbyists; for craftsman; for artisans. It says in voice and print what every artist should hear: make art, make a lot of it, and don't be afraid to make mistakes because error is human. I'm on my second listen and in times where I feel not at my best when it comes to making work, this will be playing to get me through those times along with the dry spells.
I have yet to compare it to anything.
I did, but not laughing or crying; it gave me a sense of enlightenment and encouragement to stop keeping my creativity and my willingness to try new things in a stranglehold and to let go of my fear with my work. While I won't say this is an overnight change, it's helping me a lot.
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