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  • Le Show, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (1 hr)
    • By Harry Shearer
    • Narrated By Harry Shearer
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Le Show is a program of satire, humor, and commentary about the week's news. Comedy sketches written and performed by multi-talented multimedia artist Harry Shearer, interwoven with an eclectic, ever-changing blend of music; from world to pop, soul to jazz. Shearer says about Le Show, "I do it because I don't do standup, and I don't do sitcoms, and the radio broadcast enables me to do what I think is funny in a broadcast medium without having to listen either to network executives or Canadian producers."

    David says: "Overpriced!"
    "Not much of anything"
    Overall

    Harry seemed unprepared for the shows I have heard. He had trouble pronouncing names, added little or no commentary. What he added seemed like he was trying to be funny, but failed. His comedic timing was poor, his style unique, but not funny. His comments were basically liberal, which I normally like, but they added no value. He seemed to think the news itself was the joke, which it is, but I can get that on any news program. I am also a very eclectic listener when it comes it to music, and his choices were mostly poor. They did nothing but fill up time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Learning Spanish Like Crazy, Vol. 1, Set 3, Lessons 11-15

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Learning Like Crazy, Inc.
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Learning Spanish Like Crazy was developed to teach everyday conversational Latin American Spanish. The course was developed after the creator of the course realized that the Spanish that he had learned from other self-study Spanish courses was completely different from the Spanish that he was hearing Spanish speakers speak in Latin America and the U.S.

    Mark says: "What happened to the other speakers?"
    "Successful trip to Colombia"
    Overall

    I just returned from a trip to Colombia and was thankful that I took these lessons. I was travelling with some bi-lingual people, but we were in areas where no English is spoken and sometimes I was on my own. I supplemented my lessons by finding translations of Colombian music (Juanes, Shakira, Aline) and by looking up some grammatical lessons elsewhere on the web. I also had a dictionary with me. The emails from the company were also very helpful.

    To continue with these lessons, I would prefer that they be arranged by topic, such as "future conditional" or "Colombian slang". Otherwise, I am very happy. Any frustration one might feel attempting to listen to the speakers in the lessons is only a shadow of how it feels to talk with a real native. It really helped me prepare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Philosophy: From Plato to Voltaire and the French Enlightenment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    The Story of Philosophy is a timeless overview of Western thought. Will Durant's goal was to humanize knowledge by centering the story around certain dominant personalities. He brilliantly illustrates how philosophy has evolved over time, explaining the historical, cultural, and political context of each movement and each great thinker. The best-selling philosophy book of the past century, this masterpiece of eloquent, clear prose continues to fascinate.

    Martin says: "Both anecdotal and informative"
    "Not too bad"
    Overall

    Spends just enough time developing the historical context, without getting bogged down in it. The personalities were always presented in an entertaining way. Spends a lot of time analyzing the philosophy, first presents it, then gives criticisms, some his, some historical. Focus is on Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza and Voltaire. Others are mentioned but not covered in detail.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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