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  • Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (565)

    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
    "Omit the accents, please!"
    Overall
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    How could the performance have been better?

    By eliminating the Ms. Craden's use of ridiculous British & French accents throughout the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Definitely anger! I was hoping to learn the author's view of cultural differences of raising children (I am an American living in France, like her). Instead, the person reading the text, Ms. Craden, felt compelled to demonstrate her incompetent pronunciation of both British and French accents. This made it impossible to concentrate on WHAT was being said, and forced me to suffer through HOW it was being said! When I reached chapter 3, I called it quits and stopped listening -- and promised myself never to buy another audiobook where the reader wants to show off his/her poor acting talents. Tell the readers, especially Ms. Craden, to just read the texts in a normal, native American accent, and stop showing off.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Bevin Alexander
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Imagine the impact on world history if Robert E. Lee had listened to General Longstreet at Gettysburg and withdrawn to higher ground instead of sending Pickett uphill against the entrenched Union line. Or if Napolon, at Waterloo, had avoided mistakes he'd never made before. The advice that would have changed the outcome of these crucial battles is found in a book on strategy written centuries before Christ was born.

    Anthony says: "Simply Excellent"
    "One of the best books I've ever owned!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! The book is not only well written, it is well narrated, too!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the chapters were interesting, but perhaps Stonewall Jackson was the most exciting of the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I never have -- but his voice and inflection was perfect for the task.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes -- and will do so again!


    Any additional comments?

    My title says it all: it's one of the best books I've ever owned, and the fact that it is in audible form is perhaps the icing on the cake!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With Lee in Virginia

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By George Alfred Henty
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In this heroic clash of opposing conviction, Vincent Wingfield, a young spirited teenager and heir to a southern slave plantation, bravely proves his sympathy for brutally treated slaves and becomes a staunch supporter of slaves' rights. But, with the onset of the Civil War, Wingfield's fidelity to the state of Virginia leads him to serve under Robert E. Lee's cavalry and fight for the Confederacy.

    David says: "Outstanding!"
    "This could have been better..."
    Overall

    This story is interesting enough, although it certainly resembles the 1985 television series NORTH & SOUTH in many places -- and the filmed story is much better performed. The narrator of this audiobook apparently felt the need to immitate each character's voice, whether male or female, and all of these voices & accents sound so similar that it's very difficult to determine who is speaking. He should have just read it in his own voice! I'll give two stars to the author, but the narrator gets zero.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beatles: The Biography

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now.

    James says: "Put Away Your, Hunter Davies"
    "Wonderful memories"
    Overall

    What a great walk down memory lane... Mr. Molina puts just the right amount of tone and emphasis in his voice as he tells this fascinating story. And a wonderful story it is, made all the better by the fact that I lived this period with their music in my ears. If you want to go back and re-live the 60's, this is a good way to do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rule #1: The Simple Strategy for Successful Investing in Only 15 Minutes a Week!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Phil Town
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (148)

    In this book I'll show you how I turned $1,000 into $1 million in only five years, and then proceeded to make many millions more. I came to investing as a person who wasn't great at math, possessed zero extra cash, and wanted a life, not an extra three hours of work to do every day. Fortunately, I was introduced to The Rule.

    Keith says: "Buy the book - not the audio!"
    "The perfect way to get started"
    Overall

    Like so many others, I thought there was something mysterious about investing, something I would never fully understand. After listening to "Rule #1" and learning the techniques, I'm now able to analyze and calculate a stock's intrinsic value with no sweat! I now watch CNBC News and other business programs with great interest & understanding. I'm now in the market, and so far so good... the best part is that I'm ENJOYING this new way of making money! Many thanks, Phil Town!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Italian I, Second Revised Edition: Lessons 1 to 5: Learn to Speak and Understand Italian

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    An introduction to the complete program. Includes two-and-a-half hours of spoken language practice in five 30-minute lessons. Contains lessons 1-5 from the Pimsleur Comprehensive Level I program. Also includes a User's Guide to introduce you to the Pimsleur Method.

    Christina says: "Best Italian Lesson Yet"
    "Pimsleur does it again!"
    Overall

    I always try to learn not just a few set phrases in a foreign language, but the elementary building blocks upon which I can attempt to create my own sentences. I've done this with Pimsleur courses in Greek, Arabic, and English (for French speakers). So, when the time came to learn Italian (I travel a lot), I knew Pimsleur would not let me down! Sure enough, Pimsleur has done it again... what a marvelous method for learning languages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conversations with God Book 1

    • NONE
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    (187)
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    Russell says: "Changed my way of thinking"
    "Very stimulating"
    Overall

    I bought volumes 1, 2 and 3 in 2004 and listen to portions of them frequently, usually once a week. Having grown up in a church which deformed religion beyond any recognition, I was hungry to find an author who asked hard questions and demanded straight answers. I got more than I expected with these 3 volumes, and the male-female voices added just the right touch. There are a lot of things to analyze in the topics covered, but there's always a touch of humor present. The volumes changed my steadily hardening negative views towards organized religion and enabled me to see God as a one-to-one relationship to be cherished and nourished regularly. I recommend these 3 volumes to anyone who wants to give up on believing in God -- regardless of whatever your definition of "God" might be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (407)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Perfect companion"
    Overall

    I bought this audiobook 4 years ago, and still enjoy listening to it regularly. I consider books to be friends -- I chose them, they didn't choose me -- and I continue to interact with these "friends" even after upgrading my listening tools. This book is an old friend who tells me the same story every time, true, but I never tire of hearing it because it's told so well...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In-Flight Greek: Learn Before You Land

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Living Language
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Wondering how to make use of all that spare time on the plane while you're flying to Athens? Between your in-flight meal and your in-flight movie, try some In-Flight Greek! This 60-minute program is the simplest way to learn just enough Greek to get through anything you'll run into, whether you're traveling for business or for pleasure.

    Max says: "A survival course in Greek"
    "A survival course in Greek"
    Overall

    This is not the best course for beginning a language, as they only give you the word or expression once, and spoken at normal speed! The Pimsleur course is better for learning pronunciation and constructing basic phrases. However, the 18 In-flight lessons are an excellent follow-up course to Pimsleur, and give you all the survival tools you'll need. Buy both courses, you won't regret it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Quick and Simple Modern Greek for English Speakers

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dr. Paul Pimsleur
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Understand and speak Modern Greek starting with these eight quick and simple audio lessons. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational Modern Greek.

    Max says: "An excellent language tool"
    "An excellent language tool"
    Overall

    As a foreign language teacher, I can usually tell when a learning tool is a good one -- and Pimsleur's Modern Greek is EXCELLENT. After listening to and repeating the whole 4-hour course, regularly, chapter by chapter, there is no reason to be uncomfortable with this language. I bought it for an upcoming trip to Crete, and certainly do not regret my choice. The basics are there to progress into more grammar and vocabulary -- I can only hope Pimsleur will come out with Modern Greek II -- I'll be the first to buy it!

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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