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  • Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Noble
    • Narrated By Paul Noble
    Overall
    (173)
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    (140)
    Story
    (134)

    Collins Spanish with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product.No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.

    Joy T. says: "I've listened to the rest, this is the best!"
    "One of my Favorites"
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    What did you love best about Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1?

    I've read probably a dozen books / audiobooks trying to learn Spanish on my own. I'd developed a lot of vocabulary, but still couldn't SPEAK!

    This is by far one of my favorite Spanish instruction products ever (more so than Rosetta Stone and all the rest) because somehow, without writing notes, or struggling with memorization, Paul Noble's book gave me the confidence to "create" my own vocabulary using simple, easy-to-remember rules and sentence structures. Now I can more easily figure out who's talking, and who they're talking ABOUT!


    What did you like best about this story?

    He does a lot of repetition, but not TOO much to where it gets boring.


    What about Paul Noble’s performance did you like?

    Hi voice is pleasant, and smooth and his jokes are just dorky enough to be memorable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Afterparty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide. Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: She was one of the original scientists who developed the drug.

    Ryan says: "Smart, witty altered-consciousness thriller"
    "Great story, held my interest throughout!"
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    Would you listen to Afterparty again? Why?

    I listened to it twice in a row! The details that I missed in the beginning because I didn't know what was happening were still interesting enough to hear again. Also, I listened on an international flight and spaced out during some of it. It was good enough to hear again!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to talk about without spoilers. So... SPOILER ALERT!

    Dr. Gloria was my favorite character. Is she real or imaginary? Is she God, an Angel, or a figment of the imagination?


    Any additional comments?

    I really, really enjoyed this book. It was a great thought-experiment to wonder if the hallucinations COULD be, in fact, a doorway to divine as many human traditions have long-believed, or just human construct.The only thing I would have changed about the book is hard to discuss without spoilers. I'll just say this. The author overlooked some interesting psychological "coming to terms" in the end when the main character finds out something she believed for so long about people she cared deeply about was untrue. I would have liked to have had that resolved, in at least a few sentences. Otherwise, AWESOME read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Now Habit

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Neil Fiore
    • Narrated By Neil Fiore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (314)

    If you are a professional, manager, student, entrepreneur, writer, or homemaker, this audiobook will help you achieve your goals more rapidly, whether they are large, complex challenges or the small, essential tasks of everyday life and work. If you now work effectively, even though you have too much to do and too little time, The Now Habit will show you how to prioritize your goals to allow more time for guilt-free play.

    Ron says: "A keeper"
    "I've Listened 77 Times"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Now Habit the most enjoyable?

    I keep listening to it over and over. Because 1) it's a bit boring at times and I'm such an airhead, I keep spacing out so I have to read it over and over to absorb it all, and 2) because it has helped me more than any self-help book to-date.The strategies of just tackling 30 minutes at a time, and repeatedly deciding when is the next time I can START on this project have taken some of the pressure off. Determining what KIND of procrastinator I am (one who becomes easily overwhelmed) has helped me rise above my unspoken, unacknowledged feeling of "if I can't do it all - perfectly - I might as well not even try" mindset.Other small tips, like never ending at the end of a chapter (which goes against my entire being) and not ending at a frustrating part have really made my life better. I highly recommend this book, even if the author does take it a bit too slow at times (like maybe he's multi-tasking in the background in order to complete more work in the same amount of time and forgets that he's reading to us! Ha!)


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great tips, useful strategies


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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