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Sandy

Prince George, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (29)

    Each lesson in Units 1 to 5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.

    Sandy says: "Very useful!"
    "Very useful!"
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    I'm writing this review on the beginning units so it will be of use to anybody contemplating trying these lessons. I have all three phases and have been in China and I would highly recommend this course. For me, these have been very useful tools for laying the ground work for speaking Mandarin. With only these lessons I have been able to get around in China and generally convey what I need.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Man on Mao's Right: From Harvard Yard to Tiananmen Square, My Life Inside China's Foreign Ministry

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ji Chaozhu
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    No other narrative from within the corridors of power has offered as frank and intimate an account of the making of the modern Chinese nation as Ji Chaozhu's The Man on Mao's Right. Having served Chairman Mao Zedong and the Communist leadership for two decades, and having become a key figure in China's foreign policy, Ji now provides an honest, detailed account of the personalities and events that shaped today's People's Republic.

    Adam says: "Very enlightening"
    "Wished there was more!"
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    Would you listen to The Man on Mao's Right again? Why?

    A good book. I have listened to it more than once. The personal notes on public events in China provided at different look at China during the Mao years and since. I enjoyed reading remembering the events and then seeing them from a different angle. Nicely done. You can't help but wish Ji Chaozhu all the best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michel Thomas Method: Mandarin Chinese Introductory Course

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Harold Goodman
    • Narrated By Harold Goodman
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Learn another language the way you learnt your own. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Mandarin Chinese in the same way.

    Gordon says: "Great way to learn Chinese"
    "MORE!"
    Overall

    This is a fabulous way to learn Mandarin. The instructor makes it so easy! I REALLY hope audiobooks will get the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (732)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    Lorrie says: "A question about further Clavell books."
    "Horrible narrator"
    Overall

    I love the story and have read it a couple of times so I was highly motivated to get the audiobook. I listened to the sample and thought the narrattion was poor but not insuperable. I was wrong! The narration is extremely flat and becomes increasing grating the more you listen. Don't get this audiobook. Wait for it to be redone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer of the Danes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    In April 1144, Brother Cadfael leaves his monastery once more, this time in the company of Heledd, a young woman desperate to escape from an arranged marriage, and the youthful Brother Mark, who is representing the bishop on a matter of church diplomacy. Cadfael does not foresee trouble on their errand, but then the travellers become entangled in the conflict between Owain Gwynedd and his treacherous brother, Cadwaladr, who has allied himself with a Danish mercenary fleet in order to vanquish Owain.

    Sandy says: "Poor Recording"
    "Poor Recording"
    Overall

    An excellent story. I enjoy the Brother Cadfael books very much. However, you can hear the different cuts in this recording. It changes in volume and quality, usually at the end of a chapter. I also suspect there is the occasional place where a bit is chopped out. I'd really like to hear it re-recorded. I resent spending money for such poor quality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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