GRE Vocabulary AudioLearn
From spelling and syntax to sentence usage and pronunciation, AudioLearn is your complete audio study guide to vocabulary for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - with more than 500 words that commonly appear on the GRE, you can be sure to increase your knowledge of GRE Vocabulary!
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Great voice. Example sentences
This isn't a novel. No characters, just the narrator.
yes. the narrator has a pleasant voice.
It will really help if this audio book comes with a PDF of words because some words are spelt incorrectly and some definitions aren't correct due to rough editing.
e.g. extemporize was defined incorrectly, the book reads - 'to speak with preparation' whereas the true correct definition is 'to speak without preparation'.
There are more misspelt words, but I won't list them all.
I have to say that this book was useful in my study fro the GRE. I must have listened to it 15 times (at 3x speed, which is pretty easy to do since normal speed is pretty slow).
There are a couple things that bothered me quite a bit:
1 - Pronunciation, a few words probably at least 10-15 (out of 650 or so) to my ear were mis-pronounced during recording. I understand that these are not the easiest words to pronounce but if you are recording a book you should probably make sure you are pronouncing the words properly. Two specific examples that were driving me crazy:
Facetious was pronounced Facetous, it took me a while to figure that out
Exacerbate was pronounced Exasperate.... that one really got me
There were plenty of others (and possibly some I didn't catch)
2 - Sloppy Production - at least one word and possible more were repeated, i presume this was due to sloppy editing. Also, there were some spelling sections that I believe were skipping some letters (again some kind of recording/editing issue?).
I could probably go on a bit longer. However the bottom line is that I thought this was a valuable book. It did help me with studying. I just wish they could take a little more pride in their product and look more and some of the details.
I was disappointed with this program. I did like the format, which gives the spelling of the word, part of speech, and definition and then uses the word in a sentence; however, multiple words are mispronounced, at least one definition is wrong (so far), and some example sentence contradict the meaning. Additionally, some of the sentences demonstrate that the authors of the program do not understand the nuances of the words. Also, although the subject matter is dull (and the example sentences sometimes duller than the definitions), the reader delivers the material in such a flat, toneless way as to put the listener to sleep - when he or she is not shouting the correct pronounciation, that is. I would have gone over the material and made sure that I could pronounce the words - at the very least. A for the idea and the structure, D+ for execution.
the narrator is very good.
the structure is good for vocaubulary learning.
the PDF is necessary.
it's good for English learning, but it will be better if there is PDF accompanied.
Terrible. Why didn't they hire someone who knows how to pronounce these words? I mean, "adjetive" for adjective? "Hunerd" for "hundred?" And these aren't even the GRE words.
convenient, helpful, monotone
The speaker is very calming and speaks in a monotone type of voice. If you are lying down it is easy to go to sleep.
The list is very convenient because it says the word, spells the word, defines it and then uses the word in a sentence. I found it helpful to break the book into 50 word sections and write the words down as they were spelled out.
She also misspelled a couple of words which was irritating. Overall, it was helpful.
While the dictionary is useful, the recording quality is so poor that at times you cannot decipher what the narrator is saying. The audio has a constant buzz accompanied by random loud clicks, often during the pronunciation of a word. Additionally, the narrator mispronounces about 25-30% of the words! She pauses at inappropriate times, and then heavily sighs back into the microphone as she begins speaking again. Despite her spelling each word, an accompanying pdf would greatly help in learning these ~700 words, especially because the tone of the entire program is so soporific that it's hard to stay tuned in. Lastly, more than a few times, the numbering skips around. For example, "Number 257a: (word); Number 301: (word)" or repeats words altogether! I'm guessing this is also due to poor editing. Overall, this audiobook has left me more annoyed than educated. I had to purchase another study guide from a different publisher to supplement this one. Oddly enough, that one did not come with a pdf either, although the narrators repeatedly say, "Be sure to check the included pdf for spellings."
Because this the only GRE vocabulary book on Audible, it may be better than nothing. While I like the way the words are organized (alphabetically) and delivered (Word-spelling-part of speech-definition), the reader frequently uses nontraditional or outright incorrect pronunciation of the words confounding the learning process.
Better than nothing.
If the definitions had been more accurate. Some definitions were so simplified as to be meaningless. In my GRE study this book essentially functioned as a list of words for me to study on my own. Don't rely on these definitions. There are even a few misspelling which is...bizarre. Did they not have a proofreader? Or spellcheck? Yipes.
A MUCH better resource would be the Kaplan box set of "500 hardest GRE words". That's the good stuff.
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