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  • English Grammar Boot Camp

  • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language. But what is grammar? In fact, it's the integral basis of how we speak and write. As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By Quaker on 09-24-16

it's really great, I can't believe I'm saying that

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I expected to learn something from this book, but never expected to enjoy it. After all, it's English grammar!!!! I was so pleasantly surprised. This is truly great! Anne knows grammar inside and out and she shares the history behind the rules, how things have changed, what the experts argue about and the way we actually use these rules during conversation. I have been amazed at how interesting this is. I'm actually thinking of purchasing this for an English teacher friend, and my daughter.
Anne presents everything with lots of examples, and makes it easy to understand even the complex ideas. She does an excellent job in narratingtoo. The book is LONG; this is not a book where just enough was put in to call it a book. This book seems covers just about everything. Thank you Anne
P.S. I hope to be able to use some of this information to help Chinese speakers understand the English language a bit more. You may want to consider a book along those lines.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,306

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

stopped listening

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I hardly ever don't finish a book, especially an audiobook, but this was truly boring. I thought there would be some humor, but it was basically Bob Newhart interviewing people. Perhaps if Bob was actually reading the book his tone would have created some humor at times, but it was totally boring.

  • Silas Marner

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

For 15 years the weaver Silas Marner has plied his loom near the village of Raveloe, alone and unjustly in exile, cut off from faith and human love, he cares only for his hoard of golden guineas. But two events occur that will change his life forever; his gold disappears and a golden-haired baby girl appears. But where did she come from and who really stole the gold? This moving tale sees Silas eventually redeemed and restored to life by the unlikely means of his love for the orphan child Eppie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By Ramon on 06-04-12

takes a bit to get into it, but good afterwards

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I found the beginning a bit hard to get into, but if you can stay with it a bit, it's a good story. The author (actually a lady) really does get into human emotions and how we make excuses for ourselves, even good people. There are things I wish were resolved a bit more, like when Silas goes back his old homegrounds. It would have been nice to have found out that his name was cleared, but it's a good story.

  • Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 6-10

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 6-10 builds on material taught in prior units. Each lesson 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. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak Mandarin Chinese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Pimsleur!

  • By Miracle on 03-18-16

way overpriced, but really excellent otherwise

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

If you look at my reviews you will see I have purchased other audiobooks to learn Mandarin. I actually learned from all of them. Pimsleur seems to take the most time to make sure you get sentence structure, order, how to pronounce most words, etc. There are still words that they say fast one or two times and don't take the time to go over slowly. I'm thinking of the word for Mr and Miss in Lesson 8. Still I listen to this as much as I can, every time I am in the car, etc. and it really does help a lot. It is though extremely overpriced.

  • Power Mandarin Accelerated

  • Chinese Edition
  • By: Mark Frobose
  • Narrated by: Mark Frobose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Want to learn to speak Mandarin quickly and easily, and have fun in the process? Designed to teach you to speak authentic Mandarin Chinese while on the go, Power Mandarin Accelerated is a refreshingly intense, upbeat, and positive audio language program whose 144 Study Units establish a challenging pace and friendly tone that are designed to keep you constantly motivated and learning to speak and understand Mandarin Chinese at optimal speed. Nothing to look up and no guessing!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing. This Course Makes Speaking Mandarin Easy

  • By Penny on 07-31-14

the BEST I HAVE FOUND

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I have been "learning" Mandarin for 4 or 5 months now. I have purchased 3 audiobooks, use Duolingo,drops and a flash card program. This program is absolutely the best. One thing to know is the things they go over fast, and that make you frustrated are actually explained in much more detail in later chapters. This is a long program, almost 9 hours and you are learning all the way. Lots of repetitions. There are two very important things. I am in daily contact with people from China, and the way this program teaches pronunciation is how my friends speak. In addition, I talk twice a week to a young lady in China and she also speaks the same way. In the Duolingo program, it teaches you the chinese characters, but many of the pronunciations are different, to me it seems wrong. For instance, the verb to drink in duolingo is pronounced like "her" while in this program it is "kerr", while to "eat" sounds like "her" . this program also explains everything, it really helps you to make sentences on your own as you understand the meaning of all the words and the order that Mandarin uses. i also listened to some youtube videos and while helpful, they don't repeat enough for me to get it, or else I'm just slow at learning. i am searching to see if Mark Frobose has a "part 2" and if he does, that will be my next purchase. It definitely would be nice to have a print out with the chinese characters and pinyin on it, but oh well, can't have everything.

  • Rapid Mandarin Chinese

  • Volume 1
  • By: Earworms Learning
  • Narrated by: Andrew Lodge
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Mandarin and English a few times, you pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but will be burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There just isn't enough of it

  • By Joseph on 06-26-06

the format and reputation really help

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-18

this book is divided into chapters and it is easy to review each chapter again and again. the first chapter covers how to say," I would like a coffee with milk, and a tea with sugar"; while other chapters are about numbers,days of the week, asking to be taken to different cities , buy tickets, etc. there are two people, a man who usually speaks the English part and a woman who usually speaks the Chinese. it starts by her asking him "If you want something how would you ask it ( or something to that effect)?" He answers, "I would like" she then says that in Chinese, then he says "I " and she says it in Chinese, repeat that about 6 times. he then says, "would like" and she repeat that a few times, then "I would like" a few times, then coffee. I think you get the idea. he points out sentence structure, and little clues to help remember some words. I've been using anki flash cards with a deck called "chinese spoon fed" and they are excellent, but this book really helped me understand sentence structure and individual words meaning. as far as the music, it's fine. I almost didn't get this book because if all the complaints about the music. the truth is that without the pinyin in front of you it is hard sometimes to tell exactly what sounds you are hearing on any type of audio only language tape. so you listen again and again and try your best. I have Chinese friends and I have to do the exact same thing when they try to teach me. I have to have them say it over and over and try to imitate them. This is a great book, learning any language isn't easy.

  • The Demon Under The Microscope

  • By: Thomas Hager
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131

The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic book

  • By Sara on 09-02-08

excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-17

Any additional comments?

This is an excellent book, it covers the history of antibiotics from a personal view and it lets you see what a difference was made by sterilization techniques, antibiotics, etc. We all know of Listerine, but I was not aware of Dr Lister- who pioneered sterilization techniques for surgeries. I know this review sounds boring, but the book is absolutely not boring. It grabs your attention and doesn't let go.

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 877

Hailed as one of the world’s masterpieces of psychological realism, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high-court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face-to-face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegant, simple, and true

  • By Alexandria on 09-22-13

not a tolstoy fan, but this is a great book

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-17

Any additional comments?

This book brings the vanity of life, the ardors of death and the redemption of God all front and center. Ivan Ilyich has a normal life, injures himself while hanging new curtains and from there starts toward death. The book looks at how people interact with him, first feeling that he is not really trying hard enough to get better and then selfishly looking at how his sickness and impending death will influence them. The one person who helps him the most is a servant and Ivan cannot understand how he can be so good to him. Eventually he makes peace with God and receives forgiveness ( this is only like one sentence in the book). It really is a book that looks at the vanity of the things we do in life. The feelings and experiences that Ivan goes through are very well written and true to life.

  • Who Goes There?

  • The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'
  • By: John W. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Steve Cooper
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,508

Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astounding ... Incredible ...

  • By Old Hippy on 10-03-16

the book is great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-17

What other book might you compare Who Goes There? to and why?

I would compare this book to Frankenstein because both books are much scarier than the movie and have an element of "this could happen" to them, which makes them all the scarier. However, this book was not "scary" in a way that would be hard for middle school age kids to hear. It doesn't have foul language, and is a good listen to for a road trips. At the end it is hard to stop listening.

  • Earth Moved

  • On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 805

They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I bow down to our benevolent worm overlords

  • By Kirstin on 04-17-14

I thought I knew a lot about worms but I was wrong

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-17

Would you listen to Earth Moved again? Why?

I have listened to it already multiple times, there is a lot of information in there

What other book might you compare Earth Moved to and why?

I don't know of any other

What about Heather Henderson’s performance did you like?

she did a good job, lots of hard to pronounce latin names.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

documentary about earthworms- the whole world depends on them

Any additional comments?

Lots of information that is excellent, unfortunately there is also a LOT of praise and adoration for Darwin, but even with all that this is an excellent book. I learned a lot.

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