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  • Learn Beginner Portuguese - Learn Brazilian Portuguese for Beginners: Lessons 1 to 10 - From Learning Portuguese like Crazy

  • By: Patrick Jackson
  • Narrated by: Pedro Passari, Victor Barros, Amanda de Andrade
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Do you want to learn how to speak real Brazilian Portuguese with complete confidence without having to relocate to Brazil for months or even years? If so, then keep reading. Perhaps you've already purchased another learning-Portuguese program or two. Or maybe you've purchased several and still feel you’re unable to speak Brazilian Portuguese with complete confidence. Or maybe you’re an absolute beginner.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn Brazilian Portuguese Like Crazy

  • By Tiffany on 01-24-19

Smooth Road to Pronunciation and Confidence

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I lived in Portugal for six months and quickly learned that the Portuguese I had been studying prior to relocating is, like this audiobook, Brazilian-based. (I have yet to find a worthy language book or app that focuses on European Portuguese.) While attempting Portuguese using a vastly different dialect and often different vocabulary was definitely a problem, the most troublesome factor was my overall lousy (mis)pronunciation. My every word was filtered through a mix of English and Spanish accents so strong that it rendered communication ineffective (laughable actually— which was okay because humor can take the edge off tough situations). I plan to return to Portugal for another extended stay, so achieving a survival level of speaking skills in any dialect is important to me. For a long while, I thought I would never *get there*.

Things are different now. Learning and practicing Portuguese using LEARN BEGINNER PORTUGUESE continues to be a good experience for me . The stories make the *getting there* journey interesting and even a bit fun. The male and female narrators articulate well without any stiff/unnatural/excessively academic cadences or tones. Also, their slightly varying regional Brazilian accents level up realism that should translate well whenever I am in a Portuguese speaking country/community.

Here’s a recommendation: Record and playback your practice sessions. Hearing your own pronunciation next to the instructors will make identifying and correcting errors quick and easy.

The author gifted me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Intermediate Spanish Short Stories

  • 10 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Spanish & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way!
  • By: Lingo Mastery
  • Narrated by: Mariela Arredondo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Improve your Spanish skills and grow your vocabulary with these 10 entertaining Spanish short stories! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Offer from Lingo Mastery

  • By JudiM on 09-16-18

Good Supplemental Study Tool

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I enjoyed listening to the stories and learned that I have a lot to learn (or rather remember) after a year plus of no practice and decades of being removed from academia. Recall came easily though, especially through the second listen. The well written stories, solid narration, and the fact that I’m finally actively engaged with learning Spanish again makes multiple listens easy and enjoyable. In that light, Lingo Mastery is a useful supplement to other learning tools— especially person-to-person practice. I have the same concern as Audible subscriber Rebecca Azizov stated in her review of Lingo Mastery’s *Conversational Spanish Dialogues: Over 100 Spanish Conversations and Short Stories*, Lingo Mastery needs to place more emphasis on dialects and regional word usage.

I was gifted with a free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Unexpected Sisters

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 18th novel and I'm still enchanted and addicted!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-17

Land, Climate, Culture, Family and Business

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I like the way the story’s steady cadence punts against the varying textures of land, climate, culture and family. This consistent in every installment of The Number One Ladies Detective Agency that I’ve listened to. Like others in the series, THIUS, is plump with gentle suggestion and sweet life lessons: Absent are preachy rants and bitter, nauseating polemics. When you bite into it, you not only feel refreshed, you feel gratified.

Smith is really good at presenting several unraveling issues that revolve around one another— discovery of a sister; perfect father’s character becomes questionable; a cheating husband; insecure colleagues, etc. Nothing too massive is at stake and anything that has the potential to become complicated is held at bay. What’s left is so relatable that you don’t mind the simplicity. In the end every loose end is tied in a bow that is a bit too perfect, but even that is no headache because the overall experience is so relaxing.

Lisette Lecat is an accent master. She owns each character to *truth* level.

  • Lady Justice and the Conspiracy

  • By: Robert Thornhill
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Those fluffy white trails crisscrossing the sky - some say they are simply water vapor frozen into crystals. Others say they are deadly chemicals, some of which are for military defense, and others to control the weather and the world’s food supply. Are the chem-trails really part of a clandestine government conspiracy? Four people believe so and claim they have proof, but each of their lives comes to a tragic and mysterious end before they can offer their proof to the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking Listen!

  • By Jan M on 03-25-18

Environmentally Conscious With A Sense of Humor

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Again, Robert Thornhill helps us to wash a hearty dose of needed education with a tall glass of laughs. Question: If the DOD and government agencies are responsible for chem trails, climate control, et al, then why aren’t people up in arms about it? Thornhill’s answer: Apathy. Thornhill’s rhetorical food for thought: Is blissful ignorance the real wolf in sheep’s clothing?

Despite the serious subject matter and regardless of the political bifurcation to which topics such as the existence of chem trails might subject themselves, Thornhill stuffs in plenty of chuckles to keep both sides of the argument in reconciling stitches.

The clever cameo of himself as author Robert *Bob* Thornhill at Mel’s Diner was the best. 😍

George Kuch nailed the narration.

  • Lovecraft Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Ruff
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652

Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An effective mix of influences

  • By Jim N on 04-10-16

Worthy of a Victory Dance

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Whoa-- this one is a winner. I had to stop listening several times to do a victory dance! Ruff's 'Lovecraft Country' is a huge demonstration of intelligence, imagination, skills, and reverent appreciation of the early giants of Science Fiction. Despite the difference in genres, Ruff crafted this tale in a way that brings to mind Underground Airlines by Ben Winters. Ruff's development of so many distinct, relatable characters who represent every point on the personality spectrum is spot on. The characters are constantly placed in tough scenarios that challenge their values and beliefs. You're constantly wondering "Darn, what would I do in this situation?" Equally well executed are the pace (nice builds balanced with action that crests and valleys throughout the listen) and the 360 degree views of people and plot. The dialogue was so intimate and realistic that I often felt like an eavesdropper.

Regarding the narration, Kevin Kenerly depicted each gender and vast variety of dialects, moods, and personality nuances very well. One off-putting point that occasionally (maybe a bit more than occasionally) jolted me from the story was his mispronunciation of certain words, e.g. 'milieu' became 'mee-lay.' The good news is the writing and story are both magnetic enough to prevent you from being thrown draw too far for too long.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,887

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

Oh Yaaaasss!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

Whew! What a ride. This action packed jaunt works extremely well. It is whisked to a thick, frothy foam with "no-reveal" plots and sexy backstories that mingle science and history with imagination. The dollops of character development are hah-uge (translation: "huge" yes, but actually colossal). Our three heroes are likable, relatable, and believable, AND despite the underlying time travel theme, the credibility thread is super strong throughout the entire stretch of story yumminess. Oh and by the way, the bad guys are as interesting and have as much "draw" power as the main characters. Yaaaasss!!

The narrator massages each character with an "Oh so right!" reality rub that sidesteps any notion that you're listening to a story someone else made up. The man's got skills! Amen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders

  • By: Robert Thornhill
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Ox and Judy are off to Alaska on a honeymoon cruise and invite Walt and Maggie to tag along. Their vacation plans are soon shipwrecked by the murder of two fellow passengers. The murders appear to be linked to a century-old legend involving a cache of gold stolen from a prospector and buried by two thieves. Their seven day cruise is spent hunting for the gold and eluding the modern day thieves intent on possessing it at any cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By Wayne on 09-08-17

Cruising with Goldrush History

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Robert Thornhill's shtick is educating through the craft of storytelling. He doesn't fail in this installment, giving us a well-limned backdrop of Alaska and the Pacific. Thornhill steers away from politics, food and drugs this time, and takes a refreshing and historical detour to the gold rush. Along the way, he divvies out tips and tricks of cruising.

I didn't find the guest characters as interesting as those presented in previous installments. Also the believability factor took a dip. Still, Thornhill does not disappoint, even giving a not so subtle but all appropriate shoutouts to an Alaskan cruise ship captain and Master Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Eating the celebrity chef's signature fare must indeed have been a treat for Thornhill and his wife during their real-life cruise. My mouth was definitely watering under Thornhill's take-no-prisoners descriptions.

George Kuch delivers a personable performance that is so convincing, I am sure Walt Williams is a character in real life. 😊

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night and Day

  • Gideon Lowry Key West Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: John Leslie
  • Narrated by: David A. Wood
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Gideon Lowry is playing his weekly piano gig at a quiet hotel, fighting his daily urge for a drink. That's where Asia finds him. She's trying to find her estranged husband, who's lost in the reverie surrounding his obsession: Hemingway. But Asia doesn't want him back, she wants a divorce. As the Hemingway festival builds to its crescendo, mainland violence pays a nasty visit. There's an evil dancing behind the carefree facades of Duval Street, and it will take every sun-bitten ounce of Gideon's Conch resolve to reel it in...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Detective Story

  • By Booklover on 07-31-17

Needs a Lift AND Has Great Potential

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

PI Gideon Lowry's former friendly flame is escorted out in a stilted but effective manner. Enter new, younger potential romantic interest with a songbird voice and a big problem, all of which gives N and D some lift without actually putting it into full flight. The new potential flame is tantalizing, alluring, and comes with all the excitements that draw a man to a woman and makes him want more until he realizes she doesn't have much depth, which makes him not care. I had a similar experience with N and D. The story holds super inticing potential without being fully delivered. The characters are stereotyped and barely interesting, and the premise is weakly plausible, both of which rip texture from the plot and-- even with a West Key backdrop and all the references to Earnest Hemingway-- leaves the story feeling a bit worn and lacking a genuine sense of place.

The upshot is that audiobook comes with a pretty enticing preview of the next installment. I must say it hints very strongly of John Leslie upping his skills and stepping more strongly into his craft. I plan to check it out.

Narrator David A. Wood gives a much improved performance from the first installment by pumping more life in both male and female character portrayals without being overly dramatic. I listened to half the tale at 1.5 speed before cranking it up to 2.0 with no problem.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nightmares in Analog

  • Three Supernatural Tales
  • By: Jonathan Chateau
  • Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The fading memories Jacob has of his deceased mother are buried on a few VHS home movies. Recently haunted by recurring dreams of her, he sets out to pick up a used VCR, and finds one at a local yard sale. However this is no ordinary VCR. According to the owner, this particular model not only plays movies, but it allows one to communicate with the dead. Fueled by curiosity, Jacob takes it home and soon discovers that what he possesses opens a doorway to darkness, death, and lust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and unique paranormal tales

  • By Spooky Mike on 07-13-17

Some Familiar Themes, One Unique Story

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

They say imitation is the best form of flattery and it looks like these guys undoubtedly learned from the best. There were elements of Stephen King all over the place: a tricked out clownish, demonish figure with multiple personalities like IT, a teenage girl with super powers not much different than Carrie's, etc. Fortunately for all concerned parties and despite the perceivable throwbacks, A DEAD MAN manages to gift us with a rather unique narrative. The story stands on its own an, overall, I enjoyed listening to it.

Beware, rough language (not too bad and not too much IMHO) and violence of the gory type may prick the hairs of sensitive ears.

Here's one more observation: There are multiple narrators and their styles differed quite a bit, but the most obvious difference lay in the style of the multiple writers. The writing in the second and third stories was entertaining but comparably inferior to the skill demonstrated in the first installment of the triptych. In that same vein, I also liked the first narrator best. It would be nice if Audible would develop a rating system to accommodate multiple narrators. As it stands now, it is impossible to either unfairly over or under rate one or the other, unless the strength of each respective performance is equal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Justice and the Watchers

  • By: Robert Thornhill
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Suzanne Collins wrote The Hunger Games, Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World and George Orwell wrote 1984. All three novels were about dystopian societies of the future. In Lady Justice and the Watchers, Walt Williams sees the world we live in today through the eyes of a group who call themselves 'The Watchers'. Oscar Levant said that there's a fine line between genius and insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lady Justice and the Watchers

  • By MANI on 04-19-17

Light on Action, Heavy on Humor, Clear Messaging

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

I'm all onboard with the way Robert Thornton uses zany characters and a strong sense of civic duty to help his readers/listeners to see things in various lights. Lady Justice and the Watchers is riddled with a healthy amount of entertainment value-- it has a discernible plot, keeps it mysterious (as in who's watching whom), and maintains steady movement. If you like storytelling that is light on action, won't let you sleep on relevant societal/cultural/political facts, and is drenched with humor (even if it doesn't always garner an "lol"), then Watchers might be the one for you.

The narrator does a skillful job keeping up with character, pace, and mood shifts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful