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  • Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 11-15

  • 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 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 11-15 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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Same problem that Brian Dowrick had (see his post)

  • By Gabrielle on 08-04-15

Same problem that Brian Dowrick had (see his post)

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

same problem others are having, mixed up editing which makes it almost impossible to follow and respond to prompts properly - very frustrating and sad and I worry this will mess with my learning. I have been doing great so far because the editing was good but from unit 11 the quality has dropped significantly.

Same problem that the other reviewer, Brian Dowrick, had.

Please fix it!!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

Each lesson in lessons 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. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak Mandarin Chinese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very useful!

  • By Sandy on 01-22-13

Fast and effective way to learn spoken Chinese basics

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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: 07-27-15

I am very happy with my purchase and enjoy these lessons, looking forward to each new lesson every day. So far, I have learned more useful phrases (properly) in these five lessons than over six years of school lunchtime social immersion (plus weekends) with my Chinese friends back in school (although they taught me naughty phrases I will never learn in any course! :) ). I am looking forward to doing the rest of the course and surprising my friends with my new skills, and finally being able to have a bit more interaction with their lovely parents who don't speak any English. Very exciting!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,013

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

Truly excellent

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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: 03-26-15

I loved every single chapter of this lecture series. An enthralling journey through time that takes you to parts of history seldom taught but most relevant to our lives. I learned a very great deal. Thank you!!!

  • Robinson Crusoe

  • By: Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829

Widely regarded as the first English novel, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719, and it has inspired countless imitations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story and Excellent Narration

  • By William on 03-02-11

Fun but long

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

Reviewed: 01-24-15

A detailed story that gives enough description of the way Crusoe lived on the island to make it interesting. A good adventure epic classic. I enjoyed the story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spy the Lie

  • Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception
  • By: Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, with one disappointment

  • By Kim on 08-07-12

handy but use caution

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

Reviewed: 11-19-13

A very good intro to how to spot liars and exaggeration. Teaches one the right questions and directions to use when asking kids about drug use which is handy. If you are living happily in ignorance perhaps do not listen to this book, but if you are sick of being lied to unknowingly then it is a great start.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wicked Plants

  • The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 888

Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grows on You Like Kudzu

  • By Cynthia on 04-23-13

We are not even safe inside!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-13

It is evidently clear that nature is intent on killing us and that is that. Plants are the likely culprit and this book tells you who it might be. This terrifying book lists one thing after another that will kill, injure or poison you, it is a scary gallop through a long list of terror ... and I loved every little bit of it. Glorious plants of all sorts are listed herein and the ways they want to hurt you is detailed in beautiful detail. It is so very interesting and reading this may also one day save your life! As a result of reading this fabulous book, I have more respect for my plants and have moved my poisonous houseplants out of reach of my naughty Chihuahua, thankfully before anything bad happened. I worry that listening to this book audibly might make people you live with feel uncomfortable, and listening to such terrible information does feel a little devious, but oh wow is it ever interesting stuff, especially for a plant nerd such as myself.

I noticed the reader changed the way she pronounced plant family names along the way which is good because she ended up saying it correctly - although the words end with '-ceae' and that looks like it should sound complicated, the correct way to say it is 'ee-ee'. I know this from asking a latin-fluent eminent biologist.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The China Study

  • The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
  • By: T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846

The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Transformative Health Information

  • By Sara on 04-11-16

scary, compelling, but I need to know more first

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

Reviewed: 11-19-13

The information book scares the heck out of me and makes me worry and sure makes me think twice about casein and animal proteins, but then I wonder if the information therein is skewed and I need to do some more reading elsewhere to analyse the issue. It is certainly an extremely important issue - our health and lifespans!

One thing is for certain, I am now consuming less casein and animal protein, but not all or most, just consuming it intentionally and thinking about it. The book has made me aware that there may be an issue and I have to read more and find out.

The delivery was excellent, it is a very good book, it is just that I am unsure of the studies' results because I do not have a solid grounding in statistics to test their claims.

I suspect, however, that as a result of this book, were I ever to be diagnosed with cancer I would be giving its guidelines a diligent and thorough go!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockwork Universe

  • Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
  • By: Edward Dolnick
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,635

The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Calculus Ergo Modernity

  • By Nelson Alexander on 07-09-11

ah! that explains it!

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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: 11-19-13

I learned a lot of useful things from this book and was able to understand the scientists and the scientific method much better as a result. Great to understand the basis for the way research is conducted and I am grateful for the explanation throughout of what thinking and knowledge was like before the invention of science through observation and empirical evidence. I never realised and feel so silly for having never thought about why it is that we think the way we do today.

I liked learning about the personalities behind the history of science, great stories and an enhanced ability to contextualise their ideas and add interest to their contributions. I am also better able to remember their laws and contributions as a result of having known their stories.

A terrific and fun history. I wish I had listened to it years ago before tutoring 'world history' and teaching students about enlightenment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cooked

  • A Natural History of Transformation
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit bland

  • By Mark on 12-12-14

contagious passion

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

Reviewed: 11-19-13

What did you love best about Cooked?

I loved the description of slow roasting pork and the love of the process of fermentation in pickles, beer and baking. This book inspired me to make some mead, for which I am very grateful, thank you, Michael.

I generally love Michael's work and enjoyed this book as I expected I would but I am already a food and brewing aficionado so I already know how to brew, bake, ferment and roast, but not to the same extremes. I do not like finicky, faddish cooking so I was relieved to see how Michael focused on the real aspects of real, good, life-giving food.

For anyone who is wanting to go on a gastronomical journey throughout their lives with understanding and intention, this is probably an excellent place to start.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A User's Guide to the Universe

  • Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty
  • By: Dave Goldberg, Jeff Blomquist
  • Narrated by: Mark F. Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

This is an indispensable guide to physics that offers readers an overview of the most popular physics topics written in an accessible, irreverent, and engaging manner while still maintaining a tone of wry skepticism. Even the novice will be able to follow along, as the topics are addressed using plain English and (almost) no equations. Veterans of popular physics will also find their nagging questions addressed, like whether the universe can expand faster than light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Physics even I can understand

  • By Paul on 10-25-12

a thrilling gallop through the coolest there is

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

Reviewed: 11-19-13

Where does A User's Guide to the Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Oh this book was good, so so good, and I belly laughed hard at their geeky jokes which as promised were indeed groaners. The jokes were that nerd-funny I would pause the book, snort-laugh and go tell the joke to my husband who would also gasp and snort-laugh.

A great introduction to some of the coolest stuff there is to know and think about in the universe - the delivery was fantastic and the subjects extremely interesting, all explained clearly and kind to the non-geeks in the world, not that I have ever met any to ask.

I liked the author's explanation for why they do not believe the earth has been visited by flying saucers.

I liked their explanations of most things, actually.

great book, I loved it.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful