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  • Rapid Italian: Volume 1

  • By: Earworms Learning
  • Narrated by: Andrew Lodge
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Italian 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cognitively Infectious

  • By Kathryn A Brehe on 02-06-06

Short but effective

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-07

Yes, you won't be to natives after 1 hr and 10 minutes of listening to this lesson, but I will guarantee that you will get more retention than you would with other language series. This stuff is so ingenious. Setting the monotonous language learning process to music (which is scientifically proven to aid in retention) is great. The music isn't bad, some of it is rather catchy, and I enjoy listening to the Italian woman speak. I wished they made more than two levels because I am addicted. Definitely recommended.

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  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,426

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

Wonderfully narrated by the Irish author.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-07

I can't concur with the few reviews claiming this book was boring or pointless. I found it to be poignant and more than anything it brings out solidarity between the charecters and the reader. If you've ever been hungry or cold in your life, if you've ever lost someone you loved you will immediately strike a chord with the young boy through which this story was told. Catholics especially will find humor in the parts of the book in which the story collides with the Church. It is told through his young 7-11 year old self, and some of the observations he makes are simply hilarious. It is a sad tale, but it is humorous throughout. Maybe you have to have a certain love of the Irish, know the "Catholic guilt", or have an understanding of what it's like to be poor and unlucky through no fault of your own. I loved it and I don't think a long time will pass before I'll take a trip back to Ireland and visit Frank McCourt again.

  • Letter and Spirit

  • From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy
  • By: Scott Hahn
  • Narrated by: Brian Keeler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Scott Hahn has inspired millions of readers with his perceptive and unique view of Catholic theology and worship, becoming one of the most looked-to contemporary authorities in these areas. In Letter and Spirit, Hahn extends the message he began in The Lamb's Supper, offering far-reaching and profound insights into what the Bible teaches us about living the spiritual life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profound

  • By C. J. Gawley on 01-20-07

This could easily be a 5 star download

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-07

The only reason I have given this a 4 star, instead of a 5 star rating is that it's deeply technical. The only other Hahn book I have read was "The Lamb's Supper" and I found that book to be attainable for most anyone who had an interest in and grasp on scripture and a familiarity with the Mass. This book digs deeper and deals mostly in typologies. It is thick in quotations from other scholarly works and the Church Fathers, and is not an easy listen for the casual listener. If you are ready to kick up the level of your study, then you've found a book you can really dive deep into. If you are a casual listener looking for an enlightening but easy to stomach book then I'd hold off on this one for now.

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