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Steph Davis

Vancouver, BC
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  • The Gods Themselves

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,115

Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun... They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Asimov's Best Stand Alone Novel

  • By thomas on 09-02-14

A classic that has stood up to the test of time

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

Have a special affection for this book, not least of which because it was published the year of my birth. It was written in three parts, something that comes across as obvious, but they all surround the same central event, the creation of the electron pump. My favorite part is the second, which takes place in the para-Universe that the electron pump is exchanging matter with. Asimov is said to have been most happy with this book, especially the second part, where he most moved out of his comfort zone. The book has so many interesting ideas and concepts that show up in later SF, not least of which are strong-willed and smart female characters. Just a very rich and satisfying work that exemplifies the comfort of being in the hands of such a thoughtful and knowledgeable author.

  • Schizophrenia: Understanding Symptoms Diagnosis & Treatment

  • By: Anthony Wilkenson
  • Narrated by: Ed Fischer
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Schizophrenia has become a recognized psychotic disorder in modern day psychology and research has shown that one in 100 people suffer from this disease in some proportion or degree. It is a dreaded disease and comes as a near death blow to those who are diagnosed with this condition. This fear does not necessarily arise from the scary disease it actually is, but various misconceptions, myths, and misunderstanding that surround it. This disorder has been very thoroughly misunderstood and misrepresented.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spot on!

  • By Jessica on 03-13-17

Inconsistent and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

I only bought this out of general interest, and found the material poorly presented and organized for large portions. I find it hard to imagine this being a helpful book for the friends and family of the newly diagnosed. Advice for family and friends doesn't even start until Chapter 5. Prior to that there is an odd, impersonal tone that feels flat (ironic). Reads like a pamphlet at times, making overly generalized statements with no mention of references. And once it does actually get to advice for family and friends much of the guidance sounds cursory, and is even contradictory at times, and is anything but heartening. Not completely without value, but I would be hesitant to recommend.

  • Power Italian I Accelerated/Complete Written Listening Guide-Tapescript/8 One Hour Audio Lessons

  • By: Mark Frobose
  • Narrated by: Mark Frobose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Expert language teacher Mark Frobose talks you through the program in English while a trained native Italian speaker teaches you to speak Italian the way it is really spoken. This highly acclaimed method is so easy and so fast that you'll be speaking Italian within minutes of receiving your program and enjoying the process!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rosetta Stone is nothing compared to this book!

  • By Ex Patriot on 05-22-14

High reviews are warranted

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

I've been using different Italian language audio guides for six months now, including a bunch of Pimsleur and Innovative Language, and this is hands down the best I've heard yet for quick conversation acquisition. The repetition definitely helps. Most of the material wasn't new to me, so can't be 100% about how it would sound to a beginner, but I found the review very powerful and the new material well presented. Much like learning a language from an Italian speaker. Wish I'd found it earlier.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Italian Easy Learning Audio Course Level 2

  • Learn to speak more Italian the easy way with Collins
  • By: Clelia Boscolo, Rosi McNab
  • Narrated by: Collins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Easy Learning Italian teaches you key words for the most important situations and lets you expand your language through a variety of activities. You choose whether to focus on learning the essentials or to progress to some more challenging activities – so whether you want to refresh or build on your existing knowledge, you can become confident in Italian without even having to pick up a pen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • useful

  • By Steph Davis on 09-08-16

useful

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

I found it a useful program and have listened to it a couple times now. Good for the usual review, for learning how to say the alphabet, for suggesting activities, for using the phone and making appointments, and for asking about the weather. One aspect I occasionally found frustrating was the habit of asking you to say the phrases while reviewing, without giving a final confirmation of what they are afterwards. Very odd. Otherwise a pretty strong program.

  • Classical Mythology

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409

These 24 lectures are a vibrant introduction to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. Among those you'll investigate are the accounts of the creation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the gods Zeus, Apollo, Demeter, Persephone, Hermes, Dionysos, and Aphrodite; the Greek heroes, Theseus and Heracles (Hercules in the Roman version); and the most famous of all classical myths, the Trojan War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the Facts behind the Myth

  • By Joshua on 11-05-13

Excellent content, albeit with some annoyance

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Fascinating topic, excellent and robust examination. I found the Professor's pronunciation of certain words really irritating (is it an American mid-west thing to say 'impordant' and 'wridden,' or 'liderature?) Anyway, probably a petty complaint at best, and certainly didn't prevent me from being greatly disappointed once I finished. I wanted more!

Highlights for me: the overview of the psychological 'why' theories of Myth, the importance and relevance of Classic Myth in Western culture today, and a better understanding of Ovid's Metamorphoses in its cultural context. I do wish there was a more thorough examination of the different uses of Myth specific to the Romans, as opposed to the Greeks, however.

Will definitely listen to again

  • Pimsleur Italian Level 2 Lessons 6-10

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Italian Level 2 Lessons 6-10 builds on material taught in prior lessons. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consistently good

  • By Steph Davis on 08-24-16

Consistently good

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Logical progression in this strong program. Very useful and helpful to listen to repeatedly. Will continue to purchase Pimsleur.

  • Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: Helen Morales
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about ourselves, our origins, and our desires? This imaginative and stimulating Very Short Introduction goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Myth-making and myth-makers

  • By Darwin8u on 10-07-18

rewarding and stimulating journey

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

certainly not an overview of the myths themselves, but an interesting albeit quick overview of the significance of classical myth through history (as the "manure" to our current western culture). Led me to looking up unfamiliar concepts and authors, always the sign of a stimulating read (listen). Worth repeat listening

  • Getting Over a Breakup

  • 75 Easy Steps to Get Over a Breakup
  • By: Kate Anderson
  • Narrated by: Rebekah Amber Clark
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

New York Times best-selling author Kate Anderson brings you her latest book to help those suffering the pain of a separation. Getting Over a Breakup contains 75 easy to follow steps, broken into three sections, to help you get over the pain and anguish of a breakup and to move on with your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting over it.

  • By On The Road on 01-06-17

Content was really good and helpful

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

Strong content, with genuinely helpful advice on coping during a really challenging time. Unfortunately, I found the narrator's voice to be really irritating and distracting. Was definitely still helpful though, especially to listen to while at work, which I found to be a particularly difficult time. Will listen through a few more times, but really wish it had a different reader.

0 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Pimsleur Italian Level 2 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

Italian Level 2 Lessons 1-5 builds on material taught in prior lessons. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best for becoming conversational

  • By Steph Davis on 07-12-16

Best for becoming conversational

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

I've been listening to various programs over the last few weeks in preparation for an upcoming solo trip to Italy, including the innovative learning series, and this is probably the best for becoming conversational the fastest. I feel that other programs complement this approach, as I also want to be able to read Italian, but I feel that Pimsleur's structured repetition approach is the most like learning a language in situ. I have a basic foundation now, and Pimsleur is taking me to the next level in actually speaking, which is exactly what I was looking for.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Learn Italian - Level 2: Absolute Beginner Italian, Volume 2: Lessons 1-25

  • Absolute Beginner Italian #2
  • By: Innovative Language Learning
  • Narrated by: ItalianPod101.com
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Start speaking Italian in minutes, and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Absolute Beginner Italian, Volume 2, a completely new way to learn Italian with ease! Absolute Beginner Italian, Volume 2 will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and arm you with cultural insight and other information to utterly shock and amaze your Italian friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • useful

  • By Steph Davis on 06-22-16

useful

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

As disappointed as I was to not find out about what happened with Alessio and Melissa (did they get together or not? ;), this second volume is very effective. will listen to it several times.