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  • Lord Jim

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Mike Dolan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

"Lord Jim" is a novel by Joseph Conrad originally published as a serial in Blackwood's Magazine from October 1899 to November 1900. An early and primary event is the abandonment of a ship in distress by its crew including the young British seaman Jim. He is publicly censured for this action and the novel follows his later attempts at coming to terms with himself and his past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok story, narrator fine

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-19

Ok story, narrator fine

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

I didn’t find this nearly as good as Heart of Darkness. Marlowe, here, hints of something profound to Jim’s life, but his tale concerning his friendship with Jim and his ultimate demise fails to illuminate much beyond a superficial tale. This is the story of a young man overcoming his youthful fears by embracing the colonialism ideals that fueled the dreams of the western world at the end of the nineteenth century. A good story but it’s no Heart of Darkness.

The narrator did a fine job.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Man's Walk

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627

In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Lonesome Dove

  • By Richard on 11-05-08

Good story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

The narrator did a great job with this novel but I must admit I wasn't floored by the story. I'm reading the Lonesome Dove series in chronological order so maybe that's why; perhaps it's a gentle introduction to an intene Lonesome Dove upheaval ? I don't know but Dead Man's Walk is certainly enjoyable to listen to.

  • Far From the Madding Crowd

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053

In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Country tales and voices.

  • By Judyth on 01-07-15

Good story. Excellent narrator.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

I was surprised that this book is both a tragedy as well as a romance. It is altogether enjoyable and fun though I've yet to understand how the title reflects the story, unless it is description of the protagonist.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to German, Level 1
    
    
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    Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    38 ratings
    Overall 3.4
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to German, Level 1

  • By: Oasis Audio
  • Narrated by: Linguistics Team
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

You're no idiot, of course. Neither is the team of memory and linguistics experts who have designed the world's most effective foreign language self-study course. International travelers, students, and business people can now learn to converse in a new language in less than half the time they expect.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not as easy as the title implies!

  • By Cathy Dopp on 02-09-06

Pretty good.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

This is third language for which I've purchased these think these Idiot Guides, the others being Spanish and French. Overall I think they're pretty good insofar as these Learn a Foreign Language audiobooks go. While I found Paul Noble courses better, I point out that I use the courses differently. Noble's courses, as great as they are, don't lend themselves to rote repetition, whereas these do; that as, where Noble makes you think and apply what you've learned, the Idiot Guides seem best utilized by listening and repeating - over and over again. That's not to say that the Idiot Guides don't have quizzes requiring you to utilize what you've learned, they do, and they're good, but I found Noble's courses predictable and boring on repetition due to the training method, whereas these are geared more to repetitive learning.

I use these Idiot Guides in that fashion. I listen to the audiobooks in sequence (I currently have 1 and 2 of the German series and plan on getting the third soon) and, upon completion, start again at 1, listening to them in 30 minute or so sessions each. I've found this method to be both enjoyable and instructive. Each time around, I get a little better.

German is a difficult language, but, like Latin, it is also kind of fun. With practice and patience, I am confident it can be mastered. Plus hanging out with Germans doesn't hurt. And though both may, at times, be vexing, the pain only makes the reward that more triumphant, rewarding and sure, whether it be in pronunciation, declension, respect, love or friendship.

  • Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 3

  • German Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Paul Noble is a genius with a higher IQ than Einstein. Despite this, he still struggled with language learning at school. He found himself feeling "confused, incapable, and unable to really say anything". As a result of his negative early experiences, Paul has come up with a groundbreaking new method of language teaching that removes the need for months of study. With Paul Noble, everyone really can speak a language.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not purchase if you own part 1.

  • By JP Reynolds on 08-05-15

Noble's courses are great but caveat emptor

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

As someone else mentioned, most, if not all, of this material comes in the first Learn German Audible book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Learn French with Paul Noble – Part 1

  • French Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302

Learn French with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.    

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD BUT POWER FRENCH IS WAY BETTER

  • By martin on 04-05-16

The Best of the Audio Courses

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

This is an excellent audio course that gets you speaking French right away. It is geared for the traveller so expect to learn phrases you may need while visiting France or any of the Francophone countries around the world. With this course, you'll learn enough French to function with it. Native speakers will be impressed and warmed by your efforts to learn their language. By far the best of the foreign audio languages I've ever used. This really does work.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Germany

  • By: Ralph Raico, Wendy McElroy
  • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

Germany is historically one of the most important of all nations. Since emerging from its days as a Roman province, Germany (including Prussia) has had a central role in European affairs. It has reached the heights in art, music, literature, and political power, yet it's also reached the depths in humiliating military defeat and partition. This presentation reviews the broad sweep of German history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Overview

  • By Brian (aka: Brainwise) on 03-22-11

Fun.

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

Enjoyed hearing Harry Reasoner's voice after all these years. Anyway, its a fun, not particularly detailed romp through Germanic history.

  • Munich, Germany: Travel Guide Book - A Comprehensive 5-Day Travel Guide to Munich, Germany & Unforgettable German Travel

  • Best Travel Guides to Europe Series, Volume 18
  • By: Passport to European Travel Guides
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

We're here to help you discover the shining city of Munich for yourself! Passport to European Travel Guides offers this comprehensive, yet quick and concise, five-day guide to Munich - the sparkle of Germany!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • They ACTUALLY read URL's verbatim

  • By Rodney W. Schmisseur on 02-05-17

A lot of addresses, phone numbers, and URLs

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

Would you try another book from Passport to European Travel Guides and/or Colin Fluxman?

No.

Would you ever listen to anything by Passport to European Travel Guides again?

Not in the same format.

Which character – as performed by Colin Fluxman – was your favorite?

n/a

What character would you cut from Munich, Germany: Travel Guide Book - A Comprehensive 5-Day Travel Guide to Munich, Germany & Unforgettable German Travel?

n/a

Any additional comments?

This seems more like something a blind person would appreciated since its mostly a listing of tourist-related things, e.g. hotels, walking tours, passport info. Along with each agency, the narrator speaks the addresses and URL's ("dot h t m l", etc.) which gets boring fast. This did not translate into the audiobook format very well.

But the narrator has a beautiful voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cancer Virus

  • The Story of the Epstein-Barr Virus
  • By: Dorothy H. Crawford, Alan B. Rickinson, Ingolfur Johannessen
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) was discovered in 1964. At the time, the very idea of a virus underlying a cancer was revolutionary. Cancer is, after all, not catching. Even now, the idea of a virus causing cancer surprises many people. But Epstein-Barr, named after its discoverers, Sir Anthony Epstein and Dr Yvonne Barr, is fascinating for other reasons, too. Almost everyone carries it, yet it is only under certain circumstances that it produces disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-15

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

Enjoyable history of the discovery of EBV and its related diseases. The narrator took me a little while to get used to but eventually I grew to enjoy some of his idiosyncrasies. Well done, overall.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mansfield Park

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

Shy, fragile Fanny Price is the consummate "poor relation". Sent to live with her wealthy uncle Thomas, she clashes with his spoiled, selfish daughters and falls in love with his son. Their lives are further complicated by the arrival of a pair of witty, sophisticated Londoners, whose flair for flirtation collides with the quiet, conservative country ways of Mansfield Park.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely narrated

  • By SLB on 06-16-14

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book and I am quite impressed by Miss Austen's work. Whereas I could not finish Pride & Prejudice and liked Emma, I consider Mansfield Park a prime example of fine literature and I look forward to reading more of her novels though, after reading this, I fear I may be disappointed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful