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  • Learn French with Paul Noble – Part 2

  • French Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 471

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.      

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice job

  • By Studying llfe in New York on 08-08-15

Absolute best, most effective language course EVER

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Paul Noble is IT. Every other language course., app, etc pales by comparison. Noble has used his considerable intelligence to produce a unique way of tackling French for the native English speaker, giving you abundant clues and little tricks for leveraging your English knowledge to get you started with French.

He works through dozens of truly useful travel scenarios and phrases you can immediately say correctly and use in real life. You will be speaking and understanding quite a bit of French in the first hour and your confidence and fluency grows steadily. The native speaker he uses for the speaking is wonderful.

And finally, his manner and approach inspire confidence, eliminate shame, and brilliantly mange all the negative emotions most of us bring to language learning.

Why his methodology isn't the widely accepted gold standard for language learning I will never know. It just goes to show that mediocrity typically rises to the top. Buy his tapes, spread the word.

1 of 2 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 1,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

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.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cut off words

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-26-18

WOW! Totally impressed

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Paul Noble's approach to learning French is the BEST out there - I have tried quite a few and I am simply floored by his soft-spoken, quietly genius way of getting you up and running in a new language within an hour or two. It's crazy!

My confidence has soared listening to this tape and I am happily babbling away in passable French. No other course has come close to this.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,770

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Fantastic listen

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

I first read the Handmaids Tale soon after it came out, when I was in my 20s, and remembered the basic outline of the story. Listening to it some 30 years later was a real treat.

The story was much better. more subtle and compelling, than I remember. Far from being a polemic or strident, it was an introspective piece on the journey of a woman's experience in the transitional years between a free society and a fascistic state. Margaret Atwood's vision has been much talked about, but what I really enjoyed was the inner experience of the first person narrator.

The performance by Clare Danes was excellent. I felt like it took her a few chapters to really hit her stride as a narrator, and there were times I felt I was getting too much of her and too little of the book, but that all smoothed out by the middle and she was excellent. Though it is a "full cast" I think she reads maybe 90% of it, so the other readers are less important.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • River of Gods

  • By: Ian McDonald
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

On the eve of Mother India's 100th birthday, 10 people are doing 10 very different things. In the next few weeks, all these people will be swept together to decide the fate of the nation. From gangsters to government advisors, from superstitious street-boys to scientists to computer-generated soap stars, River of Gods shows a civilization in flux - a river of gods. River of Gods is an epic science fiction novel, as sprawling, vibrant and colourful as the sub-continent it describes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A long and winding river

  • By Ken on 11-17-12

Sound engineering so poor I couldn't listen to it

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

This was very disappointing. I had been looking forward to this book for a while, and had saved it for a 4 day cross-country driving trip. I found it impossible to listen to (and I have listened to hundreds of audible books, lectures, podcsasts etc with no problem). The narrator's voice levels have much too wide of a dynamic range and I was constantly having to turn the volume up and down. Like literally driving with one hand on the volume knob, trying to keep the volume at a level I could hear and understand without being ear-splitting.

I'm not sure of how most narrators manage the technicalities of sound levels, but I have always assumed this is a key function of either the initial recording, or post-recording engineering. I am going to have to buy this book for my kindle and read it, having wasted my credit on the audible version. I expect more from audible

I can't review the story as it was hard to enjoy under the circumstances and I only got a few chapters in before giving up.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,357

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Good, not great

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

Reviewed: 09-27-11

A good story, which grows on you, and is worth a listen - but there are others of Gaiman's I prefer to this. And sorry, but I didn't love Gaiman as a narrator - you really notice the difference when you listen to professionals most of the time. His voice modulation and cadence often made him difficult to understand, and I was constantly adjusting the volume to try and deal with this.

  • West with the Night

  • By: Beryl Markham
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, describes her childhood on a farm in Kenya, her apprenticeship as a horse trainer, and her later career as a pioneer aviator who piloted passengers and supplies in a small plane to remote corners of Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Caitlín Mitchell on 10-28-08

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 09-27-11

What a story! And beautifully narrated.... The beauty and adventure and exquisite language will carry you dream-like through this book, and you'll be glad you can listen again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,305

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Satisfyingly Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 09-27-11

The best of two worlds - Pratchett and Gaiman - combine smoothly to form a seamlessly great story. Very enjoyable, start to finish. You will laugh out loud so many times, it should be required reading/listening for sad people. And they aren't cheap laughs - the social commentary and observations on human nature leave you satisfied and shaking your head with their cleverness.

93 of 96 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,804

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

A grueling but amazing story

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

Reviewed: 09-27-11

I like survival stories (bit of an addiction in fact) and this may be one of the greatest ever. It is breath-taking, in both how amazing the details of the story are, and in how exhausting the story line can be. For many many hours, you get almost no relief from the insane stress and difficulty of this group's survival. I especially enjoyed reading it not actually knowing the history (as in, whether they lived or died) - which obviously I could have looked up on wikipedia but I preferred to keep myself in a bit of suspense. Very well narrated as well. I wept at the end, and there's no question this story will be a part of my consciousness forever.

  • White Heat

  • A Novel
  • By: M. J. McGrath
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 445

Half Inuit and half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide in her corner of the Arctic. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from the elders who rule her isolated community on Ellesmere Island. When a man is shot and killed while out on an “authentic” Arctic adventure under her watch, the murder attracts the attention of police sergeant Derek Palliser. As Edie sets out to discover what those tourists were really after, she is shocked by the suicide of someone very close to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By FernT on 09-27-11

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 09-27-11

I really enjoyed this story! The characters were very well developed and memorable, the narration was outstanding (leaving me with a no doubt false sense that I had a grasp of the Inuit language), and the plot and setting were great. Not the deepest book you'll ever read, but above average for a mystery, in my opinion. Listening to it through the heat of summer was especially refreshing as you enter a world where below freezing weather is comfortable and normal. A few inconsistencies in the story annoyed me, but they were quite minor (like the fact that she has a dog pack that conveniently appears in the story once or twice although she almost never has to feed or care for them). The dive into modern Inuit culture seemed (to my ignorant self) to be realistic, not overly romanticized as could so easily be the case. I wanted to spend time up there so badly by the end of the book....

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,507

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Vampire Said ....

  • By Pamela on 07-24-08

voice

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-11

Sorry, I couldn't get off the ground on this one. The voice and accent were jarring to me. Maybe listening to these books doesn't work once you've become addicted to "True Blood". Or maybe I should try again later in a different mood.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful