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Chris Hilbig

San Antonio, TX USA
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin & The Way to Wealth audiobook cover art

Great for history buffs, but...

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

Reviewed: 12-17-13

When I purchased this audiobook, I was under the assumption that this was two books in one. Based on my hearing, it's Ben Franklins diary, describing various events in his life. There isn't a "Way to Wealth" anywhere within this audiobook if one ever existed. That doesn't make this a bad audiobook, but misinforming buyers I feel is immoral.

I've always been a fan of American colonial history. I enjoyed Franklin's view of events during this time. It's interesting how he became such "a pillar of the community", event being pushed into leading men into battle. It was also hearing his take on how the British should best defend the American colonies, utilizing local men instead of importing them from the mother land. The end of the book seem to cut the story short, as if the publisher ran out of diary entries to reproduce.

Overall I'm copasetic with this purchase. Mr Mackamy did a fine job as the narrator. I saw another audiobook that continues Franklin's life where his diary left off. Maybe I'll get that as well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sleeping Like a Baby audiobook cover art

For meditation, not for sleeping

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

Reviewed: 12-16-12

I feel like I've been deceived by the title. For some reason, at the end of each track, you're aroused to wakefulness. If you're trying to get a good night's sleep it defeats the purpose. The whole reason I spent my credit was to help me get over my insomnia. If I had to do over again, I wouldn't of wasted my credit.

Don't get me wrong, the tracks are good and well produced. But they seem better suited for meditation or boosting self esteem, not sleep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Learn Japanese with Innovative Language's Proven Language System - Level 1: Introduction to Japanese audiobook cover art

To be fair....

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

Reviewed: 03-10-12

To be fair to the people at Innovative Language, don't cr@p all over them due to a technical issue on Audible's part. I usually download audio books in Format 4. That version came in corrupt, and I was only able to hear, "This is Audible." The Enhanced version works perfectly.

Also this is a short, free preview of their box set, which is a rehash of the audio content from Japanesepod101. This maybe more convenient to a few of us. As far as content goes, this is great for the beginner. Maybe even better than Pimsluer's Japanese. I still believe you should use more than one program to learn a language because different programs will tackle a language from different angles. But if you're a newbie, this series is a great start. Then I would incorporate Micheal Thomas. Later on Pimsluer's. As you learn, also immerse yourself in Japanese culture and media. (websites, KeyHileTV, manga, etc) Also learn Kana, Katakana, and Hiragana.

Don't take my word for it, download all of the freebees, and try out the lessons for yourself.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

Rapid Spanish audiobook cover art

A good supplement for Castilian Spanish learners

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-10

I like the concept of Rapid Languages, but it needs to be done with another, more effective language program in mind. Pimsluers, Learning Spanish Like Crazy, or Micheal Thomas would be good options. The Spanish version is much like all of the other versions, they mix up patterns (or blocks of sentences) to music to help you remember. Unfortunately, Earworms didn't try to incorporate each section as a building block, one built onto another for more effective learning. They also use the same music for each language. So if you have listened to the others, you'll get mentally stuck because your mind is bringing up something from another language. Another thing the Earworms team failed to realize is that there's a noticeable difference between Castillian Spanish of Spain and Latin American Spanish. I live in South Texas, so the woman sounds like she has a speech impediment whenever she pronounces spanish words with a C. EX: Cinco sounds like (th-en-ko) in Castillian. Here it's pronounced as (s-en-ko). It would be great if the Earworms team created a Latin American version, so learners on this side of the pond won't be so screwed-up accent-wise. Another thing I notice is that this series seems to be directed towards travelers or vacationers. Listening to this in the background as prescribe will not help you learn the language. You have to participate with that speaker in order to absorb what you're trying to learn.

Like I said, Rapid Languages is a great concept and has help many, but this is nothing more than an over-glorified supplement to other, more thorough programs.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

How You Can Defeat Depression (Hypnosis) audiobook cover art

Another wasted credit...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-09

This is one of those audiobook that I should had previewed before downloading. (My fault...) Due to my previous success with Glen Harold's offerings, I gave Dr. Hall a try. This has been one of the most poorly produced, if not amateurish audiobooks that I've ever had the misfortune of listening to. It sounded as if this was recorded on her home PC. Instead of making an attempt at helping you through hypnosis, Dr. Hall (plainly) reads off her script which includes a slightly amusing story that involves you killing yourself as you trek up a steep incline, stumbling through a forrest, a fog, a delightful peak, and then back down again. Other highlights include lots of background noises to distract and piano music that gets abruptly cut off.

In short, this audiobook will not show you how to defeat depression. Most likely it will make it worst for having you feel like a fool after wasting a credit. I seriously can't believe this or any of Dr. Hall's garbage could ever be sold here on Audible.

Anyways, you have been warned!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

The Cloud audiobook cover art

Nice Preview

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-08

It is what it is, a free sampling of two languages. My only problem is I wished that in the introduction or in the description, they would list what languages are in the freebie. The only one I recognized was the Castilian (or Spain) Spanish. I wished Earworms would finally create a Latin American version for us state-side. But that's beside the point. If you want to listen to a sample that's a little longer then what Audible provides, this is it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful