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  • Rapid French: Volume 1

  • By: Earworms Learning
  • Narrated by: Marlon Lodge
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of French 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
  • complimented on my French!

  • By Rosemary on 09-10-07

Covers to much to fast

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

As someone who has a smattering of French I still found this too fast. Not enough time for you to practice before you are on to the next phrase.

Also takes some time to get your ear in and pick up the nuances of pronunciation - again progression is to fast.

  • Frank Skinner

  • By: Frank Skinner
  • Narrated by: Frank Skinner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Frank Skinner is undoubtedly one of the funniest and most successful comedians appearing on British screens. Born Chris Collins in 1957, he grew up in the West Midlands where he inherited his father's passion for football, a West Bromich Albion supporter, along with a liking for alcohol. Expelled from school at 16, Frank held various jobs, later going on to gain an MA in English Literature.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • not like the book

  • By Liam chapman on 01-03-16

Great story butchered in the abridgement

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

Reviewed: 15-11-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

A great story well read but a shame not available at full length. Huge sections hinted at but not covered (eg marrage). No gaps between sections. Obviously squashed to fit on to a CD. If you are a fan do not let this out you off but why is the full length version not available.

What does Frank Skinner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His honest personality comes across.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed at the production.

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  • Life and Laughing

  • My Story
  • By: Michael McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Michael McIntyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,067
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,531

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect performer of a life - I loved it!

  • By David on 30-10-10

Good story - let down by poor sound

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

What made the experience of listening to Life and Laughing the most enjoyable?

An engaging story, but probably less so if you do not know north london. However this was let down badly by poor sound levels. Michael's voice level changes often and I had to keep adjusting the volume in the car.I would recomend as long as you are near the volume knob.

What did you like best about this story?

Quite an intersting life, his struggles to get in to comedy. He is a natural story teller. My 3 Performance rating is due to the sound.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Be prepared to adjust the volume every now and again.