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  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,265

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

thoroughly enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-11

I can't work out whether the author has been in the police or just invents well, or has asked real policemen... anyway, the mixture of fantasy and convincingly gritty detail about the life of a copper in the Metropolitan police works very well. The narrator, as many others have said, does an excellent job of the voices, maintaining the generally high standard of audible narrators that I have listened to. If you don't care for fantasy generally you could still like this story. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Michel Thomas Method

  • Russian Introductory Course
  • By: Natasha Bershadski
  • Narrated by: Natasha Bershadski
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Learn another language the way you learnt your own. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Russian in the same way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best russian course ever!

  • By Tore on 21-06-08

the easiest way for the beginner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-11

Having tried various new languages with audio materials I find the Michel Thomas method is much the easiest and most enjoyable. Some language courses have you hear two native speakers having a conversation. I found this utterly daunting even if it is broken down afterwards. The 'live' classroom setup of the Michel Thomas method makes for a much easier way in. I have been learning Russian, a language I knew nothing of, and find I can make progress easily. Natasha Bershadski is very fluent in English and has a pleasant voice -- important when you're going to be listening to hours of it. I prefer her teaching the MT method to Michel himself ! She is infinitely patient with her two students whose efforts you hear at expressing themselves in the new language. I found the fact that they make mistakes helpful, as we English speakers tend to have similar problems to each other with foreign languages. You always hear the teacher say the phrase at the end of each question-answer and the contrast with the students' pronunciation helps to improve your own. Try the free sample if in doubt!

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  • Michel Thomas Method

  • Mandarin Chinese Introductory Course
  • By: Harold Goodman
  • Narrated by: Harold Goodman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Learn another language the way you learnt your own. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Mandarin Chinese in the same way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Intro but what next?

  • By Mike Quinn on 23-02-13

easiest way to get started with Mandarin

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-09

I tried a couple of audio courses and a live class before trying this course. It was only with this one that I feel I have been able to make a real start with Mandarin. Harold Goodman's introduction takes away one's fears and doubts about the language, dispels the idea it is hard and gives the best explanation of tones I've heard. As all Mandarin words are initially quite foreign, unlike with French, German, etc, it is very helpful that he guides you word by word through your initial attempts to repeat the phrases. With other courses you often hear native speakers rattle off whole phrases and this can make it all seem very hard. Here we really do go step by step. Hearing the two learners struggle to get say the words, followed by the correct speech of the native speaker, provides a contrast that enhances one's ability to distinguish the correct phrase. It's better than just hearing correct speech on its own. It also made me feel, "Well, it's not just me that makes mistakes!".

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