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  • Learn Beginner Portuguese - Learn Brazilian Portuguese for Beginners: Lessons 1 to 10 - From Learning Portuguese like Crazy

  • By: Patrick Jackson
  • Narrated by: Pedro Passari, Victor Barros, Amanda de Andrade
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Do you want to learn how to speak real Brazilian Portuguese with complete confidence without having to relocate to Brazil for months or even years? If so, then keep reading. Perhaps you've already purchased another learning-Portuguese program or two. Or maybe you've purchased several and still feel you’re unable to speak Brazilian Portuguese with complete confidence. Or maybe you’re an absolute beginner.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good

  • By Emily on 30-11-18

Really Good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was actually a really good beginner book to learning Brazilian Portuguese. The narrators were really good, and I liked how they had accurate accents so that I could try to copy the accent. I particularly liked how words were repeated multiple times in different contexts so you could try and figure out what they meant before the narrator told you.

  • Killer Cop: The Deviant Deputy Who Kidnapped, Raped and Killed

  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In July 1972, Deputy Sheriff Gerard Schaefer picked up two teenage girls, Pamela Wells (17) and Nancy Trotter (18), who were hitchhiking to a local beach. He told them it was illegal to hitchhike in the area and that he would take them back to safety. He lied. Schaefer took them to a remote wooded area where he drew his gun, tied them up, gagged them, and looped nooses around their necks. Schaefer received a call on his police radio and had to leave the girls, but he vowed to return and finish what he’d started.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Karen on 04-12-18

Meh

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This is better than Green's previous books that I have read/listened to, but I really don't like the novelistic approach to the topic. I want to know what happened in regards to Gerard Schaefer, but I don't know what parts of this novel are real and what are just embellished for effect.

  • The Hamilton Affair

  • By: Elizabeth Cobbs
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Hamilton was a bastard son, raised on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. He went to America to pursue his education. Along the way he became one of the American Revolution's most dashing - and unlikely - heroes. Adored by Washington, hated by Jefferson, Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the American Revolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Emily on 19-11-18

Good

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-18

Let me start by saying that I really wanted this book when I learnt that it was going to be published. When I tried to buy it, Amazon.co.uk told me that it wouldn't be available until May 2017, and I could pre-order it. Instead, I purchased it on Audible UK (which doesn't make much sense to me - like seriously, Audible is a part of Amazon and I was on the UK version for both so why such the difference??) and I listened to the audio book instead. I've really been getting into audio books lately, which is really strange because I've always struggled with them and this book does well on audio book.

Originally, I was really excited about this book because it's touted as a book about the relationship of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton. While, yes, it did do this, it does it a lot later than I expected, which I found kinda disappointing. I was expecting it to talk about their childhoods and then pre-meeting for a short while, but it seemed to last for at least half the book, and a lot of it seemed irrelevant to the plot (view spoiler), but the first half of this novel really felt like it was dragging.

I also felt like Eliza wasn't portrayed in a particularly good way. She came off more... weak than I think of her as when reading biographies. She was portrayed as a woman who needed Alexander to live, and while that may have been true of her opinion during their marriage, she lived fifty years longer than he did. I did like her portrayal after the Reynolds Pamphlet came out; (view spoiler). This is also linked with her childhood in the novel as she is described as wanting to help children and animals so the novel does have a continuing thread of characterization running through it.

However, for going into so much detail about their lives prior to meeting each other, not much attention is given to Eliza and the children after Alexander's passing, and fifty years is passed in (I think?) sixteen minutes. or a short epilogue like chapter. I found this rather sad really.

However, Cobb does a remarkable job of showing the trials and tribulations of marriage in the 1700s; the fears of pregnancy, the worry of the loss of both child and mother during pregnancy, the ongoing endemics of illness that waved through the cities every year.

Overall, I liked the novel, I would recommend it to people, but there were some inconsistencies and pacing issues that I didn't like which is why this book does not get 5 stars.

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • By: Junot Diaz
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J R R Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku - the curse that has haunted his family for generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad tale

  • By Petra on 04-09-18

Disliked

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18

**spoiler alert**




I did not like this book.

It starts off as this overview of Oscar (not Oscar Wao, as you would have thought, which is eventually revealed to be a taunting nickname based off of Oscar Wilde), spoken (as I listened to the audio book rather than reading the actual novel) off this unknown presenter. It would later be revealed to be Oscar's roommate at college Yunior, who would also date Oscar's sister for a short time. Anyway, there's this curse called fuku in Dominican culture and Oscar is sure that his family suffers from this curse, and then explains that he knows that he has this curse because when he was in primary school he dated two girls at the same time. The more beautiful of the girls was jealous and made him dump the other girl (who was literally the female version of Oscar and should he just have dated her on her own in the first place, I feel like none of this novel would have been written and Oscar and this other girl would have been happy together but...), only to be dumped the next day by the girl. Oscar would grow up to be overweight and a nerd, essentially, which meant that he wasn't the greatest at dating. The beautiful girl would grow up and continued dating jocks and abusive men, while the less attractive girl grew up to be overweight and a nerd, like Oscar. This apparently shows that all three are under the curse of fuku. This idea of fuku is an overarching plot line throughout the novel, stretching over all of Oscar's family (himself, his mother and his sister).

After a few chapters, it changes from Yunior talking about Oscar and instead focuses on Lola (Oscar's sister) talking about her strained relationship with their mother, Beli. I thought that the change in narrator was a nice touch, foreshadowing Lola and Yunior's future romance and closeness. Other than that, I didn't really get it. Was it just to show that she too suffered the curse of the fuku? Lola ran off from her mothers due to emotional abuse and lived with her boyfriend and his father, who hated both his son and Lola. She hoped to make a life for herself far away from Beli and be successful. In a moment of homesickness she calls Oscar who leads their mother directly to her. While she detests this, she is trapped by her mother and stays with her family. After (SPOILERS) Oscar dies at the end of the novel, Lola married and had a daughter that Yunior wishes was his, and hopes is smart enough to overcome fuku by coming to him and asking about her great-grandfather, grandmother and uncle.

After Lola's short interlude, the narration turns towards Beli's time in the Dominican Republic as a child. She was one of three children, the daughter of a doctor who was imprisoned under the rule of Trujillo, a dictator who ruled the Dominican Republic. Beli lived with her aunt after her mother and two sisters had died. Wishing to get away, she fell in love with a man known only as Gangster. This is to her detriment however as he was married to Trujillo's sister; Beli is taken to a sugar cane field and is beaten half to death. This is later mirrored by Oscar, and emphasized the cultural heritage of the cane fields in the Dominican Republic; Spain built an empire on the sugar fields and plantations and in this novel, they are used as metaphors for the brutality and oppression suffered by the Dominican Republic by the Spanish Empire. Following this, Beli is sent to New Jersey by her aunt, and she falls in love with a man there. He however, only stayed long enough to have conceived Lola and Oscar before leaving, showing that the fuku curse did indeed run in the family.
However, I did not feel like this section, which seemed to take over half of the book, was truly needed in the novel. The novel was supposed to be about the short life of Oscar, and he was not part of the book for the majority. If it was needed in the novel, I didn't really understand the significance of the section other than Beli's father is how the fuku curse started in the family.

The narration then returns to Oscar; he graduates Rutgers University where he met Yunior, and tags along with his family on their annual summer holiday to the Dominican Republic.Oscar's fuku curse comes in the term that he wants to lose his virginity and fall in love. Oscar does love in love in the Dominican Republic with a middle aged prostitute called Ybon, Ybon is dating the police captain, and is abused by him. Oscar spends time with Ybon before the Captain sends his lower downs to beat Oscar up, which they do in a sugar cane field, mirroring his mother from earlier in the novel. Beli reacts to this by returning Oscar to New Jersey.
However, Oscar can't let go of Ybon, and borrowing money from Yunior, returns to Ybon. He spends (I think?) a month in the Dominican Republic before Ybon relents and has sex with him. They are caught by the Captain, who has his men shoot Oscar. Oscar dies.
A while later, Lola receives a letter sent through the post by Oscar before he died, explaining that he finally got to experience the little intimacies of love and that he is happy. This effectively means that the fuku curse was broken, I think. Except for Beli, who dies a year or so after Oscar from her returning breast cancer. Lola married a man and had a daughter in Miami before moving back to New Jersey. Yunior teaches and is also married. He harbors the hope that he and Lola would get back together, but if they meet up in the street, they only ever talk about Oscar.

Overall, I seriously struggled with this book. Maybe it was the awkward story line, the constant time jumping, the changing narrators, the sudden change in language between English and Spanish, maybe it was a combination of all of it, but I really did not enjoy this book. Most of the way through I really wished that I could have just left it, but I had to know how it ended, which is why I finished it in the end. I don't feel like it was worth it.

  • Stephen Curry: The Inspirational Story of One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time!

  • By: Patrick Thompson
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Carter
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

One of today’s most sought-after NBA superstars was once a young boy who was perceived as weak. Despite this negative impression, he has managed to rise from his simple life in North Carolina into becoming one of the sharpest shooters in the history of the NBA. Stephen Curry’s journey to become one of the NBA’s legends has been tough and rocky. He might be the son of an NBA veteran, yet his journey towards his dreams was not smooth. He also had his fair share of rejections and doubts - both from his own self and others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Emily on 19-11-18

Interesting

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Reviewed: 19-11-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Before reading this, I had never heard of Stephen Curry, or knew anything about basketball. It was really interesting to learn about Curry and all of the small trivial details about his career. It was really interesting.

  • Law of Attraction

  • Your Powerful Key for Manifesting Money, Success, Love or Even Win the Lottery Almost Effortlessly!
  • By: Abraham Vitale
  • Narrated by: Jeff Lewis
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

This audiobook explains what the law of attraction is and how it works. It explains the links between thoughts and feelings and the way they manifest reality. It provides doable strategies on guiding the mind so it can create whatever you want, be it a stunning success, a fit and healthy body, a wealthy lifestyle...anything to which you set your mind. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars

  • By Jade Baldwin on 10-12-18

Sceptical

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was an interesting audiobook. I didn't know much about the Law of Attraction before listening to this book, and while the author and narrator explained it well, I don't quite know if I believe that it would work.

  • Yoga for Beginners

  • Your Guide to Master Yoga Poses While Strengthening Your Body, Calming Your Mind and Be Stress Free!
  • By: Emily Oddo
  • Narrated by: Sarah DaMetz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
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    5 out of 5 stars 15
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    5 out of 5 stars 15

This guide will introduce you to the magical method known as yoga. By listening to it, you will get to know the history of yoga, the benefits of yoga, what to expect from yoga classes, and what you need to start practicing it. You will also learn some yoga postures and routines you can do to free your mind from stress while strengthening your body. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to understand!!

  • By Patrick Gregory on 08-12-18

Informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really enjoyed this book. It was really informative on both the history of yoga, the different types of yoga and how yoga can help your mind, your health and your body. I really learnt a lot from it.

  • True Crime Stories Volume 11: 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases

  • True Crime Anthology
  • By: Jack Rosewood
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

In this true crime anthology, you’ll learn about some of the most shocking true crime cases that have happened in the last 40 years. You will find yourself thrust into a world that is often depraved but always intriguing and fascinating, leaving you wanting to learn more. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Emily on 15-11-18

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This is the first time I've listened to one of Rosewood's True Crime Stories and not known any of the people discussed in the book. This book was really interesting, covering a range of countries (I particularly liked the one discussed where the person went around pretty much the entire UK in an attempt to evade capture) and a range of crimes (family annihilators and missing persons and more). I listened to this book in one sitting, and I wasn't disappointed.

  • The Great Book of Florida: The Crazy History of Florida with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia

  • A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States Series, Book 4
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Want to learn more about the state of Florida? Sure, you know it’s home to Disney World, but what else do you really know about the Sunshine State? From the strange to the scary, there’s so much to learn about Florida that even natives of the state don’t know. In this trivia audiobook, you’ll learn more about Florida’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more!   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative

  • By ScottishJay on 20-11-18

Learning

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I feel like I've learnt so much about Florida. I came into this book not knowing anything at all about Florida, and now I can list off numerous tidbits about the sunshine state. It was pretty entertaining and fun to listen to. Well worth a listen.

  • Mindfulness Buddhism

  • Your Practical and Easy Guide to Be Peaceful, Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression Right Now!
  • By: Susan Mori
  • Narrated by: Sarah DaMetz
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

 Mindfulness Buddhism: Your Practical and Easy Guide to Be Peaceful, Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression Right Now will have an immediate and positive impact in you daily life, providing you practical ways to lasting changes if practiced regularly. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book.

  • By Owen Chadwick on 08-12-18

Good

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I found this book quite interesting, and I think that it has some good advice on remaining peaceful and decreasing stress. I particularly appreciated the Starbucks analogy. However, I didn't quite understand what zazen was, and I found that part of the audiobook a bit confusing.