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  • Learn Russian - Level 6 Lower Intermediate Russian, Volume 2: Lessons 1-25

  • By: Innovative Language Learning
  • Narrated by: Innovative Language Learning
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    0 out of 5 stars 0
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    0 out of 5 stars 0

Start speaking Russian in minutes and grasp the language, culture, and customs in just minutes more with Lower Intermediate Russian, a completely new way to learn Russian with ease! Lower Intermediate Russian will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and arm you with cultural insight and other information to utterly shock and amaze your Russian friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good resource

  • By Bookwyrm on 19-12-18

Very good resource

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-18

I would give it five stars if it wasn't for the obnoxious noise that plays between sections. I like to play audiobooks at night both to mask traffic noise and to give me something to focus on if I wake upbut the squawk of an out of tune violin is badly jarring.

There is plenty of material here and the pair deliver it well. It is a most useful learning resource. I bought the next one in the sequence too.

  • Turkish for you

  • By: div.
  • Narrated by: div.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    0 out of 5 stars 0
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Learn the most important words and phrases for everyday situations and travelling with the audio-learning course "Turkish for you"...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • quite a bıt to lısten to

  • By Bookwyrm on 22-01-17

quite a bıt to lısten to

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-17

I would't want to use thıs as a complete beginner but as listening practice it is useful and contains a lot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84, Buch 1 & 2

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: David Nathan
  • Length: 30 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Aomame ist knapp 30, Geschäftsfrau und auf dem Weg zu einem wichtigen Termin. Zu Beginn von Haruki Murakamis Roman 1Q84 sitzt sie in einem Taxi auf der Tokioter Stadtautobahn im Stau. Im Radio läuft eine Sinfonie, die ihr merkwürdiger Weise bekannt vorkommt, und merkwürdig ist auch der Rat, den der nicht minder merkwürdige Taxifahrer ihr mit auf den Weg gibt: Um nicht zu spät zu kommen, solle sie doch einfach aussteigen und verbotenerweise über eine Wendeltreppe die Hochstraße verlassen. Aomame folgt dem Rat - und findet sich plötzlich in einem Paralleluniversum wieder, in dem sie brutale Männer mordet und in dem zwei Monde am Himmel stehen. Aus 1984 ist das Jahr 1Q84 geworden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing thought provoking book, superbly narrated.

  • By Bookwyrm on 08-11-16

Amazing thought provoking book, superbly narrated.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Wonderful. Such a pleasure to listen to! The story is complicated and yet not difficult to follow even in German. In fact I thought listening to it in German added to the mood, to the sense of otherness. The narrator is good and clear and expressive, perfect for the book. I will be listening to more books both by this author and this narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Keep Talking Russian

  • Ten Days to Confidence
  • By: Rachel Farmer
  • Narrated by: Teach Yourself Languages
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

If you already have the basics and want to learn more Russian, this advanced beginner audio course will boost your confidence to speak and understand. Practise the most frequent words and expressions for:-being a guest-shopping for food and drink-finding your way around and using transport-reserving a table-talking about what you do-telling people about where you live-going out-discussing haves and have nots-going to a party-going to the doctor’s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite good.

  • By Bookwyrm on 30-10-16

Quite good.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-16

The course is quite good, very useful. But let down by not including the proper Russian in the pdf. I don't want to learn pseudo Russian but real Russian. Cyrillic words could easily have been used instead or as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • La Vieja Guardia [Old Man's War]

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Illera
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Tras haber vivido una vida relativamente tranquila en la Tierra y el mismo día en que cumplen setenta y cinco años, 1,022 ancianos se enrolan en las Fuerzas de Defensa Coloniales, el ejército que lucha por la supervivencia de la humanidad en el universo. La vida en la Tierra transcurre sin demasiados contratiempos. Sin embargo, en el universo se está librando una guerra sin cuartel por los últimos planetas todavía deshabitados de la galaxia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator sounds totally bored, but that is not surprising given how boring the story is.

  • By Bookwyrm on 20-10-16

The narrator sounds totally bored, but that is not surprising given how boring the story is.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-16

I wanted a good piece of science fiction to listen to to practice my Spanish. This was a poor choice.

  • Das Schiff

  • By: Andreas Brandhorst
  • Narrated by: Richard Barenberg
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Seit tausend Jahren schicken die intelligenten Maschinen der Erde lichtschnelle Sonden zu den Sternen. Sie sind auf der Suche nach den Hinterlassenschaften der Muriah, der einzigen bekannten und längst untergangenen Hochkultur in der Milchstraße. Bei der Suche helfen die Mindtalker, die letzten sterblichen Menschen auf der Erde - nur sie können ihre Gedanken über lichtjahrweite Entfernungen schicken und die Sonden lenken. Doch sie finden nicht nur das technologische Vermächtnis der Muriah, sondern auch einen alten Feind, der seit einer Million Jahren schlief und jetzt wieder erwacht.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerising

  • By Bookwyrm on 16-10-16

Mesmerising

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-16

A dreamlike expedition into a future where intelligent machines oversee a world with few humans, most of whom are near immortal. Those that are not can travel the stars. A wonderful way to practce ones German.

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  • Skorpion

  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Jäger
  • Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    0 out of 5 stars 0
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    0 out of 5 stars 0

Die nicht allzu ferne Zukunft: Religiöse Fanatiker und kriminelle Kartelle haben das politische Gleichgewicht auf der Erde in eine bedrohliche Schieflage gebracht...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the English title is Black Man

  • By Bookwyrm on 12-06-16

the English title is Black Man

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-16

I bought this by mistake because I thought it was a book I had not read before, when actually the German title is different from the English one. It would be a good idea to include original titles for translated books to prevent this.

Despite this I really enjoyed listening to this book in German. It has a complicated plot so some elements took me by surprise again whilst the familiarity I had with it helped me keep track when my German understanding faltered.

The narration is very good, I like the narrator's voice and style. The book itself is excellent. A very sophisticated piece of science fiction, intelligent and thoughtful as well as gritty and exciting.

  • Se Alquila Un Planeta [One Planet Rent]

  • By: Yoss
  • Narrated by: Diego Guerrero
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

YOSS (José Miguel Sánchez Gómez) es sin duda el autor más renombrado y controversial de la ciencia ficción cubana. En su best seller Se alquila un planeta, nos ofrece la visión desgarradora de un porvenir en la Tierra que le sirve de espejo para reflexionar sobre la Cuba de los años noventa bajo el régimen de Fidel Castro.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Cuban Science Fiction

  • By Mary on 05-12-15

fantastic narration, interesting stories

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

This is not a novel but rather a set of linked stories set in a rather depressing future. At times it threatens to become depressing itself but has too much heart to actually do so. The narration is brilliant and the stories fascinating. I am so pleased to have found this gem. It is unlike any other science fiction I have read, something really special. Listening to it in Spanish added an extra element and improved my Spanish a hundred fold in the meantime.

  • Die Gabe der Könige

  • Weitseher 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Matthias Lühn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Fitz ist ein Bastard, der Sohn eines Prinzen und eines Bauernmädchens. Doch schon in jungen Jahren nimmt ihn der König in seine Dienste. Noch ahnt Fitz nicht, was er für seine Treue aufgeben muss - seine Ehre, seine Liebe, sogar sein Leben! Denn die Intrigen bei Hofe sind mannigfaltig, und Fitz kann seine Augen nicht vor dem drohenden Unheil verschließen, das dem Reich droht. Doch da befiehlt ihm der König, genau das zu tun. Fitz muss sich entscheiden: Wird er gehorchen oder seinem eigenen Gewissen folgen?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good in German as in English.

  • By Bookwyrm on 09-04-16

Just as good in German as in English.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Der Weitseher (Die Weitseher-Trilogie 1) to be better than the print version?

As I have not been reading German for long I find it easier to follow when both listening and reading together. When just reading the temptation is to look up every word one does not know, but when listening as well the flow carries you through and encourages you to get meaning from context instead. I have noticed significant improvement in my listening comprehension along the way and can now listen and understand without the book alongside.

Have you listened to any of Matthias Lühn’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't and I'm not particularly keen to do so as I don't like the voices he creates for the characters. I prefer a more neutral performance. His voice is good and clear and pleasant, but the character voices grate on one's nerves. It doesn't entirely spoil the book but reduces one's enjoyment of it somewhat.