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A. Thompson

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Poorly narrated

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

Reviewed: 07-05-19

It's an interesting book, but the narrator sounds like he's reading a list. I can forgive a few mispronuciations (Trafalgar, for example, was pronounced "Traffle-gar"), but he has no instinct for modulating a sentence. Every single punctuation mark appears to has been read as if it was a full-stop, making this impossible to really get into.

William Hootkins's excellent performance of Moby Dick was way ahead of this.

Pim slur

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

Reviewed: 21-08-17

A reasonably good way of getting into speaking a language, albeit painstakingly and without applicable context. A few things to keep in mind, then: these lessons are heavily biased towards American listeners. If you are not American, you will find yourself repeating in your chosen language - ad nauseum - that you are one. This then feeds into describing living in Washington DC, asking how much is that in dollars etc. Secondly, the context of some of the phrases is very dubious. I have yet to find much use for the phrase "you can't make purchases today" in either Finnish or my native English; and yet I spent an inordinate amount of time repeating it. Thirdly, after completing all thirty units, I can't proclaim much value for money. Lessons are slow, vocabulary is kept sparse all the way through and little content is given. If I hadn't used my credits and had a very good reason to learn this language, there is no way I could recommend these short lessons on their full price. The somewhat aggrandised opening statement, "congratulations, on purchasing the most effective language course ever!" - or words to that effect - seems rather ironical to me as I struggle to impress anyone by declaring "my wife would like to drink water", but for all its faults, it has bought me a small foothold into the language. Three stars for the entire course seems fair enough to me.

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