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Interesting and unabridged

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Classic Murakami, these dystopian tales are intriguing and well-told. At first, the style of telling can be a bit hard to follow but gradually the separate strands become clear then merge. I enjoyed them, as I like the genre, but they can be difficult to engage with and I found myself listening in short bursts rather than losing myself in the tale over longer periods. Personally, I found the narration mechanical, like those "read it to me" computer-generated voices on some devices, but it does suit the story, so may not be irritating to others.

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A great listen

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

The Distant Hours is an intriguing listen, beautifully read by Caroline Lee. Her voice suits the narrator role and makes the storytelling all the more believable. The story, itself, builds gradually and holds your attention as it unfolds over differing timeframes and dimensions. All of the characters add something to the tale and you are drawn into each part of the story, almost forgetting where you were before until that character's narrative is picked up again. Overall, a very engaging listen.

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Love new languages

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

The Michel Thomas system for learning languages will soon have you speaking confidently in the chosen language. This Portuguese Foundation Course has everything you will need for a short trip or beyond and requires only a small commitment of time. The beauty of downloading is you can quickly have it available on all your registered devices. Audible offer free twenty minute samples, so you can try before you commit to buying the whole course. The method quickly has you speaking accurately in your chosen language with no writing, exercises or book-learning. It relies on repetition and springboarding off what you already know, using your own language as a foundation. What you learn by repetition, copying local speakers or students in real time, sticks in the brain because you are taught simple rules and sentence construction gradually, which you can then deconstruct and adapt to different situations. When you use your language in situ, your ear is attuned, so picking up what is being said is easier and you will have the confidence to ask for clarification, if not. Enjoy learning.

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Suck it and see

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

The Michel Thomas system for learning languages is so quick, you'll know within the length of this sample whether or not the method suits you. Audible offer these snapshots for free, so you can try out not only languages you currently need or want to learn but some you might always have fancied learning. The method quickly has you speaking accurately in your chosen language with no writing, exercises or book-learning. It relies on repetition and springboarding off what you already know, using your own language as a foundation. Try it for yourself.

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Audible nostalgia

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This well known tale, laid out in rhyming format, is a seasonal classic for many families over Christmas time. This is a lovely version, beautifully read. It builds nicely and really sets the scene for the "big day" for children of all ages. This version is a warm, snuggly, audio hug, which will remind adults of earlier times and set a new tradition for the younger ones in their lives. Treat yourself to a delightful listen.

Worth the effort

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

These in-flight courses are worth the little effort it takes to engage with them and are actually a great distraction on flights, short or long. You will not learn a language this way but you will benefit from feeling your ear attune to what you will hear when you land. My experience is that most people appreciate any attempt at speaking their language when you are in their country. Being polite and trying usually results in a better trip and treatment. You will be glad you did it. Happy trails!

Sleepy time. . ?

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This short listen is amusing and beautifully read by Samuel L Jackson, in a way only he could. It is a mantra for anyone who has ever tried to close down a busy day with a dear little one who has other plans. Some listeners may find the language near the knuckle, or even offensive, but it is heartfelt and never cruel. It certainly well expresses a situation serially experienced by many on a nightly basis.

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