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Michael Cowley

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-12

Brilliantly Narrated

I have just finished this epic novel by James Joyce and whilst it was a marathon, I have achieved another goal in my must read (or listen to) list of great books. I don't pretend to understand all of this complex work (in fact I would say 50% of it was most incomprehensible to me) but what I did understand I enjoyed immensely. John Lee is a magnificent narrator and the book is read in a most ear pleasing manner. My only criticism is that being born in Dublin myself, I noticed a lot of incorrect pronunciations of both Street and Place names but this was only a minor irk. For all those people who have always wanted to read Ulysses, this is the way to do it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-11

Dissapointing Character Voicing

I have been a fan for over 30 years of this masterful work but I was left very dissapointed by the narration although that may be doing Rob Inglis a slight injustice as as his actual narration of the story is quite good. The dissapointment comes when he tries to voice the characters. He fails to bring them to life in a way that makes the listening enjoyable in such a way as Anton Lesser would or in the BBC's dramatization of this epic (also available from Audible). I will now unfortunately not be adding the remainder of this series to my collection unless I can find a version by a different narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-11

Easy to Use

I found Pimsleur's German Phase 1 very easy to use and understand. The format is excellent. It eases you into the language and through continuous repetition plants the language in your long term memory. The repetitiveness is by no means tedious and the course constantly challenges you to think for yourself by forming sentences from the vocabulary you have learned. It does not overload you either with information but instead gradually introduces additional vocabulary. The tutor goes back on previous units as a refresher every so often which ensures that earlier lessons are not forgotten. I would recommend this method of language learning and look forward to starting lessons 6-10.

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