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61. Functions of American English/Cassette : Communication Activities for the Classroom
by Leo Jones, C. von Baeyer
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Asin: 0521242118
Catlog: Book (1983-02-28)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Familiar teacher-controlled exercises, as well as many specifically designed communication activities enable students to practice functional speech in realistically simulated situations. ... Read more


62. Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft
by Natalie Goldberg
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Catlog: Book (2000-08-01)
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Thunder and Lightning Natalie Goldberg On this sequel to her perennial bestseller Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg gives writers a map for taking their best ideas and inspirations –their thunder and lightning – and turning them into finished stories, essays, and novels, ready for publication. With all-new Zen-based lessons and reflections. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Natalie's Done it Again!
Natalie Goldberg fans will be very happy with this book! In true Natalie style, the book unfolds as part memoir, part writing manual, and part essay on writing. Natalie could've chosen to simply write in "textbook style". However, this book is better than that. She gives sage advice on what to do once you feel comfortable with writing practice. And she tells you where she is on the path to writing.

One thing I really love about the style of this book is that she doesn't simply lay the lessons out like you are back in grammar school learning everything by rote memorization. Instead, she takes you on the journey of how she learned each of the lessons herself -- which I think makes them more personal and more meaningful. She interviews her writer friends to learn how they find structure in their books as well as their methods of working. And you follow along as she struggles to understand plot.

It is a fascinating glimpse into the world of writing -- both the successes and failures. This is a book to come back to again and again. It's packed with rich insight and practical exercises. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Natalie Goldberg!

5-0 out of 5 stars "It's really about life."
Natalie Goldberg has published one novel, a book of poems, and half a dozen books about writing. Is she case of "those who can't do, teach?" I wondered myself, until I listened to audiotapes of this book on a long cross-country drive. Once I got past the author's accent, which deterred even this ex-New Yorker, I found sparkling gems of wisdom that shone more brightly on a second read-around. The hardcover edition was even better.

Like all Goldberg's nonfiction, this book is a series of short essays and memoirs, which can be read randomly, but I recommend taking the chapters in order. Goldberg begins by throwing cold water on a dream. Writing won't bring you a living, a solution to life's problems, a bowl of raspberries. Writing is, after all, just writing.

Natalie herself was not an overnight success. The author's mother encouraged her to get a teaching credential because "you can write in the summers." Young Natalie taught elementary school, worked in a restaurant, and briefly ran a catering business. At twenty-six she discovered zen practice, which transformed her life and literally gave shape to her writing. After thirteen years of "writing practice," she published her first book, a small-press release that became an unlikely best-seller.
Thunder and Lightning offers wonderful glimpses of Goldberg's famous writing workshops as well as the way she wrote her one novel, Banana Rose. Anyone who has tried to create can understand the need for a practice, getting past a "block" and taking criticism in stride. You have to find a way to go on and if you do, the work takes on a life of its own.
As Goldberg says, in perhaps the most important insight of this book, readers are fascinated by process. Books about writing often out-sell the products of writing -- novels and poems. And that is why her own books are so successful.

Thunder and Lightning is the real deal. Zen practice gives the author a genuine spiritual foundation, not a cosmetic cover-up. In writing about writing she touches on careers, vocation, family, opening up the self to growth. In the end, Thunder and Lightning is not about writing. It's about life.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worthwhle read
I have read one other of Natalie's books and at one point during that first book, I was a bit put off by the journal-style, flow-of-consciousness writing. At the time, I was searching for a quick fix or perhaps I just wanted nuts-and-bolts direction. And sometimes, encountering a lot of chatter over a writer's psyche, I do want to say, "Oh what's with all the melodrama? Just tell the wanna-be that they need to be damned good story-tellers and be done with it!"
But then, Natalie Goldberg practices Zen meditation. She grew up in the 60s, too, a time when inner musings were given their due in the public forum of Hippie-dom. And if you know anything about Eastern philosophies, you should at least garner that patience is a virtue and that you are not reading Strunk and White.
Anyway, after a chapter or two, Natalie began to discuss exactly the problem I was having with my novel, a problem I'd just begun to point out to myself but still wasn't quite sure what it entailed. And then Natalie described herself in the same place at one time. Problem: stalling in one's story because the writer is trying too damned hard to control the characters, who they are, etc. It helped, exceedingly, to learn her explanation for it.
The same thing occurred in the next chapter, and the next.
I've read many how-to writing books over the years ( you can put off writing indefinitely so long as you got something to read) and that I came across this book at this time could be deemed one of those little coincidences. These may have been some obscure how-to questions; not every writer may ask and another author might have brushed past them.
So don't knock the Zen. When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bleh.
A babbling stream of zen consciousness nonsense. This book may be interesting to those who like new age poetry but if you're primarily looking to improve your writing craft - seek elsewhere. There are a few nuggets of helpful wisdom here, but they are buried by reams of meandering memoir.

1-0 out of 5 stars Birkenstock wearers only please!
The only thing missing from this waste of time is a cup of herbal tea.
Ooh, look at the pretty rainbow!
Pass the incense please.
Uugh! ... Read more


63. Pcs for Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
by D.H. Lawrence
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Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Throw out those dense, mind-numbing, jargon-filled computer manuals and grab yourself a copy of PCs For Dummies, 6th Edition, your all-in-one guide that is packed with all the tried-and-true advice and special tricks that you can expect from all-time best-selling author Dan Gookin. In his familiar, fun, and easy-to-follow fashion, Gookin guides you through the wonderful world of PCs with a minimum of technobabble and a maximum of hardware smarts and software savvy.Find out what lurks inside a PC and sort your way through chips, cards, cables, and connections The Dummies Way™. You don't have to be a geek to get the most bang for your computing buck; PCs For Dummies, 6th Edition, is the ideal reference for first-time PC users. From putting your PC together to finding quick answers and sage advice on installing new hardware and software, surfing the Internet and sending e-mail, or troubleshooting your PC problems, you can feel confident -- and get your work done -- in no time at all. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding books for beginners!!!!
I was a "dummy" when it came to pc basics. I wanted to know Ram, rom, whats on the motherboard, etc. I wanted to know my Dell 4100 inside and out. Thanks to Mr. Gookin's excellent book, I am on my way to becoming very good friends with the very computer that once intimidated the heck out of me. He talks in, depth (but doesnt go so far as to confuse the beginner with a lot of geek jargon), and with humor, all you need to know about your computer so you can feel confident about using it. Youre not going to be a techinician when youre done with this book, but after reading it, you will be able to go to the local computer store with confidence and talk their language and not get the runaround. If every computer were to come with an instruction book, this one should be it!! Hats off to Dan Gookin and IDG books for such an excellent book. I look forward to reading Upgrading and Fixing Pc's For Dummies next!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This is a very handy book to have. It is best for people who have very little experience with computers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Who's the Dummy
I have been working with computers for a number of years and I am still mystified by all the computer hardware, software, jargon, acronyms, properties, claims, capabilities etc. Most of what I have learned has been through experimentation, reading Dilbert, and pleading for advice. Dan Gookin's book PCs for Dummies has been a great help in demystifying the world of PCs. After breaking down and purchasing this book, I realized just who the "dummy" was.

The format of Gookin's book is unique. It is well written, humorous, and very informative. Best of all, PCs for Dummies actually makes reading about computers "nerdless." The book is broken down into 34 chapters and covers everything from turning the computer on (power-up) to the Internet. Each chapter covers a specific piece of hardware, software, and/or computer function. Individual chapters are further subdivided into sections. For example, Chapter Eight is titled, "Just Your Basic Computer Guts." Subsections include, The Mother of All Boards, The Microprocessor, Connectors for Things Various and Sundry, Expansion Slots, Tick Tock Goes the Clock, and The Bios. I would love to tell you how it ends, but I am forbidden to do so by Amazon.com guidelines.

The best attributes of PCs for Dummies are that the book can not only be used as a reference source, but can also be used in place of a phone book to interrogate surly computer gurus. You don't have to read the entire book before using your newfound knowledge. Just turn to that particular section for which you need help, read, and press "Enter."

PCs for Dummies teachs how to use computers based on the learning philosophy of "Constructivism." Whoa! Basically, Constructivism is a philosophy in which learners acquire knowledge through active participation in their own learning; and by connecting the new knowledge to knowledge that they already possess. In other words, once you have learned basic computer tasks, you can "construct" or build upon that knowledge to learn more advanced computer operations. I subscribe to this learning philosophy and employ it into my teaching with excellent results.

All good things must pass and so must this review, but not before some constructive criticism. I would have liked Mr. Gookin in PCs for Dummies go into a little more detail about specific topics, as many topics are just touched upon. Well maybe not many, just the ones in which I needed help. Overall, Mr. Gookin has written an excellent book and I highly recommend it to all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bestseller of Bestsellers
There are plenty of weighty tomes available to tell you more than you want or need to know about PC. But this book of Dan Gookin is very special. It is just great for novice.

Truly say I'm not a novice in PC. I've been writing about computers for over 10 years now. But I really enjoyed this book. And I read every 'PC for Dummies' editions since it was translated into Russian for the very first time in 1995. And this 1999 edition also was recently translated into Russian and take a good position in a list of bestsellers.

By the way, I wrote a review on this edition for the Home Computer Magazine published in Moscow. And I want to repeate -- this is a great book for beginners.

5-0 out of 5 stars A need to buy for poeple who want to learn about computers
This is a great book to read! I thought that I knew computers, but reading this book I've learned that I didn't. Now that I have read this book, I have helped my friends in many way. Heck, I have helped MYSELF! ... Read more


64. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
by William Zinsser
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Catlog: Book (1994-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
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Based on a course William Zinsser taught at Yale and his long experience as a writer, editor and teacher, On Writing Well has been praised by journalists, teachers, writers, students, and grateful users since its publication in 1976.

Read by Zinsser with warmth, humor, and encouragement, On Writing Well shows how to apply the author's four principles of writing: Clarity; Simplicity; Brevity; and Humanity. He stresses the importance of reading your writing aloud to hear how it sounds and illustrates the difference between good and bad nouns, and good and bad verbs. Specific examples are given throughout the recording that show how writing can be improved.

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is EXCELLENT
Since I've endeavored to follow my dream over the past three years to write a novel and my memoirs, I've purchased several books on writing. If there's anything that I can't stand, it's to read something that just doesn't hold my attention or is downright boring. And believe me, I've purchased a few books like that too. But (and Zinsser says it's okay to start a sentence with BUT), I caught a post on Writers Net that made mention of William Zinsser's book about writing nonfiction. I don't buy a book now without checking it out first. I'll have to admit that I was quite impressed with the reviews posted for Zinsser's book. I ordered it. I'm still patting myself on the back and wish I'd ordered the book three years ago when I first started writing. The first chapter in the book had me grinning from ear to ear. Thus,the first thing that came to my mind was "the man's got style". By the time I'd finished reading this book, I knew the man had a lot more going for him than just style. Any writing instructor that manages to write a "how to" book, and still make the book an enjoyable read, definitely has my respect. But (I love this) more than being an enjoyable read, it was an informative read. I highlight important information of a instruction book in bright yellow. Zinsser's book looked like a coloring book on the inside after I'd finished reading it. I'll place this book on my desk for quick reference in the future. I recommend it to anyone who is just starting out or has already made it in the literary world. Zinsser gets my vote as one of the very best in giving good writing instructors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable nonfiction writing book
Williams Zissner has written and edited dozens of books, many of them on the craft of writing. He's seen plenty of bad writing in his lifetime, and in "On Writing Well" he shows you how to avoid it.

The book is divided into 4 sections and several chapters. The first 2 sections (pages 1-92) deal with the craft of nonfiction itself. Topics such as avoiding clutter, writing for the appropriate audience, word usage and beginning/ending the piece are covered, among several others. In section 3 (pages 95-229) he deals with specific forms of nonfiction, including travel writing, science and technology, sports and humor genres.

The last section (pages 233-294) addresses finding your voice and general topics about the career and choices of the professional writer.

This is a wonderful book for any prose writer, whether it's fiction, screenplays or travel articles. Zissner's love for the English language is transcended onto the page with each word he writes. He isn't afraid to say it like it is, mentioning that most people just simply write horribly and then offering his own opinion as to just why this is.

"On Writing Well" should be in every writer's collection.

2-0 out of 5 stars Confounding.
A book on writing well should be impeccably written. This one isn't. Extraordinary.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good reference for all types of writers
William Zinsser's book, On Writing Well, has been a popular guide to writing for many audiences. It has been used by undergraduate and graduate students and by aspiring and professional writers. I was recommended this book by a professor when I was in grauduate school. I never took the time to read the book until recently.

I found Part I and II of the book to be too simplistic and bland. Zinsser spends more time describing and discussing grammar than actually demonstrating and explaining. There are no examples of grammar just descriptions of how to use it. Perhaps, Zinsser wanted to place more emphasis on writing than grammar in the book. It is not until Part III-Forms that Zinsser addresses how to write about a specific topic. He discusses writing topics such as nonfiction, interviews, travel, memoirs, business, sports, arts and humor. I found this to be the most helpful section of the book. Part IV-Attitudes describes the role and importance of writing style and decisions in writing.

If you are looking for a book that teaches grammar or is a reference guide for grammar, this is not it. This book is a reference guide for writers. If you want to learn more about writing particular types of articles or books, refer to Part III-Forms.

4-0 out of 5 stars An invaluable guide to effective writing.
This well-presented, easy-to-read, and simple-to-understand book aimed at nonfiction writers, but from which fiction writers can also benefit, is an invaluable guide to achieving good writing through the continued use of the fundamental principles and practical insights it offers.
Written for both beginners and professionals in a strong, clear and straightforward style, it teaches how to avoid bad writing by following a methodological approach to creating, shaping and self-editing your ideas in prose.
Although sometimes the author's voice can come across as arrogant and boastful, making your read somewhat less pleasurable, I can assure you that only sound, concrete advice is presented here, free of fluff or tiring verbiage and illustrated by excellent examples that consistently emphasize the differences between correct and incorrect writing.
Divided in four parts, each made up of numerous, concise, and easy to consult chapters, it includes topics such as simplicity, style, usage, unity, leads, endings, and audience. Special attention is devoted to various types of nonfiction writing, including interviews, travel articles, memoirs, business writing, scientific and technological writing, sports articles, humor, criticisms and periodical columns.
Overall, this is one guide that can't afford to be missing from your bookshelf if you are serious about writing in a polished, well-defined and sharp style. As you write, you will find yourself referring to it again and again.

For other books that focus on teaching good writing through the use of the tools of language, I also recommend Strunk's "The Elements of Style" and O'Conner's "Woe Is I" and "Words Fail Me". ... Read more


65. Old Fish Hawk
by Mitch Jayne
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Asin: 1882467051
Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: Wildstone Audio
Sales Rank: 1197749
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The story of "Old Fish Hawk" an Osage Indian and the last of a vanishing breed. He befriends Corby a young white boy who gives meaning to his life and an urge to return to the land of his people. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Old Fish Hawk, Audio Abridged Edition
A very nice story, well told. True to the time period and location, the Missouri Ozarks in the mid 1800s. Read by the author with a pure, Southern Ozarks accent. This can take some getting used to, even for a Missouri native like myself, but don't give up on it, the story is worth the listening effort. My one criticism would be that Mr. Jaynes seems to be a little rushed in his reading, which makes interpretion of his accent that much more difficult.

5-0 out of 5 stars A riveting, satisfying read
Clearing out my mother's house last month, I came across this old paperback. It had my sister's name in it, so I brought it home to mail to her, as she is out of state. I decided to go ahead and read it beforehand. From the first chapter, I was hooked. It is a story of redemption such as you rarely get to read. It had some truly admirable characters, and built up enough suspense that it was hard to put it down and sleep. ... Read more


66. Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul
by Mark Victor Hansen, Eva Shaw, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery, Jeffrey Hedquist, Jack Canfield, Aubrey, Mitchell
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Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
Publisher: Health Communications
Sales Rank: 106579
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This special batch of Chicken Soup stories brings heartwarming accounts of courageous people who found the power to battle cancer and other life-threatening diseases in the endless hope, unwavering faith and steadfast determination. Their victories over illness will inspire you to adopt a positive attitude, discover your faith and cherish every moment of your life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful!!
This book was breathe taking. Like the other books in this series, this book was outstanding. Including many heart felt, and tear jerking stories that touched my heart and soul. Keep up the good work and I can not wait for Chicken Soup the Soul in Recovery to come out. Health and Happiness, Omisslewis ... Read more


67. What Color Is Your Parachute, 2000: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
by Richard Nelson Bolles
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Audio Literature
Sales Rank: 353780
Average Customer Review: 3.77 out of 5 stars
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In the words of Fortune magazine, this is "the gold standard of career guides".Here's why:

•PARACHUTE is always current and up to date.•It discusses what has changed about the job-market, and the new attitudes that are required in order to survive therein.

•It aids career-changers, as well as job-hunters, and has a detailed step-by-step plan for identifying a new career, as well as more detailed strategies for locating just the job you want in the geographical area of your choice.

•It has a detailed description of interview questions, and what kinds of answers the employer is looking for, plus step-by-step salary negotiation strategies.

•It is thinner, by 200 pages, than earlier editions, slimmed down for reading (and doing the paper and pencil exercises) in this fast-paced world, where time is precious. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars CHANGING CAREERS? THERE ARE MUCH BETTER BOOKS
I am a career coach with eight years of experience working with people wanting a new career - a better fit with their talents, more meaningful, a better work environment. If you want to choose a career that will be very fulfilling as well as something you will be successful at, forget about "Parachute". It just doesn't have the depth and wisdom it takes to coach you through this most important life decision.

Another career counselor who reviewed "Parachute" recommended that you get two other books instead. I agree. They are "The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success" by Lore, and "Do What You Are" by Tieger. "The Pathfinder" is the best career decision book ever, the seminal text, the masterpiece on the subject - this is, if you are serious about having a great life and unwilling to put up with less. I also agree with the other reviewer that "Parachute" is a great job hunting book, but only if you know exactly what job you are looking for. Reading "Parachute" takes some of the fear and uncertainty out of job hunting. But if you are trying to decide what to do with your life, forget about "Parachute".

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for all ages!
This book is great for people of all ages! It really helps you find your niche in life by doing a little soul searching. I was able to identify my strengths and use them to get a job I love! This book should be a part of all high school and college graduates itinerary before going into the 'real' world. Thank you Mr. Bolles!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Job Search Book
Bolle's book is still timeless for job seekers of all kinds. I feel that his book updated each year to meet the current trends in society is critical. He needs to address those issues, like the web, downturn in the economy and the like.

The most critical part of the book is the self evaluation section. This is a very structured process that can be used intutitively as well. Bolles asks you to write a few stories about yourself, then, what did you like and dislike about those stories? What did you do well, where did you fail or feel challenged beyond your abilities? These are the critical areas of the book that take time to get through, yet you can evaluate yourself and understand what you like, it is what you do best, usually.

We excel what we are good at, according to Bolles, this method will help us discover what we are best at.

I have recommended this book to many over the years, and still do. Whether someone is in college, or someone is going through a long term transition after being in a job for a long time or moms returning to the work place, this book will be very instructive for you.

One of his processes is very simple asking you to compare who you would most like to talk with or groups of people you would rather relate with. This is a standard set of tests for some very expensive career consulting, he gives it to you for the price of his book and the time to self evaluate yourself. Then, he breaks down the possible job areas and skill sets related to these groups.

Again, a worthwhile journey for anyone not wanting to wander any longer in the world of work.

JOE SLEVIN
Job Coach

5-0 out of 5 stars Unemployed no more!
Yesterday, I nervously dialed the phone number to my job interviewer. It was Tuesday and he had promised he'd let me know about the job by last Friday.

I had followed the book, "What Color Is My Parachute," to the letter. I had a perfect resume and cover letter. I dressed up for the interview, prepared my list of questions to ask during the interview, memorized all the tips, and most importantly, emailed a thank you note afterwards.

Despite all this, I was still nervous about getting the job. I haven't even graduated with my undergraduate degree yet, meaning I have no experience. If I got the job, it was going to be my first job after college.

To my surprise, he said, "I emailed you about the job. Can you start May 11th?"

"That," I replied, "would be awesome."

Based on that experience, I heartily recommend the book on the interviewing techniques alone. However, that's not all I got from this book. I got a great system that determines what job I'd like to be in. Not only does the book ask about career interests, but on the part of the country I want to live in and the working conditions I prefer, which are two categories I never even considered. I recommend this book to everyone who needs to get a job these days and wants an edge on the competition. Because of this book, I am happily on the start of a long career.

1-0 out of 5 stars Would you buy a Taurus because it gets good reviews?
This book is fine for the commoner who accounts for 80% of the population. The other 20% will find this a total waste of time. Of course, the 20% of the population with brains would never even pick up this book. Every counselor I ever knew would tell me to read this book back when I was unsure of my future toward the end of my college career 15 years ago. I didn't have the money for the book, so I basically read through it at B. Dalton Booksellers in Denton, TX. What an incredible waste this book is. Instead, stop lining the pockets of this preacher and say no to this book. Anything that is a best seller in the United States must be flawed, because like I said before, 80% of the population are idiots. People need to start thinking for themselves and stop buying this garbage. If you are in the 80% idiot group, you will disagree with this review and probably buy it out of spite. Well, go ahead moron. The other 20% will know where I'm coming from, but most of you would never be enough of a loser to be reading a review on this book and even contemplating buying it. The only reason I've spent the time on this is to possibly persuade one person that this book is a scam and maybe they'll spread the word and this book will eventually go away. ... Read more


68. The 250 Job Interview Questions You'll Most Likely Be Asked... And The Answers That Will Get You Hired!
by Peter Veruki, Ken Kliban, Nona Pipes
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Asin: 1885408323
Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
Publisher: Listen & Live Audio
Sales Rank: 512939
Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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Why do you want this job?Why should I hire you?Why do you want to leave your current job?

Do you have convincing answers ready for these important questions?Landing a good job is a competitive process and often the final decision is based on your performance at the interview.By following the advice of prominent career planning and human resources expert Peter Veruki, you'll have the right answers at your job interview. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars I did not find this book to be very helpful.
As the title suggests, the book lists the most common interview questions. If you have no idea what those questions are, then you might find the book somewhat helpful.
Along with each question there is an example answer which usually does not apply to the reader. After each example answer there is a brief snippet about how you should try to to answer that type of question. Unfortunately, these snippets are far too brief to be of much help to the reader (some are a single sentence). If there were more emphasis put on how to answer the question, and less space given to the example answers, I think it would have been a more useful book.
I suggest "the Unofficial Guide to Acing the Interview" by Michelle Tullier, published by Hungry Minds. This book will help you get into the proper frame of mind for your interview. It will also help you understand the employer's underlying concerns behind those tough interview questions. When you know why the employer is asking a question, you can form your best answer.
Good luck!

3-0 out of 5 stars some good questions
This book has some good questions to practice before interviews, but don't pay much attention to the answers given. If one tries to tailor his answers to sound like the ones given, he will sound too much like he's reading from a script. Read the explanations of how your answer should be and then practice responding to the particular questions in front of a mirror or with someone posing as an interviewer. Other than the interesting questions, the other information is very basic and can be found in any book on interviewing. The explanations of what a good answer should sound like are ok but a bit too overly simplistic. For example, in the question about getting fired the author says that one should be honest and say that you've corrected the problem. In answering questions about getting fired, one needs to know how to say this. Otherwise, you will be setting yourself up for disaster. Also, I believe that the sample answers given are a mostly a waste. The answers given are way too specialized.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Advice for Those Who Need It
If you are not comfortable with the interview process, all the information that you can collect in advance will be a great help to you. Here is a good place to start.

These questions, or some form there of, will appear in an interview. The wise reader will take each one a prepare an answer just in case. This process of preparation will build confidence and provide insight into the entire process.

The book is not a great literary work, but it gets the point across. It will provide knowledge into the terrifying world of the interview, and should help build one's skills for when the time comes.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very general
There are some good tips about strategies and about the importance of hitting on broad themes, but, like most books of its kind, it is too general to be of much value.

1-0 out of 5 stars Broad and general with little in-depth information/analysis
This book is not for job seekers that have been on at least one job interview. The author covers 250 questions in 150 pages, which basically means there is little worthwhile analysis behind each question and answer. If you are looking to regurgitate the answers presented in this book, be my guest and use it as a reference. But as a graduate student at Stanford University, I found little useful information contained in this book and would not recommend using it in your job search either. ... Read more


69. Accent Reduction Made Easy : Learn in Your Car (Discovery Series)
by Jane Wellborn
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Asin: 1560156600
Catlog: Book (1997-07-01)
Publisher: Penton Overseas
Sales Rank: 526469
Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars cheap stuff
Author has an accent herself , Chinese to be precise. If you want to change your accent to Chinese just get the book! She does not pronounce well some vowels in series (diphthongs and triphthongs), so they are just swallowed. Also she is so focused on pronunciation of separate words that it is hard for her to express the intonation of the whole sentences. She has good English but one can expect more from the teacher.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank You, Professor Wellborn!
I HIGHLY recommend this accent reduction program. Great things do NOT happen overnight. IF you practice it over and over again, your English pronunciation will get better and better. It is very organized, and you can make your own back up editions of it. As an example, you can make a CD of just the vowel sounds, and another CD of those consonants that you personally find it "hard" to articulate or to pronounce. I suggest to put your CD player in shuffle mode, and to practice at least 30 minutes every day. If you PERSEVERE 30 minutes a day with your CD in shuffle mode, you will eventually, certainly, and strongly "hear and SAY the difference"!

This is a supplemental learning aid. I also encourage the reader to feed their minds with their favorite topics in English to acquire vocabulary and to practice their pronunciation.

Key Word: PERSEVERE!

3-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand, hard to practice
I bought this audiotape along with many other accent reduction titles. This audio did help me confirm what I realize about my pronunciation. It makes sense to spend my driving time doing something more productive. However, I found it hard to practice without looking at the booklet (when I am driving).

3-0 out of 5 stars Weak program
Accent reduction needs more insightful advice than what is offered here. I didn't get much out of this program - just some drills that didn't seem to have much of a tie-in to anything of importance. I lost interest quickly and now think that I wasted my money. I highly recommend Sam Chwat's great work for accent reduction of regional American speech, Ann Cook's excellent program for learning the "music" of American speech (but watch out for her misguided advice on dropping consonants at the end of words - it will make you sound like a somewhat unpolished and mumbling American), and the living language series.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Deal for The Busy Learner
After years of studying and speaking English I thought that this is as good as it gets. When I bought this book I found myself learning the pronounciation of American English all over again.
The neatly focused small sized book along with the tapes made it a great portable learing system.I do admit that you may need to go over the excercises in the book at home for the first couple of times. Then practice while driving by just listening and repeating. Eventually you will see the fruits in improvement of pronounciation ... Read more


70. The Greatest Speeches of All Time
by David Birney, Juliet Mills, Loretta Swit, William Windom, Efrem Zimbalist, Stephanie Beacham
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Asin: 0787116262
Catlog: Book (1998-12-01)
Publisher: Audio Literature
Sales Rank: 891719
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title
It is a wonderful idea to make available recordings of great speeches. I hope we have more of this in the future.
In the case of older speeches, the selection is very good, considering the restraints of time, and the readers are uniformly excellent.
As for the modern speeches, it is a marvel of technology that we can hear these speeches as delivered. It is incredible that we can hear the voice of William Jennings Bryan. I can listen to Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" a thousand times and never tire of it! How I wish I could listen to the voice of Patrick Henry! But this selection is too heavily weighted to the modern, and many of those do not deserve billing as the GREATEST speeches of ALL TIME. Also, some of the modern speeches which are included are abridged, e.g. Reagan is cut off in the middle of a sentence, while lengthy and undeserving speeches are played out in their entirety.
Also, with only a few exceptions, the selection is almost entirely American. It is hard to understand why Jimmy Carter's lengthy speech on energy policy is included, while Pericles' funeral oration is not; or why only a small portion of a single Winston Churchill speech is included; why while Bill Clinton's complete 1993 pulpit address, in excess of 20 minutes, is included.
It would be helpful if the complete list of speeches were available to online buyers, as it would be to shoppers in a brick and mortar store.

5-0 out of 5 stars Living History
I have listened to this collection twice now, both times with pleasure. Hearing the acutal voices of Amelia Earhart, Rev. Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill and Neil Armstrong made a deeper connection than simply reading their words. The collection showcases different subjects and many times contrasts opposing viewpoints of the ideas. This volume is a fantastic introduction to the moving ideals and sometimes sad truths that have influenced Western Civilization. ... Read more


71. Smart Reading: The Proven Way to Read Fast & Remember Every Detail (Smart Tapes)
by Russell Stauffer
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Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
Publisher: Oasis Audio
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72. Total Wellness (Health Journeys)
by Belleruth Naparstek
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Time Warner AudioBooks
Sales Rank: 576370
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth The Buy
I've bought this set about 6 months ago and have been listening to it regularly, with the Meditations for Anxiety-Release a permanent staple in my main CD player and the Meditations for General Wellbeing in my Discman as the main staple CD. The results have been considerable, with an increase of peace, focus, mental-clarity, and a sense of stability and self-confidence. Listening and following along with the Anxiety-Release meditation helps to build courage to face each new day's challenges, as such it also improved my health and relationships with people. However as with all types of meditative aids, you will need patience to see the results but the results will become addictive.

Belleruth's voice is soothing. The imageries are fresh. The pace is excellent to induce calmness. The music is a wonderful backdrop that strimulates your imagination and soothes you at the same time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD set
I bought this set a month or so ago and have found it to be so soothing and relaxing - I can feel myself becoming better. I even got my husband to try out the one that's for sleep - it really does make a difference. Belleruth's voice and the music on these CDs are so soothing that they almost instantly take you to another place to let go of the stress and distractions of the day so that you can sink into a wonderful state of peace. I just love them. The set includes 4 CDs total - two are on stress, one is general wellness and one is for sleep. I'm buying copies for other family members too its so great. ... Read more


73. Success for Dummies: A Reference for the Rest of Us (For Dummies)
by Zig Ziglar
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Asin: 0694519197
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: HarperAudio
Sales Rank: 480754
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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TURN SUCCESS INTO A HABIT!Get the most out of life with advice on success from internationally acclaimed trainer and author Zig Ziglar!This inspirational audio, laced with humor, offers down-to-earth suggestions for achieving both professional and personal success, plus setting goals, and establishing a game plan.Ziglar gives listeners insider tips on prioritizing goals and multi-tasking to help them acquire balance in life and skills in relationships, fostering success at home, on the job and everywhere else.Through many stories and examples, Zig Ziglar shows how to:? Discover which attitudes and skills lead to success? Find prosperity in your relationships with family, colleagues, and friends? Get motivated - and stay motivated? Listen to the people who care about you? Find out the 10 benchmarks of success ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars You don't need this book to be a success, but it might help
In order to be successful, you need to determine first what success for you is. Don't let yourself be programmed by the consumeristic media about what success is.

Zig Ziglar delves into this issue by making the point that success doesn't just mean being successful in one area of your life, like in your career. True success comes from living a well rounded life and being successful in all areas of your life from family and personal relationships, to self image to money and career. I believe that this is a good overall approach to take and I found the book interesting and informative on this front.

I personally believe that people often take success too seriously. Self help is ok, but just don't get all bent out of shape about it. Do what you love to do and be the best person that you can be in life. Success is not an event, but a continuing process. Ziglar makes this point in the book as well.

The one annoyance I have with this book is that the author uses religion to make some of his points. I am not religious in the traditional sense of the word, and felt that he could have made the same points without alienating people by bringing religion into it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well rounded approach to success
This book covers all areas of life that people need to address to be successful. I appreciated his coverage of the importance of spirituality. Although he is a mainstream Christian, he makes clear that spirituality can be found in other religions as well.

The only thing I disagreed with were his comments about obedience being vital to success. I don't believe in absolute obedience. Obdience to organizations and authority figures should be relative. For example, if you have a religious authority figure who wants you to do something unethical or immoral, you should follow your conscience and remain obedient to God's law as found in the Bible. Human beings do not deserve absolute obedience as they are imperfect and prone to mistakes.

Also, I thought he used too many examples of famous people in sports as positive examples. I do not play golf and couldn't care less about sports, but I still tried to find the positive in his statements (such as the value of personal integrity, the value of working together as a team, etc.) Is the person who is not rich or famous unsuccessful?

1-0 out of 5 stars Earth to Zig...
The author states that one can get what one wants by helping others get what they want.

He not from big city, is he?

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not in the "For Dummies" format
This book is an inspirational roadmap in a well balanced and successful life. Zig Ziglar draws upon a wealth of personal experience to illustrate the importance of balancing the various parts of out lives to attain to true success, not just material success. The fault I find with this book is that its subject matter is not a good fit for the "For Dummies" format. Success in life is not a subject you can pick and choose, which is the essence of the "For Dummies" concept. This is a good book, but be prepared to read it cover to cover to derive the greatest benefit.

5-0 out of 5 stars I felt lost in my career until I found this book!
I decided to check this book out of the library at a time in my life when I couldn't decide what I wanted to do in life. I had been out of college for two years, and couldn't seem to find a job in my field since I moved to Ga., despite my interviews. I was exploring different fields related to Special Ed. It sounds weird but, somehow while reading this book, I just knew what I was suppossed to be doing. Due to the series of questions he asked you about your goals. I highly reccomend this book to any one who can't decide where to go in life. Zig, told me that I wasn't really "lost" I just needed to find some direction in life. He was so right! I guess I just needed someone to tell me to wake up and decide what I was going to do with the rest of my life instead fo just subing all the time. Ironically, enough he guided me back on track to Special Ed, when I read the story about the man who found himself going back to the same career he used to do. I guess I just needed someone to tell me that for my life to feel on track, I needed to enroll in the TAPP (teacher alternative program), and be a Special Ed teacher instead of just being the aid like always. I really feel like God wanted me to find this book at this time in my life. True, Zig is relgious, but even if you aren't I feel like anyone could benift from his book. It has quite a few "duh" moments that a lot of people never think of. I have been hearing about Zig ever since I was like 9 or 10 and had always wanted to go to his seminars, but never had the chance. It is so true about what people think about him! Thanks Zig! ... Read more


74. The Book of Rock 'N Roll Classics
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Asin: 0769200818
Catlog: Book (1999-07-01)
Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications
Sales Rank: 2568102
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Titles in this 55-song folio include: The Wanderer * House of the Rising Sun * I Fought the Law * Teen Angel * Why Do Fools Fall in Love * Bye Bye Love * Everyday * I Saw Her Standing There * Wooly Bully * Twist and Shout * Wake Up, Little Susie * Donna * Wipe Out * Good Golly Miss Molly * * Runaround Sue and many more. ... Read more


75. Structuring Your Novel
by Dwight V. Swain
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Catlog: Book (1998-07-01)
Publisher: Writer's Audio Shop
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Structuring Your Novel By Dwight Swain

Author of more than 50 novels offers practical help on how to build your novel. Covers conception, structure, situation, the springboard scene, building conflict, people and places, the worry factor, scene and sequel as building blocks, and character development.

1 tape - 90 minutes ... Read more


76. Pronounce It Perfectly in English (Pronounce It Perfectly in/Book and 3 Audio Cassettes)
by Jean Yates
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Asin: 0812082443
Catlog: Book (1995-07-01)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Sales Rank: 139256
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars works for me!
My pronunciation is great thanks to Jean Yates!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not very useful for me!
I tried many accent reduction series. This one is not so useful to me. The way she go over certain difficult sounds I have did not make sense (to my ears). It might work better for other accent (non Asian/Chinese). Very hard for me to distinguish some sounds from the tape.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a book that REALLY helps!
Finally, Jean Yates has taken something scary to so many, and made it so easy and fun--learning not just the words, but how to communicate! I was appalled by the previous review as I had been told how effective this book is prior to reading it...Upon seeing how this book helps people actually connect with, understand, and speak the language, it shows this reader 2 things: First, Jean Yates knows not only the language, but the art and importance of really communicating. Second, it shows the previous reviewer was simply pitching another book and didn't take the time to read this book and understand how it helps the confidence of those learning the language. Anyone trying a new language knows how frustrating it is to not only find the right words to say, but to find the right way to say them. Jean Yates comes across as a teacher of the language, and of confidence in those that want to learn it. Oh, and by the way, Jean Yates is a woman... Another observation missed by the previous reviewer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Go for Ann Cook one!
The title says all. Her book, American Accent Traning 2nd edition, is MUCH better than this book... I REALLY want to return this usuless book and cassettes... There are many serious and hardworking international students who suffer from their accents and trying to find a way to solve their problem. I believe this book is just making fun of these serious students... I can believe how this author can publish such a incompleted and useless book... this guy should ashemed of himself.

3-0 out of 5 stars aneed to learnd engalish
please i don"t have any question ... Read more


77. Golf for Dummies
by Gary McCord
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Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Tee Up with this Fun and Easy Guide to a Better Golf Game! Hear how to:

  • Keep your cool on the course by knowing the rules -- and the etiquette -- of golf
  • Get a grip, a stance, and a swing that will really work for you
  • Correct your slice, blast out of a bunker, and two-putt on every green
  • Choose an instructor, buy the right gear, and keep yourself from getting thrown out of the country club
  • Learn the importance of warming-up -- first your mind, then your body!
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beginners Look No Further
    As a complete novice to the game of golf I needed a guide to get me started. This book gave me the information that I needed to know in order to start playing the game of golf. In this book you not only learn the fundamentals of the golf swing, but you also learn the language, the rules, and the do's and don'ts of the game. That way you don't make a idiot of your self out on the golf course. Gary also gives advice on everything from buying clubs to tipping the caddie. Gary lays down a common sense approach that is easy to follow and fun to read. I picked it up and could not set it down. This book put me on the right track in my golf game, and after a short while of applying the instructions that Gary suggests I have already seen a dramatic improvement in my game. The main reason for this improvement is advise from Gary's book; 1.Know your game, 2.Stick to your strengths, 3.Work on your weaknesses, 4.Don't compare yourself to other golfers. My first golf outting I couldn't hit a fairway to save my life. After reading this book, and practicing a lot as Gary suggests, I saw a dramatic improvement. I have since hit my first two greens off the tee, one of which resulted in my first par. And the only reason I didn't birdie either one of those holes is that I DIDN'T follow Gary's advice; practice putting a lot. If you are new to the game of golf I know you will enjoy and appreciate this book. I gets my highest endorsement.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for a beginning golfer!
    This is a great book for a beginner or someone not sure if they want to start playing golf. The book gives a brief overview of golf history, an explanation of golf equipment, and lessons on how to build a golf swing, and some tips on how to play the game. Although Gary McCord peppers this book with some corny jokes, his knowledge and enthusiasm for the game make the book a great overview for a beginner.

    I just recently started playing golf and the book gave me a quick and entertaining overview of the game. Although the lessons to build your swing are well written and informative, I would recommend looking for books devoted to teaching the golf swing, watching videos, or taking lessons from golf pro if you are serious. The instruction in the book is inadequate as a sole source of information for learning how to correctly swing a golf club. Get this book as an introduction, but find something else to learn a great swing.

    2-0 out of 5 stars OK on the basics.
    Had a good section on grip, alignment, etc. Equipment and fitness sections in my oppinion haven't kept up with the changes in the game.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    There are more to these For Dummies books than many people would think. The author's sense of humor, knowledge, and clear descriptions combined with the easy to understand and follow, For Dummies format make for an informative, enjoyable, and useful book. I think this book would also be useful for intermediate golfers. The illustrations would be a good review.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a good one.
    I borrowed this book from my cousin who just had it sitting on the shelf gathering dust. I am an intermediate golfer and have read many books. This is one of the best ones I have read. I think the reason I like it is because it reinforces things I have already learned. The statements regarding "balance" and the "pivot point" are superb. ... Read more


    78. Thai for Gay Tourists (Tape Set)
    by Saksit Pakdeesiam
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    Asin: 1887521127
    Catlog: Book (2001-06)
    Publisher: Paiboon Publishing
    Sales Rank: 427190
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This audio set contains two cassettes to be used in conjunction with the book Thai for Gay Tourists. The tapes have a guide to pronunciation, phrases and vocabulary. They're fun to listen to and very useful for improving your Thai pronunciation. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable and useful book
    I have already "mastered" beginning Thai, so I can't judge how helpful this book would be for a complete beginner, but I suspect it would be very helpful. There's a lot of very useful vocabulary for daily conversation that I wish I had learned much earlier, words that you hear dozens of times a day: "`nueay" "`jep 'thooeng" "~naow" "'rooen" and so on. In addition, the romantic terms are great to know, and the terms sometimes needed in the bedroom are well chosen (although these do not always match the terms I have heard most frequently).

    In sum, if you are a gay man who is planning to visit Thailand, I would regard this book (plus the tape set) as indispensable.

    Highly recommended, and fun too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Seems excellent so far
    I got the tape set before I got the book, and so I decided to listen to it just out of curiosity, and it seems great! It starts out with some nice Thai pop music which will instantly transport you to the Land of Smiles, and the young man speaking most of the lines is someone the author must have found through auditions: a truly wonderful... voice. I really enjoyed hearing that voice and it brought back many wonderful memories. From what I have heard, the book is designed to teach you Thai from scratch. It starts at the beginning, so no other introductory text is needed. (Of course, if you are really going to learn a foreign language, you should surround yourself with materials in that language and use them all!) ... Read more


    79. A Study Guide to Gabriel Garcia Marquez' One Hundred Years of Solitude
    by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, F. Murray Abraham
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    Asin: 1570421129
    Catlog: Book (1994-08-01)
    Publisher: Time Warner Audiobooks
    Sales Rank: 633149
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Stupid, Beautiful, Ugly, Moving and Disgusting.
    This is quite a book by an obviously gifted author. It is not, in my opinion, as great as the vast majority of the people who have contributed reviews here seem to think. This is the story of a town, a people, and a family that I hope is NOT representative of the South American experience. The story is difficult to maintain a grip on because of the confusion caused by giving the same name to multiple characters. There are over 20 characters with the name Aureliano. I found depressing the way the story seems to continually turn back on itself, the way the characters keep repeating not only their own mistakes, but the mistakes of their forebearers as well. Everybody and everything ultimately lived a meaningless, pointless, depraved, and stupid life. There was no one and no thing to love in this book. Everyone and everything was poisoned from the start. Even the parts that many seem to have found humor in were usually rooted in tragedy or were the consequence of one characters cruelty to another.

    Garcia Marquez is a masterful writer as I have stated earlier. He has told a story that is intelligent, beautiful, and moving while being dumb, ugly, and disgusting. This book was not an easy read, but once started it compelled to be completed. ... Read more


    80. Vocab : Vocabulary Program/Audio Cassettes & Workbook
    by Bergen Evans
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    Asin: 1555253660
    Catlog: Book (1989-09-01)
    Publisher: Nightingale Conant Corp (a)
    Sales Rank: 816668
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