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3.0 out of 5 starsNot the best because audiobook is lacking.
Reviewed in India on 22 June 2021
I would have like to listen to the audio version of the book. But in the app the audio book costs even more (double) the original price of the book. That's frustrating. Audio access to the stories in the book must be provided free with it once one purchases the book.
As mentioned by only one other reviewer - I'm suspicious of this - the trumpeted glossary is not good. Odd selection of items, in which difficult constructions hard to fully appreciate for non-French speakers are left out, but single words that any beginner would already know are listed. A few of the bold words have no translation, as has been said or, Irritatingly, the context often is not translated with the correct tense, nor with the correct English language nuance. I don't know about the naturalness of the French, but the English is often slightly misleading or doesn't take account of the context of that instance of the word. 'Se rendre compte' is a French expression meaning 'to realise' but sometimes in certain contexts that translation doesn't work in English, and anyway the word 'realise' has two meanings in English. I therefore spent quite some time researching the expression under its component parts in various larger and larger dictionaries, which I had to buy, before I really learnt the phrase or trusted it. So the whole context learning effect of learning from stories has misfired. This book doesn't make it much easier for you.
Repetitions are used, but not in a way which would teach you the meaning, although if you want something drilled into you, you'll probably be satisfied. For instance, the narrator tells us that they arrive in the suburbs of the city, where there are lots of parks and they can have a barbecue, and one character then asks where they are and the main character says "We are in the suburbs of the city where there are...... " etc. you get the idea. Naturally I had to look quite a lot of that up in my dictionaries.
Finally, some of the stories are quite good, the first and last ones particularly, but you are also going to learn a lot of useless vocabulary about pirates and being invisible and time travel and a monstrous fierce beast and science fiction etc. And for learners, couldn't we be protected from the past historic? I know it's a French thing in stories, but we're mostly reading to learn conversational French and the Past historic most certainly is only used in writing.
This book contains very obscure and strange stories which put you off wanting to carry on reading. The stories might be suited to young teenagers, but then again the french might not be suitable for them as there are lots of tenses included which go beyond school french. It is easy to understand for adults who have a good grasp of french. Some of the vocabulary is a bit debatable as to whether it is commonly used in France. It's an OK book, but not brilliant.
Das Sprachniveau richtet sich an fortgeschrittenes A1 Niveau bzw. beginnendes A2 und ich finde das Level wird durchgehend gut gehalten. Allerdings sind die Stories absolut abstrus und lächerlich, teilweise auch eher fremdschämend zu lesen.
(Ein Junge verfährt sich mit dem Bus, hüpft in einen LKW um wieder zurück zum Startort zu kommen, trifft dort auf einen - augenscheinlich? - Obdachlosen der zu demselben Zielort will. Es stellt sich heraus dass der Obdachlose der Vater eines seiner Freunde ist welcher diesen seit Jahrzehnten nicht mehr gesehen hat? Meeting Ex Machina? Oder eine Familie inszeniert eine Geburtstagsparty damit, dass sie ihrer Tochter eine Heidenangst macht? Sie bis aufs Blut erschreckt, sie denken lässt Freunden und Familie ist etwas passiert? Ja wirklich lustig und nein danke)
Habe das Buch nach den zwei Geschichten abgebrochen, die Geschichten sind nicht zu gebrauchen. Zudem gibt es technische Fehler in der Kindle Version, die Seiten springen hin und her. Hatte es angemerkt, wurde bis heute aber nicht behoben. Ich lese auch nicht weiter weil ich keine Lust habe pro Geschichte 20 mal manuell die letzte Seite auszuwählen und mich zurückzublättern
Be warned!! All stories in these books are the exact same for every language. I bought three of these (French, Danish, and Russian) expecting a variety of stories, hopefully some culturally relevant/appropriate ones depending on the language, and a carefully catered approach based on each language's particular learning progression. But this is NOT the case. The stories between all three are identical (with some very minor changes for the sake of translation). Highly disappointed. This is extremely lazy, in my opinion. I guess If you only bought one, or you don't care about the repetition, it's fine. Amazon really needs to provide a book preview to avoid these kinds of situations.