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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.
Really enjoyable and great for re-learning French with. The stories are each divided into three chapters separated by a brief summary of the chapter, some vocabulary, and some questions to help aid understanding. I've understood more than I've expected, picked up some great colloquial/conversational phrases, and there's some helpful advice on getting the most from the book included.
My only minor issue is that the vocabulary section can be a bit... mixed. The occasional highlighted word or phrase is missing from the vocab, and the choice of words/phrases can be odd with some basic stuff included and some of the more unusual or difficult words not. Admittedly, no vocab section is going to be comprehensive and take into account the reader's background without turning the book into a huge dictionary.
My main complaint is the author’s choice of which French words to include in the vocabulary, giving the English translation eg l’animal = animal, la potion = potion, exotique = exotic, l’aventure = adventure, serieux = serious etc. In other words - obvious to anyone with no French knowledge. At the same time, more difficult words & phrases are left to the reader to try to translate. I do like the précis after each story & the questions.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 December 2018
I'm not a native French speaker (therefore not an expert) but I did like this book:. It is clearly written, each section has a short story, followed by a summary, list of translated words and then a short set of questions (multiple choice).
There is also a short glossary towards the end of the book.
Overall I liked this book, it's set at a beginner level and easy to read.