Verbal Advantage Success Edition, Sections 1-5

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5 out of 5 stars
By john johnson on 02-01-16

the best out there

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, definitely. This is an audio product, and learning is effortless: just listen.

What other book might you compare Verbal Advantage Success Edition, Sections 1-5 to and why?

My first audiobook purchase on Audible was 1500 Words for a Complete Vocabulary: Core Words #3. That audiobook is atrocious. On the other hand, Verbal Advantage is the best vocabulary product out there, bar none.

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


Any additional comments?

I first came across Verbal Advantage in 2003 or 2004, at a Borders bookstore. Prior to that, I owned two vocabulary building books: Get Wise Mastering Vocabulary Skills, a humorous take, and Word Power Made Easy, a gift from a high school teacher (it was used as a part of our SAT preparation course). Get Wise opened my mind, Word Power expanded it, and Verbal Advantage filled it up. I knew that the book was based on the audio program because it said so on the cover.

But back in 2003 or 2004 I was a high school senior with no money, so I could not afford the audio version. And when I came across this audio program here on Audible, I knew had to have it. As an Audible member I only had to use 2 credits to purchase both sections. The complete program of Verbal Advantage on the website of self-same name with dotcom suffix costs $164.95. Buying from Audible is a wise decision, member or not.

And if you buy Verbal Advantage, you may as well get Word Workout: Building a Muscular Vocabulary in 10 Easy Steps, from the same author. And Word Workout is not split in half.

If you are of two minds, and are vacillating between buying or not, I have two words for you: Buy it! If you are reading this review: Buy it! Verbal Advantage is the best vocabulary building program out there. And Word Workout is a perfect complement. These two programs will help you build a strong foundation of vocabulary upon which you can build a mansion of word knowledge. You know you want to build a mansion! Or at least I do. Maybe you want a bungalow or a beach house or a humble cottage in the woods. I for one want a mansion. Because a mansion of words is the only mansion most of us will ever be able to build.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bruce on 05-06-16

I wonder why there aren't more reviews on this.

Great vocabulary learning material with tons of useful references to synonyms and antonyms delivered with a pleasant touch of humor.

Though the author / speaker puts in quite a bit of his opinions about many different things, it's not preachy at all, and you can tell the author's love of language from his tone and care he takes in selecting words put in the material.

Listening to this is both pleasure and edification at the same time. And considering the amount of information contained, it's a great value in my book.

The same applies to the following Sections 6-10.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Siyuan on 06-17-16

Highly Recommended

Verbal advantage is one of the best vocabulary building programs. I used it together with Building a Better Vocabulary from The great courses to prepare GRE exam. I'll however, continue listening to this program after the exam and maybe forever because I find the place where I'm truly insterested although English is not my first language.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tom Dolan on 05-09-16


Where does Verbal Advantage Success Edition, Sections 1-5 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Way up there. Near the top.

What did you like best about this story?

Humorous instructions and pontifications were salted and peppered with recently-reviewed vocabulary words. An effective mnemonic device! See?

Have you listened to any of Charles Harrington Elster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

All his performances are excellent. Perfectly clear.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Five stars all the way around, except re: usage. Mr. Elster's elitist, schoolmarmish refusal to allow the English language to lead its own life, in its own way, on the tongues of its speakers, is snooty, snobby, constrictive, constraining, constipated, and contrary to the realities of experience. Listening to Mr. Elster nay-saying the free speech of a free people is nauseating. Reminds me of Xerxes punishing the ocean by going down to the beach and whipping the waves into submission. Better to let the waves come in and the words come out.

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