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Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Valerie Fridland?
Yes but not if Mrs Fridland narrates it. One of the other reviewers pointed out how annoying her voice is and I have to agree. It's shrill, weirdly chipper,and just not comfortable to listen to for more than a few minutes.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You?
I zoned out a lot during this audio book, something that very rarely happens. Mrs Fridland just didn't keep me interested all that long. The few points I do remember were interesting though.
What didn’t you like about Professor Valerie Fridland’s performance?
She has a high pitched voice, too shrill. Not pleasant.
Was Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You worth the listening time?
I didn't retain a lot of the concepts. This might be a lecture better ingested from a written source material.
Any additional comments?
The content is interesting but I just couldn't finish it. Mrs Fridland's voice and fact that visualizing language-based concepts is hard make this for a fairly tough audio book to get through.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Narration was far too fast to hear clearly and without pauses, therefore no time to consider what had been discussed.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A lecturer who did not do the following: make silly, immature jokes as asides during presentation, speak too rapidly, trip over their words, and inexplicably suddenly raise the volume of delivery
Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?
Absolutely - I'm delighted to have found the Great Courses. This has been my first experience of a course being completely ruined by the style of delivery
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Valerie Fridland?
Professor Gary K. Wolfe, who narrates 'How Great Science Fiction Works' has the perfect style of delivery
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Anger, annoyance, frustration
Any additional comments?
I was really surprised at how this series made it into the Great Courses.
Unlike others reviewing Fridland's lecture I think her knowledge and how she imparts her subject matter is pretty good. But I'm sorry Valerie, your jokes are not funny. One or two here and there might be cute but there's a corny awkward distraction every few minutes. I have most of the Great Courses on linguistics and language and I re-listen to them (except Anne Curzan for similar reasons) with some regularity. I thought I'd give Fridland another go after a year of abstaining but soon into the lecture I was squirming and remembered why I don't listen to it. However, when she stays on track I think she's good. I would buy another title from her if it was guaranteed to be joke free. They are that bad.