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Overall adequate, but errors in verbal section answers & James Joyce didn't write Lady Chatterly's Lover.,
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The Manhattan Prep GRE book is actually closer to weighing six pounds, and the publishers even say so at the beginning. You probably wouldn't want to carry it around with you, This book is definitely as good as any GRE prep book around in terms of thoroughness, BUT it has some ERRORS in the answers, which is definitely not good! But if it doesn't bother you that the team at MP wrote that James Joyce was the author of Lady Chatterley's Lover (see page 93), who am I to complain?
However, I completed one section of 20 questions; one answer choice in the sentence completion that was claimed as correct, in fact, could have been answered with an alternative. Interesting that in the explanation of why their answer was the correct one, they failed to mention the equally valid one, although they did demonstrate why three other choices were wrong. Mmmm. Then in a reading comprehension section, where the question was to choose whether I, II, or III statements were supported in the text, only one was supported, although the "correct" answer, according to the book was that all three were correct. My worry is that if 2 out of 30 questions had partially correct or incorrect answer choices, what about the rest of the book? I don't have time to go into this in depth. If you ask, I'll give you the specifics.
I don't know if one can say that other than that problem, this is a good study guide, but I'll try. It has generally good explanations for questions for both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. It is printed on quality paper and is printed clearly with excellent layouts. This means it won't crumble and get soiled easily, as most other GRE test prep books do because they're printed on cheap paper. You also get access to the Manhattan Prep website for a year, if you register after purchasing the book. It's also straightforward, meaning it doesn't discuss tricks to save time or how to spot ways the test tries to confuse you, which I don't think is very helpful.