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Get the Book..Stay away from the CD package...cuz of annoying *BEEP* after every word
on May 17, 2008
I've review quite a few spanish cd's so I'm not new to this. In general, my reviews have been fair. I will update this as I get around to using the book more.
Packaging: Nothing fancy. Book w/ sleeve inside w/ 3 audio cd's. The 3rd ed of Harvey book is twice the length and with of 2nd w/o out addition of much more info...so that's it's roughly the size of 8.5x11 sheet of paper. This change makes the book no longer pocketable and makes putting it into a labcoat/whitecoat impossible. They should have just kept the size as small as before.
Book iself: I think it has more useful medical content in specific clinical situations than it's competitor, "Spanish for Healthcare Provider by Rios/McGraw-Hill" book. The Harvey book doens't have frivilous idioms/expression that the rios book has. Very focused.
Audio CD content: I'll be frank. The CD is a disaster. First CD has basic intro to spanish (nothing very medical related). I would have rather they devoted all 3 to medical spanish since I bought the package to listen in car. 2nd and 3rd CD has some medical terms, vocab, etc. Unlike the Rios CD in which the CD contents adhere to sections w/in the Rios book, I didn't quite see a clear correlation between the Harvey chapters and the cd. Negative side of Rios book is that it only says english word and then spanish word once...but the pauses between english/spanish is appropriate. Good thing about Harvey book is it read the english word. Then reads the spanish word, and repeats the spanish word.
Now the most ANNOYING thing about the Harvey book...which makes me not recommend annoyone buy it until the publisher makes a change, is that it'll say:
1. ENGLISH WORD
***SILENCE*** (anyone between 3-10 s...way too long)
2. SPANISH WORD
***B-E-E-P** (sounds like a Tele monitor beep, or IV pole beep)
3. and then repeat the SPANISH WORD.
What genius thought of the "BEEP"? It's almost the same annoying beep u'd hear in a Tele bed in the ICU or if an an IV pole was clogged and beeping. That 3-10s pause is one end of the extreme. On 2nd half of CD3, there's a vocab section in which narrator reads english and spanish word once. However, interval between the words is now only 1s...yikes..I couldn't even keep up w/ the speed. Talk about extremes. Totally ruins the CD. Whoever was the producer of the CD totally overlooked the format of other language CD's where it's usually:
1. English word 2. Silence for about 2s 3. Spanish word. 4. Silence for about another 2s. 5. Repeat spanish word.
One good thing is that Itunes recognizes the CD and automatically titles the tracks.
I'd give the book a 4 star...and the CD a 0 star...so my 2 star rating stands. The production side of the CD really tarnished Harvey's good book.