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An interview about two books

Listen to an interview about two books to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



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could you explain what is the best way to do Task 2?
I first listen to the audio; afterwards, I read the questions of Task 2, and finally, I listen to the audio again and answer the questions. Is it a good way? Or are you supposed to remember the audio by the time of reading the questions?

Hello Ignacio,

The way you do it sounds good to me, but there's nothing wrong with doing it other ways as well. I'd encourage you to experiment with different methods on other pages to see what seems to be most useful for you. In general, I think it's a good idea to listen to the audio (or read the transcript) at least a couple of times -- you'll probably get more out of it if so. 

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

No. I don't.

Dark is light in front of black. I am actually interested in stories which deal with murder, sexual assault, bullying, and familiar troubles. In fact, these topics are in everyone's lips nowadays, and reading a book may be truly helpful for someone in pain or even for those who are looking to learn about it. A dark book may be light for someone else life.

From my perspective, reading dark books is a thousand times better than books with happy ends. To elaborate on this point, behind every dark book a massage that an author tries to convey to the readers. thus, they are more educational and about life though one has a bad feeling after finishing it.

I like to read 'dark' books especially Russian classic literature. The last book that kind of genre I read is Poor people by Dostoevsky. The book is written to a similar second book in the podcast - in letters. You find out how people live approximately one hundred and fifty years ago, what kind of problems they dealt with. Their fates are difficult and complex. But it makes you think about your life, about your country and is that book relevant today.

I habe the Book really liked, because for me brings Peace and Harmony when I one so good written Book read. It is dark, but it is good. Very recommended!

I like books of one author who was mentioned in this audio: Lionel Shriver. I read "We need to talk about Kevin". It is a book with a very unexpected ending. For me it was not so easy to read this book because author uses very difficult words and her language is very complicated. But in spite of this this book is worth to read! There is another book of Lionel Shriver which I also recommend to read: "The new Republic".

thanks a lot
i have enjoyed this podcast, it's really interesting for me; as i like novels

personally I do not like dark books because normally they have sad endings,
I prefer to read adventures books or scary books,they keep me on the edge of my seat,although I would like to give it a try.