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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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Advanced: C1


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.


Could you please explain why the correct answer for the 2nd sentence in Task 2 is B?

Thank you in advance.


Hello Adam83

Even though B is not the best summary of the reasons that Helen liked the book, it is clearly a better answer than the other two. On many official English language exams, the correct answer is not always the most satisfying answer, but it is clearly better than the other options, and so by the process of elimination, it is the correct answer. This is what we had in mind when we worded this question this way.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again Adam

That's a good point, but it's the presenter who says that about Helen. It's an observation about Helen's books, not about the reason Helen enjoyed the novel they are discussing.

When Helen says that she couldn't put the book down and stayed up late to finish it, she then says:

There's something about immersing yourself in a family this flawed, this damaged, that's compelling. You'd never want to be in that family yourself, but that's what reading is about, isn't it? Wearing someone else's shoes for a while without ever having to live their reality.

Here she is talking about the reason she enjoyed the book so much and it's clear from the second sentence that her own life is very different from the lives she read about in the novel.

Does that make more sense now?

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Sometimes I like to read the "dark" books. Our life is not easy. There are good and bad things. Probably, these books will learn us to solve our own problems.

For me , i don't like dark book and horrible movies , because for me it look more dramatic and it is presenting ideas not exist on our live and its can bring fear to people in nothing . For example the clown who kidnapped children and no one know where he take them .

I don't like to read dark books.