уровня IELTS по английскому языку. № 26.
Прочтите приведенные ниже тексты о
чтении (A-F). Для вопросов с 1 по 6 выберите наилучший
ответ (A, B, C, D, E или F).
the texts below (A-F). For questions 1 to
6, choose the best answer (A, B, C, D, E or
person thought the book they read was …
(2) disappointing? B
(3) worrying? F
(4) exciting? A
(5) inspiring? D
(6) tiring? C
I don't often read thrillers, but I didn't
have anything else to read. Well, I'm glad
I didn't - I couldn't put it down. I don't
think I have ever read a book so fast or
with my eyes so wide open. It's one of those
books where you simply don't know what's
going to happen next. It's a roller coaster
ride from beginning to end.
Everyone I know has read it and they all
recommended it. I remember eating out with
some friends and deciding I had to go and
buy it. During the meal one of my friends,
James, said that he hadn't been able to
finish it. All the other people there criticised
him for being impatient or lazy. I thought
if it was that good, I would definitely
have to try it. It was quite interesting
I suppose, but like James, I didn't get
to the end. All in all, I can't really see
what all the fuss was about myself.
I'm so busy these days. I hardly have any
time to read. Nowadays, I drive to work
so the only chance I get to read is in the
evenings when the kids have gone to bed.
I don't remember the name of the last book
I read. It was one my wife bought. I think
it was a translation because some of the
sentences were a bit strange and I had no
idea how to pronounce the author's name.
I don't find it easy to fall asleep at bedtime,
but this book did the trick every time.
I don't think I ever turned more than one
page per night.
The last book I read was a biography. I
didn't expect to like the writer that much.
He's a famous musician and he's full of
himself. I can't say the book changed my
mind either. But it made me appreciate the
art and craft of music. I used to play a
little myself when I was younger and as
soon as I'd finished the book, I found some
of my old songs and tried a few out I had
written years ago. They weren't too bad.
I've even rewritten the melody of one and
added a few verses. I'm happy with the results.
All thanks to an artist I don't really like.
I have noticed that books that are generally
considered great works of art are often
books that no one has actually ever finished.
I have read a few books that I have abandoned
because I haven't got the faintest idea
what is going on. One so-called masterpiece
I read was about different generations of
the same family. All the main characters
had more or less the same names and the
story moved backwards and forwards in time
so much that you never really knew who or
when you were reading about.
The last book I read was about an actor
who finds out that he has a disease. He's
famous and cannot believe that this is really
happening to him. This is not how his life
was supposed to be. He talks about his early
life and then a little about his illness.
He talks about all these minor symptoms
that he had and ignored. The sad thing is
that one day he was okay and the next, he
found out that he may only have a short
time left to live. It made me realise that
if it could happen to him it could happen
to anyone. In fact, I haven't been able
to think about much else...
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