Упражнения 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).
Read the texts below (A-F). For questions 1 to 6, choose the best answer (A, B, C, D, E or F).

Which person thought the book they read was …

(1) confusing? E
(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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