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Read With Me

Read With Me

My name is Lisa VanDamme and I am the founder of VanDamme Academy, a small private school in Southern California with big ambitions to provide students with an exceptional education and a joyful learning experience.

The single, animating element of my career – the one that provides me with an endlessly replenishing daily dose of endorphins – is teaching literature. I am not a literary scholar. I cannot classify works by “school” or “movement,” I cannot describe how they reflect the historical period in which they were written, I don’t know how to inventory their various literary devices. And I don’t care to.

If I have a unique talent as a teacher of literature, it boils down to this: I am passionate about great books. Hugo wrenches my heart and makes me weep tears of anguish and of wonderment. Rostand stirs me to noble ambition in work and love and life. Tolstoy challenges me to think – and to feel – on planes higher than I had ever known. Ibsen, Dostoevsky, Balzac, Jane Austen, Maupassant, Rattigan, Sinclair Lewis – all have helped me to see, in the words of English professor Mark Edmundson, “that life is bigger, sweeter, more tragic and intense—more alive with meaning than I had thought.” I derive profound personal joy from literature, and I have a knack for helping others do the same.

That is why I started Read With Me. I know so many people – thoughtful, intelligent, motivated people – who avoid reading the classics. And for understandable reasons: they’re busy, they don’t know what to read, they’ve never been taught how to enjoy it, they have unpleasant memories of tedious discussions in high school English…

If you are intimidated, uninitiated, jaded, disillusioned or just plain busy – read with me. Let me show you what reading can be.



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Evaluation of iPhone App [Read With Me] at itunes store

  • newest version:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)4.8205
  • All versions:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)4.8205

Number of people evaluated:39



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  • Great content, poor functionality
    by Sargentia on 2020-11-23 at 1:42 AM

    The books are well-chosen. Lisa’s commentary is enlightening, and brings out aspects I might have missed. But the app is very unfriendly to use, and I often have to delete and reinstall to restore functionality.

  • Don’t bother!
    by PonyLula on 2020-08-26 at 3:37 AM

    Can’t even create an account. So utterly dumb.

  • Outstanding and so enjoyable!
    by EllenLeeK on 2019-04-07 at 7:56 PM

    Lisa’s Read With Me program is one of my gifts to myself. I am on the edge of my seat when I listen to her readings of Arrowsmith, Victor Hugo’s 93 and Notre Dame de Paris, and currently, Crime and Punishment. I had not read these works. She brings the characters to life and she is so easy to listen to! Her focused summaries of each chapter give more depth to her readings and they help me focus on details I otherwise might have missed. She is deeply passionate about the personal value of classical literature and has given me that joy. I like that her program is self-paced. You can start anytime.

  • Wonderful!
    by Zafferano on 2019-03-27 at 11:08 PM

    Lisa is an excellent reader and literary guide. It is a pleasure to listen to her reading and commentary, and inspiring me to read/listen to books that I know are incredible classics but which I likely would not be getting to because of life’s commitments. Whether you are an avid reader or an occasional one, get this app and try out a few chapters. I bet you stick with it.

  • It’s never too late
    by dsdxp01 on 2019-03-13 at 1:31 AM

    I generally do not like to read books. I read so very slow, and often end up needing to re-read sentences at times, that it takes forever to get through a decent novel. I would like to read, however, if I were able to get through the book at a reasonable speed and understand what I’m reading. This dilemma lead me to audio books. In general, they’re fine. I can sit and listen to one and understand what’s going on, but it always seems like something is missing. Once I started participating in Read With Me, I immediately realized what it was. Lisa has created a very unique experience with Read With Me. Not only can you listen to the book (and read along with your own copy if you choose), but you actually feel what the characters feel in the way she reads the book. In addition to this, you have access to a community of other readers to read and analyze the book with you. Lisa’s commentary and break-down of each chapter helps reveal every detail you would most likely have missed by reading alone. I highly recommend Read With Me whether you are an avid reader, someone like me, or anywhere in between. It’s never too late to get started. Also, this app is really great 😁

  • Worth your time!!
    by mark a27 on 2019-03-12 at 2:49 PM

    I just finished with “White Nights” and liked it a lot! I read “Crime and Punishment” years ago (back in college) and am finding it a much better experience this time around with the app. Love the commentary section too.

  • Outstanding!
    by Montessorinomad on 2019-03-11 at 8:18 PM

    I love listening to Lisa read these classic books.

Change log

Update history of iPhone App [Read With Me]

A lot of bug fixes and an improved library experience.
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iPhone App [Read With Me] Other details

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  • Version:3.5.6
  • Price:Free


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