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Magdalena

Mexican American Female living in California. Love to read BUT lack the time to indulge in a good read and so greatly enjoy audio books.

San Diego, US, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (291)

    Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

    jaspersu says: "The narration changed my interpretation"
    "Eerie but not what you expect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really, its a story that takes a long time to get to its point. You have to really enjoy listening to stories and have a dedicated imagination to stick with this story.


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice helps draw you into a story that would otherwise be painful to follow


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes to compare to my own vision


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Reiland
    • Narrated By Mazhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    Borderline Personality Disorder. "What the hell was that?" raged Rachel Reiland when she read the diagnosis written in her medical chart. As the 29-year old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was the diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes- including bouts of anorexia, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity.

    BEEJ says: "An Authentic Tale"
    "Great read/listen period"
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    What made the experience of listening to Get Me Out of Here the most enjoyable?

    The way the story was told. The point of view it was presented from and how generously candid the author was in expressing her experiences. Her honesty was brave and made this book so real, anyone dealing with BPD or living someone who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder will relate and enjoy this book immensely. I know I did and overall it gave our family something to look forward to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character and of course the therapist the repoir was perfect and drew me to both.


    What does Mazhan Marno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice was great at conveying the mood of the text and most of the time had me feeling like I was eavesdropping to a real conversation and not just listening to a book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it can only be listened to in pieces because it evokes such real feelings and thought from you as a listener.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book wish more books were written from such experiences with this real feel.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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