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Claudia

FRESNO, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Never Fall Down: A Boy Soldier's Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Patricia McCormick
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock 'n' roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever. Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp. Working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children, weak from hunger, malaria, or sheer exhaustion, dying before his eyes.

    Bonnie Oriel says: "compelling story of triumph and survival"
    "Important life story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Never Fall Down the most enjoyable?

    the presentation of the young man's story, the reality of the material


    What other book might you compare Never Fall Down to and why?

    Books from the Nazi occupation in WWII. The horrors of madmen do not diminish and continue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene where he was finally able to begin the huge task of processing the horribleness of what had happened to him, and to let the toxicity that was forced on him to escape.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The truth that Kamer Rouge perpetrated on Cambodian people


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very important story, it is important to hear and to learn from it. Somehow this kind of craziness must be ended where whole innocent peoples are subject to this type atrocity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lionheart

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sharon Kay Penman
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    From New York Times best-selling novelist Sharon Kay Penman comes the stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard the Lionheart. A powerful tale of intrigue, war, and diplomacy, Lionheart plays out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.

    jerelyn says: "Finally Sharon Penman on Audio!"
    "Lionheart"
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    If you could sum up Lionheart in three words, what would they be?

    Factual, wonderfully written


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard, he was forceful yet could be very gentle and was not afraid of either part of his personality.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he was with Barengella, he was so gentle.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lionheart and why?

    Richard was, because of his many faceted sides, and how he could be so ruthless yet so very gentle with his wife. Fascinating how he lived through battles that he should not have survived. He was brilliant yet sometimes careless. He could be very fair with his men and so cunning with his enemies.


    Any additional comments?

    So well written I was very sad to see it end and can hardly wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet Feather

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    New York Times best-selling author Maeve Binchy has a way of making everyday experiences extraordinary. Scarlet Feather introduces budding entrepreneurs Cathy and Tom who, along with their extended families, meet the trials and rewards of life head on. Scarlet Feather is a new catering company formed by two friends from cooking school, Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather. Their dream is to have the best business in Dublin.

    Jeanne Penney says: "Another Hit on My List"
    "unexpected ending"
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    Would you listen to Scarlet Feather again? Why?

    Yes, because it is very interesting how the author develops the characters, and weaves their lives.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scarlet Feather?

    The ending. I also enjoyed the way the twins were taken treated, and how they became delightful players in this story.


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

    listening to the expressions and the accents always adds so much to a book and was no exception in this book, I loved it.


    Who was the most memorable character of Scarlet Feather and why?

    Kathy, she had so many facets of her character which were shown in surprising ways.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a delightful book and a very good book to listen to and think about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2822)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1051)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Wonderfully presented book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    With the current moral and ethical dilemmas facing us it is very important to explore our own thoughts about them and to have it so wonderfully presented, I would recommend listening to this book very thoughfully with an open mind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ana, she had to struggle with issurs that no one at that age should have to deal with and did it very well.


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

    I think the reader has much to do with the emotion that is a thread throughout the book and adds so much to the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I got very angry with the mother for being so focused on the designated "sick" daughter that she neglected her other children.


    Any additional comments?

    It is an important book in todays world as more issues like this emerge and very well written too. I would recommend the book rather than the movie to get the full impact of what I believe the author to be protraying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5065)
    Performance
    (2861)
    Story
    (2898)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Delicious"
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    What did you love best about The Forgotten Garden?

    How the story was developed was as intricate as the maze in the story, and it was wonderful to follow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Garden?

    to discover at each point how each person's role fit together, truly an intricate puzzle.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    For me the final scene was the best when all was known and finally the different pieces came together.


    If you could take any character from The Forgotten Garden out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Eliza for sure, she was the most colorful and had the most character.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was masterfully written and surprised me continually how the author developed each piece of the story and wove it together into an intricate fabric which was not complete until the final chapter was completed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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