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Carolyn

Milwaukie, OR, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Keeping Healthy Siblings Healthy

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Holly Van Gulden
    • Narrated By Blake Stiles
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This workshop offers specific tips for families who have one child whose challenging behavior impacts the whole family. Although geared towards foster and adoptive families, techniques would work in any family. Accompanying handouts are available at http://nysccc.org/conference/conference-archives/

    Carolyn says: "Poor Sound Quality"
    "Poor Sound Quality"
    Overall

    This lecture included discussions between the lecturer and audience members. Unfortunately, it was often difficult to understand the questions or comments of the audience members because of the poor audio quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (270)

    At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed....

    Sara says: "Inspiring"
    "Religious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Hiding Place? What did you like least?

    This was written by a Christian and had a very religious outlook. This is fine and people who enjoy religious books would probably enjoy that. However, I was looking more for a nonreligious historical account of the time and place she described.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Murray
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (128)

    In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity.

    Brent says: "great insights to today's culture wars"
    "I would hve preferred an abridged version."
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Charles Murray and/or Traber Burns?

    Yes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have preferred an abridged version of this audiobook. I was occasionally instructed to refer to a figure (presumably a graph, chart, or table) which was irrelevant to me as a listener. Also, when explaining his findings, the author would give percentages of the population who fit into this category or that category. I would have preferred the author to just say that, based on his review of the statistics, these are his assumptions and believes. Then I could have been spared all the statistics. Of course, those people who are interested in the statistics could have purchased the book or an unabridged audio version.


    What about Traber Burns’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job.


    Could you see Coming Apart being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Psychiatric Issues in Adoption

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Anthony Malone
    • Narrated By Blake Stiles
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Overview of normal variation in temperament and personality as well as psychiatric issues that can occur. Strategies are offered for parents and professionals. Accompanying handouts are available at http://nysccc.org/conference/conference-archives.

    Carolyn says: "Poor audio quality"
    "Poor audio quality"
    Overall

    The lecturer was knowledgeable and a good speaker. However, a good portion of the lecture involved questions and answers involving the audience. It was difficult to understand what the audience members were saying due to the poor audio quality. Also, I had been expecting an uninterruped lecture, and I did not find the audience participation portion (what I could hear of it) useful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding Child Sexual Abuse: Myths and Facts

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Ron Robinson
    • Narrated By Blake Stiles
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This workshop explores some reasons adults sexually abuse children within or outside of their families. It also reviews how sexual abuse affects children, why abuse is kept secret, when children disclose abuse, and actions that can trigger emotional reactions in children who have been abused.

    Carolyn says: "Poor Audio Quality"
    "Poor Audio Quality"
    Overall

    The lecture itself was interesting and the lecturer presented the material well. However, the audio quality was poor during a significant part of the recording. For example, part of the lecture included having the audience watch a documentary. It was difficult to understand what was being said in the documentary because the recording of that portion of the lecture was so poor. Also, the lecturer would sometimes take questions from the audience or have a conversation with an audience member. However, it was difficult or impossible to understand what the audience members were saying and the lecturer did not repeat their questions or comments for the benefit of the Audible listener.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Helga Schneider
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Helga Schneider was four when her mother suddenly abandoned her family in Berlin in 1941. When she next saw her mother, 30 years later, she learned the shocking reason why. Her mother had joined the Nazi SS and had become a guard in the concentration camps, including Auschwitz, where she was in charge of a "correction" unit and responsible for untold acts of torture.

    Vikki says: "Excellent..."
    "Excellent narrator but uninteresting characters"
    Overall

    This is a true story about a woman who has only seen her mother twice since the woman was a little girl. The mother is an unpleasant character. The second visit is what the book focuses on. By the time of the second visit, the mother is not only unpleasant but seems to be suffering from senile dementia. I quickly lost interest in the mother. There did not seem to be any reason for the daughter to be visiting her. I lost interest in the story and starting skipping ahead. The narrator was excellent however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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