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Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 117 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Las Puertas Retorcidas [The Twisted Doors]: The Scariest Way in the World to Learn Spanish!

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Kathie Dior
    • Narrated By Nalda Baez Smith, Rosa-Maria Boisset-Brindle

    Las Puertas Retorcidas (The Twisted Doors): The Scariest Way in the World to Learn Spanish! is an exciting audiobook that teaches Spanish by capturing and immersing students into a mystery adventure. Listen to the intriguing mystery as it is dramatically narrated by native Spanish-speaking university professors. And to enhance your Spanish-learning experience, be sure to get the companion bilingual Spanish/English book by the same name, which will allow you to read and follow the audiobook’s Spanish narration with a word-for-word English translation.

    Christine says: "Needs to be accompanied with a book!"
    "Needs to be accompanied with a book!"
    What would have made Las Puertas Retorcidas [The Twisted Doors] better?

    It would have been better if it had been accompanied with a book, PDF, notes or something. I am new at learning Spanish and I could not understand what was going on. I noticed that the chapters were extremely short. I cannot imagine something interesting going that fast.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Kathie Dior again?

    Maybe after I have more experience in Spanish.

    What aspect of Nalda Baez Smith and Rosa-Maria Boisset-Brindle ’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance seemed fine with my limited knowledge of Spanish.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme disappointment!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spying in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300-pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her?

    Annette says: "Very fun listen"
    "Copycat book"

    This was so much like the Evanovich books but no grandmother to enhance it! Ramirez even wore a black shirt like the other series ! The narrator was GREAT! She sounded exactly the way I thought that Maddie would sound. She made the story! I wanted to know the ending but I was disappointed that it was so similar to the other series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound of Things Falling

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Juan Gabriel Vasquez
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti

    In the city of Bogot, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medelln cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past.

    Melinda says: "'The Damaging Exercise of Remembering'"

    Sorry but I expected more details about the birth of drug trafficking. I hate to complain but this book was so much worse for me because of the narration. First of all, it was taped at a volume lower than my next book. Worse was the laid back voice of the narrator. He had a nice deep voice but inappropriate for this text. My mind would wonder off because the reading showed no enthusiasm, just monotone. I expected a Spanish accented voice. I found that I had to change the speaking speed to 1.5 on my iPhone to listen and stay awake. Sorry but I did not enjoy this and could not wait to get finished to have it behind me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Pimsleur

    The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat!

    Kelly says: "Very good instruction, good value"
    "Amazing! This is the only way to learn Spanish!"
    What did you love best about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30?

    I cannot believe how simply this course is broken down. This course is so clear and concise that I am speaking and understanding already before completing the course. The course does not let you forget words that you have already learned.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I think that the unique thing about this course is that the narrator questions you. This questioning forces you to think and respond because you want to do well. I usually cannot respond in the time allotted so I stop the tape. Also my goal is to respond faster.

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

    First, I love the narrator's voice. Second, I like how he phrases his questions to you. I like the reminders.

    Any additional comments?

    I live in Miami and want to learn Spanish so badly. I have a southern accent which does not help because I drag my words out. I am ashamed to say how long I have owned and used Rosetta Stone and how many Spanish classes that I have quit, including one last month. In other words, I have gotten no where with Spanish until now. I was in class with a guy who swore by the Pimsleur Method and I saw his progress and the lack of mine. My main comment is: Thanks, Paul Pimsleur. I did not believe that learning Spanish was a possibility for me. I also want to add that I am 64 years old - "old dog - new tricks!"

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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