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Angela Catirina

Catirina Bonet Designs

Los Angeles, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Motorcycle Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Che Guevara
    • Narrated By Bruno Gerardo
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (21)
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    (20)

    In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on "La Poderosa", the Powerful One: a 500cc Norton. One of them was the 23-year-old Che Guevara. Written eight years before the Cuban Revolution, these are Che's diaries - full of disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy and laddish improvisations.

    Angela Catirina says: "Breathtaking & Enlightening Adventure"
    "Breathtaking & Enlightening Adventure"
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    Would you listen to The Motorcycle Diaries again? Why?

    I love this story! I first fell in love with the film, and have many times over the years, been swept away in the journey of discovery in the writings of Ernesto Che Guevara. A young spirit on a quest for adventure but also with an insatiable appetite for knowledge, a deep heartfelt compassion for the neglected cultures he finds along the way, and a life long romance with those people, those cultures, and his world. "The Motorcycle Diaries" is a brilliant retelling of a young mans thirst for life. Bruno Gerardo offers a brilliant, engaging, authentic narration!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Birth of Venus: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities.

    Giovanna says: "Excellent"
    "Artfully Imagined History - Poetically Crafted"
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    I first read this book in hardcover years ago and it's been a favorite from the very first page. Sarah Dunant has a gift for diving into earlier centuries and drawing those characters into modern comprehension while seducing the reader into a time warp of another place and time - taking them on a historic adventure of art, history, politics, religion, love, strife, and life. Every word is a delicacy to savor. The journey is unforgettable. I love the Audible version. kathe Mazur's narration is sublime.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament of Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (121)

    Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

    ana says: "from a non believer..."
    "A Hauntingly Beautiful Memoir"
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    What a hauntingly beautiful rendition of this biblical tale. Colm Tobin channeled the spirit of Christ's mother at the most pivotal, defining moment of her life and that of Christianity. Meryl Streep delivered a flawless monologue of a hardened, lonely widow questioning her fractured spirit. I will listen again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3677)
    Performance
    (2259)
    Story
    (2284)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Thoughfully Written, Well Researched....Brilliant!"
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    I'm listening to this book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. I've had numerous friends the past few years dealing with a variety of forms of cancer and I found it while searching book titles on the subject. I'm not sure I recommend it as reading if you are dealing with the issue or are close friend or family but it is a true story of monumental historic value for scientific research, ethics, and human consequence. The breadth, depth, and scope of the story of the events, of the life an ordinary woman who has left an extraordinary impression on science is truly monumental. I'm only half way through it and I'm not certain if I think it's more triumph or tragedy but I do think it's highly recommended reading material.

    I am a huge fan of the writing of Dava Sobel because she tells the historic stories of science from a truly human perspective and tells them in the form of biography that reads like a well written novel. Rebecca Skloot is equally gifted. It's a thoughtfully written and researched account. If you are interested in science or if you are not. If you believe in Western medicine, or if you don't. It is a thought provoking tale. I think it would be great reading for middle and high school students as well, with the exception of a couple of chapters that are sexually explicit and parents may want to censor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galileo's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (45)

    Galileo Galilei was the foremost scientist of his day. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal the heavens and enforce the astounding argument that the earth moves around the sun. For this belief, he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and forced to spend his last years under house arrest.

    Doris says: "A Bit Dry"
    "Compelling"
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    "Galileo's Daughter" is one of the most compelling works of history I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Dava Sobel is equal parts poetic and science in her writing and she has a unique gift for intertwining the human stories with their scientific purpose, without missing a beat on the politics. This is really a profound work. I've read it, I've listened to it, and I'm sure I'll listen to it again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call Me Ted

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ted Turner, Bill Burke
    • Narrated By Ted Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and groundbreaking philanthropist, Ted Turner is truly a living legend, and now, for the first time, he reveals his personal story. From his difficult childhood to the successful launch of his media empire to the catastrophic AOL/Time Warner deal, Turner spares no details or feelings and takes the reader along on a wild and sometimes bumpy ride.

    loix says: "Under-hyped"
    "Brilliant! Funny! Honest! Candid! Provocative!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Call Me Ted to be better than the print version?

    We've been working all weekend and listening to Ted Turner's autobiography, "Call Me Ted". Brilliant, candid, thoughtful, forthright, and truly exhausting. It is a fascinating read (or listen!). I've always been a huge fan of him but I am truly in awe. It's a great read - particularly to anyone with an interest in business.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That this provocative man is so candid in the telling of his life story.


    What about Ted Turner’s performance did you like?

    That it was Ted Turner himself. Listening to this was like having him in the room.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His life is such a compelling page turner. I iwouldn't say there is one particular part of the book that gripped me so much as just wanting more and more and more with every new development.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Children's Homer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Padraic Colum
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    This reissue of the 1919 classic combines the immortal stories from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey into one glorious saga of heroism and magical adventure. Beloved by generations, Padraic Colum's masterful retelling of these epic adventures is remarkably fresh, consistently spellbinding, and unmatched for its richness and poetry.

    Marius says: "A great listen for adults as well"
    "Excellent! Entertaining! A Pure Delight!"
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    Where does The Children's Homer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Whether you are a fan of the Greek myths or not, this is a purely enjoyable translation of Homer's "Odyssey". Easy to follow and understand, this is a great translation for the entire family. The story is timeless, the characters rich and colorful, it is truly a symphony of literature.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Whitfield – was your favorite?

    Robert Whitfield brings the story to life. He's offers a colorful and entertaining performance of Odysseus and all of the characters we have come to love and hate.


    Any additional comments?

    Truly enjoyable and delightful! I will listen to this over and over again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tales from the Greek Legends

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Edward Ferrie
    • Narrated By Benjamin Soames
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The great myths of Ancient Greece have inspired mankind for centuries. Each of the heroes has to undergo trials of strength and courage to prove his valor against a host of monsters - the Minotaur, half man, half bull; Hydra, the many-headed serpent; Medusa the Gorgon. Meanwhile, the gods, lead by Zeus the Thunderer from his seat on Mount Olympus, watch, encourage, help - and sometimes hinder.

    reggie p says: "just what I wanted"
    "Truly Enjoyable, Entertaining, and Informative"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audio book to anyone wanting to learn the basics of Greek Mythology or brush up on the subject. This is an easily comprehendable book of short stories that outlines the basics of the Greek family tree of Gods and demi-gods. Never dull or boring - the author and narrator bring the stories to life with pure joy and entertainment. High praise to narrator Benjamin Soames!! From adolescents to adults - the whole family will enjoy this book!


    What other book might you compare Tales from the Greek Legends to and why?

    I bought this audio book to brush up on my knowledge of Greek Mythology before diving once again into the Odyssey and the Illiad.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My personal favorite Greek Myth is that of Demeter and Persiphone and the reason for Winter. A beautifully told tale. The author recounts the legend of Pandora's Box and the creation of woman - all beautifully told tales.


    Any additional comments?

    I lOVED IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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