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I am a high school American Sign Language teacher. Ph.D in multicultural Education. Married, 2 grown daughters.

Temecula, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Shirley MacLaine
    • Narrated By Shirley MacLaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Shirley MacLaine has found a perfect love in the furry bundle of irresistible canine charms that is Terry. With her winning terrier ways and an endless wellspring of love with no strings attached, Terry has succeeded in doing what no one before her ever has: slowing Shirley's peripatetic travels, shifting the actress/author's global axis to hearth and home.

    Amazon Customer says: "MacLaine is great actress not so good narrator."
    "MacLaine is great actress not so good narrator."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Didn't really get any insights from this book like some of her others. She loves her dog, don't we all?!


    Has Out on a Leash turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    NA


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    You could have done much better Shirley!! I usually love your books on spiritual growth, this one not so much (not at all).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Selkie Spell: Seal Island Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sophie Moss
    • Narrated By Hollis McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (227)

    American doctor Tara Moore wants to disappear. On the run from an abusive husband, she seeks shelter on a windswept Irish island and dismisses the villagers' speculation that she is descended from a selkie - a magical creature who is bewitching the island. But when a ghostly woman appears to her with a warning, Tara realizes it was more than chance that brought her to this island.

    American Valkyrie says: "Comforting and Engaging Voice, Exciting Story"
    "good summer read."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe. It wasn't one of my favorite books. Good for someone who wants easy listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All. They were all equal. If I had to pick it would be the fill in cook.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All were fair. I didn't really have a favorite. It was more or less predictable.


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

    Yes. It wasn't that long to not be able to listen to all in one day.


    Any additional comments?

    It was ok. But wouldn't get more in a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remarkable Miss Julia Merton

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Leonie Stevens
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Julia Merton is determined to go to Paris to live as an artist, and she will not let her humble origins stand in her way. In a city gone mad over its first royal visitor, she seizes an unexpected opportunity, and soon the only thing standing between Julia and her dream of independence is a disturbingly handsome rake named Edward Longfield....

    Amazon Customer says: "charming"
    "charming"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Remarkable Miss Julia Merton?

    Charming and witty


    What did you like best about this story?

    Easy listening. Made me chuckle. I would get more of this character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Asylum


    Any additional comments?

    Fun to listen to. Amusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infinite Quest: Develop Your Psychic Intuition to Take Charge of Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Edward
    • Narrated By John Edward
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    Internationally acclaimed psychic medium and best-selling author John Edward has captivated audiences worldwide with his unique abilities to connect people with loved ones who have crossed over to the Other Side. Now in this groundbreaking book, John takes you on an infinite quest to develop your own psychic intuition as a powerful tool for taking charge of your life.

    John says: "Best on the subject of Psychic Awareness"
    "useful info"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Infinite Quest?

    The "how to" instruction


    Any additional comments?

    Very good suggestion for developing/building connection to our guides and understanding ourselves and life purpose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3268)
    Performance
    (2807)
    Story
    (2829)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "another winner by kate morton"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    Trying to figure out how the mystery would unravel. As always, the end was a total surprise!!


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is the best narrator I have listened to. A gifted storyteller.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Secret Keeper and why?

    Vivian Jenkins.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Morton has such a gift for weaving a story and like magic it unravels at the end with in a perfect finish, not to be given away throughout the novel. Bravo!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2721)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1781)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "My new favorite author"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The House at Riverton the most enjoyable?

    As always, Kate Morton's story weaves a secret held until a most unexpected end. And Caroline Lee's expertise at giving every character a distinct voice and personality.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge of my seat but always wondering what would be reveled next. Better than "edge of my seat."


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. As usual, excellent!


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

    I get very attached to Kate Morton's characters. Caroline Lee is a first rate narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, my favorite author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10998)
    Performance
    (6191)
    Story
    (6240)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "EXCELLENT!!!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Life of Pi the most enjoyable?

    Story was well written. Subtle humor and engrossing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Meeting Jesus.


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

    When tiger left.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend to all. Entertaining, kept me listening. Excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4038)
    Performance
    (3645)
    Story
    (3673)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "couldn't get through it."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Handmaid's Tale?

    Hard to listen to and couldn't get into what was going on.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't even answer the questions. I was bored from the beginning trying to make sense of it. I just stopped.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Blood, Holy Grail

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    So revolutionary, so original, so convincing, that the most faithful Christians will be moved; here is the book that has sparked worldwide controversey.

    Micki says: "Great Book! Great abridgment and narration."
    "Dry, boring."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Really can't think of anyone who would get to the end.


    Has Holy Blood, Holy Grail turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.Too boring.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Prebble’s performances?

    No, hard to understand.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish it. It never got my interest. A real snoozer.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4510)
    Performance
    (4092)
    Story
    (4108)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Good book, not so good narrator."
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    Would you listen to Bared to You again? Why?

    Yes, I just have to get past the narrator making the main male character sound like a pervert.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bared to You?

    I don't think any were really "memorable".


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jill Redfield’s performances?

    If she doesn't do exrotic romance.


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

    Sensual with baggage.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story, but this genre is not the narrator's nitch. I had to really try to hear a different voice for male lead, she ruined that character with her spin on how he would talk. Really took away from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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