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Debera W. Douglas

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San Diego | Member Since 2004

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  • The Vagina Monologues

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Eve Ensler
    • Narrated By Eve Ensler
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    The Vagina Monologues is a moving, poignant and often hilarious play, which celebrates female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Originally drawn from a collection of interviews conducted by Eve Ensler, the Obie Award-winning play gives voice to some of the most intimate, rarely shared fantasies and fears of women from all walks of life.

    Hear an exclusive interview with Ensler - FREE!

    Colleen says: "The Vagina Monologues"
    "I guess you have to see it to get it."
    Overall

    I didn't really enjoy this book. I was expecting something more humorous. Parts were very poignant and thought provoking ... but mostly I was bored. I guess it translates better as a stage production.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (340)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "The Narrator's cadence is very annoying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Princess Elizabeth's Spy to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, so I couldn't say whether the audio version is better. I like to listen to books during my commute, and the books I buy to listen to are very different from the ebooks I chose to read. I like to listen to books that have an historical context and describe the surroundings in detail. The Maggie Hope series keeps me entertained during rush hour driving. Never mind a long commute if I'm listening to a good book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Princess Elizabeth's Spy?

    I love books set in a different time period. I like getting a feel for how it was 'back then'.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

    Really disliked the way Susan Duerden reads the narrative. It's the same cadence for every sentence. Each sentence ends on the same note. It is so annoying that once during a long narrative, I had to shut it off. Does a great job on the voices, however. You can always tell when it's a different person talking.


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

    Can't say that I was moved, but at times I was annoyed by the main character's behavior. She's supposed to be a spy, but has very volatile outburst to her handler and boss. Rather than using a logical argument, she's screaming and having a tantrum. Is that supposed to be an 'American' trait? British reserve seems to have gone missing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life So Far

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Fonda
    • Narrated By Jane Fonda
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths.

    D says: "An Honest Look at One's Life"
    "I really enjoyed 'My Life So Far'"
    Overall

    I have a new found respect for Jane Fonda. I enjoyed her candid approach and as another reviewer said, this is a great read for women over 50. I found that I could relate to a lot of what she was saying, and it was good to finally hear her side of the Viet Nam issue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    Overall
    (1750)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (293)

    President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

    Drayton says: "Less than I expected"
    "My Life by Bill Clinton"
    Overall

    I wasn't a Democrat when Bill Clinton was in office, and I'm not very interested in politics ... but I found this book to be very enjoyable ... and enlightening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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