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Jessica

I am a MSW Student at USC. I look forward to learning more about human behavior and contributing to the field of social work.

LONG BEACH, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The House on Mango Street

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sandra Cisneros
    • Narrated By Sandra Cisneros
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong, not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

    Fred says: "Spare yourself"
    "Lyrical and Poetic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The House on Mango Street to be better than the print version?

    Cisneros (2009) a poet and great writer has portrayed the story of a Chicana (Mexican-American) with dreams beyond the young girls own understanding. The author provided lyrical vignettes to represent each character's role in the young girls life. Cisneros (2009) novel portrays a Chicana character that is living the life of almost every Latino I know, in terms of community and financial support and more importantly ideology. The awareness that her character is able to convey through language in this novel sets her apart from her community of neighbors, family, and friends, and givers her the opportunity to rise above, and escape. Through writing the character finds herself questioning her identity, her culture, and gender norms, specific not only to her culture, but to the society as a whole, like her relatives and peers. This character then transforms into an adolescent with poetic fashion. Great read, and even better performance on audible by the author herself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House on Mango Street?

    (spoiler) The Cisneros (2009) novel the character does share about sexual abuse and in this regard, has little memory around the incident in a chapter called “Red Clowns,” in which she shares her anger toward “Sally” for misguiding her ideas of what sex would be like.


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

    Yes once live, but only a reading at a book signing. She was wonderful in person, and this is why i originally bought the book to read. I was thrilled to see it on audible.


    If you could take any character from The House on Mango Street out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Good question, Sally's character is intriguing, and I'd like to know more about her.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one you should listen to with your young adolescent, as it is thought provoking and the reader or listener may have a few questions. I think the author does a great job, however of describing life from a different perspective, one of oppression that is deep rooted, and difficult to escape.

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  • The Seat of the Soul: 25th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Gary Zukav
    • Narrated By Gary Zukav, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (168)

    With the same extraordinary skill that he used to demystify scientific abstraction and the new physics, Gary Zukav, the award-winning author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters, here takes us on a brilliant and penetrating exploration of the new phase of evolution we have now entered.

    Vik says: "A True Spiritual Classic"
    "Touching"
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    If you could sum up The Seat of the Soul in three words, what would they be?

    In so many words this novel has reached me, in a way my own voice has not been able to. It has given me an image for what I have always been aware of, yet never was able to communicate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Intention and Personality. The introduction that the idea that a soul is guiding my personality.


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

    no.


    If you could give The Seat of the Soul a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Wake up your soul


    Any additional comments?

    Sleeping souls that have been isolated and buried will grow and flourish and reach out as intended.

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