The Amado Women, by Desiree Zamorano

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Frightened/Terrified
Performance Notes
Southern California is ground zero for upwardly mobile middle-class Latinas. Matriarchs like Mercy Amado—despite her drunken, philandering (now ex-) husband—could raise three daughters and become a teacher. Now she watches helplessly as her daughters drift apart as adults. The Latino bonds of familia don't seem to hold. Celeste, the oldest daughter who won't speak to the youngest, is fiercely intelligent and proud. She has fled the uncertainty of her growing up in Los Angeles, California, to seek financial independence in San Jose. Her sisters did the same thing but very differently. Sylvia married a rich but abusive Anglo, and, to hide away, she immersed herself in the suburbia of her two young daughters. And Nataly, the baby, went very hip into the free-spirited Latino art world, working on her textile creations during the day and waiting on tables in an upscale restaurant by night. Everything they know comes crashing down in a random tragic moment and Mercy must somehow make what was broken whole again.

The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert

Category : Science & Technology
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Straightforward
Performance Notes
"The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert describes what a future paleontologist may find when it looks back at the history of Homo sapiens. While we would like to think that man’s crowning achievements will be viewed with our contributions to arts and sciences, we may just go down in geologic history “as the force behind wiping out life-forms tens of thousands of times faster than normal, over the course of just a few hundred thousand years — a geologic instant”. Kolbert, a reporter, observes that, when you look at the massive decline of biodiversity activity that has occurred since man has inhabited the planet, the fossil demarcation caused by the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs will pale in comparison to the mass die off of species caused by humans.Thus, when future paleontologists look back, all of human civilization will be "compressed into a layer of sediment not much thicker than a line of dirt.”

The Amado Women 2, by Desiree Zamorano

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Resonant
Performance Notes
Southern California is ground zero for upwardly mobile middle-class Latinas. Matriarchs like Mercy Amado—despite her drunken, philandering (now ex-) husband—could raise three daughters and become a teacher. Now she watches helplessly as her daughters drift apart as adults. The Latino bonds of familia don't seem to hold. Celeste, the oldest daughter who won't speak to the youngest, is fiercely intelligent and proud. She has fled the uncertainty of her growing up in Los Angeles, California, to seek financial independence in San Jose. Her sisters did the same thing but very differently. Sylvia married a rich but abusive Anglo, and, to hide away, she immersed herself in the suburbia of her two young daughters. And Nataly, the baby, went very hip into the free-spirited Latino art world, working on her textile creations during the day and waiting on tables in an upscale restaurant by night. Everything they know comes crashing down in a random tragic moment and Mercy must somehow make what was broken whole again.

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg

Category : Self Development
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Straightforward
Performance Notes
In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why, 30 years after women became over half of the college graduates in this country, men still dominate leadership positions in industry and government, and why women are not equally involved in the decisions that affect 100% of us all. Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, is on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, and is named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Sandberg encourages women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.” Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, will change the national conversation from what women cannot do, to what they can.

The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku

Category : Science & Technology
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Authoritative
Performance Notes
With “The Future of the Mind,” Michio Kaku takes us into uncharted territory -- the science of consciousness. In a forthcoming paradigm shift from the science of the brain to the science of the mind, the mysteries of the mind will be solved. Kaku poses the question, ”Does such a science require reducing the mind to “just neurons, or are there other paths to understanding the phenomena of consciousness?" For Kaku, the answer is obvious. As a brain is a computer, solving the mysteries of the mind is a very difficult engineering problem. Kaku concludes, “the fundamental laws are already known, and soon we will be manipulating the stuff of consciousness with the same acuity we push electrons around in our digital devices".

Winter People, by Jennifer McMahon

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Wistful
Performance Notes
This multi-generational paranormal tale, set on a rural farm in West Hall, Vermont, alternates between the early 19th century and the present. In 1908, The Harrisons, after many failed pregnancies, are blessed with the birth of Gertie, who is killed in a horrible accident. Mrs. Harrison is grief-stricken, but believes that Gertie is still with her, appearing in strange places, whispering to her, even holding her hand — that is, up until Mrs. Harrison's own untimely death. Fast-forward to more than 100 years later, and Ruthie and her sister, Fawn, are living in Mrs. Harrison’s farmhouse with their mother, Alice. One day, Alice disappears without a trace, and Ruthie and Fawn stumble upon Mrs. Harrison’s diary while searching for clues about their own mother’s disappearance. It's not long before they make the connection between Alice’s disappearance and Mrs. Harrison’s sad life and tragic death — and to Mrs. Harrison's belief that her daughter Gertie had returned from the grave. With Mrs. Harrison’s diary in tow, the two girls start on a journey to find their mother, whereupon they discover shocking truths that will make you look under your bed at night and check the locks on your doors.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
The museum is a Coney Island boardwalk attraction operated by mad scientist/magician, Professor Sardie. From the age of 10, his daughter, Coralie, spent countless hours suspended in a tank of water as The Human Mermaid for any who could pay to see her. Corie, who has been trained to be a great swimmer and can hold her breath for abnormally long periods of time, has a secret. She was born with webbed hands! Professor Sardie’s museum is in trouble. In need of something to spark new attendance, he has an incredible break in the spring of 1911, due to repeated sightings of a sea monster in the Hudson - “a being that was dark and unfathomable, almost human in its countenance, with fleet, watery movements”. The professor knows that if the Museum of Extraordinary Things can display the captured Hudson Mystery, the crowds that have been lost will return and the professor’s faltering business will survive. What he doesn't know is that this sighting is, of course, his daughter, the now-18-year-old Coralie, who swims the river at night, “keeping pace alongside the striped bass that spawned upriver, certain of herself even in uncertain tides”.

The Winner's Curse, by Marie Rutkoski

Category : Teens
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
“The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski is the story of 17 year-old Kestrel, the daughter of a general of a vast empire in a wonderfully imagined new world. Her choice: get married or join the military. Not an easy decision in a world that celebrates conquering and enslaving the defeated. Everything becomes even less black and white when she buys a young slave whom she discovers is a kindred spirit. Krestel must make a hard, life-changing decision when she realizes that the price she paid for another human being is far greater than she could ever have imagined. She learns that winning what you want may cost you everything you love in a high stakes gamble where you will either keep your head or lose your heart.

The Husband's Secret, by Liane Moriarty

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Snarky
Performance Notes
Cecilia Fitzpatrick is rummaging through her attic for a piece of the Berlin Wall to show her daughter who is studying the events that led up to the wall being torn down. When Cecilia knocks over a stack of boxes and their contents spill onto the floor, she finds a letter that her husband has addressed to her - one that is only to be opened in the event of his death. She is intrigued, and when her husband calls home from a business trip, she mentions her discovery. Mysteriously, he returns home early, demanding to know if she's opened the letter. As this is disturbing, Cecilia opens it and is shocked to find that it is her husband's confession to having killed Janie Crowley nearly thirty years earlier.

The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Smooth
Performance Notes
The Cairo Affair is an elegant enigma of a mystery that opens during the Arab Spring in the basement of CIA headquarters, where a Libyan-American researcher believes that he has discovered that a plan that he devised, which was previously rejected, is going operational. It is an elaborate plan to overthrow Gadhafi. But the question is not only how, and why, but who, is responsible - and more importantly, is the plot really underway?

Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi

Category : Teens
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
Boy Novak arrives in a small town in Massachusetts in 1953, looking for a better life than the one that she left behind in New York where her father was a rat catcher. She marries a local widower and becomes something of a wicked stepmother to his daughter, Snow Whitman. Boy’s life implodes when she gives birth to a daughter, Bird, who is dark skinned. Their secret is out and the town discovers that the family is actually light-skinned African Americans passing for white. The three of them - Boy, Snow, and Bird - are captivated by the mirror in their house and constantly stop and view themselves to see how the world sees them.

Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, by Misty Copeland

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Straightforward
Performance Notes
Misty Copeland is the first black woman in history to play the Firebird for a major ballet company like the Metropolitan Opera House. She is only the second black woman in the history of the American Ballet Theater to achieve the status of soloist. In her memoirs she writes how these achievements resonate beyond the world of the ballet. She shares her incredible and heroic journey from a life of poverty in San Pedro California to become a star in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Fragile Delivery, by Phillip R. Wise

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Velvety
Performance Notes
This is the riveting story of what happened to survivors of a C-5A aircraft crash in Saigon, Vietnam. In the spring of 1975, the US government decided to save as many orphans as possible during the tumultuous fall of Saigon in the last days of the Vietnam War. On April 4, an aircraft lifted off the ground with hundreds of babies and young children crowded into its upper and lower decks, attended to by a crew of dedicated military men and women and a few civilian volunteers fleeing the chaos on the ground. Then a mysterious event occurred - A rear door blew open and the horror began 25,000 feet in the air. Fragile Delivery: Operation Babylift C-5A sheds light on the doomed flight, the brave men and women involved in Operation Babylift, and one man’s story of near impossible survival in the horrifying shadow of death as the plane split violently apart in swampy rice paddies. It is the story of Flint, Michigan native Sgt. Phillip R. Wise and his decades-long quest for answers about the crash, his bond with the few other adult survivors and the children his mission saved, and his commitment to honor the fallen and to understand why God let him live.

I'm a Yale School of Drama-trained actress currently live-narrating all four Planetarium Shows, "Centered In The Universe", "Water Is Life" and "Time's Up" (7 years) at L.A.'s famed Griffith Observatory. I've been heard nationally as an ABC-TV network announcer and narrator of such films as Disney's “Great Women of America”. I've also voiced scores of national TV and radio commercials, among them Chevrolet, Federal Express, McDonald's, Levi's, KFC, Greyhound, Jockey For Her, Schweppe's, Bank One and Crescent Jewelers. I've enjoyed being the audio of a variety of cartoon characters in such TV series as “Scooby Doo”, “The Smurfs”, and “The Pound Puppies”, and began my VO career as The Mayor of Bedrock in “The Flintstone Kids” and “Captain Caveman”. I star as Georgia in the animated film “The Little Engine That Could”, and have performed movie trailers and promos, and looped films.On-camera, I've starred, co-starred and guest-starred in scores of TV dramas and sitcoms, been featured in movies, performed on Broadway and off-Broadway, and been acclaimed in regional and repertory theatre productions, contemporary and classical. My most recent on-camera TV commercials include McDonald's, Yoplait, Best Buy, KitchenAid, Altoids and Alfa Insurance. I'm also a published writer, DGA director and video producer with audio editing skills and a bunch of audio studio pals!
Voice over and acting resumes available upon request.

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