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Catherine Post

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Sacramento, CA USA | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
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  • 21 purchased in 2015

  • Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Keith Ablow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The trial of 25-year-old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter, Caylee, was the most sensational case in America since O.J. Simpson’s. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtained, his behind-the-camera, one-on one interviews, and his decades of experience in the world of forensic psychiatry to make sense of this troubled young woman.

    Snufu says: "Author's strange obsession"
    "In-depth psychiatric analysis - complex"

    As a member of the mental health profession, I was interested in what Dr. Ablow has to say about what is going on in Casey Anthony's head. At first I was bothered by the fact that he does not make ONE conclusion about what precisely happened in the case (personally, I believe 99.9% she is guilty of Murder #1). However, looking at this piece from a therapist's perspective, not a legal viewpoint, I can see that it was prudent of Dr. Ablow to NOT go with any one explanation for the crime. He is not assessing the crime itself; he is assessing the person who was on trial for such a heinous act.

    Given all of this, I think that Dr. Ablow is right on the money regarding what is wrong with Casey Anthony, and the genesis of it. I have thought for some time that her mother's lies and inability to let Casey be a separate person, was ultimately, though very indirectly, the 'cause' of this murder. I enjoyed seeing how Dr. Ablow went back in her family history, to generations 100 years ago on both sides, and explained how this type of tragedy can occur when NO ONE faces their inner demons along the way, generation after generation.....

    I can understand why people who are not deeply versed in psychiatry might look askance at the viewpoint or the stance that this book takes. However, if you back off a bit, put the TRIAL aside in your mind for a little while, and just listen to this story of how a woman, influenced by numerous unsafe & dishonest people & events, wound up with a dead child ~ whom I can see, Dr. Ablow agrees, she killed ~ then I think you could enjoy this book and even learn quite a bit about the fragile workings of the human mind.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeff Ashton
    • Narrated By Jeff Ashton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It was the trial that stunned America, the verdict that shocked us all. On July 5, 2011, nearly three years after her initial arrest, Casey Anthony walked away, virtually scot-free, from one of the most sensational murder trials of all time. She'd been accused of killing her daughter, Caylee, but the trial only left behind more questions: Was she actually innocent? What really happened to Caylee? Was this what justice really looked like?

    Wade says: "The Casey Anthony Saga - required reading"
    "Wonderful book!"

    Jeff DOES in fact bring out never-before revealed info in this well-written and thoughtful book. He narrates it himself, and I felt strongly that this added a LOT to the effectiveness of the entire manuscript. He is witty, introspective, puts a balanced view to this whole complex case; and, I think, gives credit where it is due to major players in the case, and criticisms, well-deserved in my opinion, to those who did not play fair. It is a VERY entertaining read. I highly recommend this book!!

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Custom Designed: A Life Worthy of the Call

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wendy A. W. Berthelsen
    • Narrated By Ashley Luckett

    For over 20 years, author Wendy Berthelsen has been helping others discover their custom design and call. God does not only call pastors and professional church staff; rather, God calls everyone. More importantly, God is calling you. God's unique vision for you will shape all aspects of life - from work, church, and community to family and friends.

    Catherine Post says: "Wonderful book, 75mph narration"
    "Wonderful book, 75mph narration"

    This is a wonderful book, in that its focus is to help the listener to explore how, where, and in what exact manner, God may be 'calling' him or her in life, to serve in a way that is most personally satisfying. The things we love most are also the things that God can best use, through us, to assist others. This is one of the best self-help books I have ever read along spiritual lines. And it is clear that, if one truly considers the questions the author asks, one will come very close to discerning God's 'calling'.
    My only criticism, and it is a severe one, is that the narrator speaks so fast that it is very very difficult to think about, or consider, anything that is being said. The content of this book deserves a slower pace, in order for the listener to digest what they are hearing. For this reason only, I give this book 4 stars. Otherwise, I'd have given it 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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