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Karen

Karen of Northern Michigan

ROSCOMMON, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of the Story: What They Teach Us About Living and Dying and Our True Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. M. H. Atwater
    • Narrated By Tantor Studios
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Real-life stories of out-of-body experiences, encountering a special light, greeters from the afterlife, life reviews, tunnels, and 360-degree vision - are all part of this intriguing look at near-death experiences (NDEs) by one of the world's noted authorities, P.M.H. Atwater. Atwater shares her amazing findings, based on her sessions with more than 4,000 adults and children, and over 40 years of research; a breathtaking culmination to a successful and controversial career.

    pnette says: "The headline of the book sounds good but"
    "Too much like a text book"
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    I very much enjoy books on NDE and have enjoyed listening to some of the best of them.. This one, however, I didn't find that interesting.. It's written like a text book, half the time I realized my mind had wandered elsewhere because so much of it was just so very uninteresting.. There are interesting parts here and there, but I'd much rather listen to accounts of NDE as told by the person, not having someone tell a very short Readers Digest account of someone else's experience, then dissect it in her own opinion... Just wasn't that interesting..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life after Death

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Judy Bachrach
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
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    If you caught a glimpse of heaven, would you choose to comeback to life?

    Investigative journalist Judy Bachrach has collected accounts of those who died and then returned to life with lucid, vivid memories of what occurred while they were dead, and the conclusions are astonishing. Clinical death - the moment when the heart stops beating and brain stem activity ceases - is not necessarily the end of consciousness, as a number of doctors are now beginning to concede.

    Karen says: "Well written and good Narration"
    "Well written and good Narration"
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    I'm fascinated by the NDE. This book is written by someone who was very skeptical about the whole idea, but went to work in a Hospice, which started her on this journey of trying to find answers.. Also, her mother had dementia, and I assume she needed to be assured that there was something better waiting for her mom.. My parents both suffer from different forms of dementia, so I would guess that attracted me to this particular book. It's well worth the listen (or read).. Lots of fascinating stories as well as theories from professionals, both pro and con.. I've listen and read a number of NDE books.. some were just a little too religious for my taste, while others just felt true.. This is one of those true ones..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
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    (192)
    Story
    (190)

    In the tradition of the New York Times best-seller The Blind Side, The Invisible Thread tells of the unlikely friendship between a busy executive and a disadvantage young boy, and how both of their lives changed forever

    Linda says: "Amazing but painful"
    "An invisible thread will tug at your heart strings"
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    I love true stories and this is a wonderful one. Two people from different backgrounds, social standings and ages are brought together under unusual circumstances that ended up changing each others lives forever in ways they could never have foreseen... Not your typical love story, but a story of love.. Absolutely worth the listen/read.. The very last words of the story brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Regina Calcaterra
    • Narrated By Regina Calcaterra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
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    (43)
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    (45)

    In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets and how she and her savvy crew of homeless siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse. Regina Calcaterra's emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together.

    Stefanie Jensen says: "I love the sound of Regina's voice"
    "incredible story of survival...Great listen"
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    I think everyone has hardships they've lived through, many at the hands of their parents and family, but this family of children went through unthinkable hardships because of their abusive mother... It's amazing hearing what the kids figured out they had to do to survive, but even more amazing to know how far they all went in life and what they accomplished, especially the author, Regina Calcaterra... Enjoyed this book very much.. I hope it spurs some loving people into thinking about becoming foster care parents.. I have always heard that there is abuse among foster care, which is just so sad and unfortunate.. Foster care needs parents who really, really do care about children...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jim B. Tucker
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
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    A first-person account of Jim Tucker's experiences with a number of extraordinary children with memories of past lives, Return to Life focuses mostly on American cases, presenting each family's story and describing his investigation. His goal is to determine what happened-what the child has said, how the parents have reacted, whether the child's statements match the life of a particular deceased person, and whether the child could have learned such information through normal means.

    Pauline says: "What American Kids Say About Living Before"
    "Interesting, parts are a little boring"
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    The first part of this book is about children who seem to be having memories from a past life.. I find that kind of thing fascinating,and the stories are very well told, giving the listener/reader a complete picture of how steps were taken to try to prove or disprove information given by these children. Towards the end of the book the author goes into detail about quantum leaps, the proof that time is not real, everything is energy, etc., all of which are very fascinating, and are given as a way to try and prove why it's possible that these children are remembering past lives, or dreams.. However, I didn't want to listen to a book about that subject. I've listened to many of them before, and admitingly, most of it is above my ability to grasp the theory. Because of that, I knocked off a star for overall.. I wanted to be entertained, not to have to engage my brain to try and figure out these incredibly complicated theories. I didn't enjoy that part of the book but the rest was very fascinating...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets in the Cellar: The True Story of the Austrian Incest Case That Shocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Glatt
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    Josef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family - though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been "lost" to a religious cult. Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth's children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzls' doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth's disappearance.... For 27 years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon.

    Eric Schurr says: "One of the most riveting and disturbing books ever"
    "Subject is horrible, story is well told"
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    I love true stories, which is how I found this book. I don't remember ever hearing about this story in the news, but it sounds like it was a nationwide story.. It is a terrible subject, absolutely horrible what this woman and her children went through, but it is very well written, giving the listener a very clear idea of what is going on. I actually don't like knowing things like this even go on in our world, and after the first part of the book, I had decided I didn't want this horror in my mind, but after a few days, I had to listen to more to make sure Elizabeth survived.. She did/does survive, but the horrors her father put her through are unimaginable..

    At the end of the book, a psychiatrist explains why he thinks this man did what he did. He isn't justifying it, just giving a psychiatric evaluation. I think that part is fascinating.. A lot of people would, and I'm sure do, just refer to his man's actions as being evil, but saying someone is evil is not a real explanation of why people do the things they do.. Everything has a reason, a cause, something turns something in a persons head to make them do the such horrific things..

    Would I recommend this book to others? No, I wouldn't... It is very well written, but like I said, the subject matter is horrible...But if you don't mind this kind of thing being in your mind, and you enjoy true stories, then you will like this one.. I can't say anyone would enjoy this book.. Who would enjoy knowing this went on? But it is very well told...If I had heard about this story in the news years ago, and knew what it was about, I probably would not have purchased it..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Switching Time: A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Baer
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    Switching Time is the first story centering on multiple personality disorder to be told by the treating physician. It is the incredible saga of a young woman stranded in unimaginable darkness who, in order to survive, created 17 different versions of herself. One by one, Karen's "alters" began showing themselves: men, women, young boys, a toddler, black, white, vicious, nurturing, prim, licentious. And their "stepping out" confronted Baer with the challenge of a lifetime.

    Casey says: "Couldn't help myself"
    "Like Sybil, only worse...."
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    When I first started listening to this book, I started questioning some of the information. So much of it is hard to believe, or maybe, I just didn't want to believe people could be so horrible. But the more I listened to it, the more I was pulled in, understanding what this poor woman had been through as a child and how it affected her entire life.. The doctor who wrote this book does a very good job of explaining why Karen, the person the book is about, split apart, what she did to handle things, why she looked the way she did and how she coped with so many periods of her life unaccounted for.. It really is fascinating, and sad, all at the same time.. Such unbelievable abuse at the hands of her father, her grandfather, her mother, priest and a police man, all the people she should have turned to for trust... Fascinating what the mind is capable of doing in order to protect itself... Simply fascinating...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • There's More to Life than This: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight about the Other Side from the Long Island Medium

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Theresa Caputo
    • Narrated By Theresa Caputo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (315)

    In her highly anticipated new book, brassy and beloved medium Theresa Caputo, star of the hit television show Long Island Medium, opens the door to her world and invites us to experience her exceptional gift of communicating with those who've crossed over to The Other Side. Combining Theresa's personal story, compelling anecdotes, and client readings, this remarkable book teaches us about Spirit and helps us understand the life-affirming messages that are sent to us every day.

    Elizabeth says: "Amazing and comforting"
    "Love her...She's so funny..."
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    I think Theresa is just hilarious, in a good way. I love this topic and can never get enough of it. Theresa tells some great stories of her experiences with mediumship, but adds so much humor to it, the book is just totally enjoyable. I love that she narrates it herself, because how she means things comes over loud and clear...

    If you enjoy her tv show, you'll love the book, or if you just love reading about the other side, you'll enjoy her stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 92 Pacific Boulevard: Cedar Cove, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (81)

    "I'm not much of a letter-writer. As the sheriff here, I'm used to writing incident reports, not chatty letters. And I've got plenty to keep me occupied, like the unidentified remains found in a cave outside town. And the fact that my friend, Judge Olivia Griffin, is fighting cancer. And the break-ins at 204 Rosewood Lane -- the house Faith, my former girlfriend, happens to be renting from Grace Harding...."

    Kathleen says: "Cedar Cove Series"
    "Is it just me?"
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    Is it just me or is the Cove series getting kind of predictable and boring? There's a lot of updating on characters in this book, which, if you follow the series, is really unnecessary. Also, do people really get upset and assume people they're involved with think something totally different than they do and screw up relationships on assumptions? That's kind of the theme of this book.. Assume you know what the other person is thinking and break it off with them. yawn.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7448)
    Performance
    (6484)
    Story
    (6474)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Very good narration and good story line"
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    I've never been a big Nora Roberts fan but this book has changed my mind. It kept my attention and was entertaining. The narrator did a really good job, too... One of the best narrations I've heard on Audible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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