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Karen

Karen of Northern Michigan

ROSCOMMON, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Van Praagh
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    Based on over 25 years of spirit communication and thousands of professional readings, world-famous medium James Van Praagh shares the personal regrets, misgivings, remorse, and, most important, the advice of the dead who have chosen him as a medium. These spirits have a great deal to say about what they have learned and discovered on the other side and how we, the living, can benefit from their experiences.

    Sue says: "Excellent book, awesome narrator!"
    "Another great book"
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    Talking to Heaven (by James) was the first book I read about the other side.. That was in the 90's and since then I've read and listened to many of his books, including this one. It's narrated by someone other than James, but still a very good listen.. His books never disappoint.
    Fascinating stories of his communication with the other side.

    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
    (208)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (188)

    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
    (120)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (69)

    "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
    (6699)
    Performance
    (5822)
    Story
    (5800)

    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.

    Nicole 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
  • Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lauren Drain
    • Narrated By Lauren Drain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families. Since no organized religion will claim affiliation with the WBC, it's perhaps more accurate to think of them as a cult. Lauren Drain was thrust into that cult at the age of 15, and then spat back out again seven years later.

    Donald says: "Get Thee Behind Me Phelps"
    "Wondered what that church was about! Now I know.."
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    If you ever wondered about the Westboro church and why they spew so much hate, this is a good book to read. Laren Drain was banished, basically for talking to a boy out of their faith that she had been warned about.. The church members are mostly from one family, with a few others who have joined.. I'm not sure how, or why, people allow themselves to be pulled in to a cult like this one, but wowsers.. They are really out there.
    Lauren has a very good way of describing the good and the bad, and how it all made her feel, and why she was so afraid to step away from this community. But good for her that she was forced out, and now has a much better life..
    This church seems to have parts of Scientology and the FDLS mixed in, with some crazy ideas of their own...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (591)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Great listen. Informative inside look.."
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    I had listened to the book "Inside Scientology" a year ago and was fascinated by their believes.. When I say fascinated, I mean kind of shocked at their believes and practices, and how they seem to take control of a persons life..

    This book will give you an even closer look at the religion and what it's like to have your life controlled by them..

    Jenna's account of her life, from birth to escape, is very interesting. She starts by talking about happy memories she has.. Listening to her story, one can understand the allure that pulls people into the cult .. But once in it, and once the control of one's life takes over, it's easy to see why she wanted to leave.....

    If you are curious about Scientology and what it really is, you'll enjoy this book.. Very secretive religion. After listening to these two books, it sounds more like a cult to me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3348)
    Performance
    (2875)
    Story
    (2845)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "If you are an introvert, you'll enjoy this"
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    Being an introvert, I found the first half of this book to be very interesting.. It talks about how we fit into this world of extroverts and why we are ignored quite a bit.. Yet, it's the introvert who really thinks outside the box, works things out in our heads and find answers many times when extroverts can't. The author talks about how introverts are often ignored in the job world, and yet we very often are the ones that bring the most to the table...It talks a lot about what makes us tick compared to what makes an extrovert tick..It talks about how there are even certain colleges that only accept extroverts... Susan talks about how uncomfortable our world can be for an introvert. It also explains that there are a lot of introverts who "pretend" to be an extrovert in order to fit in..I already knew most of this, but found the information interesting non the less.

    I have lived a life being told to speak up, stop being so shy, told to take a drink to "loosen up", etc etc etc... These kind of things have always been said by extroverted people, who for the most part, I find obnoxious.. I've always wondered why it is an extrovert thinks their "center of the universe" attitude is suppose to be better than a quiet introverts way of living in the world. I've had people refer to "my kind" as being sneaky, stuck up, social misfits, no fun, goody two shoes.. you name it.... Until adulthood, I always felt like there was something wrong with me.. Now I realize I just prefer to be quiet and to be around quiet people.. Loud, obnoxious people wear on my nerves quickly and too much of an extrovert really drains me emotionally. I was raised in a family of half extroverts and half introverts.. I have always gotten along better with the introverts and have had problems dealing with the extroverts, and vice versa..

    I'm not shy, yet have been labeled "shy" my entire life.. I'm simply quiet.. There is a huge difference...

    I'm glad someone wrote a book about it, but the 2nd half of the book goes more in depth on the scientific, technical side of our personalities and gives a lot of research info. I lost interest and never did finish listening to the book, but I did enjoy the first half very much...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Maia Szalavitz, Brent W. Jeffs
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet's compound and the harsh exile existence that so many boys face once they have been expelled by the sect.

    Jessica says: "Very well done."
    "Interesting male view of polygamy"
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    I'm not sure why, but I'm fascinated by polygamy.. Not interested in polygamy myself, mind you.. just fascinated by it... I've listened to "Escaped" by Carolyn Jessop, "Stolen Innocence" by Ellisa Walls and "Shattered Dreams" by Irene Spencer, all books about woman who suffered abuse due to the FLDS and eventually escaped.. I've found all of those book to be fascinating and mind boggling all at the same time.. I was glad to find a book written by one of the young men affected by the FLDS to hear a males point of view.. I didn't expect what I heard... I didn't realize that Warren Jeffs was raping little boys while his brothers watched...SICKO'S... The more I hear about this man the more I'm shocked at what he got away with.. Every book I read I find myself asking how in the world do people like Warren Jeffs convince people to follow his craziness? Hiltler reincarnated??

    Lost Boy is well written and narrated.. It held my interest and I couldn't wait to get back to it each time I had to turn it off...

    The accounts he gave of what led up to Jeffs arrest matched the information given in the books written by the woman I mentioned above...

    I remember when they had the raid on their community and took all the children away.. The media tried to make it look like it was done unfairly.. After reading these stories, I'm wondering why they ever let the children go back!!

    Fascinating account of this young mans life in the FLDS and his long journey to find a life he loves.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 74 Seaside Avenue: Cedar Cove #7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Meet blissfully happy newlyweds Bobby and Teri Polger. He's an international chess champion, she's a salon stylist, and both will soon be confronted by deadly threats from a vindictive Russian rival.

    Karen says: "The first books were more interesting"
    "The first books were more interesting"
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    I've listened to the first 7 books of this series, but this one was kind of boring. In fact, it took me about 6 months to listen to the whole thing.. It just didn't hold my interest..I'd listen to a little, then get bored and move on to another book, coming back to this one sooner or later, listen to a little, leave for another book, and so on.

    Sorry to say Andrea Gallo narration just leaves something to be desired...I see Sandra Burr is narrating book 8, so maybe it will be more interesting.. But aside from the narration, the story line just wasn't that interesting.. I really liked the first 5 books, but books 6 and 7 left me not really caring about the rest of the series.. But since Sandra Burr is narrating book 8, if I have a credit I don't know what to do with, I may give it a whirl....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edgar Cayce on Angels, Archangels and the Unseen Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Grant
    • Narrated By Dawn Hogue
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Edgar Cayce on Angels, Archangels and the Unseen Forces is the first book ever published that explores Edgar Cayce's readings on the "Angels and Unseen Forces", Michael the Archangel, and the role of guardian angels. Grant goes on to further offer inspiring true stories of miraculous encounters by everyday people with angels.This audiobook explores the powerful significance of Archangel Michael as given in the work of Edgar Cayce and through awe-inspiring messages that came through the Cayce readings.

    Deb A says: "More Cayce!"
    "Interesting, but........"
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    The first part of this book is very interesting, giving accounts of people who have had Angel encounters, which I love to read about... But the rest of it, probably 2/3rd of the book, is about Edgar Cayce's life, whom I find fascinating, but the problem is, it's really just a recap of the book "There is a River. The Story of Edgar Cayce"... If you've read, or listened to "There is a River", then you've already heard most of what's in this book..

    If I had never listened to the other book, I would have given this book 5 stars.. The book "There is a River" is written by Thomas Sugrue and this book is written by Robert Grant. Thomas Sugrue wrote his book in 1942 and Robert Grant wrote this book in 2005. I guess I'm confused that this book has so much information taken from Thomas Sugrue's book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Search for Grace: The True Story of Murder & Reincarnation

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bruce Goldberg
    • Narrated By Larry Terpening
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    How would you feel if you found out that your present lover had killed you in more than 20 of your previous lifetimes? Now consider that the names, dates, and places that you told your therapist in hypnosis have been verified by an independent researcher - facts that were physically impossible for you to have known!

    Karen says: "Not just about Grace, but many reincarnations"
    "Not just about Grace, but many reincarnations"
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    Very interesting account of a patient named Ivy who visited Dr. Goldberg trying to get to the cause of her problems through past life regression.. Through numerous regressions, it became clear that her many lives involved the same people with the same relationship and results happening over and over again... The reincarnation of Grace could be documented through research, which is why the book is titled In Search of Grace.. But the book isn't really just about Grace, it's about Ivy's many, many reincarnations.. I found it fascinating.
    It's an easy listen and only about 4 hours long...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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