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Karen

Karen of Northern Michigan

ROSCOMMON, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 204 Rosewood Lane: Cedar Cove, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
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    (148)
    Story
    (152)

    "If you've been to Cedar Cove before, we've probably met. You can usually find me either at home or at the public library, where I work. I've lived in this town all my life and raised two daughters here. But my husband and I - well, about six months ago, he disappeared. Just...disappeared. Where's Dan? Why did he go? Who's he with? Will I ever find out?"

    KIMBERLY says: "Love the characters"
    "Dan's mysterious disappearance revealed!"
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    I'm really amazed that I'm enjoying this series of books since it's not my normal type of book. But I've found them to be entertaining and enjoyable. Not a thought provoking book, but you end up feeling connected to the characters and wanting things to work out for them. For those who read the first book of the series and were left wondering what happened to Dan, soon to be ex husband of Grace (the home owner of 204 Rosewood Lane), you're questions will be answered in this book.
    I'd recommend the books be read/listened to in order, though, since each book catches you up with what happened in the last, so if read out of order, that would be a bit of a spoiler for you.

    0 of 0 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
    (122)
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    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..

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (146)
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    (145)

    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...

    0 of 0 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
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    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
    (126)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (73)

    "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
    (7185)
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    (6258)
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    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
  • 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
    (107)
    Performance
    (100)
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    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
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    (672)
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    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
    (3782)
    Performance
    (3256)
    Story
    (3229)

    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
    (64)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    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
    Overall
    (140)
    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

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