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Karen

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  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeff Ashton
    • Narrated By Jeff Ashton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (175)

    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"
    "AWESOME INSIGHT"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes, yes! Great listening!


    What did you like best about this story?

    What an awesome insight into the behind the scenes of what really happened.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The heart wrenching facts of how a mother who murdered her poor baby girl got away with it and how the family allowed her to control them and their destiny and now to walk away from them, leaving them in unbearable pain with memories that can't be erased. How sad especially for George who seems to be the victim in all of this. A loving father and husband who wanted nothing more than to have a happy family. His greatest joy was when his precious Caylee was born. It's so sad that he tried to commit suicide, overwhelmed with pain. I loved hearing it straight from Jeff Ashton who poured his heart and soul into justice for Caylee and lost. Thank you so much for writing this book of your memoirs.


    If you could give Imperfect Justice a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I think it's a perfect title.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Jeff for pouring your heart into this book and giving us a small window into the lives of this very dysfunctional family and a very evil child that they raised. God bless little Caylee's soul and may her mother be forever haunted by her memory.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Only Love Is Real

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brian L. Weiss
    • Narrated By Brian L. Weiss
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Ana says: "One of the most interesting..."
    "Interesting and fascinating!"
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    If you could sum up Only Love Is Real in three words, what would they be?

    I felt like Dr. Weiss was teaching all of us in this very powerful book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mary C. Neal
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died. To Heaven and Back is Mary’s remarkable story of her life’s spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again.

    Richard D. Shewman says: "Christian witness for the most part"
    "Incredible!"
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    Would you listen to To Heaven and Back again? Why?

    Yes. The story is so moving in so many ways. Very credible with many joys and sorrows but mostly that there is a wonderful afterlife waiting for us.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That God sent Mary back to comfort her family and relay the message from Him that He is for real, loves us beyond measure and that we will be reunited with Him and all of our loved ones one day.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship she has with her son Will and the messages that he gives her.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2183)
    Performance
    (1549)
    Story
    (1582)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Hello From God."
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    What made the experience of listening to Heaven Is for Real the most enjoyable?

    That it was a child who experienced heaven, and in his innocence revealed who and what he saw.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how Colten's father explained his experiences to what Colten was telling him and how he allowed him to talk and tell them what he saw, heard and felt without proding or interference from him.


    What about Dean Gallagher’s performance did you like?

    He has a caring voice like that of a loving father.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Colton saw Akiane's painting and agreed that this was the face of the Jesus that he saw and who cared for him.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book and how it deepened my belief that God loves us,cares for us and is waiting for our return to Him, our true Father.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Akiane Kramarik, Foreli Kramarik
    • Narrated By Foreli Kramarik
    Overall
    (2)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Prodigy Akiane Kramarik shares her artwork, poetry, and the fascinating story surrounding her talent. Growing up in a home with an atheistic mother and a non-participating Catholic father did not stop four-year-old Akiane Kramarik from finding God. This girl's dreams began a conversation in the home that has eventually brought them all to Christianity and the world's attention. Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry is a collection of the best of Akiane's full-color paintings and poetry created from ages 4 to 10.

    Karen says: "Incredible!"
    "Incredible!"
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    If you could sum up Akiane in three words, what would they be?

    Truly a gift from God.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Akiane of course.


    Which character – as performed by Foreli Kramarik – was your favorite?

    Akiane's mother.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me in awe of how this child could know so much and be so talented with no help from human beings. It helped me to understand that we were created by a loving God who desires to know us and will use any measure to get our attention.


    Any additional comments?

    This book deepens my faith that God is ALIVE and loves us beyond what our minds and hearts can imagine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13570)
    Performance
    (11044)
    Story
    (11674)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Sexy!"
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    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The innocence of Anna.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    Don't know.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

    Oh yes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. I was able to put myself into her situation at a very young age and felt the tender heartaches, thrills of being in love and the wonder of growing up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6914)
    Performance
    (6017)
    Story
    (6018)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    FanB14 says: "Peer Pressure"
    "Happy Ever After"
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    Where does Fifty Shades Freed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The TOP, whatever that number would be.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intrigue, the love story and the suspense.


    What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have liked to hear each character's voice as their own, not hers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7778)
    Performance
    (6708)
    Story
    (6709)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    FanB14 says: "Horrible on All Accounts"
    "Delightful!"
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    What did you love best about Fifty Shades Darker?

    The love story of how protective Christian was of Anna.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian, of course! Sexy, protective, mysterious and sexy!!!


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Oh yes. I loved her voice for each different character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    My Happy Ever After


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Time of My Life

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi
    • Narrated By Patrick Swayze
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    In a career spanning more than 30 years, the late Patrick Swayze made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television. Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he became one of our most beloved actors.

    Brenda says: "The Time of My Life"
    "AWESOME!"
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    Where does The Time of My Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Beautifully read by the late Patrick Swayze and his beautiful wife Lisa. The story was so pleasantly written about their life together, not sappy, but the reality of 32 years of ups and downs and the struggles they encountered, long before his diagnosis. Loved listening to both of their viewpoints, their happiness, sadness and love of life and each other. GREAT book!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both of the authors read and write beautifully.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when he is diagnosed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Time Of My Life is perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life of Christ: An NIV Dramatized Recording of the Gospel of Luke

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Lee Strobel
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    This dramatized audio edition of the Gospel of Luke brings out the rich, carefully researched details that have secured Luke's reputation as a preeminent historian. Beginning with the circumstances that surround Jesus' birth, from the political to the prophetic, Luke traces the footsteps of Jesus from his childhood to his ministry years to his death on the cross...and to history's most stunning event, his resurrection.

    Robert says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Life of Christ to be better than the print version?

    I was raised a Catholic so knew nothing about the people of the bible or who Christ was. Lee Strobel does an excellent job of reading and explaining the Gospel of Luke and who Luke was. I have listened to it over and over and have a much greater understanding and a closer relationship with Christ. He makes the bible come alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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