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Karen

Mother, wife, avid reader - certified Audible Addict.

Germiston, South Africa | Member Since 2010

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  • The Gratitude Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John F. Demartini
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvetd
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    How would you like to go to the next quantum level - beyond the world of simply "positive thinking"? Are you ready to experience new levels of inspiration, creativity, and achievement? Well, now you can! Let The Gratitude Effect open your heart, inspire your mind, awaken your inner powers and hidden seeds of greatness. Allow it to help you break through any limiting beliefs and guide you to a more empowered life filled with deeper meaning and awareness.

    Todd says: "Uplifting"
    "This book stuck in my mind and heart"
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    If you could sum up The Gratitude Effect in three words, what would they be?

    I bought this book as a hard copy a few years ago, and remembered the 'common sense' which is not so common these days and wisdom of his message. Easy listening, very good message, a good place to start a new day, week, or month.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Katrina Alcorn
    • Narrated By Katrina Alcorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Mothers are the breadwinners in two-thirds of American families, yet the American workplace is uniquely hostile to the needs of parents. Weaving in surprising research about the dysfunction between the careers and home lives of working mothers, as well as the consequences to women's health, Alcorn tells a deeply personal story about "having it all,” failing miserably, and what comes after. Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to live and work.

    Margaret says: "The definition of insanity..."
    "Any working mother will be able to relate"
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    What did you love best about Maxed Out?

    I loved Katrina's tenacity and drive and ultimately her humanity and fragility


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Apart from the obvious, Katrina, her husband is a model for support and understanding, she is a very lucky lady.


    What does Katrina Alcorn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt her emotions through her words, it just made the experience more authentic and real


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Katrina kept on trying and working, she kept trying different scenarios, she didn't just 'give in or give up'


    Any additional comments?

    a lovely story about a very strong and brave lady

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book - part biography, part a collection of tips for the aspiring writer - is the extraordinary result.

    Karen says: "Part 'How to' part Autobiographical"
    "Part 'How to' part Autobiographical"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of On Writing to be better than the print version?

    Yes - easier to access for busy budding writers


    What other book might you compare On Writing to and why?

    None, Stephen King's advice and narration are so easy to listen to and his honesty is very inspiring.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Bag of Bones, love his voice, this was a different type of book and very easy to listen to.


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

    I was very moved when he admitted and owned his alcoholism.


    Any additional comments?

    I love his message, writers need to understand that he wasn't born with a golden spoon. He worked very hard at some seriously menial jobs and perservered with his writing when most of us would be making excuses.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11548)
    Performance
    (10493)
    Story
    (10514)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Rivetting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, but the narration was excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept me in suspense all of the time


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Discovery of the basement 'cavity'


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

    I loved it


    Any additional comments?

    Part Stephen King, part Dean Koontz - definitely a book for a long drive or a rainy day - you won't want to be disturbed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Door

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Florence Scovel Shinn
    • Narrated By Florence Scovel Shinn
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    Are you ready to embrace universal law and live a natural life? If there is one overall message to this book, it is that we must avoid being overwhelmed by life, to realise that there is something larger than us which is willing to shoulder the burdens. If we can live by faith instead of fear, we have found the secret door to success that she speaks of. Scovel Shinn devoted her life to helping people recognize the link between their attitudes and their level of happiness. A relaxed state of expectancy, she taught, is the best mindset for bringing success into your life.

    Karen says: "Inpiring Re inforcement of a good message"
    "Inpiring Re inforcement of a good message"
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    What did you love best about The Secret Door?

    I love the simplicity of Florence Scovel Shinns message, in this and the the Game of Life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Simplistic principles that are easy to understand and implement in your daily life.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Florence Scovel Shinn?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The message is very similar to the Game of Life - but sometimes repetition is the key.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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