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Karen

Karen of Northern Michigan

ROSCOMMON, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Scotty Bowers, Lionel Friedberg
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Newly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Scotty Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town's stars and starlets. He began sleeping with some himself, and connecting others with his coterie of young, attractive, and sexually free-spirited friends.

    Kimberly Brooks says: "My ears!"
    "disturbing"
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    I saw this man on the CBS Sunday Morning show..Normally, the Sunday morning show only carries family friendly, wholesome, feel good stories.. I naively didn't catch that mr. Bowers "serviced" Hollywood types sexually..I thought it'd be a fun listen..kind of like reading a People's magazine.. Silly me..
    The book flips back and forth between his childhood and adulthood.. As a child, he has quite a few sexual experiences, all with men.. He describes these experiences as "lovely" with warm memories of those times.. If what he says is true, then he was sexually molested over and over again as a child, but he describes these memories as being wonderful.
    As an adult, he describes himself as a great looking guy that was picked up by Hollywood men over and over again for a "good time".. He remarks often that he himself is not gay, but pretty much every story he writes about is with men...
    I could care less if he's gay or not, but kept wondering why he was so determined to make sure everyone knows he's not gay when his book is all about relationships with other men.
    I have never heard of most of the people in this book, so it's not so much a "tell all" as what seems like a fantasy...
    But, having said that, I will admit, I didn't listen to much of the book.. Listening to his stories of sexual liasons just kind of makes you go "eeeewwww".... He seems kind of creepy.
    I got it with a free credit, otherwise, I'd be really upset that I'd spent money on it.. It's really not worth listening to.. This man seems to be in denial about his life, or he has a fantastic imagination..

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Miracles That Inspire

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Adam Houge
    • Narrated By Michael Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    God saves a woman from her cheating husband, He reveals Himself to an atheist through divine intervention, and saves a man's life from a drive by shooting through his four-year-old daughter. These and many more inspiring, true miracles are documented in Miracles That Inspire.

    Karen says: "Evangelistic overtones, not what I was looking for"
    "Evangelistic overtones, not what I was looking for"
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    I very much believe in miracles and have read a number of books that truly were inspirational. This one, however, did nothing but make me roll my eyes. Evangelistic Christians will probably really enjoy this, but if you aren't prone to an evangelistic way of living and thinking, this isn't the book of miracles for you. It's narrated in a 3rd person script, as if this person was there and could see the persons expressions and read their thoughts. Kind of reminded me of something young adults might be taught in Sunday school, designed to scare someone from following in the footsteps of the characters in the stories or to show why following Jesus is the way... Didn't feel real to me, more like made up stories to bring home a point.. or maybe like a sermon at a gentler fire and brimstone church...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (435)

    Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

    Paul says: "Excellent book"
    "Many questions answered...."
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    This is the 3rd book by Bart D Erhman that I've listened to.. I first listened to "Misquoting Jesus" when I just could no longer pretend to believe what made no sense to me.. From there I listened to "Forged" and recently listened to "Jesus, Interrupted" .

    Professor Erhman is a man who started his career as a born again fundamentalist Christian who did not question what he had been taught, but through his own journey, started realizing why the things he believed no longer made sense..

    Like all his books, this one is fascinating.. He will take you through the beginning of Christianity and explained why, historically speaking, things did not happen the way we have been told and why the Bible is a book written by man, not by God...

    He will tell you why the Bible is an important historical piece of literature that provides us with details of life in that time, but also why it can't be an accurate account of Jesus's life..

    If you are searching for answers, or just seeking truths/facts about religion, Jesus and our history, listen to this book.. It is fascinating.. Next book on my list is "How Jesus Became God"... Although I've listened to a number of books on this subject, I'm sure I will walk away with a greater amount of knowledge than I have at this time. His books truly are fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By David Fitzgerald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (221)

    Nailed sheds light on ten beloved Christian myths, and, with evidence gathered from historians across the theological spectrum, shows how they point to a Jesus Christ created solely through allegorical alchemy of hope and imagination; a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus - in short, a purely mythic Christ.

    Neuron says: "I Lost my faith in Jesus"
    "Something to think about..."
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    I am a person who constantly seeks truth and meaning to our lives.. I was brought up going to church and eventually, as an adult, attended an evangelistic church for a year.. I thought this church would help me find answers I could not figure out.. It didn't, but rather, added to my questions about all I'd been taught. So much of it just didn't make sense, and having people say things like "you just have to have faith", is not an answer anyone who truly wants to find answers can just blindly accept.. This book answers a lot of questions I've had, or rather, brings up the questions I've had and states why they make no sense and why they could not have happened the way we have been told, or the way the bible has been interpreted... It's full of historical documentation and facts that really just can't be refuted, that is, if you are open to the truth...
    Not to put words in the authors mouth, but I ended with the impression that he is an atheist who does not believe in any kind of God.. I, however, do believe there is a creator, God, the power, the source, whatever one chooses to call it, and I do believe there is a spiritual world.. I don't believe we are here, and then just gone.. So it isn't that I'm blindly believing everything this man says, but quite honestly, the points he makes about Jesus and how Christianity began can't be ignored...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Do You Do with a Chocolate Jesus?: An Irreverent History of Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Quinn
    • Narrated By Thomas Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    What Do You Do with a Chocolate Jesus? is the funny and skeptical, yet genuine, exploration of the Christian history they don't teach in Sunday school. It finds humor, irony, and occasional insight amid the inconsistencies, absurdities, hypocrisies, and flat-out weirdness that too often passes for eternal truth. Like a history of religion as done by The Daily Show, it humorously explores the facts, the history, and the big ideas in an engaging and entertaining story.

    R. Schechter says: "A gem"
    "Great listen for those who want to find the truth"
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    If you are a person who questions many things we are told by our religious leaders and churches, this book will fascinate you.. It's a historical look at how Christianity came to be, a look at Jesus, how he became God, and offers proof of the evidence over and over again.. Die hard Christians will not enjoy this book, because to believe it will mean the basis of their faith does not exist.. However, if you are a seeker, and want to find the truth in life, not just follow the leader, then you will very much enjoy this book.. Not only is it full of information, but it's done with great humor that will make you laugh out loud...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michelle Knight, Michelle Burford
    • Narrated By Maria Cabezas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (349)

    Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.

    Courtney says: "A True House of Horrors!"
    "Heartbreaking.."
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    I'm so sorry Ms Knight that you went through this... Horrible man, terrible what he put these woman through... Well written, you'll get a good idea of what really happened.. But it's more than just the story of those years she was being held a prisoner by that man in Cleveland. She starts out talking about her life and the events that happened before the kidnapping.. Worth the listen, but only if you can stomach what sicko's are capable of. What I took from this is, NEVER be afraid to call the authorities if you see anything that just doesn't seem right.. Better safe than sorry... you may be saving some ones life..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brooke Shields
    • Narrated By Brooke Shields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (185)

    Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke's iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only 11 months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.

    Dawn F Horner says: "Wow - a heart touching listen!"
    "Interesting, but sounds a little entitled at times"
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    I had heard years ago that Brooke Sheilds had fired her mother as her manager and that her mom was the typical show biz mother... It was interesting to read Brooke's side of it and how she saw her mother.. They had a loving, yet very difficult relationship, mostly because of her mom's drinking.. I can relate to many of the conflicts she faced, as my mom is also very difficult.. Brooke's mother eventually developed dementia.. I can also relate to that, as both of my parents have different forms of the disease.. My heart broke for her in many parts of the book. It's well written and very well performed.. She sounds like your typical bossy only/oldest child at times, and I'm sure her mom probably very much resented a child telling her what to do.. and there's a little air of entitlement here and there that kind of turned me off... For that I took off one star, but overall, interesting story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor's Healing Encounters with the Hereafter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Reggie Anderson
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (90)

    When a patient first asked Dr. Reggie Anderson to sit at her bedside as she passed from this life, something miraculous happened. As he held her hand, the veil between this world and the next parted…and he received an astonishing glimpse of what awaits us in heaven. Little did he know this was just a foretaste of what was to come - a lifetime of God-given "appointments with heaven." Join Reggie as he shares remarkable stories from his life and practice, including the personal tragedy that nearly drove him away from faith forever.

    John says: "Eric G. Dove is amazing to listen to."
    "More about Christianity than the Hereafter"
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    The book is misleading.. I expected stories about near death experiences as seen by a physician, but this book is about Reggie Andersons personal life, from childhood to present, about falling in love with his now wife, about how his religious beliefs have helped him in every aspect of his life. It's basically a book on Christian belief. I tried to listen to it off and on for almost a year and finally gave up, as it does not have any content I expected from the title and description. Although Reggie seems like a very kind and nice man, and his story is written with humor and love, it just isn't about what I thought it was.. He's very clearly a man with strong Christian conviction, so if you enjoy reading about that, you'll enjoy his story.. If you are hoping to read about patients who had near death experiences or were healed after encounters with the hereafter, you just won't find that in this book. Disappointing...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Walsh
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    Aaron Miller knows a thing or two about loss. He’s lost love. Dignity. Second, and even third, chances. Once honored for his heroism, he now lives in near obscurity, working as a handyman in a humble trailer park. But God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life. Unbeknownst to Aaron, someone is searching for him. With deep insight into the human heart, consummate storyteller Dan Walsh gently weaves a tale of a life spent in the shadows but meant for the light. Through tense scenes of war and tender moments of romance, The Reunion will make you believe that everyone can get a second chance at life and love.

    Ruth says: "Laughed and Cried...Cried and Laughed"
    "Good story, easy listening but religious overtones"
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    I listen to audio books while I work, and I found myself excited to get to work so I could pick up where I left off on this one. It's a great story of vietnam vets and what happened to them during the war, and after the war. The war was coming to an end the year I graduated from high school, so I didn't have any fellow students who went to war, however, I do remember older kids who went, and know of some that came home badly damaged. This story is loosely based on a couple of hero's that came home damaged. I did find the story very interesting and liked the way everyone was connected in one way or other, however, there are Christian messages spewn throughout the story, and I wasn't very happy with that. I'm a spiritual person but do not agree with many of the Christian beliefs, so I was a little taken aback by a story that is not described as having a Christian message.. If the book had spoken of God and prayer, that would be great, but to throw in the Christian message of salvation was not so delightful. I personally don't enjoy people who feel the need to "save" everyone by demanding, ever so kindly, that you believe what they do or you're headed right for hell, and this book did carry that theme somewhat. That was the only disappointing part of the book...And I will undoubtedly receive some marks for my review not being helpful because I dared to state I didn't enjoy the Christian message. And that is exactly what I'm talking about when I say I don't enjoy people who, ever so kindly, demand you believe like they do or you are wrong...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    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
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    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..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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