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Karla Huntsman

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Utah | Member Since 2012

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  • 99 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Schofield
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (53)

    January First is a brilliant and harrowingly honest memoir. The story of Michael Schofield's daughter January's descent into scizophrenia, and her family's struggle to save her, will fascinate and move listeners. January First is the extraordinary story of a father's fight to save his child from an extremely severe case of mental illness in the face of overwhelming adversity.

    Daina says: "Jani is Interesting!"
    "Gripping, intense, amazing story"
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    This is an amazing story of an incredibly bright girl caught in the grip of severe mental illness and her family's efforts to deal with heartbreaking choices. The story moves quickly and kept me interested...in fact, I was starting to wish my commute was a little longer so that I could kep listening! The narrator does a great job capturing the emotional trauma of the book's author.

    If you found yourself fascinated by "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden", you will love this book. If you love stories of how families persist in the face of challenges, you will love this book. If mental illness and its description makes you uncomfortable; if you want everything to turn out rosy for everybody no matter what...you may want to skip this one.

    1 of 1 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
    (801)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (733)

    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"
    "Outstanding book!"
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    It isn't often that you get the perfect meeting of a great performance and a gripping story: this is one of those times. The title "Beyond Belief" is apt; it is hard to understand how seemingly mild-mannered people (Scientologists) can allow their children to be treated so poorly. Jenna Miscavige Hill describes her extremely unusual childhood in Scientology and her gradual desire to leave the only life that she ever knew. Because she is the niece of the current leader of Scientology, there is even more credibility to her story. Before this book, I thought of Scientologists as being a bit odd, but basically harmless. This author's story underlines the need for more careful scrutiny of this organization, particular in the way that they utilize small children for forced labor and break apart families. Suddenly they don't seem harmless any more. Kudos to the author for what must have been a painful journey in writing this memoir.

    The narration deserves special recognition...it is one of the most superb readings I have encountered on Audible. The book is a journey from the author's experience as a young girl to a grown woman, and the narrator is able to make the transition easy and smooth and believable without being over the top. I don't often buy the book after purchasing the Audible version, but I bought the book in this case because the story is so riveting. As I read the book, I hear the narrator's voice in my head, which is not a bad thing! It makes the story that much more real.

    If you enjoy true life stories, you cannot go wrong with Beyond Belief.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jerri Nielsen
    • Narrated By Jerri Nielsen
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    The freezing Antarctic winter shuts supply lines down completely; conditions are too treacherous for planes and boats and the only connection with the rest of the world is satellite hook-up. During the winter of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, the only physician on a staff of 41 people, discovered a lump in her breast. She was forced to perform a biopsy and in June began to treat herself with chemotherapy, in order to insure that she could survive until her rescue in October.

    Lorraine says: "A compelling Story"
    "Story is worth the listen"
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    I was disappointed like other listeners at the poor narration by the author. However, her incredible story is worth getting used to the voice. After listening for a while the narration is not so bothersome and you really do get caught up in the drama that Dr. Nielsen experienced at the South Pole. If you are a fan of stories like "Into Thin Air" you will enjoy this very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franklin
    • Narrated By Armando Valdez Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Having had unparalleled access to the Chilean mine disaster, award-winning journalist Jonathan Franklin takes readers to the heart of a remarkable story of human endurance, survival, and historic heroism. 33 Men is the groundbreaking, authoritative account of the Chilean mine disaster, one of the longest human entrapments in history.

    Karla Huntsman says: "Amazing story"
    "Amazing story"
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    Would you listen to 33 Men again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to the book again..it is a great story of how humans can be at their best when times are at their worst.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was hard to have a favorite character, because the true characters of the men were never completely fleshed out.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The accents were a bit cheesy, but not unbearable. The drama of the story was well portrayed.


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

    This was a good book to listen to all at once, it moves fast and doesn't drag.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there had been more of the story of the various drillers trying to get to the trapped miners. I did appreciate that it was quite clear when they were talking about events inside the mine versus events "up top." I wish there was more about what happened to the miners after the rescue and how the book itself came together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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