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A nuanced satire - both hilarious and disconcerting - that probes the blurred lines between empowerment, spirituality, and consumerism in our online lives

Lilian Quick is 40, single, and childless, working as a pet-portrait artist. She paints the colored light only she can see, but animal aura portraits are a niche market at best. She's working hard to build her brand on social media and struggling to pay the rent.

Her estranged cousin has become Internet-famous as "Eleven" Novak, the face of a massive feminine lifestyle empowerment brand, and when Eleven comes to town on tour, the two women reconnect. Despite 20 years of unexplained silence, Eleven offers Lilian a place at the Temple, her Manhattan office. Lilian accepts, moves to New York, and quickly enrolls in the Ascendency, Eleven's signature program: an expensive three-month training seminar on leadership, spiritual awakening, and marketing. Eleven is going to help her cousin become her best self: confident, affluent, and self-actualized.

In just three months, Lilian's life changes drastically: She learns how to break her negative thought patterns, achieves financial solvency, grows an active and engaged online following, and builds authentic friendships. She finally feels seen for who she really is. Success! 

But can Lilian trust everything Eleven says? 

This compelling, heartfelt satire asks us: How do we recognize authenticity when storytelling and magic have been co-opted by marketing?

©2018 Sarah Selecky (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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OMG, this is Ridiculous

I am a big g fan of Lisa Flanagan, and she is the only reason I listened as long as I did. It was nice to have a book about someone who is 40. But the continuous gibberish that comes from this woman sounds more like a 20 something ditzy flake.

I am so unhappy with this waste of a credit.

Ugh, 12 hours of this. ...pulling my hair out

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Radiant New Age Blabbering

The narrator did a great job on a story with no substance., The author did use beautiful language to describe color auras and I appreciate the beauty in that part of the work. I listened to the entire book hoping the the protagonist would wake up from her digital age Ponzi scheme madness but (spoiler alert) she only becomes more entrenched. Waste of time unless you believe in the dream of digital curated retail as a legitimate way to make a living. The part about living with and creating art was the only redeeming quality of the book.