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Recognitions

Narrated by: Natalie Naudus Bradner
Series: Recognitions, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
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Amelia Rothman, a foreign-rights editor from New York, has a turbulent personal life. She juggles a divorce and two teenage kids, and decides to seek hypnotherapy to help her deal with insomnia and anxieties. But when during the session an unexpected event emerges, she tries to understand how it is relevant to her current life and why it suddenly triggers a series of synchronicities that take her on an unexpected personal journey to the depth of her subconscious. At once a spiritual and psychological novel, Recognitions explores the concepts of past lives, recognition of people and their roles in our present lives and life lessons. Recognitions is the first of a trilogy.

©2016 Roundfire Books (P)2017 Daniela Norris

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Amazing!

The story was enthralling and the narrator's performance was captivating. I devoured this book and I am already having a hard time waiting for the next installment in the series!

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Absolutely riveting book

Not my usual type of book but I was hooked from the get go. A recent family break up leads a newly single mom on a path of self discovery, straight back to her past lives. The stories of her past Combined with a possible new future, this book is a feel good page turner. The narration flows well and transitions smoothly from one character to the next. I’m on to the next book in the series!

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Good Story

I read this a while ago when the author gave it to me for my reveiw. I remember loving it. I enjoyed it again but...(this is the second book this has happened) Listening to it, sometimes the narrator sounded automated. So I found myself concentrating on the voice to see if it was or not. lol

My complaint when I read it was that I wanted to find out what happened next and now I am on to book 2!

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Great narrator and main character

Recognitions is a great title, and a wonderful read! The ending was awesome and well worth the wait. It's touted as a spiritual book, which is due to the subject of reincarnation, necessary to make the story line fit together. I enjoyed the way Ms Norris developed her story over several time frames, and dealt with autism and historical fiction in an entertaining way. Having an autistic main character of the book thrilled me as well! I have several autistic friends and was encouraged at Ms Norris' respectful and insightful portrayal of him as a responsible man deserving of love! The icing on the cake was hearing Natalie Naudus Bradner's voice doing different characters. It really helped the story come alive for me.

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Not what I expected

If you could sum up Recognitions in three words, what would they be?

Sad. Hopeful. Thought-provoking.

In general a great book. I had a long 2 hour one-way drive to take--
in order to help one of my sons fix his tractor. So, I logged onto
Audible and did a real quick search and decided on 'Recognitions'
because of the sword on the front cover. I was thinking this was going
to have lots of sword fights and generally gobs of blood and guts.
Instead, what I got was a really captivating story about how our past
lives affect our current ones. So, I was surprised that such a
sensitive book captivated my attention.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Years ago, when I was in the Navy (stationed in the far east) I was
really into: transcendental meditation; personal mantras, spirit
projection, out-of body experiences, etc. So, I was really engrossed
by the book. In fact, it passed, it passed my "got to take a bathroom
break as fast as I can test".

To me, it seems like a 'chick-book', lots of emotion, life issues,
and extremely limited blood and guts. So, it was not what I expected.
Further, I would have not chosen it if I knew what it was about. But,
still I really enjoyed it. Bravo. Next time I take a long trip, I'll
look for either this author or narrator.

Have you listened to any of Natalie Naudus Bradner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The book itself was very disjointed. Jumping from current day New
York, to 1700's France, to 1600's Africa. You would expect that a
recording of such a book would be at least difficult to follow, But,
the narrator did a superb job at switching meters, tones, and accents
to give cue's as to where we were at. I kind of really enjoyed
listening to her quickly establish a place and time, by how formal she
spoke with: meters, tones, accents, etc.. She must have lots of experience
doing this, but I could find another book that she had narrated??

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

Yes! I was engrossed in the book. In fact, it passed, it passed my "got to take a bathroom break as fast as I can test".

Any additional comments?

Maybe...... Just maybe...... I was meant to read this book.......

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Great narrator!

The story was interesting, and I especially enjoyed the enticing voice and style of the narrator!

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  • DubaiReader
  • 08-01-19

Past lives and mysticism.

This was an unusual direction for my reading to take; I don't often read books with mystic content or previous lives. I have to say, it was an interesting diversion and I shall definitely read the sequel.

There were three time lines in this novel, although the current time was the strongest and the one that drew everything together. Amelia Rothman sells the publishing rights for books to be translated world wide, a job that involves some degree of travelling. Her marriage has recently collapsed and she decides to try hypnotherapy, hoping that it will help her to sleep.
The second time line was set in 18th century France, where Adele has reached marriageable age and must choose between two suitors.
Finally, there is the story of an African Shaman at the time of the slave trade, trying to protect his people from the aggressive Portuguese traders.

This is the first book of a trilogy and I was really enjoying it, when my audiobook suddenly concluded. I wasn't ready for it to end, there was no real closure. I felt as if I was left hanging. I do have the second book in audio, so I can continue, but I would have liked some completion to this first episode.

The narration was done by Natalie Naudus Bradner and I thought she did a great job. Just one thing I would have preferred - a change of voice between the narration of the different eras, to assist the sudden transitions that the book seemed to make.
...and so, on to Book 2...

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  • Simon
  • 07-29-19

took a while to get used to

First off the narration is really good, I just struggled a bit to work out which century we are in throughout the book as it covers three different eras; present day, 17th Century and africa a long time ago.

the book starts with a woman called Amelia who regresses back through different times to find out why she is who she is now.

It is a brilliant concept it just didn't work that well for me

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  • Angie
  • 07-26-19

Book review

An enjoyable story - the characters were well portrayed for the times that they lived in. I look forward to reading the next books in this series.

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  • SandraL
  • 07-09-19

Compelling start to a series

This book is not the sort of thing I usually read, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a novel which has three storylines - the first in present day USA, the second in 18th century France, and the third in colonial Africa. It explores hypnosis and past life regression. All three stories are compelling and it's one of those 'just one more chapter' books that you have to keep listening to. The writing is beautiful and the story flows well and despite the three different stories it doesn't become confusing.

The narration by Natalie Naudus Bradner was perfect. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

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  • Danny
  • 06-28-19

Not my usual

This is not my usual genre. All though I enjoyed it and will read the 2nd book. The story was good the narration was really good she did a fantastic job in her accents etc.