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  • The Gifting Series Volume 1
  • By: K.E. Ganshert
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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The Gifting

By: K.E. Ganshert
Narrated by: Heather Masters
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Summary

If science is right, then I am crazy. And crazy is dangerous.

In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she's going crazy. After her complete freak-out at a high school party, her family is too. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill.

Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she's unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries harder to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something - that he might somehow be responsible.

But what if she's wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?

©2015 K.E. Ganshert (P)2016 K.E. Ganshert

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Maybe suitable for teenage girls but I found this silly

I found this very shallow and a silly plot.
I think it would probably suit teenage girls and I have to congratulate the author that I think she has the angst of teenagers about right.
An incomplete story - designed to make you listen to the next in the series to find out what happens - I won’t be doing that!!

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  • Zak
  • 07-02-16

Im hooked!

I'm not a 17 year old girl. STILL LOVED IT!
Can't wait for the next book to come out.

I drive truck and as soon as I started it, I realized I was going to finish it ASAP! The description of how the world had changed (in the story) was what drew me in..... Heather, the narrator, kept me intrigued.

Her smooth, effortless delivery; her rhythm and phrasing; the slight changes in vocal pitch and tone per character made this an easy listen. It's as if Heather was telling me a story as I drove, NOT simply reading me a book.

The story, with characters more than 20 years my junior, drew me in quickly, taking me back to some of the feelings, emotions, and memories of high school. However, the plot and direction kept me intrigued as I kept asking myself how I would feel, react, or handle the world in the same situation as in the story.

All in all, great book, FANTASTIC narration, and a listener bummed that the next story isn't available yet!

I'm dying to know more about Tess and Luka!

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  • Brandon subia
  • 21-05-16

More intriguing than the Harry Potter series!

I was in awe from the beginning. This was one of the best books that I have ever listened to or read. I put this up there with The Hunger games and Harry Potter as far as story goes. I was intrigued also that the author was not afraid to voice her beliefs of God and not attribute everything to "magic". so many authors are ashamed to create a world where God exists.

I read a review where the reviewer ranted about Katie including God's existance in the world she made in the Gifting and how too many of her Characters had Christian based conservative beliefs. Saying she was "shoving" her beliefs on others... Nobody made you read that book. How many books are there that blatantly deny the existence of God. I say Katie is amazing and an amazing author. that she is brave enough to not care what others may say or think is comendable.

The gifting was a book that I could not stop listening to. I listened to The Gifting and then it's sequel The Awakening every waking moment until I finished them. I couldn't help myself. Katie's masterpiece and Heather Master's voice make this whole series addictive.

My only regret is that the 3rd book The Gathering is not available in audible yet...

When Katie when! How long will you keep us waiting?








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  • Shelleyjx
  • 19-03-16

A Republican Christian novel.

Are you anti-gun control? (Gun control will put guns in the hands of only criminals.)

Are you for sure that science has diminished our lives because it dismisses the role of God? ( only faith in God can give you comfort in times of dread)

Are you anti-choice and believe that abortions these days amount to a modern day holocaust?

Do you believe all bad happens because of Demons?

Do you believe Meds for mental illness are for the weak who just don't know how to manage themselves?

If you answered yes to these questions then this novel is for you. Because everything I just wrote are the beliefs this author puts forth in pretty heavy handed way. I hated it and if I want to bombard with Christian Right ideology I would watch Fox News.

I don't care nor begrudge someone their beliefs but a warning would be nice. Subtle hints towards beliefs are excusable but this book hits you over the head with Fox News like ideology.

So this the warning/enticement is the truth about this novel that I never received.

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  • zoopmama
  • 17-05-16

Great story! but speed up the narration 1.25X !!!

This was an interesting story with a unique twist.. In many futuristic dystopian stories, they depict a society that has become very creepy due to the take over of fundamentalist religion. Don't get me wrong, I like those stories (i.e. Handmaid's Tale). But this one depicts the opposite... a future where religion has become completely extinct. People don't believe in anything supernatural. And just for good measure, they throw in that the the second amendment has been repealed "When we repealed the 2nd amendment, we didn't get rid of guns, we just ensured that only the bad guys would have them." (at this point I did get a little worried that this book was NRA propaganda!) And the main twist is that, not only is abortion legal, but women are required to get screened during their pregnancy and are required to terminate, or get "cured," if the fetus is found to have any abnormality. In fact, mental illness is basically a crime and the state will capture you and institutionalize anyone who needs meds. So this was an interesting twist. I myself am not religious, am pro choice and anti-guns. but it was refreshing and interesting to see a depiction of what the world might look like if these beliefs were made more extreme.

Most importantly.... I SOLVED THE NARRATION PROBLEM BY SPEEDING UP THE RECORDING TO 1.25X!!. Many early reviews said that the narrator sounded odd. so much so that it was a distraction. Well, I felt the same way. And I noticed that the weirdest thing about it was that Tess's voice was really slowwwwwww. I tried speeding it up to 1.25x and guess what? Tess sounded totally normal. I think what happened is that some tricky sound engineer (for an unknown reason) went in and slowed down ONLY Tess's voice. Did they want the recording to last longer? I'm not sure why. but speeding the whole thing up to 1.25X made her voice sound normal. Unfortunately, the other voices sounded a little too fast... but not annoyingly so.

Anyway, it would be great if the producers would go back and release version where they hadn't speeded up the narrator's voice.

But that said, the story was cool and interesting and I am going on to listen to the next book.

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  • Jennifer H.
  • 29-01-16

Rekindled a love for reading

I cannot say enough about The Gifting. I've read all three books in the trilogy and I'm wanting more. The books brought on so many emotions for me and rekindled my love of a good story to just fall into. Thank you Mrs. Ganshert and please keep the stories coming, preferably about Tess and Luka!

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  • Jen
  • 20-05-16

Right wing propaganda

I tried. I wanted to like it, but I'm way too left to tolerate this.

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  • Victoria Roberts
  • 06-06-17

weird christian undertones

Where does The Gifting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this book probably ranks somewhere in the middle

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The thing that strikes me most about this book is all the religious stuff. as an atheist, i love that society has discarded religion - which apparently makes me one of the bad guys.then there's the whole malarky about neonatal screening and forced terminations for women if there is something wrong with the foetus. this book SMACKS of anti abortion dogma, which for a book clearly aimed at teens is quite alarming! the characters are quite thing and stereotyped, shy girl with low self esteem meets a boy who cant possibly like her because she's so plain, yadda yadda yadda. its a tale told a billion times.however if i set the religious quackery aside the book is good for a background listen while doing other things. I'm going to give the second book a shot, but i'm not pinning my hopes on it. I will stop listening and return it if it continues on with nothing happening.

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  • Pit Bull Mom
  • 23-06-18

Atheists v Christians plus plug for 2nd amendment

This book was terrible. First, the "romance" categorization is loose. It really should be in Christian fiction. The whole premise is that the nation has turned away from god. It's an atheist v. believer book. The society, including the parents, of course, rely on science while the kids, of course, have experiences with demons, angels, and come to believe in the spiritual. **Small spoiler** Not only does society not believe in god, they apparently lock up people who believe in demons and angels in "high security" mental facilities.

So this girl has dreams which are prophetic (this is not a spoiler), but even though there is real life proof that the events in her dreams come true, she refuses to believe. Re. Fu. Ses. So there's 7/8 of a book of her hemming and hawing about these blasted dreams and the whole book really swings on whether she believes these dreams are true or whether she's a crazy person. For real.

***THIS IS A SPOILER***: This girl and her ... guy friend (a couple out of the blue kisses at the end do not a romance make.) steal his Dad's ID and car and her Dad's iPad, drive from CA to OR, and break into the nation's highest security mental health facility to find her grandmother. They do so almost without incident even though the whole book has talked about how high security this place is. Seriously. Then ... the grandmother tells them ... basically nothing. And they get out of the place scott free. It's insane, pardon the pun.

OK, so, I really didn't like this book. And clearly I won't continue this series. If you're a Christians Should Rule The World!! kind of person, you might like it. Oh, and there's a plug in there for the second amendment, which the country abolished in this book's reality. So, there's that ....

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  • Bill
  • 28-09-17

MUSHY

I found the book, The Gifting, very mushy and too much like Twilight. She kept saying how much she loved, him how cute he was, it was a bit much.

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  • ToTheMoonAndBack
  • 25-04-16

Better than I expected

I didn't expect much from this book but thought I'd give it a try. It didn't take long for me to get sucked in. It was incredibly frustrating in the best way. Every time I though, "great, now it's getting cheesy." things turned around and I ended up loving it.

Give this one a shot if you like YA dystopian-ish stories. It's clean, no filthy words or inappropriateness so the younger crowd will enjoy it, but also mature enough that 30 year old moms will enjoy it too ;)

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