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I'm Listening With a Broken Ear [Kindle Edition]

Vicky Kaseorg
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)

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Book Description

I’m Listening With a Broken Ear is a true story about a dying dog, Honeybun, the author found on a roadside and grudgingly rescued. A concomitant story of faith, persistence, and love unfolds as both she and her young daughter struggled to help Honeybun overcome severe issues of compromised health, aggression and fear. Untrained to deal with the overwhelming behavior, Vicky then tried to give her up.... unsuccessfully.
Refusing to relinquish her to Animal Control who would undoubtedly euthanize Honeybun,Vicky tripped upon a small rescue organization who offered to help rehabilitate Honeybun for free. During the many months of heartache and struggle, and multiple near deadly attacks on Vicky's other dog, she discovered a modern day parable of the truth that nothing is truly irredeemable. Each victory with the little rescue dog taught personal lessons in redemption and grace, patience and perseverance, and the power of transforming love to spread through a community in most unexpected and unlikely ways.
There were multiple failures, and repeated surrenders to hopelessness.Each time, her weakness was thwarted and overcome by unexpected help and miracles. In the process, Vicky came face to snout with the harsh reality that real compassion involved action and responsibility. If she wanted to save the dog, ultimately it was up to her.
It is a story of redemption, physically and spiritually in a very small corner of the world, told through the story of a discarded dog that no one wanted and no one thought could be saved.
Donations to the animal rescue that helped save this dog can be made at hollowcreekfarm.org


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About the Author

Vicky Kaseorg is an artist, writer, and homeschool teacher for the past 20 years. Two of her children have graduated, and one is still homeschooled. Vicky, her husband, daughter, two dogs, and one parakeet reside in North Carolina. When not writing, drawing, or teaching, Vicky is volunteering with animals, or kayaking, or skiing, or bicycling, and looking for God in the tiny details of the world around her. She writes a daily blog at vickykaseorg.blogspot.com .

Product Details

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 429 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463711042
  • Publisher: Vicky Kaseorg; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BRF2UU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Dog Person; Not a God Person July 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I am neither a dog person, nor a god person - and even I enjoyed this book. I laughed, I cried, but I have vowed never to rescue a dog nor a dingo. A cat, yes, or better yet, a kitten. But no dogs.

Nevertheless, the world is richer for the Vicky Kaseorgs of the planet, whose story of redemption and personal transformation is not only inspirational, but darn funny. Her self-deprecating sense of humor, her compassion, and her inner turmoil are a delightful revelation. She has struck gold with this first novel!

Who would have thought you could find such exceptional quality in an eBook for $2.99???

PS. Any resemblance to any character in this masterpiece of fine writing is purely a coincidence....No animals were harmed in the writing of this review....
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
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I've been a fan of Vicky's daily blog for years, loving both here thoughts and her daily artwork. I've enjoyed her art in galeries from California to North Carolina . . . and have been privy to many of the incidents in her book from her blogs. I hope I;m the first to review this for my iPad . . . and that it has the impact as in:B0032UYGE6 Kindle Bible - The Holy Bible Formatted for the Amazon Kindle-equipped.

Taking casual note of this dying abandoned dog in a parking lot starts a journey of redemption, renewal and ultimate reward for Vicky, her family, and her dogs. It's fun as well as pathos-laden. What Father Flanaghan did for boys (with help), Vicky has done for dogs (with help from rescuers, home schoolers, and the pet public). It is instructional, as well as heart-warming. A story for all, transforming with religious precepts illustrated as they occur.

Thank goodness I can write this with no prejudice, since I am Vicky's proud father.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written story of a dog's rehabilitation December 17, 2011
By pjf
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I seem to have a short attention span lately, but while this is a lengthy tale of a dying, troubled feral dog a woman and her daughter found, rescued, and turned into a well trained agility competitor, it kept my attention to the end. The woman perseveres in spite of issues with money and time, and some aggression issues between the dog and her family, visitors and her existing pet. The main characters -the woman, her daughter, the main rescue organization that helped her, are very well drawn, and the dogs are characterized as completely as the selected people. It's rare to find someone who can portray dogs as thoroughly as people. The descriptions and dialogue are also professionally handled. The woman running a small rescue organization and her troubles are also nicely conveyed. The ending is a happy one for all concerned. This is worth the purchase for anyone interested in dogs, agility training for dogs, or rescue. It's a good dog story, the dogs and the author's daugher who trains the rescue dog are very nicely drawn.

The one issue I had with the book is that it is sometimes slowed by the author recounting conversational prayers. If you believe that God watches every sparrow fall, and has a plan for you to learn from every trouble, this book is right up your alley. I thought some of those asides were a bit long winded, however valid to the book's ultimate message, and could have used some judicious trimming while still making the same points. At times I think it slowed the story, though as they are in letter form, they are easy to skim or skip. Even if you occasionally decide to skim some of the prayers -- that to me seemed more of a personal nature between the author and God and not for me to intrude on, however inspirational the book is supposed to be -- the bulk of the book is solid and a good read.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring - Never give up story! July 10, 2011
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Woven with humor, sadness, and joy. An inspiring story - excellent read for those that love dogs or those that enjoy a story of inspiration.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a decent story of mutual rescue January 15, 2013
By jwnpitt
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I am a dog lover, and I am an agnostic. I find dogs to be like little buddhas, and I am not a Buddhist. I am a firm agnostic. When Amazon recommended this book, the title and cover photo were enticing enough to convince me to give Vicky my most prized possession, my time, and in the end, I am thankful that Vicky gave me/us hers.

Stories of redemption are always good, and when they involve dogs, I find it hard to resist. When I started this book, I was a little repulsed by the Christian tone, but I chose to stick with it. Thankfully I am fortunate enough to know that many things are not as they appear. There can often be a cover or appearance that hides treasure. So I dug in, and I read, and I did laugh and cry.

Boy am I glad I did. To use a metaphor, the marrow of the bone that is this book was worth the effort. I know that most well told stories are more than the shell, or bone, there is often more to it, layers, inferences, and it seems clear that any dog with a bone patiently works for that treat inside.

This is a well told story and thoroughly entertaining(I admit I skimmed over her prayers). I suppose we all suffer the same life. In that, I felt like I was a comrade and relating to her struggle was as easy as could be.

There is no shortage of suffering in this world, both animals and people are often left alone, and in the worst cases, without capacity to survive, with little choice. And any source of inspiration, Christian or other, anyone finds seems like a good thing to me. I may not be a Christian, but I am human, and I love. After reading this book I felt less lonely and that there is a little less suffering in the world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read. Love dogs.
Published 15 days ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ.
A likable cast of characters, including Honeybun the dog, an indomitable young girl, her supportive and loving mother, and a die-hard rescuer all come together in a redemptive and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda Lee Stronza
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good book if you are a dog person and I am.
Published 1 month ago by Barb6298
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Boring
Published 1 month ago by petmom5
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
very heartwarming.Loved every minute of it.a good read for animal lovers and rescue people alike.could relate to some of it
Published 1 month ago by Tina Kiesner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Terrific read!!
Published 1 month ago by Nunn's Welding & Auto Service
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog lovers dream
What an absolutely inspirational story! Written beautifully. Many times throughout the story, I felt that the writer and I had so much in common as to how we see the world, the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ellen Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! It's more than what you think
great book! It's more than what you think.
Published 2 months ago by andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a lucky dog
Like the story but seemed a little long. Not enough about the dog.
Published 2 months ago by Missy
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. It will appeal to dog lovers, and anyone that supports animal rescue. The only reason I did not give it five stars was that it was a little wordy on the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tina Pettit
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More About the Author

Vicky Kaseorg, describes when she first knew she would become an author: "I used to ride my horse through the neighborhood,though all the neighbors could see was a girl on a blue bicycle.Sometimes I ended up falling off the edge of the earth, but rode to safety on the back of a friendly dragon, rising unexpectedly through the mist. My brain rarely paused in the internal narration of stories. I should have known I would either end up in an institution, or become a writer."

Kaseorg, born in Pennsylvania in 1956, studied art and writing at Binghamton University, and became a professional artist early in her career. She went on to graduate school at USC Los Angeles where she studied Occupational Therapy. She owned her own Occupational Therapy practice for many years in NY, and with the birth of her prodigiously gifted first son, began homeschooling. She has bicycled across the USA, run a marathon, completed a biathalon, learned to ski at age 50, successfully graduated two of her three children to prestigious universities, yet still feels the most difficult task she has ever had to accomplish "is living a consistent, righteous life before God and my family."

Between running a business and homeschooling, Vicky never stopped writing. Upon moving to NC, she retired from Occupational Therapy and focused on art, teaching art, and homeschooling her three children. She began writing her first book in 2009 when the rescue and rehabilitation of a homeless, hopeless, vicious dog sparked the desire to capture the story in prose.

She is the mother of three children, two now grown. She homeschooled them all from Kindergarten until graduation. The oldest, Anders, graduated from MIT. The second son, Matthias, graduated from UVa, and then law school at Washington and Lee. A 16 year old daughter, Asherel, remains at home, and is being homeschooled, taxing Vicky's abilities in highschool subjects..
"This is proof that God exists," she says, "As there is no way I could teach those on my own power."

She is the published author of I'm Listening with A Broken Ear (published July 2011), which was a top ten dog training best seller for two years on Amazon ebooks. It continues to be among the top highly rated dog training books after three years from publication. Her second book, God Drives a Tow Truck was published in February 2012 and within the first weeks of publication had 25,000 downloads. When released, it was the top best seller in the Angel category and remained in the top ten in its genre on the Amazon E-book list for several months. While clearly spiritual in nature, she wrote both books with the desire that the books be accessible to believers and non-believers. Her books are spiced with humor throughout, as she recognizes " that life is very hard. If one doesn't seek the humor in how miserable and weak we humans tend to be, we would spend most of our hours weeping. Laughter is a gift of God." Following her two non-fiction adult books, she published three illustrated books, designed for children and adults alike- Tommy: A story of Ability, The Good Parent, and The Illustrated 23rd Psalm. Turning Points- the Life of a WWII Milne Bay Gunner was published in Oct. 2012. Her sixth book, The Well Trained Human, explores the way that our canine friends mold and shape us. Saving a Dog is a sweet story, illustrated and written by Kaseorg to introduce children to the rewarding world of animal rescue and caring for creatures less fortunate than us.

Family members and friends used to chide Vicky for "seeing God in everything", when she would squeeze out a biblical message in not only the common-place events of her day, but in secular movies, books, and activities. With the rescue of the dog that led to her first book, Vicky realized that perhaps this tendency of hers was not a flaw. Perhaps it could even be used to help others find that God was indeed speaking to them...had always been speaking to them.  To this end, she also is going on her third year of writing a daily inspirational blog, which she illustrates, at vickykaseorg.blogspot.com.

She is currently at work on her latest book, while continuing to homeschool her highschool age daughter. Vicky is active in volunteer work, promoting responsible animal rescue, kayaking, bicycling, running, skiing, and art. She continues to teach art classes, and coach various teams in which her daughter is involved. She lives in Charlotte with her husband of 33 years, Arvo, along with her daughter, two dogs,and countless spiders which her daughter and she actively rescue and set free whenever possible. She is a regular contributor to converservativefifty.com , a political blog.


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