October 24, 2017

Afterlives of the Rich and Famous by Sylvia Browne – A Book Review

Happy Wednesday, dark passengers. Instead of dealing with my own shades of insanity today, we’re going to delve into someone else’s. That’s right, it’s time for my review of Afterlives of the Rich and Famous by psychic Sylvia Browne.

In this book, Browne fills 288 pages with what dead celebrities and politicians have been up to since their deaths. How does she do this? Basically, she goes into a trance and channels her spirit guide, Francine, while her assistant asks her questions about the celebs.

Who is the ideal audience for this book? Clearly, this is for someone with an open mind about what happens after we die. It’s also for people who care about the lives of celebrities. If you care about neither of those things, I’d say this isn’t the book for you.

But if you do care, read on…

Review of Afterlives of the Rich and Famous

Browne breaks down her book into four basic sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Discussion what happens after death
  3. Glossary of terms you’ll need to know
  4. Celebrity afterlives.

I know that sounds like a lot of reading before you get to the meat of the book in the fourth section, but the first three sections are short and to the point. Personally, I found the glossary of terms a fascinating read on its own.

Unfortunately, that was the extent of my fascination.

To be fair, I’m not in the target audience for this book. While I enjoyed Browne’s previous book, I’m not someone who cares about what celebrities are up to each day. If I don’t care about their lives, you can imagine how I’d feel about their afterlives.

To her credit, Browne covers an impressive array of celebrities, including:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Bela Lugosi (the original Count Dracula)
  • Chris Farley
  • Elvis Presley
  • Heath Ledger
  • John Belushi
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Michael Jackson
  • Princess Diana
  • Spencer Tracy.

Although some of the celebrities led exciting lives – and apparently lead exciting, busy afterlives – I found that the layout of the book made for a tedious read in the final section. For each celebrity, Browne provides a few paragraphs to several pages of biographical information before the channeled message from Francine. At times, I felt as though I were back in grade school, being forced to do a book report on a historical figure.

Except I didn’t just have to study one…I had 40.

Will you enjoy reading Afterlives of the Rich and Famous

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for including me

Let’s be really honest about something. When you buy a book to read for enjoyment, you’re free to skip around and only read about the celebrities of interest to you. I, on the other hand, received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review of it. Since the good people at HarperOne saw fit to send me a free book, I thought the least I could do was read it from cover to cover…

…even if it did take me a month to finish.

Clearly, if you don’t care about Natalie Wood or Cary Grant, you can skip their chapter and head onto someone you would like to read about. I think that if I’d taken that approach – reading about who I’d heard of before tackling stars I didn’t like – the book would’ve felt less tedious to read.

And, again, I am NOT the target audience for Browne’s book because I’m not someone who follows what’s up with celebs. If they aren’t entertaining me in some way while at their jobs, I can’t say I care about them outside of that. That’s just me, though.

Overall, if you find yourself in the target audience, you should find Afterlives of the Rich and Famous to be an interesting, entertaining and informative read. Of course, if you’re a fan of Sylvia Browne who doesn’t enjoy tales of stardom, this is a book to skip.

Have you read Sylvia Browne’s new book, Afterlives of the Rich and Famous? If so, tell me what you think…even if you totally don’t agree with me.

To get more information about Sylvia Browne, visit her website. For more information on online book tours, please visit TLC Book Tours.

Jen

“Let your dark passenger come out to play…Be your own nemesis!”

Disclosure: Please be advised that links to Amazon to purchase the book are affiliate links. That means that if you make a purchase, I earn a small commission on the transaction. Also, even though HarperOne provided the book to me at no cost, my review still reflects my honest opinion of it.

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Jen Whitten is a paranormal researcher and writer, specializing in psychic development, Empaths, modern day vampirism and dealing with entities. She regularly discusses the paranormal realm, as well as the dark inner workings of the mind.

Comments

  1. I appreciate you giving both the pros and cons of the book – I think that will really help readers decide if this is the book for them or not.

    Thanks for being on the tour!