So many books--so little time
There is some confusion on Audible about this title. The linked Amazon reviews are for a version of this book which also includes a monthly introduction, discussion of upcoming readings and things to ponder while listening. These monthly recordings are NOT included in this recording. Neither are there any directions or introduction. Because of this listening can be confusing at first. But don't let that stop you. With some searching I was able to find the Kindle version of the book on Amazon for $5.99. By downloading that book with this Audible recording it is possible to have the best of both worlds. I can read the monthly thoughts and discussion in print on my IPad and then listen to the beautifully read daily readings here on Audible. Of course--you may not care about the intros and in that case just listen to the book as it stands on its own.
The recordings are excellent. Masterfully and dramatically read by Christopher Glyn with short bits of music thrown in randomly. The way it works is that the 85 plus hour book has been divided into 10 parts to download and each part has been broken down into approximately 35-37 chapters. The chapters vary in length from 2-3 minutes to just over 20 minutes. You just listen to one of these "chapters" each day. The readings jump around through the Old Testament, New Testament and the Psalms. This breaks things up a bit. It feels to me that there are themes and connections between the readings that have been chosen to be grouped together. It all just seems to work beautifully once you have figured it out. So--if you've ever tried and failed or succeed repeated to read the entire Bible in a year I can recommend this recording as one method that is working for me. I find the additional print introductions helpful. This book has turned out to be a streamlined, simple to do and very positive addition to my daily listening.
This is an unbelievable recording to have gotten from Audible for one credit! Hours and hours (over 36 hours) of instruction on meditation and Tibetan Buddhism. Really an enormous collection of information that needs to be taken in small doses--in my opinion. I try and listen each day and follow the instructions during quiet times. This isn't a book to be plowed through or listened to on the go. Not the thing to hear while driving or doing other things. It demands full attention. Definitely worth the time it takes to listen. Highly recommended if you are ready to take the next step in meditation instruction at home and at your own pace. I go back and listen to various parts many times. Something not possible at a retreat. An excellent way to have something close to a retreat experience while never leaving home.
This recording can easily stand alone without Vol. 1 and 2 of the three part set. I just picked up at the start of Vol. 3 and it was great. I didn't feel that I had missed anything that prohibited my understanding of the material presented. There wasn't the feeling that I'd come late to "class" and I was playing catch-up. I may go back in future and get Vol.1 and 2, but for now this is more than enough to absorb. As to the recording-- it is beautifully done and makes for a powerful listening experience. Highly recommended.