Well, laughing man was very bothersome. At first he's not there but later laughing man wears on your nerves and takes away from the message.
this is a live recording of lectures with somebody in the audience who loudly laughs for a large part of recording. it is often irrelevant laughter where nobody else in the audience laughs. its very weird and distracting. towards second part of of the recording I couldn't stop myself of becoming annoyed at it, to the point that I had to write this comment.
Listening to Tolle speak is easier than reading his work, perhaps because he speaks so slowly and carefully. There's no way to skim or rush through what he is saying when he is speaking, which is just as well because it takes thinking about. As an added bonus, I didn't know that he had such a wonderfully self-deprecating sense of humor. I plan to purchase more of his audiobooks -- and the other kind too.
I am also reading/listening to A New Earth. He is also a good complement to Thich Nhat Than and Pema Chodron.
Yes -- I did listen to it over the course of a day, and will listen to it again. I am especially interested in Chapter 4: A Day of Silence.
I almost didn't buy this audiobook because of the distracting laughter that other reviewers have commented on, but I really didn't notice it. Don't know why. Maybe I'm evolving!
If you are truly a seeker of knowledge, this will be a good listen but if you are impatient or bore easily then this is not for you. There are many pauses and he talks very slow and repetitive. Not my favorite and I had to finish it but relieved when it was over. I feel that He does speak the truth though.
Calms turbulent thinking
New Earth; Power of Now
I actually enjoy his voice now, and his chuckles; I couldn't stand it many years ago. Like he says: "if you're ready to hear the message...." I am ready now and his message is the most calming, quieting, useful lesson I have ever come across.
Not in one sitting, but it's easy to pick up at any point; and I will listen to it many times in spite of the inappropriately loud and annoying guy in the audience who laughs LOUD when no one else is and laughs when nothing is funny.
This audiobook should be edited removing the obnoxious audience member and then offered free to all who have purchased previously. I can't believe they didn't remove him early in the talk knowing that this was going to be offered for sale. It was distracting and offensive.
I read the Power of Now years ago and it pretty much told everything that Eckhart teaches. Then after months of reading it I started to forgot certain concepts and when I got into everyday situations, I saw myself reacting the same way like before. This recording of a retreat and some of his other works are a good refreshers. It's a long recording, it took a few weeks to finish it and I didn't feel that I had to come back to it; I almost wanted to be in the calm atmosphere that characterizes him and the entire recording. It certainly worked for me but I can imagine some people who are looking for fast pacing discussions on some over-stimulated mind objects (whatever they are), they may be unsatisfied. But for the rest of us, it's a good use of a credit.
I loved the laughing man in the back. It certainly gave a little different background to some part of the presentation but I loved as the presenter reacted and the fact that he left the audio as is, didn't try to cut him out or re-record it. This is part of his teaching to allow things happen, don't try to "fake it". The other thing is that even if some of the topics are quite serious per se, if you take out the ego from the picture, things lighten up.If you are annoyed of the laughing man, ask yourself why. I admit, I even practiced his laughing a few times :)
Powerful - Necessary - Simplistic
Mr. Tolle does an amazing job of ignoring a man in the back laughing like a laugh track - it is an awesome way for me to practice presence.
I can listen to this over and over as I am driving.
The teachings and lessons are always a joy to hear, again and again. However, it is recorded live and there is an audience member who has a hideous laugh that can be very annoying (especially through your headphones).
The audience laughing at random times, even during the serious times of his deep teachings was a TURN OFF.
All of his teaching are awesome
Remove the annoying audience member with the hideous laugh